It’s time once again for favorite lyric Friday. Today’s song was actually mentioned during covers week. One of my favorite songs (certainly in the top 10) is American Pie by Don McLean. This song is perhaps the most iconic of all American popular music. It has been interpreted, reinterpreted and re-re-interpreted. McLean himself is very hush hush about the meaning. He felt that he has something to say and he said it. It is not worth rehashing what has been done already. I am not going to enter into a discourse about the meaning of the song. I will say though that it is clear that the “day the music died” is a reference to the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. That much McLean has said himself. The song seems to be a nostalgic look by an unnamed narrator back at the previous decade (the 1960s). Bye Bye Miss America Pie is probably the narrators way of saying farewell to the simpler times that preceded the 60s.
To pick favorite lyrics from this song is almost impossible. You can find the lyrics here.