American Pie

While on hold today, on my pharmacist’s phone, I heard a song I haven’t heard in years and years.  This is not a recording with lyrics, but you can find them at the link; and  here is a line by line interpretation of the song.  I know many of you guys were kids, like I was, just around the time this hit the charts.  I remember so well.  There’s a hiccup in the middle of the song, so please be patient.  Here is American Pie; I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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16 responses to “American Pie

  1. I love that song!! Know it word for word (at least what I think some of the words are). Can’t rememer what age I was, but had to be tiny. Dad had the LP and after hearing it once or twice I was hooked!

    • I knew you would like this, George. In fact, when I heard it, I immediately thought of your Sunday Spin. Yes, 1972 — I was twelve. I just found a photo of myself at that age. I thought I was fat and ugly — turns out I was not fat, nor thin, and very pretty. Funny the way our folks hand down these beliefs.

  2. I’m a classic rock girl, and I love that song!!! I just realized that I don’t have it on my iPod – I’m pretty sure I had it on cassette tape, not CD. So I popped over to iTunes and fixed the situation!! Thanks for the reminder – I’m singing along now.

  3. My ninth grade year included the release of this album (one of my favorites), along with Tapestry (Carole King), Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat (Cat Stevens), Mud Slide Slim (James Taylor), Who’s Next (Who), Aqualung (Jethro Tull), Fragile (Yes), Ram (Paul McCartney), Pearl (Janis Joplin), Every Picture Tells A Story (Rod Stewart), Madman Across The Water (Elton John before…) and on and on. This is the soundtrack of my youth, as well as some of my favorite songs still. How lucky to be young and impressionable when these singer-songwriters were doing such remarkable work.

    I’ve bought many of these on vinyl, cassette, cd AND mp3! Thanks for the memories.

      • Also (and now I’m looking them up) Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (Traffic), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Moody Blues), Led Zeppelin IV, Blue (Joni Mitchell), L.A. Woman (Doors), John Prine, Just As I Am (Bill Withers), and Straight Up (Badfinger). Not a one of those I wouldn’t listen to right now.
        As a matter of fact I think I will. :)

  4. I was about 10 when this song came out. My mom thought the line “dancing in the gym” was “dancing chin to chin.” It makes me laugh whenever I hear the song.

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