I've always loved this song. I was born in 1971 and my last name is Music. I've told my wife and children they have to play this song at my funeral for multiple reasons :) Thanks for this site!
Enjoyed the site very much! I was thinking about the lyrics after John Mayer performed the song on Letterman the other night. (He did a good job, I thought.) So was searching for definitive interpretations after hearing various ones most of my life. I was in 7th grade when it came out and have heard it so many times over the years that I can play it in my head clearly and it's been stuck replaying for a few days (not a bad thing...lol). Appreciate your insight, research, and alternative theories....very interesting stuff!
After loving this song for years I have really enjoyed reading your interpretation. I look forward to hearing it soon and thinking about what I think it all means. |
rgl, london office,
I do a podcast called The Greatest Music Of All Time on Podomatic.com>music>oldies. I'm working on a new one concerning American Pie. Your interpretations are interesting!
Compositions like this are so metaphorically deep that you have to wonder how and where they come from. What was Mr McLean doing at the time? :) ... Two songs I would have loved to have written... This and Hotel California. Same mysterious enlightens.
A beautiful job in analysing one of the most intriguing pop songs ever crafted. Fascinating in its own right and hopefully an inspiration to |
other songwriters to help realize what is possible.
Loved the analogy.It all makes sense and in the creative process it all may just come together in a great anthem!
I enjoyed reading this. I have heard a lot of these, but was fascinated to learn some other meanings. Thanks Don|
PS - I was born 3 days after that tragic plane crash
Hi there, I'm actually doing a report for my college English class on how American Pie is a huge "protest music" song, and all of your references and connections are so helpful. Thanks a lot :)
One issue in your speculation that the "sacred store" could be Fillmore East being closed. You state the song was recorded in May of 1971 and Fillmore shows it's last show to be in June of 1971. But a very interesting read.. thanks for the effort that went into it.
Administrator: A good point but surely they knew before that it would be closing!
Really helped me with my history project; thanks!
Thanks so much for uploading this. Helped a lot while I was doing a report for this song.
Great sit. Found everything that I was looking for. Keep up the good work.
Loved it-excellent research style-American Pie is definately the most unread song yet it has become the most widely reported song sung across the many nations-how ironic
Using your document as a source to write a senior paper (APA) involving lyrical interpretation.
Very informative. Your comments open the song out without killing it by over analysis.
Administrator: Thank you Barbara. Much appreciated.
Wonderful site. I was great to see the interesting and thought provoking thoughts about this great song.
Interesting..deeper than some other sites I think you know more than McLean about his own references!
Administrator: Love it!
Very intriguing analysis of a rock history anthem that continues to fascinate after decades. thanks!
I'm doing a poetry analysis on this song for a class project. This website has really helped me out, thanks! I will attribute my A+ to you
Administrator: Wonderful to hear!