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  Understanding American Pie - Interpretation of Don Mclean's epic song to the passing of an era.
But this was no ordinary song, either: boldly original and thematically ambitious, what set American Pie apart had a lot to do with the way we weren't entirely sure what the song was about, provoking endless debates over its epic cast of characters.
But however open to interpretation the lyrics may have been, the song's emotional resonance was unmistakable: McLean was clearly relating a defining moment in the American experience—something had been lost, and we knew it.
It is across this decade that the American cultural landscape changed radically, passing from the relative optimism and conformity of the 1950s and early 1960s to the rejection of these values by the various political and social movements of the mid and late 1960s.
understandingamericanpie.com   (491 words)

  
  American Pie (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the song's fifth verse, McLean is at odds with the cultural and musical trends represented by Woodstock, which took place in his native New York in 1969, and conveys his disgust with The Rolling Stones (1968-1969).
"American Pie" includes a number of Christian religious elements that includes an allusion to Jesus wearing his Crown of Thorns; and the mentioning of "angels born in hell", the Trinity, Satan, and titles of two songs with lyrics that allude to God.
The desolation in the song's last lines, And in the streets the children screamed, the lovers cried, and the poets dreamed, / But not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken, and the Trinity's subsequent departure or retreat, is interpreted as the Trinity's defeat.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_Pie_(song)   (6438 words)

  
 FAQ: The Annotated "American Pie"
Rich Kulawiec rsk@itw.com AMERICAN PIE by Don McLean The entire song is a tribute to Buddy Holly and a commentary on how rock and roll changed in the years since his death.
Refrain (2x) Chords to the song: The song appears to be in G; the chords are: Intro: G Bm/F# Em.
American Pie is supposed to be the name of the plane that crashed, containing the three musicians who died.
www.unterzuber.com /american_pie.html   (5548 words)

  
 American Pie - Annotated to interpret the song
American Pie - Annotated to interpret the song
Public outcry that the song "Sympathy for the Devil" had somehow incited the violence caused the Stones to drop the song from their show for the next six years.
American Pie is supposed to be the name of the plane that crashed, containing the three guys that died.
www.fiftiesweb.com /amerpie-1.htm   (3634 words)

  
 American Pie analysis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
"American Pie" them moves into its refrain, which begins with Bye, bye Miss American Pie, which could be a reference to the fact that McLean once dated a woman who was a contestant in the Miss America pageant.
One of this songs that became a hit was "That’ll be the Day," and the chorus of the song contains the same line found in the refrain of "American Pie," which is That’ll be the day that I die.
Songs from the rhythm and blues charts began to appear on all popular charts as early as 1954.
www.uky.edu /~ldnels00/mus222/americanpie.html   (1830 words)

  
 American Pie Song
As soon as I read that sentence the song "American Pie" jumped into my head and it occurred to me that maybe what the song was about was the take-over of America by foreign elements.
So bye, bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry and them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye singin' this'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die.
"American Pie” was recorded on 26th May 1971 and a month later received its first radio airplay on New York's WNEW-FM and WPLJ-FM to mark the closing of The Fillmore East, the famous New York concert hall.
www.orwelltoday.com /americanpiesong.shtml   (1610 words)

  
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American Pie interpretations From: rsk@katsuru.circ.upenn.edu (Rich Kulawiec) Newsgroups: rec.music.misc,rec.music.makers,rec.music.folk,rec.music.makers.guitar.tablature,alt.folkore.urban Subject: The Annotated "American Pie" Date: 3 Feb 1995 23:52:23 GMT This particularly enigmatic song has been discussed at least once a year since Usenet had a newsgroup for discussing music.
And we sang dirges in the dark A "dirge" is a funeral or mourning song, so perhaps this is meant literally...or, perhaps, this is a reference to some of the new "art rock" groups which played long pieces not meant for dancing.
Refrain (2x) Chords to the song: The song appears to be in G; the chords are: Intro: G Bm/F# Em.
www.mbhs.edu /~bconnell/cty/american-pie-FAQ.txt   (4391 words)

  
 American Pie by Don McLean Songfacts
The title means American rock and roll, as in 'what is more American than', and I contend it suggests that the song itself is more critical than popularly thought of the pernicious influences foreign bands had had on the nation's pop music since Buddy Holly died..
I surmise that McLean's song intends to impugn Dylan's capitulation to the Beatles mammoth popularity and overwhelming influence by forsaking his acoustical guitar, refusing to tour in the mid 60's around the time his leg was broken in a motorcycle accident, and creating less and less accessible music throughout the remainder of the decade.
If this is true, 'American Pie' is more than just a lament, it is a deeply felt assessment of the origins of (and exculpation for?) the excesses of the 60's on both sides of the cultural divide, thus thematically paralleling Hunter S. Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' published in the same year.
www.songfacts.com /detail.php?id=1193   (13511 words)

