reply to post by randyvs
The writer of the song, Don Mclean, never said what the song was about but that doesn't mean there wasn't a meaning. In this case your claim is no
more valid than mine, it's just that mine makes a lot more sense. The song 'American Pie' is a thinly veiled history of Rock & Roll and deals
especially with Buddy Holly's death.
I'll analyze some of the lines here to help prove my point.
"But February made me shiver,"
Buddy Holly died February 3, 1959.
"With every paper I'd deliver"
Don McLean's job at the time was as a paper delivery boy.
"I can't remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride"
Buddy Holly's pregnant wife was widowed after the plane crash and had a miscarriage shortly thereafter.
(The next few lines deal with more early Rock & Roll artists)
"Now for ten years, we've been on our own"
McLean wrote this song in the late 60's, roughly ten years after the crash.
(There are a few more lines that possibly deal with artists such as Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles)
"We sang dirges in the dark"
A dirge is a slow, mournful song; this is also likely a reference to Holly's death.
(More lines that make references to the Beatles, the Byrds, drugs, and a motorcyle crash Bob Dylan was in)
"I went down to the sacred store, where I'd heard the music years before"
The 'sacred store' is Bill Graham's Fillmore West, a popular Rock & Roll venue of the time. This line could also possibly refer to record
"But the man there said the music wouldn't play"
Buddy Holly's death again.
"And in the streets the children screamed"
Refers to rioters being beaten by National Guard troops.
"And the three men I admire most; The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost"
This is Holly, The Big Bopper, and Valens, the three musicians who died in the plane crash.
"The day the music died"
Again, the plane crash.
Alright, I could sit here and analyze every line for you but I really only did the lines that had something to do with Buddy Holly. The others make
references to various musicians, songs, and events; which makes this a cryptic history of early Rock & Roll. I highly doubt the song has anything to
do with America being a secular nation, although you are free to draw whatever meaning you want from it.