Monday, February 01, 2016

Muscial Monday (without music)

River is quite consistent with her Musical Monday. I am not. I've been looking at old cars, many of them American. I don't think I saw a Chevrolet so I can't break into song with 'drove my Chevvy to the levee but the levee was dry'.

In my head I went through the lyrics I could remember. You didn't really want me to post a YT clip of the song did you?

Bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevvy to the levee but the levee was dry
And good all boys drinking whisky and dry (or is that rye? Scotch whiskey mixed with rye whiskey sounds delicious but a headache the day after)
(appropriately perhaps) This will be the day that I die.

I wonder if there is more to this song than what seems to be nonsense lyrics. I perhaps understand Bye bye Miss American Pie. As American as apple pie? The loss of the American dream?

But the rest of the lyrics? Over to you Jac and Strayer.

23 comments:

  1. Andre you are so nostalgic today.

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    1. Gosia, yes the song is quite old now.

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  2. The song is about the day Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens,and Big Bopper perished in a plane crash. The crash itself then becomes a metaphor for the loss of innocence in America as the 1950s turned into the 1960s. It's a strangely subjective (and potentially reactionary)song written from the point of view of someone who was 14 at the time of the plane crash. Don McLean maybe didn't approve of all that happened in American culture afterwards, though as '60s folk singer, he certainly would have been part of it.

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    1. Terrific explanation Kirk. I had an idea it was a song making a social comment.

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    2. I got it wrong then. Ignore sections of my comment.

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  3. Interesting thoughts there.
    Have a great new month.

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  4. 'Good ol' boys' driving a Chevy pickup is the US equal of Bogan wheels. The song deserves to be a classic although it was not to my taste at the time.
    Speaking of the US, this little Aussie is going to miss President Obama's class and intelligence, oh and isn't it funny that EX-PM TonyAbbott just won't go away?

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    1. Ann, you were a little more adventurous with your music. The contrast between the two leaders is remarkable. The Abbott gets worse, if possible. Not supporting something is quite different to actively working against it.

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  5. Nice to read Kirk's elucidation. Sadly the song has weaselled its way into my head as a fully fledged ear worm now.

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    1. EC, Kirk was very concise. Sorry about the ear worm. Think of something you really like and sing that instead.

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  6. I loved the Don McLean song, especially the reference to Buddy Holly. That certainly _was_ the day the music died. I still remember all the words, even though 1971 is a while back.

    But be very wary of American bourbon. I drank it once (in 1994), thinking it was whiskey. After throat surgery, I realised it was not :(

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    1. Hels, I should have a proper listen to the song. I am safe with bourbon, because I don't like the sweetness. I'll stick with Scotch.

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  7. It's whisky and rye, which is a different kind of whisky, so some were drinking whisky and some were drinking rye whisky.
    I think he's drowning his sorrows; saying goodbye to a girlfriend who now loves someone else.
    I've never listened closely to it, I hate the song intensely, it just goes on and on and on :(
    But I've googled the lyrics for you:
    And I can't paste them here because it is way too long and Blogger won't accept it. Fair enough. You can do the googling if you really want to know the lyrics.

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    1. River, if you hate the song you can't be expected to pick up on what it is about. I don't hate it, but still I did not know what it is about. Dirge is not really the right word, but it is the best I can think about to describe how I think of it.

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  8. It's an ok song but it goes for ever and a day with not much expression...Kirk is correct about the death of those three.

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    1. Margaret, I think that is the real problem with the song, not much expression.

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  9. Here's an explanation (one) of the lyrics to American Pie. But its about the death of Buddy Holly and two other musicians. I do love that song. there have been lots of recent old rocker deaths lately. http://whrc-wi.org/americanpie.htm

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    1. Youtube of the song, no video, but does include all lyrics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAsV5-Hv-7U

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    2. Thanks Strayer. Off to watch now.

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  10. I'm glad I read through comments and saw Kirk' succinct explanation. Who knew :) I'm shocking with song lyrics, drive Aimee mad when I sing loudly in the car.. pfffft, details :)

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  11. Grace, you may have to google, but it seems you are the the new Lady Mondegreen.

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  12. I did Google and yes, that is moi :)

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