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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RE: As far as Im 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...
RE: Now that weve put that behind us, who was ... so vain ...?
We now know who Carly Simon was referring to.
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.
I once read, according to Don Mclean, that “American Pie” meant he never had to work again :-)
Any message that cryptic falls on deaf ears. Thus, the song is just noise, signifying nothing.
“A vile metal squirrel
Mates for knees...”
That’s what I thought followed by:
And picks up turds
Along the way...
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.
Big Don McLean fan here.
David Geffen with the wife of a close friend???
Naw, I don't think so.
Well, ok...it was Budewiser ... but close! :)
Here ya go. I for one could care less, Geffen, Beatty...whatever.
Well I heard he lip-synced it. Or was that Carly Simon?
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.
RE: Here’s some research presented on Hotel California: Wiki-link
Thanks, next question — Did anybody find out who ELEANOR RIGBY really is?
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
And given your screen name, what was that one thing he wouldn’t do?
Back in the day everyone said it was Cat Stevens as she had just broken up with him.
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.
Sure, just go listen to the original Richard Berry version, and the lyrics are plain as day.