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In its wake it has mystified thrilled consumed enlightened and even prognosticated the future American Pie known to most as a song sung by Don McLean is at heart something of an epic poem which has been analyzed by millions for 30 years It has been suggested by some that the song is an explanation of McLeans departure from Rock and Roll or as a warning from God to America It has been translated into several parodies The New Standard Encyclopedia defines an art epic poem as built up about some great theme or thought that is universal or at least of national importance E-190 Buddy Holly died on February 31959 in a plane crash and for a moment the United States grieved McLean once suggested that the song is biographical in nature and that it was a look at the death of Buddy Holly through his McLeans memories However McLean had this to say about his song in his Starry Starry Night video in 2000 Ive never analyzed the lyrics to the song Theyre beyond analysis Theyre poetry The language of the song is riddled with symbolism imagery and figures of speech For over 30 years people have been analyzing questioning and seeking meaning in the song that McLean calls poetry and has not sought to analyze himself One analyst by the name of Saul Levitt suggests The song is McLeans justification for giving up rock and roll and turning to folk music He had been touring for about a year with Pete Seegerits evident that the song is about McLean giving up rock and roll since the death of such great stars Another analyst by the name of Roy Taylor has a very different interpretation of McLeans song Mr Taylor suggests American Pie is a detailed prophecy concerning Americas future and a funeral hymn written in a dirge foretelling Americas death Regardless of the true meaning of the poem it is
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