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I enjoyed your interpretation of McLean's lyrics. I don't know that they are totally accurate but you make sense and I don't have a better explanation. If you haven't seen the stage musical "The Buddy Holly Story" you've missed some great entertainment.
David Amundson <d-e-amundson@msn.com>
USA


One of the biggest buddy Holly fans in England.
Anne-Marie Longshaw <am.longshaw@btinternet.com>
England

Sadly, I had never heard 'American Pie' before Madonna produced her rendition of the song. To hear the original was like unearthing a musical gem. Many thanks for creating this website and for the insight provided in the lyrical interpretation.
Hilda Canes <hilda_canes@hotmail.com>
USA

I found your website while looking for the words to Madonna's version of Pie for my 9 year old daughter. She couldn't believe that it was an "old song". Its interesting how much of the original she has cut. Thanks for the insight - I've always wondered as to the underlying motivation for the song - it would be very interesting if someone could get Don to open up more about his motivation for writing it.

Great site.

Mike Dykhouse <dykhouse@global.co.za>
South Afica

Your sight gave me a good insight into this song which caught my attention only a few days ago. The song moved me enough to go looking for its background and I stumbled on to your website. Thanks a lot.

Rais.

Rais Ahmed <rais93@hotmail.com>
USA/Pakistan

GREAT!
ED CAULEY <edwardo1@worldnet.att.com>
us

I searched Don Mclean to get the chord/word for our family bands new bass guitarist. We know bits of the subtext; it will be good to get the whole lot to read through!

thanks

Peter Newbury <sequoiadev.f9.co.uk>
England

Great Work!
Hope to find some more Mclean lyrics (and interpretations) in the future on this web site!
Congratulations and thank you.

Pietro <pitbell@hotmail.com>
Italy

Enjoyed your ideas. I've never been one to try to figure out songwriter's intentions. I graduated high school in 1972 and was busy figuring out what to do with my life and listened to songs more for their tune than their meaning. If your thoughts on the song aren't correct, they're close enough for me.
Linda Lindsay <lindsaylrl@aol.com>
USA

I have always wondered about this song. The more you listen to it the more you can read into it. Your interpretation of the lyrics is more food for thought..Thanks
Kim Welch <axlepony@aol.com>
usa

Very interesting interpretation of what I consider the greatest rock and roll song ever recorded, by perhaps the most talented songwriter of our time. I enjoyed your web site very much and commend you on an excellant job. Thank you.
Doug Abbott <DOC4640@aol.com>
USA

Wanted to hear the song and an internet search brought me
to you.
Learnt loads of information from your site.
Thanks .

Nat <maxiriggs@hotmail.com>
Mauritius

AS A CHILD MY DAD CALLED ME "PIE" AFTER THE SONG..I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT AS CUTE... BUT THE MEANING OF MY NICKNAME HAS BECOME MUCH MORE IN MY LIFE...SOMEHOW THE LYRICS HAVE REGENERATED A SECOND TIME... THOUGH, THE ORIGINAL IS MY FAVORITE INTERPRETATION AND STYLE...

MY THOUGHTS FOR MY LIFE
I AM NOT A POET OR SONGWRTER BUT THIS IS A RAW THOUGHT

YET IN MY LIFE... I HAVE STILL TO CROSS THAT BRIDGE... TO FIND THE ANSWERS IN MY HEAD.. AND MAKE THAT JOURNEY IN TIME AND SPACE... WAIT AND SEE MY ETERNAL FATE.. AND GATHER UP MY COURAGE AND STRENGTH TO WALK WHAT DIRECTION STILL AWAITS...

I'VE FELT THE LOVE THAT SURROUNDS US ALL AND HAVE ALSO TOUCH THE FLAMES BELOW... I'VE EXPERIENCE THINGS FROM DAYS OF PAST... AND THEY APPLY AND LAST...

LIFE IS NOT WHAT IT HAD SEEM, BUT NO MATTER I STILL HAD DREAMS... WE R NO DIFFERENT U AND ME... AND ONE DAY I HOPE THAT WE ALL WILL MEET.... WITH JOY AND LOVE ABOUT OUR FEET...

I NEVER PROCLAIM I KNOW IT ALL.. NOR DID I WRITE THE BOOK OF LOVE.. NO MATTER IF LOVES A GAME OR PREDETERMINED AS WITH FATE... I DO BELIEVE IN LOVE ... AND EVEN ENJOY ROCK AND ROLL...

BUT THROUGH IT ALL SOMEHOW THINGS GOT SOOOO MIXED UP... I HOPE THAT GOD IS STILL ABOVE...

