Allegory Of American Pie By Don Mc Lean

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Ask anyone what was the defining moment in the rock history of the 1960s was and all you will get is a one word answer: Woodstock. The three day rock festival that defined an era was only one of many music festivals of the '60s. But Woodstock has come to symbolize, "an era of peaceful, free- loving, drug- taking hippie youth, carefree before harsher realities hit..." (Layman 40). The Woodstock festival ended a century filled with many metamorphoses of rock'n'roll, from the era of pop music to the rebirth of folk music to the invention of acid rock. But some cynics say that rock'n'roll died with the death of Buddy Holly before the 60s even began. One such person is Don McLean. The poet behind the haunting epic song about the death of... View More »

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When the plane crashed all four men died instantly (Jordan). The day that the plane crash henceforth became known as "The day the music died".
The chorus in American Pie is the main theme of the song. American Pie is the pure American art of rock and roll. The Chevy is the icon of America. The levee is the source of music and since the decline of original rock and roll, there is no water (or talent) in the levee: it's dry. "This'll be the day that I die," was taken from a Buddy Holly song entitled "That'll be the Day" and a line in the chorus read, "That'll be the day that I die," (Kulawiec).
The next verse of American Pie, McLean demonstrates what happened after Holly's death. The birth of teen idols such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian arose. Although the verse seems positive, the narrator is left outside of the "dance". While 'you' (The youth of America) were dancing in the gym with 'him' (The teen idols) "...I knew that I was out of luck...", because the love that he wanted from 'you' was given to 'him' (Jordan). Another line in this verse is important. "Can you teach me how to dance real slow..." Slow dancing was important in the early days of rock and roll, but they lost popularity when acid rock and long guitar solos became popular (Kulawiec).
The third verse begins with the narrator in the present (1970). The "moss grows fat on a rolling stone..." which could be Dylan's song, "Like a Rolling Stone," or the band, the Rolling Stones, but either way the phrase is a negative one. The "rolling stone" is not rolling and is stagnant, there for it is growing moss. The ...

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