American Pie – the song – by Don McLean


iuI’ve just been re-united with some of my old CD’s – in the process of moving to West Wales, there were some boxes that didn’t have labels and so didn’t get opened until now.

I picked one out at random, and was back in the nostalgia of the 1970’s! It was. of course, this one – well actually a compilation of his popular songs – and just played the whole CD thro’ – this was the first track, which I’d always liked, but I had bought the CD for his song – Vincent – about Van Gough and his painting of Starry Night – a poster of which I once had on my wall, when I was a student.

Wikipedia tells us that “American Pie” is a song by American folk rock singer and songwriter Don McLean. Recorded and released on the American Pie album in 1971, the single was a number-one US hit for four weeks in 1972………..

The repeatedly mentioned “day the music died” refers to the 1959 plane crash which killed early rock and roll performers Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. (The crash was not known by that name until after McLean’s song became a hit.) The meaning of the other lyrics has long been debated, and for decades, McLean declined to explain the symbolism behind the many characters and events mentioned. However, the overall theme of the song is the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation as symbolized by the plane crash which claimed the lives of three of its heroes.[2]

You can find the full lyrics here, as they are too long for this short blog post, and there is a fascinating article on the BBC news site, written when the original lyrics were sold for $1.2 million in April 2015, which goes into the meaning of the lyrics in great detail.

All I can contribute to a subject that has been endlessly debated over the years, is that the song is about what Don McLean was doing on the “day the music died”.

Enjoy!  This one is for Orde who helped me move some of my stuff around last week, and  when he asked about this song, I couldn’t even remember Buddy Holly’s name until we looked it up – smile.

Please do contribute your memories of the song – if you are old enuf to have them – by leaving a comment at the bottom of this blog!