  
 FAQ: The Annotated "American Pie"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
I dedicated the album American Pie to Buddy Holly as well in order to connect the entire statement to Holly in hopes of bringing about an interest in him, which subsequently did occur.
Rich Kulawiec rsk@itw.com AMERICAN PIE by Don McLean The entire song is a tribute to Buddy Holly and a commentary on how rock and roll changed in the years since his death.
American Pie is supposed to be the name of the plane that crashed, containing the three musicians who died.
www.faqs.org /faqs/music/american-pie   (5542 words)

  
 American Pie - Don McLean - Song Listings
Don McLean's second album, American Pie, which was his first to gain recognition after the negligible initial sales of 1970's Tapestry, is necessarily dominated by its title track, a lengthy, allegorical history of rock & roll, because it became an unlikely hit, topping the singles chart and...
Don McLean's second album, American Pie, which was his first to gain recognition after the negligible initial sales of 1970's Tapestry, is necessarily dominated by its title track, a lengthy, allegorical history of rock & roll, because it became an unlikely hit, topping the singles chart and putting the LP at number one as well.
"American Pie" has remained as much a cultural touchstone as a song, sung by everyone from Garth Brooks to Madonna, its title borrowed for a pair of smutty teen comedies, while the record itself has earned a registered three-million plays on U.S. radio stations.
www.mp3.com /albums/10376/summary.html   (608 words)

  
 American Apple Pie Song
I don't know where these symbols originated, maybe it was with Johnny Appleseed (an American who did good by planting apple seeds from which apple trees grew) and from which the early settlers made pie.
Nor do I know who first originated the term "a piece of the American pie" but its symbolic meaning is that everyone is equal in America and everyone can get "a piece of the pie".
That's why the song's refrain, "bye, bye Miss American pie" was the first clue to its true meaning, which I suspected was "bye, bye AMERICA".
www.orwelltoday.com /americanpieapple.shtml   (989 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
Janis Joplin, in the song "American Pie" by Don McLain, was called "the girl who sang the blues." The next time you see that commercial from Partnership for a Drug Free America showing all those celebrities who died from drug overdoses, amongst those pictures there will be Janis.
Mclean has remained silent on the meaning, except to say that the song was dedicated to Buddy Holly and that his death is referenced in the first verse.
Although McLean dedicated the American Pie album to Buddy Holly, none of the singers in the plane crash are identified by name in the song itself.
www.lycos.com /info/american-pie-song--don-mclean.html   (378 words)

  
 Don McLean - American Pie song facts and lyric meanings
She was so moved that she wrote a poem that became the basis for her song "Killing Me Softly With His Song," which was a huge hit for Roberta Flack in 1973.
When Madonna covered the song many years later she cut huge swathes of the song, ironically to make it more radio friendly, to 4:34 on the album and under 4 minutes for the radio edit.
The words, "You know a rolling stone don't gather no moss" appear in the Buddy Holly song "Early in the Morning," which is about his ex missing him early in the morning when he's gone.
www.rock-songs.com /songfacts/american-pie-mclean.html   (1058 words)

  
 Understanding American Pie: 1968
That is one of the main reasons why the sixties retain their extraordinary power over every one old enough to remember them.
The sixties and the thirties were the only modern decades in which large numbers of Americans wondered out loud whether their country might disintegrate.
But unlike the still puzzling moods of the sixties, the nature of American despair in the thirties was never mysterious: People were miserable because they were hungry, fearful because they weren't sure anyone would ever figure out how to put them back to work again.
understandingamericanpie.com /68.htm   (238 words)

  
 Jeff Roteman's American Pie Page
I guess what really sets mine apart is that it was unquestionably the FIRST analysis of "American Pie," and because I was on such a powerful, influential radio station in a major market, it got press coverage and distribution beyond all others that came later.
They were "girl-next-door," "as- American- as- apple- pie" types, who, like the music and fun of that era, seem to have disappeared, according to the author.
As American Pie's story of musical evolution moves into the mid to late 60's, McLean calls attention to the popularity of drug songs, like the Byrds' "Eight Miles High." Meantime, "the Jester was on the side-lines in a cast." Bob Dylan was hospitalized at the time as a result of a near-fatal traffic accident.
user.pa.net /~ejjeff/pie.html   (3028 words)

