Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie by Jan Greenberg
American Pie (song)
The singer discusses his masterpiece as the original manuscript goes up for auction. McLean says he felt an inexorable decline in American culture at the time he wrote the song, and almost saw things getting worse in the future. The song was inspired, first and foremost, by the deaths of musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. McLean was a year-old paperboy at the time and mourned their deaths greatly. But the rest of the song is a maelstrom of social, cultural and political allusions.
Dear Peggy Sue: An appropriately timed question, with Feb. Without mentioning him by name, "American Pie" makes clear references to Buddy Holly, but it is about so much more. It's a song of desires and discontentment. His is the first person voice "I"-"me"-"we" and spirit of s music and culture, a conclusion based on this detailed analysis:. If he could revive it, people would surely dance and be happy. McLean, a newspaper carrier as a boy, recalls the plane crash that killed everyone on board, including Buddy Holly. Just five months before the tragedy, Holly married Maria Elena Santiago.
Recorded and released on the American Pie album in , the single was the number-one US hit for four weeks in and also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In the UK, the single reached number 2, where it stayed for 3 weeks, on its original release while a reissue in reached No. A truncated version of the song was covered by Madonna in and reached No. McLean's combined version is the fourth longest song to enter the Billboard Hot at the time of release it was the longest , in addition to being the longest song to reach number one. The repeatedly mentioned phrase " the day the music died " refers to the plane crash in that killed early rock and roll performers Buddy Holly , The Big Bopper , and Ritchie Valens.
Don McLean wrote the song "American Pie" in What do the Lyrics mean? A long, long time ago American Pie was written in and the time McLean is going to talk about is the 's. This seems like a long time ago 'cause of all the turmoil that occurred in the 60's. I can still remember how that music used to make me smile. McLean's favorite music was that of the 50's.