AND THAT HE'LL SAVE OUR SOULS.. AND FORGIVE AND LOVE AS I'VE BEEN TOLD...THE DAY THE MUSIC DIES.


yvette <www.MissAmpie2@aol.com>
USA

Very good iv'e looked for this for some time now .
Tony Staniforth <Tony JuneS@aol.com>
G.B

I heard the original version on the radio last night and it reminded me of a 7th grade music class that I was in - in probably 1972. Our teacher walked us through the song and provided the interpretation and we discussed it. In trying to share this with my 15 yr old daughter, I wanted to remember what some of the symbolism represented - and she found your website. Thank you for refreshing my memory. Much of what you said it what I remember from long ago. I enjoyed reading the interpretation. I edit by nature and only found one typo - plain instead of plane - I think in verse 4 or 5. Also, some of your pictures didn't come up - not sure why that was. Anyway, thank you, I enjoyed the trip down memory lane...
Mel Philp <MelPhilp@aol.com>
US

Wow ! This must have been a lot of work to collect all information you have used trying to find the meaning of the lyrics of this magic song. Thank you, diving back into the time of my youth was really an adventure.
Thanks again,
Heinz

(sorry for my first, incomplete message)

oldieheinz <oldieheinz@chello.at>
Austria

Wow ! This must have been a lot of collect all information you have used trying to find the meaning of the lyrics of this magic song. Thank you, diving back into the time of my youth was really an adventure.
Thanks again,
Heinz

oldieheinz <oldieheinz@chello.at>
Austria

Loved your interpretation. I just heard the song tonight and my 13 year old son (who originally heard only the Madonna version) sat and sang the whole thing. I have always been curious about the hidden meaning and I'm glad I found your website. Great website for a great song!!!
Michelle Mazurco <Closing my account>
U.S.A.

I am from Uruguay, South America. I was born in 1966, so by the time this song was released listening to american music was not one of my hobbies. However, I knew the song, since it was still played on radios years after. I never had payed attention to its lyrics until the day an English teacher talked about it and gave an interpretation of the song. I was impressed of all the symbols and metaphoras (I think this word exists in English) that the song contains. And now that the song has gotten new fame through Madonna's version, I was in the web looking for sites related to it and I found yours.
It was really very interesting reading your interpretation.
Bye.

Haroldo Saxlund <harsax@netparatodos.com.uy>
Uruguay, South America

THERE ARE ONLY TWO KINDS OF MUSIC.ROCK'N ROLL!!

julian.m.christensen
norway

Very cool. I used to play a game with friends when "American Pie" came on the radio: We'd try to see how many references we could figure out. Boy did we miss some!
John McMorrow <morro_bay_john@yahoo.com>
USA

Saul,really enjoyed the song and the story. What a website!
A great presentation. Salaams, good luck, A&N

Anne & Neil Peckham <npeckham@nsw.bigpond.net.au>
Sydney, Australia

A job very well done. Finally I understood completely the words and the meaning of one of my most favourite songs (if we talk about Don together with Vincent) that reminds me of my teenage. Thank you.
Marco <jazzie@tiscalinet.it>
Italy

Thank You. Very Informative and probably pretty close to the truth.
George <GeorgePMurphy@AOL>
USA

A lot of interesting comments and some good research. I loved the song and was singing along from the first time I heard it. We have used -American Pie-(singing along naturtaly) for classic moments at family gatherings for years. McClean is a talented artist with many good works (especially -Vincent-) and I like his brief comments on Amereican Pie. The real beauty of this sort of great work is in the various interpretations available to the user; some of which can and do extend beyond any scope the artist may have originially imagined.
Chet Comee <chetcomee3@aol.com>
USA

Very interesting. I enjoyed the intrepretation. I have always enjoyed the song but not it means a lot more now that you have explained the lyrics.
K Warren <kwarren@mail.gov.nf.ca>
Canada

Being new to the Internet, I am kind of overwhealmed by the
sheer number of sites devoted to "American Pie," and I now
have one too. It is discoveryspot.com In it you will learn of
a brand new intrepration based on a discovery. After some
careful research, I have come to believe that the song never
was what most "experts" have lead us to believe. It had more
to say than, perhaps, its greatest fans suspected. Your
intrepretation is closer than most, but missed the main theme.
The song never was about Buddy Holly, only the first ten lines.
And it never was an ode to Rock & Roll. Thanks, John Wilson

John L. Wilson <REVELATION@socket.net>
U.S.

