Skip to comments.“American Pie” explained. The Song By Don Mclean
Posted on 02/06/2013 7:14:17 AM PST by navysealdad
Songs like Revolution by The Beatles, which was clearly suspicious of violent revolution and uprisings, as well as American Pie by Don McLean.
Many people think that the song American Pie is about the death of Buddy Holly and other musicians in a plane crash, but Glenn presented a reading of the lyrics on radio and showed how it could also be seen as a warning against the danger of violent uprisings.
Ive never understood I drove the Chevy to the levee, I didnt know what that was. Lets just start there on the simple part because Chevy, just think of Chevy and mom and apple pie. Hes making a point here. Chevy, I drove my Chevy to the levee. This actually goes back into the 1950s and a Dinah Shore commercial for Chevy,
So America is the greatest country of all and it was an era that believed in America. I drove my Chevy to the levee. I drove the Chevy. I bought into the idea that America was the greatest.
So in the second verse he goes back to his childhood and he goes back to sock hops in the gym and the pickup trucks and
and here hes talking about the book of love, which was a song by the Monotones in 1957 and he asked her about faith. He asked her about faith and whether she believes, no matter what, if the Bible tells her so. That is the representation of the faith in the Fifties. He then talks about, do you have faith in rock and roll, that music will save your mortal soul.
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Who cares? As far as I’m concerned, he slapped together lines of disjointed thoughts that perhaps rhymed, and then drove people nuts trying to figure out what he meant.
Put it to bed, please.
I believe you are correct.
Now that we’ve put that behind us, who was “... so vain ...”?
how he missed the ‘helter skelter’ reference to charles manson and the tate/labianca murders is telling...
Carly's record producer.
But where does the flute fit in?
I heard it was Mick Jagger.
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I think I got the gist of “American Pie” the first time. The pubescent males, the naked girls, the warm apple pie...
As my brother said, “It used to be relevant, but now it’s just a song DJs play when they want a bathroom break”.
Jagger sang background on the song. Its about Warren Beatty.
Yep. It’s only “explained” if Don is doing the explaining.
He was originally a folkie and is lifelong pals with apparently and unfortunately immortal Pete Seeger..
and yes..American Pie which came out in 1971 when i turned 14 is allegorical as all hell and was a major AM radio soundtrack to my own youth..which could be grating when compared to say Led Zepplin III or Allman Bros Filmore East both peaking about the same time
but whatever McLean meant I think we can bet it was not flattering to America or a traditional view of Christendom
The school of thought is that nobody wants a violent uprising, we have peaceful means to address our grievances. If our representatives no longer represent us, we have another peaceful means to remove/change them. And the justice system, ultimately the supreme court will be the safeguard of our rights and liberty.
In case you slept through the past few years, the Left had driven us to the inevitable point of ‘civil war’. Unless we just meekly accept whatever comes our way.
I heard that once it became a big hit ($$$$$) someone asked McLean “What does it mean?” and he answered “It means I’ll never have to work again.”
Supposedly, it was Shirley McClain's brother, whatzhizname.
there was also a rumour it was about Kristofferson too...I think Carly banged both
not a bad gig for them back then...girl had some legs and lips
she always seemed vulnerable and less catty than the other Borscht Belt folkie cum soft rock chicks...i don’t think she was a Brillstein girl like King and Nyro?
anyhow ..I liked her a lot..so did chicks..which helped
Carole King was too moany groany folkie...if I wanted folkie I would listen to Joni Mitchell
I thought this song meant “your disc jockey had a bad experience last night at the Dollar Burrito Bar and will be indisposed for the next 8 minutes and 33 seconds”.