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“American Pie” explained. The Song By Don Mclean
http://www.angelfire.com/ak2/intelligencerreport/americanpie.html ^

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.

“ I’ve never understood I drove the Chevy to the levee, I didn’t know what that was. Let’s just start there on the simple part because Chevy, just think of Chevy and mom and apple pie. He’s 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 he’s 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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To: camle

Well that’s not how it used to be.


21 posted on 02/06/2013 7:42:40 AM PST by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: navysealdad
American Pie was part of my process of self-awakening; a mystical trip into my past."

Good song but that was some tripping when he wrote it.

22 posted on 02/06/2013 7:44:25 AM PST by bgill
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To: navysealdad
It's clearly a retelling of Francesco Colonna's "Hypnerotomachia Poliphili" along with some imagery borrowed from John Ford's movie "Stagecoach", and the Phillip Morris 'Clean, Fresh, Pure' ads.

I mean it's just so obvious.

23 posted on 02/06/2013 7:46:27 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: navysealdad

If you play it backwards it says ‘you better enjoy this because 40 years from now music is going to suck’.


24 posted on 02/06/2013 7:48:38 AM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: Mercat; laweeks; meatloaf; safeasthebanks

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...


25 posted on 02/06/2013 7:54:09 AM PST by philled (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: BenLurkin
 
"It's a small world after all,
It's a small world after all,
It's a small world after all,
It's a small, small, world."
 
That was particularly evil of you.

26 posted on 02/06/2013 7:54:34 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: navysealdad

Does any one know the words to Louie Louie (Kingsmen)?This is another riddle wrapped in an enigma.


27 posted on 02/06/2013 7:56:04 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: navysealdad

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.


28 posted on 02/06/2013 7:57:01 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: laweeks
and then drove people nuts trying to figure out what he meant.

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.

29 posted on 02/06/2013 7:58:32 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: laweeks
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.

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.

30 posted on 02/06/2013 7:58:36 AM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: duckman

“Louie, Louie” is the state song of Washington State. Figures.


31 posted on 02/06/2013 8:03:17 AM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: laweeks; meatloaf

Last year Carly Simon gave an interview which she claimed the “vain” one was David Geffen. He was her producer way back when.


32 posted on 02/06/2013 8:05:27 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Buckeye McFrog

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.


33 posted on 02/06/2013 8:06:22 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: meatloaf
Now that we’ve put that behind us, who was “... so vain ...”?

Dunno, but he probably thinks the song is about him.

34 posted on 02/06/2013 8:06:27 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: navysealdad
Could be a reference to the Beatles preparing for their role in the cultural revolution.

Except that the Beatles had already broken up by 1971 when American Pie was released.

35 posted on 02/06/2013 8:07:25 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: elcid1970

And, “Them good ol’ boys drinking whiskey and rye” referred to the Klansmen who killed the three activists.


36 posted on 02/06/2013 8:07:54 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: duckman
Does any one know the words to Louie Louie

Louie Louie

37 posted on 02/06/2013 8:09:10 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: isthisnickcool
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.

Yeah . . . uh . . . yeah

38 posted on 02/06/2013 8:11:00 AM PST by laweeks
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To: duckman

A vile metal squirrel
Mates for knees...


39 posted on 02/06/2013 8:14:07 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: navysealdad

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)


40 posted on 02/06/2013 8:15:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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