Very interesting interpretation of the song. I'm 39 years old, and have loved it from the first time I ever heard it. Don McClean is truly a talented musician, with a beautiful voice (esp. on Vincent). Not sure I agree with all of your ideas about the song, but it certainly answers a lot of questions. Great website! Michele in Georgia
Michele <maeharris@hotmail.com>
Georgia, USA

Wow. That is an awesome interpretation. I have loved this song since i was born (being only 16 it has not been that long) and my father has given me interpretations here and there but this was exactly what i was looking for. Thanks again.
Justin <Justint@email.com>
USA

Your interpretation is indeeed very good. All of your presumptions are supported with facts, not to mention the pictures serves as proof as well. Your knowledge of Don's inclinations added to your convincing power as well.
However, you weren't right when you said that Madonna missed the point of the song and that it was just another cheap attemp on her part to flaunt her body with the American flag. On the contrary, Madonna gave new life to this long forgotten song with her own style of performing. And besides Don and Madonna belong to different generations of music, people of the older generation think that DOn's version is better and people of the younger generation liked Madonna's version better. Rock and Roll is music way way back but now its Pop. You have exhibited your point clearly and well but I believe that you are just another critic playing favorites. You should have commented on the Star Wars imitation of the song, because the lyrics and the message is entirely different, in Madonna's version it's not.

JHABES

Hi! I just finished reading the entire interpretation of the song. I didn't know there was a story behind every line. I only became familiar with the song when Madonna made a remake. I had the chance to listen to Don's version because my Dad has a collection of old records. There's a big difference in the two versions in terms of the style of the performers. But that doesn't mean Madonna ruined the song, her version does not irradicate the message at all. And may I ask why you didn't react to the Star Wars' Parody of the same song?
The pictures helped me understand your point of view better as I am not familiar with those personalities you mentioned because I was born in the 80's. Your website serves as a very good vehicle in making your voice heard. More power. I'll check out your website again for some new stuff you'll be featuring.

JB <jb@gtfs-gulf.com>
UAE

Hi! I just finished reading the entire interpretation of the song. I didn't know there was a story behind every line. I only became familiar with the song when Madonna made a remake. I had the chance to listen to Don's version because my Dad has a collection of old records. There's a big difference in the two versions in terms of the style of the performers. But that doesn't mean Madonna ruined the song, her version does not irradicate the message at all. And may I ask why you didn't react to the Star Wars' Parody of the same song?
The pictures helped me understand you point of view better as I am not familiar with those personalities you mentioned because I was born in the 80's. Your website serves as a very good vehicle in making your voice heard. More power. I'll check out your website again for some new stuff you'll be featuring.

JB <jb@gtfs-gulf.com>
UAE

Came in here of an accident, as with so many other sites. This one, however, is worth visiting. And many times too, I might add.
You've written a great interpretation of the song - I used to think American Pie was a few good lines with a lot of nonsense text in between, but now I see it's a solid piece of lyrics all way through.
Thanks for showing me the light.

Martin Agren <martin.agren@home.se>
Sweden

Mike Gebbie <mpgebbie@klondyke.net>
usa

Was looking for an explanation on the Jester in a cast,,,, and always thought that the 3 men I admire most were actually the Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. Thanks alot,,, I did enjoy!!!
Craig Hayes <iupopx2@aol.com>
USA

Great web pages on American Pie. They've been extremely useful as a student resource (I'm a teacher of English as a Second Language at a local High School).
Thanks!

Marcelo Meza <mmezag@puc.cl>
Chile

Saul, this is Adam remember me? I just visited your website and I really liked it!!
Adam Baliban <pedestal19@aol.com>
United States of America

I've really enjoined your site. I've been a fan of McLean for the past ten years (since I was 14) and back then could not find a way to get the lyrics of his songs from Americn Pie. I came to your site when it occured to me on a moment of nostalgy for these songs that now lyrics must be more available... I still didn't read all your interpretation but it seems interesting and informative... I myself enjoy this loaded with images song without ever having the need to interpret it, though usually analyzing poems and litterature is one of my greatests enjoyments. But with regard to McLean's songs, well at least those in American Pie wich are my real favorites (I tried listening to other albums of his but could not connect to them)as I was saying, with McLean's works I find an amazing endless pleasure from the song itself playing in my mind with the images that are CONSTANTLY created... looking at your site, though, has enlarged a bit my images with relation to this sons, Thank you! I was glad to see from the brief and shallow gaze at the interpretation that you've also did not force upon it an analysis af some sort (psychological, philosophical, etc.) but rather stayed close to the very fim artistic side of this song and enlarged its world Thank you again, this time in the name of ART!. I have one question: I used to try to write the lyrics out of the record I had of it, and in the vers with Lenin (or Lenon-I'd never thought of that..) I'd always heard him to sing "And we sang dirties in the dark" I was surprised to see in your text "dirges" instead of what I'm used to hear. obviousely it gives the verse an entire different tone - Thank you and GGGOOD bYE.
ayelet lerman <adamciella@netscape.net>
ISRAEL

this is a great website
Tyler <screamwitme@bolt.com>
usa

Very well done. Your skills in interpretive prose show, as does you love for a song I believe to be a classic "history" of rock n' roll. I really enjoyed it. Mike.
Mike Strickler <mstrick523@aol.com>
US