  
 Understanding the lyrics of American Pie - Don McLean - Rock and Roll and Buddy Holly, an interpretation
A "dirge" is a funeral or mourning song, so perhaps this is meant literally...or, perhaps, this is a reference to some of the new "art rock" groups that played long pieces not meant for dancing.
The Byrd's song "Eight Miles High" was found on their late 1966 release "Fifth Dimension." They recorded this song when some of the groups members were considering leaving (some of the groups members actually left the group because they refused to flyin an airplane).
A fallout shelter was sometimes referred to as the fifth dimension because of the 1950's fascination with sci-fi and the futuristic appearance of a fallout shelter.
www.rareexception.com /Garden/Pie.php   (3500 words)

  
 Don McLean's American Pie
Initially inspired by his memories of the death of Buddy Holly in 1959, ‘American Pie’ is autobiographical and presents an abstract story of Don McLean’s life from the mid 1950s until when he wrote the song in the late 1960s.
Don has recently re-enforced this theme: "The song was written as my attempt at an epic song about America, and I used the imagery of music and politics to do that.
Most mainstream analyses of American Pie are at least partly based on Bob Dearborn's interpretation of the song that he produced for his radio show in 1971.
www.don-mclean.com /americanpie.asp   (836 words)

  
 .: American pie | banadoura.com | Lebanon :.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
It was remixed by Madonna, and it is considered one of the most known songs of all times.
Now, it’s been about 35 years, and the songs remains one of the most discussed and debated songs because of the concealment in the lyrics.
American Pie is rumored to be based on the name of the plane (A Beechcraft Bonanza, Number N3794P) in which Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens were killed.
www.banadoura.com /articles.php?id=89   (899 words)

  
 American Pie -- MIDI and Lyrics with Interpretation
McClean has remained silent on the meaning, except to say that the song was dedicated to Buddy Holly and that his death is referenced in the first verse.
The song is about the history of rock and roll music and how it changed after Buddy Holly's death.
A "dirge" is a funeral or mourning song, so perhaps this is meant literally, mourning the death of Holly or his music...or, perhaps, this is a reference to some of the new "art rock" groups which played long pieces not meant for dancing.
wilstar.com /midi/americanpie.htm   (2328 words)

  
 American Pie -- Oldies Music, Doo Wop, Rock Music: Your Best Music Source
At American Pie, we guarantee that every CD, every 45 we sell is the original recording by the original artist.
American Pie specializes in in-print product and we're happy to special order (no extra charge) any CD or 45 that is in print.
American Pie: Music is our passion, from oldies music to modern melodies.
ampie.com   (432 words)

  
 American Pie - Don McLean
On page where you say, "The entire song is a tribute to Buddy Holly and a commentary on how rock and roll changed in the years since his death.
I am 16 and therefore was not born in the time this song was written, but me and my friends loved this song and tried to interpret it.
Closing a song like this off by saying what he meant would just downplay its significance and take away the mystery that keeps us all interested.
www.strauss.za.com /sla/don_20020222.html   (5172 words)

  
 ROY TAYLOR MINISTRIES
American Pie, is a detailed prophecy, concerning America's future, and a 'funeral hymn,' written in a 'dirge' foretelling America's death.
The song American Pie, and The Song of Moses, are written in word symbols.
American Pie tells about the last decisive struggle between, Christian America and all the heathen armies of the world, who will be gathered on America's doorstep and according to the Bible, will invade America.
www.roytaylorministries.com   (1754 words)

  
 Amazon.com: American Pie: Music: Madonna   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
The song spent 12 weeks on the chart, and later re-entered the chart for two weeks in June 2000, when the song climbed to No.68.
American Pie (Victor Calderone Vocal Club Mix) - this mix is horrible, it just goes on and on untill the real vocals finally come in, and it dosn't last long.
American Pie (Album Version) - The music dosn't go very well with the vocals, I'll have to pass on this one.
www.amazon.com /American-Pie-Madonna/dp/B00004T1HB   (1713 words)

  
 COZ.MU ~ Kwang Poon's Blog » For a Deeper Appreciation of “American Pie”   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-23)
“American Pie", by Don McLean, is one of those good old classic songs that possesses that elusive timeless quality that many songs strive to achieve but only few succeed in doing.
It is among a handful of songs that have been analyzed, dissected and debated upon ad nauseam.
American Pie is supposed to be the name of the plane that crashed,
www.coz.mu /blog/index.php?p=36   (5311 words)

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