Lean back on this beautiful 4th of July sunny afternoon, with a Bud Light and shades on. Turn the volume up for this track by Don McLean, released in the early 70s, and hit number one in 1972.
It was one of those nice guitar songs that I wanted to learn as young lad, trying to impress the girls around the campfire, we never really had, back in the late 80s in rural Denmark. We only have fires for Sankt Hans, which is a more modern attempt at having a pillage party.
In fact, I couldn’t hit a node and had many challenges playing the guitar. Still, it did not prevent me from trying. Try, try, try again.
Mr. McLean wrote and performed this song, which is an eight-minute tribute to the state of society at the time.
It is a fabulous song and has plenty of small references and deeper meanings to the troubled times in the late 60s and early 70s. Perhaps some modern sing/songwriter can write a new song about the times we are experiencing now, a song that reflects the state of affairs, and perhaps lift the mood around the country.
Basically in ‘American Pie,’ things are heading in the wrong direction. It is becoming less idyllic. I don’t know whether you consider that wrong or right but it is a morality song in a sense.” ~ Don McLean interview