Thanks for replying and I found your website interesting but I still don't believe the song means about what happened in the past but what was to happen in the future after the song was released,and what is still to come!
stephen <j.holgate@virgirnnet.co.uk>
england

Very interesting analysis. The song is quite popular again due to weird al and madonna. My son 14 years old partcularly enjoyed the anysis. He also enjoyed Vincent and the aliterations in that don mclean song.
Steve Kay <scrlkay@gateway.net>

I enjoyed a lot your interpretation of American Pie. Good work! I happened to like the Madonna version anyway.

Greetings from Madrid, Spain

Cesar Astudillo <cesar@astudillo.com>
Spain

Thanks for the detailed interpretation. I've persuaded my 7 year old daughter that the
Madonna version is horrible, and we now regularly sing along in the car.
I'm sure that I'll get asked questions, and I've wanted to know a lot
of the stuff that you explained, for some time (most of my life!!)

Thanks Again

Stuart

Stuart Gaunt <stuartg@bigfoot.com>
England

Good Interpretation !!!
Looks like a PhD Paper indeed......
Bravo~

Chan (from HK) <dragonza@tom.com>
China (Hong Kong)

I really love this song...in it's original form, and in the form sang by Maddona! It's really GREAT!!!
starr rogers <starrbaby1869@cs.com>

Love ya babe!!!!!
Who needs sex when I've got this website!!!!

Helen and Ciara <hdd199@sotton.ac.uk>
WALES!!!!!!!!

you have put an amazing amount of thought and thoughtfullness into your interpretation. Just as I started to not agree with something you said, you added another line stating my thoughts, too. There is a website called www.askjeeves.com, in which you can ask this butler (Jeeves) a question and he will fetch an answer. That's where I found your site. Thanks again.
Brenda Berger <Bberger3@home.com>
KY, USA

i LOVE AMERICAN PIE AND ALSO DON MECLEAN IT HELPS ME UNDERSTAND THE SONG. BEFORE I DID NOT UNDERSTEAD ANY OF IT ONLY THAT 3 WELL KNOWN PEOPLE DIED IN IT WELL THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW WHAT THE SONGS MEANS

Beth <beth@cloh.net>
USA

Wow! I love this song so much but never really understood it. With the help of your great interpretation I hear the song in an other clearer way! Thank you very much and keep up your cool homepage!
Bernd
Austria

I found your site through a Copernic search. I use we didn't start the fire and american pie the last few days of senior-in-high-school history class. their brains have long since checked out, but some of them find this history twist to be interesting.
bill cate <bcate@saa-sds.org>
us

Budy Holly lives for ever
Doc Crippen Dr C <ak2366@earthlink.net>
Ca USA

Great interpretation. My son, 18, loves to play this song and I love to hear it because it is sooooo easy to sing along to. I was wondering about the meaning. I have heard many interpretations, but I really LOVE how clearly and organized yours is. I forwarded it to my son for his enjoyment. I'll go back to singing it again. Thanks.
Denise <DMECNM@aol.com>
USA

I just love the song miss american pie and all the songs from the 50,60 ,70 and 80īs. Buddy Holly&co.
AC Skannrup <m200as@vl.dk>
Denmark

I was looking for a long time for an interpretation of
Don McLean's song American Pie.

Thanks
Rolf

Rolf Grunder <clancy@freesurf.ch>
Switzerland

Very intersting, thank You
Wolfgang Riedl <Wo.Riedl@web.de>
Austria

Many thanks for such a comprehensive interpretation. I was a teenager when American Pie was released and never really understood what the song was about. Now, after the recent Madonna release of the song, I was interested to "re-discover" the lyrics and explore parts of them with my year 6/7 class of students ( 11 - 13 year olds). I'll obviously use selected verses as a poetry/music study. Not having the lyrics on hand, I thought I'd explore the net. What a bonus...not only the entire lyrics, but relevant pics. and interpretation. Fantastic! Thanks again, regards, Mary.
Mary Arnold <arnoldfam@chariot.net.au>
Australia

Very interesting - thanks !
Nick Ashley
Spain

Great site, 5 years ago I visited the USA making a tour from Miami to Boston via New Orleans. We heard this song a couple of times and I always asked myself what it meant.
Dutch Team Barefoot Waterskier.

