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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Well that’s not how it used to be.
Good song but that was some tripping when he wrote it.
I mean it's just so obvious.
If you play it backwards it says ‘you better enjoy this because 40 years from now music is going to suck’.
I thought it was James Taylor. Forty years later and he’s still a smug piece of work. My wife insisted we see him perform a couple of years ago. It was the longest ninety minutes I’ve experienced in a while...
Does any one know the words to Louie Louie (Kingsmen)?This is another riddle wrapped in an enigma.
It’s a brilliant song by a brilliant songwriter. “Vincent”....”On The Amazon.....”And I Love You So”......”Narcissisma”.....”Castles In The Air”.....deep, thoughtful lyrics. I don’t have much use for most modern music, but if you’re going to say something, then do it well, and he does.
All that is pretty much how I understood the song. I didn't think it disjointed at all - a beautiful tapestry of lyrics and music. And very strong religious undertones. I sure Satan is laughing with delight watching a country murder its children by the millions.
I'd have to say that without a doubt there is some kind of way to see that there is something to be said regarding the way that things occurred. If not in the first place then certainly upon looking at what anyone would consider a sensible viewpoint. Any serious person can conclude that the absolute bottom line is that there is something to the idea that we would know that there is substance to what we are talking about. Don't get sidetracked on the notion that if this was not exactly what everyone thought then it would not be the thing being discussed. Nobody that looks at either way we agree on can be worried about that.
“Louie, Louie” is the state song of Washington State. Figures.
Last year Carly Simon gave an interview which she claimed the “vain” one was David Geffen. He was her producer way back when.
I always thought the line “drove my Chevvie to the levee but the levee was dry” was a reference to the murdered civil rights workers Goodman, Cheney, & Schwerner because their bodies were found in a levee.
Dunno, but he probably thinks the song is about him.
Except that the Beatles had already broken up by 1971 when American Pie was released.
And, “Them good ol’ boys drinking whiskey and rye” referred to the Klansmen who killed the three activists.
Yeah . . . uh . . . yeah
A vile metal squirrel
Mates for knees...
Is this really Don Maclean’s explanation? or someone’s attempt at explaining it (again ?).
People have been badgering him (till today) to give his interpretation of it and he has REFUSED to do it.
Why is he explaining it now? (if true)