Friday, March 08, 2013

American Pie Revisited

This seems to have been the first long narrative mysterious song that defied explanation for many, coming out in 1971.  There had been previous obscure songs by Dylan, for example Subterranean Homesick Blues and Mr. Tambourine Man, and the Beatles with Strawberry Fields and I Am the Walrus, but this one by Don McLean intrigued everyone.  Obviously it was a poetic history of rock and roll but interpretation was difficult.  There is one here that seems quite good, and goes on for a few more pages in a thorough explanation verse by verse. 

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