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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: laweeks; navysealdad

RE: 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.

What about HOTEL CALIFORNIA?

Like American Pie, I’ve been trying to discover what this song is all about.

Is it about drugs? Is it about the founding of the Church of Satan in 1969?

It’s driving me nuts and nobody even attempted to contact anyone from the Eagles to ask them this question...


41 posted on 02/06/2013 8:18:21 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: meatloaf

RE: Now that we’ve put that behind us, who was “... so vain ...”?

We now know who Carly Simon was referring to.

From Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You’re_So_Vain

A representative for Simon confirmed that the name whispered during the song is “David”.

Multiple media outlets quickly reported that the subject was actually Simon’s former boss at Elektra, David Geffen, and that the song had been inspired by her jealousy of the attention Geffen had lavished on label-mate Joni Mitchell.

The following day, Jim Hart, Simon’s ex-husband and close friend, denied that the song was about Geffen.

Simon’s publicist confirmed that the song was not about Geffen, but that there was indeed “a David who is connected to the song in some way, shape, or form,” and Simon noted that when she first wrote the song in 1971, she hadn’t even met David Geffen yet.

Vanity Fair noted that in addition to “David”, “Warren” and an unintelligible name are whispered during the recording, revealing it was at least partially influenced by him all along.

Having said that, can someone trace who the mysterious ELEANOR RIGBY was?

Journalists have been pestering Paul and Ringo ( the last two living Beatles ), but they refused to give them an answer.


42 posted on 02/06/2013 8:22:23 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: navysealdad

I once read, according to Don Mclean, that “American Pie” meant he never had to work again :-)


43 posted on 02/06/2013 8:28:12 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: laweeks

Any message that cryptic falls on deaf ears. Thus, the song is just noise, signifying nothing.


44 posted on 02/06/2013 8:29:11 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

“A vile metal squirrel
Mates for knees...”

That’s what I thought followed by:

And picks up turds
Along the way...


45 posted on 02/06/2013 8:35:38 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: elcid1970

Could be. When my father was stationed in Mississippi he said that the counties which had levees were the only ones that WEREN’T dry.

Personally I think Starry, Starry Night is a better example of McLean’s talent. Not a word nor a syllable wasted there. A very fine piece of music.


46 posted on 02/06/2013 8:37:40 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: navysealdad

Big Don McLean fan here.


47 posted on 02/06/2013 8:45:56 AM PST by Marathoner 244
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To: navysealdad
The fact that everyone is still discussing it in earnest at length forty years later tells me Don got something right. I downloaded the song and put it on my sons MP3 player for Christmas a couple of years ago. He probably can't remember anything else he got that year but he can sing along to every word of “American Pie.”
48 posted on 02/06/2013 8:48:59 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: bigfootbob
Last year Carly Simon gave an interview which she claimed the “vain” one was David Geffen

David Geffen with the wife of a close friend???

Naw, I don't think so.

49 posted on 02/06/2013 9:02:57 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: navysealdad
No mystery here ... I actually did drive a Chevy to a Levy once and did see some good ol' boys drinking whiskey and rye.

Well, ok...it was Budewiser ... but close! :)

50 posted on 02/06/2013 9:04:12 AM PST by The Duke
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To: Mase

Here ya go. I for one could care less, Geffen, Beatty...whatever.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/is-carly-simons-youre-so-vain-about-david-geffen-20100226


51 posted on 02/06/2013 9:12:30 AM PST by bigfootbob
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To: SeekAndFind
Here's some research presented on Hotel California: Wiki-link
52 posted on 02/06/2013 9:19:04 AM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: navysealdad

Well I heard he lip-synced it. Or was that Carly Simon?


53 posted on 02/06/2013 9:21:28 AM PST by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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To: bigfootbob
Oh, I believe she said it. Even so, I don't believe it's true. Why she's protecting Beatty, or whoever it may be, remains a mystery.

Geffen's a flamer, and always has been. The media said nothing to her about this obvious inconsistency when she made the silly claim. It really isn't important, but she did have some awesome lips when she was young.

54 posted on 02/06/2013 9:31:45 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Rio

RE: Here’s some research presented on Hotel California: Wiki-link

Thanks, next question — Did anybody find out who ELEANOR RIGBY really is?


55 posted on 02/06/2013 9:32:01 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: navysealdad
"With a pink carnation and a pickup truck"

leaving him with his truck and the carnation.

"A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation" was a popular song by Marty Robbins in 1957

56 posted on 02/06/2013 9:38:49 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: meatloaf

And given your screen name, what was that one thing he wouldn’t do?


57 posted on 02/06/2013 9:40:24 AM PST by Mercat (Never laugh at live dragons)
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To: showme_the_Glory; laweeks

Back in the day everyone said it was Cat Stevens as she had just broken up with him.


58 posted on 02/06/2013 9:49:36 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: duckman

Something quite banal, taken from a reggae song:
“I’ve got a girl waiting for me, ....across the sea “
What made the song interesting was that the mumbled articulation of the lyrics by The Kingsmen invited made-up, dirty lyrics. There were scores of versions that I recall from high school.


59 posted on 02/06/2013 9:50:31 AM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: duckman

Sure, just go listen to the original Richard Berry version, and the lyrics are plain as day.


60 posted on 02/06/2013 9:59:35 AM PST by Boogieman
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