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Singingbye bye Miss American Pie drove my Chevy to the levybut the levy was dryThese lyrics this song sung today by Madonna and years ago a song that my Dad probably sungas written by Don Mclean in the 70s symbolized for many an aspect of America of the 60s and 70s Who was the American and what did it mean to be American What did America mean or representWhen I listen to that song I see different things than what my dad probably saw To talk to my dad youd learn that the song Miss Ameican Pie contained the entire history of Rock and Roll He would tell you that McLean wrote the song whenh is idol Buddy Holly was killed That McLean opened a bunch of newspapers and read that Buddy Holly was killed and the song sort of wrote itself about things that were beginning to slip away forever from the America that used to be on to the America that was and the America it would become The rite of passage from innocence into maturity The passing of one era and the beginning of anotherBut when I hear the song today as sung by Madonna I may interpret something different only because I see it more as a song of the late 60s and 70s than I do of a song about the 50s and I connect it more with the times that it was written in rather than about the times that it refers to in some of the lyrics I can identify it more with the flower people of the 70s and the Vietnam war than to the 50s But there is a connectionI suppose you can say that if the innocence of Rock and Roll passed along with someone like Buddy Holly so did the innocence of America pass and leave with the onset of the 60s and the Vietnam war What Americans were what it meant to
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