Eddie Smit <eddie.smit@bigfoot.com>
Holland

I think this is a really interesting site. I also feel everyone who has heard this song has and always will try to figure out what everything refers too!!! Great job!!!!!
marylou <marylou@ztrain.com>
USA


Thanks for making this page. There were a lot of historical facts that I felt I didn't know related to this song. You help me understand more and become more confused. Thank You
Jeff
USA

Congratulations! The site is very well done. I especially love
the "millenium pie" & I told all my friends about it!
Thanks for doing such a great job researching all the background
information to this masterpiece of music.

Linda
Austria

Great site. I'm fascinated with this song and it's meaning.
Michael Ellis <smooth_oper@hotmail.com>
Texas, United Sates of America

I liked your interpretation of American Pie and esp. the
references to what Don McLain himself has said about the
lyrics.

I also like Madonna's version of the song!

Doug <duggg@aol.com>
USA

found your site while doing a search on the net for the meaning of the lyrics to american pie -girlfriend and i had just heard it on the radio and were satisfying some idle curiousity- thanks for the info - interesting and a bit perplexing the lyrics are - have a little different slant on the personally - more a tribute to all the big gigs in music at the time--- was jagger satan ? naw Nick
Nick D. <112307.3441@compuserve.com>
USA

thank you for your beautiful interpretation.
madonna's version took me back to my youth (i am 55...)
and your illuminating notes helped me understand why i love this song so much
thank you,thank you,thank you.

yoram ben tovim <btty@inter.net.il>
israel

I just love this song,and finally I could understand it.Thank you very much.
Paula Lobo <nipala@uol.com.br>
Brazil

My pupils were playing Madonna's version the other day, and one of the kids asked me what "bad news on the doorstep" referred to. I started thinking, no way was I gonna let them think this was a Madonna song! Looking forward to seeing their faces when I present them with a 12-page interpretation! Nice work!
Johanne <jokay@online.no>
Norway

ALOT OF ANSWERS TO ALOT OF QUESTIONS
THANKS!!!!!

Kate <K8HOL@AOL.COM>
ENGLAND, LEICESTER

Great site! :) The interpretation was quite eye-opening, especially for a college student interested in religion, history and philosophy, as well as (more recently) music as an expression/shaper of culture. :)

Also, to G. David Nystrom (one of the first signers), I didn't think you sounded impolite at all. :)

Christina
Arizona, USA

Great interpretation. My daughter who is 15 loves the song and wanted to
know what it is about. It's a neat history lesson. Thanks

Doug <doug888@home.com>
Canada

Hello there I came in search of Don Mc Lean's views on Madonna's version, but instead I found the explanation to his lyrics, majorly cool! I have always wanted to know the meaning. Thanks for making it accessible :)
Theri <raindrop@nais.com>
USA

I've always loved the song, shame it's recently been ruined by Madonna, but then nobody can seriously think it's better! Great site thanks!
Zak <zak130@hotmail.com>
England

I was searching for chords to American Pie so I could play it on my guitar, But stumbled onto this instead. Very interesting. All these years I could never even guess what that song was about.
Lisa <LFaires@Palermo.org>
USA

Being 60 something I felt the need to keep my brain from atrophy. I had always wanted to learn all the words so had to understand the whole meaning...I just plain looked and stumbled onto the sight...Thanks for doing this. Carolyn.
Carolyn <tinkham-smart@acbm.qc.ca>
Quebec, still Canada!!!!

heard about your website in the March 5 Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Great Site!
Lisa Wolf <lemurwolf@hotmail.com>
USA

I think that American Pie is one of the greatest songs of all time because of its story-like qualities. McLean painted a great picture of the United States and the events that shaped it between February 3, 1959 and the early 1970s, probably one of the greatest times in American history.
Jonesy <jonesy5001@hotmail.com>
U.S.A.

This was very interesting. It is similar to my interpretation of many years ago. I do think, however, that you stretch a bit at times. But I'm glad I read it! Have you done any other interps?
Robin <rjwitzi@yahoo.com>
USA


great website
Tom Hopkins <THOPSR@hotmail.com>
usa


Almost ten years passed since i heard for first time American pie in a Pub called 'Irish' in Paros island in Greece. I was 20 years old and when i heard that song i realised that it had a very special meaning. When i came back in Athens i bought don's albums and today after 10 years when I am hearing this song to the radio I turn back and i remember that Summer of 1990 which was the best of my life..
George Skaramagas <skarg@x-treme.gr>
Greece

lovely site. American Pie is a wonderful song.
I hate seeing it mutilated by Madonna now..
Aparna
India

Your site has given me an even better insight into one of my all time favorite songs. Thanks!
Kelli <shortikel@hotmail.com>
USA

love the song
Moira King
Ireland

Heard about this in the redio
John Smith
USA

Just wanted to say thanks for the site -- I've been wanting the words to the song for a long time, but hadn't gotten around to looking them up. Someone posted the site on a bulletin board I visit. Analysis seems pretty good to me; that's so much "my" era of life!
beth
usa

