February 3, 1959
“The day the Music Died”
I know, a long, long time ago. Not so for me. I can relate to Don McLean’s lyrics personally.
Don McLean wrote his song back in 1971, so time had passed since that February day in 1959.
Don Mclean was a paperboy on the cold February day. That, I am sure, is where he got the idea.
And I read the paper that day. Back in those days we got the morning paper, The Arizona Republic. We lived in Phoenix at the time. And our front porch is where I saw the story.
“A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while
But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died”
McLean was not so much a songwriter, with this song at least, as he was a poet, in my mind almost the equal of one Bob Dylan. The song “American Pie” was an extraordinary work of art.
Check out the Wikipedia link for an in depth analysis of the tune. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Pie_%28song%29
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