American Pie ‘is mainly just stuff that rhymes’ = SATIRE!!!

“As the original manuscript of his 1971 hit went up for auction, Maclean said he may have inadvertently created the idea that the song was in some way mysterious.

He said: “It’s incredibly obvious that it’s a history of popular music from the late Fifties to the late Sixties. It really is.

“I used the phrase, ‘do you recall what was revealed’, because it rhymes with ‘field’ and ‘yield’.

“And similarly with ‘the three men I admire most, the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, they caught the last train for the coast’. Do you see what I did there? Honest to god, I didn’t think anyone would bother trying to decode that.”

This is apparently a thing. Yeesh.

  • WhiteRabbit3

    Him, Dylan, and others would throw a bunch of near-meaningless but profound-sounding words together and then watch a bunch of stoned hippies spend hours trying divine the message.
    Kind of like playing with a cat using a laser pointer.

    • Frau Katze

      He was worse than Dylan. Dylan wrote better tunes as well.

    • Oh man.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Ugh….”American Pie” is right up there with “Dust in the Wind” and Jim Croce’s “If I Could Save Time in a Bottle” — those cloying songs make you want to slit your wrists. “American Pie” must be at least 17 minutes long (or at least it seems that way).

    Lost all respect for Beck when he showed up at the Southern border with teddy bears for the cute widdle scabies-ridden MS13 gangbangers.

    • moraywatson

      I love cloying!

    • Ah man I like that tune. I started a counter post and posted the original video of the song, so there;)

      • Uncle_Waspy

        Well Cat…like my high school Francais teacher used to say: Shackon eh son goot!

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Why don’t David Bowie, or “The Cars” lyrics get the same scrutiny?

    “I want to shake like Laguardia
    Magic mouth in the sun
    Train ride to the courtyard
    Before you can run
    Down at the end of lonely street
    Where no one takes a walk
    Someone’s lying at your feet
    And someone’s getting off”

    “It’s on America’s tortured brow
    That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
    Now the workers have struck for fame
    ‘Cause Lennon’s on sale again

    See the mice in their million hordes
    From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads
    Rule Britannia is out of bounds
    To my mother, my dog, and clowns”

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      One of my favourite lines of all time is from I am the Walrus.
      ‘If the sun don’t come you get a tan from standing in the English rain.’

    • Bruce Springsteen is horrid!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Ever sit through a critical listening of “Nebraska”?
        The word “stultify” was invented just for that album.
        True story!

  • moraywatson

    It’s like seeing the movie and then reading the book, or vice versa. The movie and the book are not the same thing, and never will be. What the song means to the singer is not the same thing as what the song means to the listener, nor should it be.

  • Xavier

    The rest of the American Pie album consisted of some of the best poetry I’ve ever read or heard – and I don’t like poetry. Winterwood has remained one of my favorite songs for over 40 years.

    Plus, he apparently anticipated Obama:

  • Frau Katze

    The YouTube link doesn’t work for me. What’s it supposed to be?

    • Fortune has me well in hand, armies ‘wait my command
      My gold lies in a foreign land buried deep beneath the sand
      The angels guide my ev’ry tread, my enemies are sick or dead
      But all the victories I’ve led haven’t brought you to my bed

      You see, everybody loves me, baby, what’s the matter with you?
      Won’tcha tell me what did I do to offend you?

      Now the purest race I’ve bred to be to live in my democracy
      And the highest human pedigree awaits the first-born boy baby
      And my face on ev’ry coin engraved, the anarchists are all enslaved
      My own flag is forever waved by the grateful people I have saved


      Now, no man is beyond my claim when land is seized in the people’s name
      By evil men who rob and maim, if war is hell, I’m not to blame!
      Why, you can’t blame me, I’m Heaven’s child, I’m the second son of Mary mild
      And I’m twice removed from Oscar Wilde, but he didn’t mind, why, he just smiled

      Yes, and the ocean parts when I walk through, and the clouds dissolve and the sky turns blue
      I’m held in very great value by everyone I meet but you
      ’cause I’ve used my talents as I could, I’ve done some bad, I’ve done some good
      I did a whole lot better than they thought I would so, c’mon and treat me like you should!

      • moraywatson

        And another up!

  • I like this song!