I think it'd be cool to have a link to just the lyrics and
some background music along with it.
Chad Greskiwcz <rook8a@hotmail.com>
U.S.A

Great site -- see my feedback comments for a couple of corrections you need to make to keep it accurate.
Eric Dawson <ericdawson@wireweb.net>
US

this is a great site for doing a report thanks
charlie


Fascinating page and commentary. I heard about this on a basketball bulletinboard.
Kevin Givens

Very good, well written and educational site about one of my favorite songs. I've already sent the link to my father who fought in Vietnam. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!
cindy <cindyku96@aol.com>

i love to read lyrics of songs and their meanings... great job..
diana borman <mkborman@aol.com>

Saul

It's a terrific bit of research. I love the song. Are his other songs full of half hidden meanings/

Cheers

Peter
peter.pierpoint <p.pierpoint@pbs.plym.ac.uk>

A good site about a top song, very nice will done. :-)
I write this on the day of the Madonna releasae of this song.
TODAY THE MUSIC TRUELY DIED
Simon B <Simon.bowyer@s3t.co.uk>

This is the first explanation I have seen for this song which has mystified me since it cam out. I knew about the Holly, Valenz, Bopper connection but nothing else. THANK YOU!
Pam <Pmoore8951@aol.com>

I found your website through a search for don mclean american pie lyrics interpretation.
I first encountered the lyrics and their interpretation in a newspaper a few years ago.
Since then i've learned bits and pieces about that era and am becoming ensnared in its mysticism.
I'm only 21, so I never came close to living in it, but I still think that I'll be spending a lot of time
trying to understand the era.
The issues my generation has to deal with pale in comparison, of course.
Sometimes that makes me glad I wasn't there, but usually I wish I was.

Malcolm Drew <malcolmdrew@hotmail.com>

I've always liked that song. It was cool reading the translation of it.
Joseph K. Brown <jokbrown@iupui.edu>

I would be interested in hearing your interpretation of The Eagles' "Hotel California". Thanks.
Glenn A Mosley <gamosley@eastman.com>

I am 44 years old and remember the song well, although, at the time of its release and subsequent airplay, I probably didn't give a thought to the songs meaning. I just thought it was a great song. I do remember having a discussion about the songs lyrics in my 8th or 9th grade English class. We thought that the song refered to a nuclear holocaust. After reading your interpretation, I understand the song much better and I believe you have it right. I was very interesting. Thank you very much.
Glenn A Mosley <gamosley@eastman.com>

I just wanted to thank you for creating this site. I have always wondered what American Pie is really about. I have visited several other sites to gain this information but yours has been the most informative so far. Thanks again. Keep up the good work!!!!!
Amanda

great site!! i picked up your link on a dogpile search engine.
i was looking for more info on this classic song. it seems that madonna is going to sing a version of it at the superbowl pre-show. since it's happening here in my home town>atlanta,georgia<, the local rag ran a story abit her and the song. the writer jsut dismissed the song as being "about the history of rock and roll. i just feel it was such a personal song to don. i am going to send a link to your site to said reporter in hopes of enlightening her. thanks again
scott <hazel714@yahoo.com>

I'm a Senior at COal City High School and am currently enrolled in a Recent U. S. History class. We were assigned a research paper last month and I chose to write mine on the plane crash that killed Budy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (The Day The Music Died.) I was searching for info and found your site. I was hoping to find an interpretation of the song American Pie- and I did! It was so helpful! If you know of any ohter good information on the subject let me know. Thnk you so much!!!
Allison Vanderhyden <Ali0046@aol.com>
USA

I was nice to visit your site. I have been a Don Mcclean fan for years. Recently I was thinking if someone on the web had done anything with it. Thanks
Scott Jackson <sjackson@iowalink.com>
usa

Very interesting. I don't know anyone who doesn't like the song and your interpretation makes it even better.
Philip

I'm writing a conflict paper for my English Comp II class in college and used pieces of your interpretation to compare with my own. This is a fabulous site!! Very thorough. And don't worry, I cited you properly! :0)
Joy Pfalzgraf <eeyore_81@hotmail.com>
Missouri, USA

great site, now i really know what don's singing and what he meant with it. nowadays the songs have no lyrics like this they're only about nothing. I really enjoyed your site
so bye bye
merel <dmmrp@zeelandnet.nl>
the Netherlands

Thanks for this.
adrian williams
UK

What a great website devoted to an even greater song!!!
Kate <kate_swain@yahoo.com>
UK

At last, a convincing analysis of a song which has haunted
me for many, many years! Thanks for a great job well done !
Elie MILGROM <em@info.ucl.ac.be>
Belgium

Very interesting interpretations. About 95 % right
I think. Well done for someone in the UK.
Jeff Garry <jtg@tc.umn.edu>
US of A

I was six years old when the song came out and I didn't know anything about the references contained in the lyrics. I heard it at lunch today and started thinking about the lyrics and such. Having a curious mind, I decided I better look for some explanations. Thanks for all the info. Very informative.
michael perry <msperry@apollogrp.edu>
usa

For a long time I have wondered on the history of this song and I am glad you took the time to disentangle this classic song. Thanks it was very informative!!!
carley <cga2452@labs.tamu.edu>
U.S.A

Thank You
Angela Williams
us

This site was really cool...I have always loved this song.
Lindsay
USA

That is a very thourough and detailed explenqation, Thank you
Peter Oakham <Peter@ottawa.com>
Canada

I am a big Bob Dylan fan, and heard there was a reference to him in American Pie. So I searched for American Pie and found your site. Very informative. Thanks.
Colin Davies <colindavies@computerweekly.net>
England

best interpretation ever, i love the song, i love the music, i
listen to the cd non-stop all day long, it kicks, i am the
ultimate american pie fan
American Pie Fan <fireburner11@hotmail.com>
USA

Really great! I had already read some interpretations of this song, but yours is undoubtely the best!

Marcelo Barbosa <embs@hotmail.com>
Brazil

I really enjoyed it. I stumbled on it by mistake, but I am a big Don McClean fan.
Ed McManus
USA

Great site....great explanations of just about everything. One thing to add, "landed foul on the Grass"-one of the members of the Byrds was arrested for marijuana possession. Not sure of the date. What do you think about the Jester as Dylan, the King as Elvis, and the Queen as Little Richard?? Peace.
Dan from WV <DCris2@aol.com>
USA

I thing this sites great,it has everything you need to know about American Pie
HAYDOH
IRELAND

You have put together a very good site. It is clear that your interpretation is well researched. Thank you for your effort.
Ryan Allen <guitarzan99@mailcity.com>
USA

hey, this is pretty cool. i didn't know about this stuff....i kept wondering what the heck this song is about. great job on the interp - my teacher seemed to like it too. you oughta do an interp on other songs too.
Gerry <glycocalyx_1@yahoo.com>
USA

Hi. Loved your interpretation of American Pie. I'm not sure that it explains everything, but I think you're barking up the right tree. In any event, it helped me to consider in a new light times and events in my own life that I've never been able to make peace with. C ya.
Mike Laube <mlaube@holosofx.com>
USA

Im 13 years old and where I come from kids my age don't think this song is "cool".Im doing a assigment on the song and Iv'e got more than enough information.
Keep up the good work!!!
JAKE
Lismore,Australia
Jake
Australia

great site. came looking for lyrics and got a whole lot more. thanks.
oh, and get yourself an Opera browser icon.
(www.operasoftware.com - it's great)
Vijay Kaul <vkaul@sidwell.edu>
USA


Great site man. Amazing job you did in interpreting one of the greatest song of the 20th century.

Well done.
Em Aye

Really kewl interpretation.

Sascha Lurz <redskulls@yahoo.com>
Germany

Your site has taught me a lot a song so dear to us Filipinos. While a large part of the younger generation has forgotten the songs of olden days, some of us still write, paint and sing to the sounds that touch the soul and please the senses. Contemporary music will always amaze us with their newness and gimmickry, but the likes of Don Mclean, The Stones, the Beatles will always be the ones who will leave permanent traces in the way we lead our lives. Kudos to you.
Joel <catharsis@hotmail.com>
Philippines

Awesome page! Great interpretation!
Ash <Gogogirl123@hotmail.com>
CANADA

that was a really great explanation of the song. So many people try to analyse this song, but they don't bring themselves across as well as you did.
Thanks heaps for your insight, it was great

Peta
Peta Lockwood <petakl@hotmail.com>
Australia

I really like the song. I listen to it every night before I go to bed. I finally understand what it all means. Thanks!
Amanda Janes <muffin4@hotmail.com>
Canada

I want tell you how much I enjoyed your website. I am 17 and love the oldies. American Pie is one of my most favorites. I never knew the great detail that is really in that song. I knew it had meanings, but not that much!

Great job!

Thanks a lot!

Kyle G. Butterfield <gijoe@hotmail.com>
USA

Recently saw Don on TV performing American Pie. As young people we recited lyrics without thinking or questioning the meaning. As an adults in mid-40's we really began wondering about what it meant. A co-worker took a college class some time ago which did an entire research project on this. No one performs this song quite as well as Don. Thanks for the research and info -- great reading. My teenagers now sing and love this song too! It appears to have a timeless quality. Thanks much!
betty schmidtberger <bschmidtberger@yahoo.com>
usa

American Pie - I never knew exactly what it meant. I'm sure
that no one truly knows what it meant exept for Don McLean.
But we can try, and you truly have given the best explanation
I have ever seen. Keep up the good work!
Andrew <andrew@dragonstuff.8m.com>
USA

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mark <miciotto3@hotmail.com>
us

i found your page while i was seaching for sound byte of the song so i can learn to play it on the guitar. I learned alot ablut this song it is alot deeper then i thought i also learnd alot about a time that i missed because i am only 16 so thank you for making this page i appreciate it.

Matt
Matt Gibbons <picmerollin@yahoo.com>
US

Great interpetation of the song... never really thought about it all these years... just always sang along... take care...
Dan Cox <dantere@alltel.net>
usa

Great website - just searched the web and found this really easy!!! Thanks!
Mindy

GREAT INFO!!!..Very Interesting..Wish you had guitar chords for the song American Pie..
Hero <HeroAtHeart@msn.com>
usa

Thank you for a well-researched and introspective look at this classic and haunting song.

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Xenograph <Xenograph@yahoo.com>
America

I am intrested in learning about Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. If you or anyone else has info or stories they could please share, I would appreciate it. Thank you.
Julie <JMPjules99@yahoo.com>
USA

I was glad to find a page with such a wonderful interpretation of this song. Idid not grow up in the era of the birth of rock and roll (I was born in 1975), but this song has always intrigued me. I saw Garth Broooks perform it with Don MacLean tonight on television, and it reignited my interest. Iwould love to use parts of your interpretation in my 7th grade Geography class next year if that is Ok with you! Thanks- Justin
Justin Crews <jhcrews@erinet.com>
Greenville, Oh USA

Great website...thank you for the information.

Kitty Ryan <kitryan@hotmail.com>
USA

Hi there,we had a dispute on what American pie actually was.
My friend said it was the name of the aircraft that crashed killing Buddy Holly.I disputed that but you have proved me wrong.
I stand corrected. Thanks for this informative page. Kindest regards Peter
Peter Edgar <pedgar@alphalink.com.au>
Australia

Your analysis is very interesting. It seems that
the singer started to sing about one thing, and then
started to sing about another thing, and so on. Perhaps
the song was about death and decline: first Buddy Holly,
through JFK and Vietnam and finally the break up of the
Beatles. So are you implying that he was too depressed to
continue making rock and roll? You could be right; but I'm
not sure.

Also, a few dates were wrong: I believe that the Watts riots
were later than 1965. I believe that they occured in the
summer of 1967. Also, Goldwater ran for President against
LBJ. LBJ, having become the President on JFK's assasination,
was elected President for the first time in 1964. He declined
to run again in 1968 due to public reaction to his Vietnam war
policy. I'm sorry to sound like a know-it-all. Overall it is
a good site.

I found this site searching for a site on the meaning of "American
Pie." I guess I just lucked out. Please don't put my name on
any mailing list or sell my e-mail address to any advertisers.
I haven't received much junk mail yet; but my friends have told
me horror stories about "spam," and I don't want to have to
bore them with any of my own.
G. David Nystrom <John_Lenin@stones.com>
USA (of course)

Wow, that was truly a revealing piece about the meaning of, "American Pie." Thanks so much for sharing it.

Come on over to www.magpro.com sometime.
Misop Baynun <magpro@epage.com.au>
USA

Sound site, kid....

You truly have the Ultimate American Pie site on the web....

You even had the lyrics!!!!!
David Lambert <david.lambert@stud.man.ac.uk>
England

I love your web site, but my mom said that the father, son and the holy ghost were Martin Luther King Jr, JFK and Malcolm X. Hope you can e-mail me back thanks. :)
Rachael <raebeth83@juno.com>
USA

very interesting
Linda Griggs <ldgriggs@netdoor.com>
USA

Nice page, really interesting interpretation. I agree with everything in it. Nice work youve done here. maybe put the song on the page. it can be found at misc.webworld.nu/midi/. ~T-Dawg
T.Dawg <nedandjimbo@hotmail.com>
Colorado

Reffered by a friend
Mark McVeigh
Northern Ireland

Just thought that I would sign your Guestbook Saul. This is the best American Pie Website on the Web. Cool Bro.
Leigh Truelove <ltruelove@plymouth.ac.uk>
U.K.

Hi there Saul! Glad to see you've got the site going! Keep up the good work...
James Cort
U.K

Hi from Mark in England. Just to say that I luv the site. Keep it up!!!
Mark
Leeds -U.K

 
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