The day the music died

Posted: September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
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If you have read any other posts you may recall that I enjoy listening to music in the morning on my i pad. I really love using the songza app to listen to streamed music http://www.songza.com . If you own an i phone, i pad or i pod and like music get this app. This morning though I couldn’t because my I pad was dead.  (Insert sad face here)

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I looked down at the I pad and saw the dead battery symbol then watched as the screen went to black. I imediately thought about my dads favorite song. American Pie by Don Mclean. I remember many days listening to the song sang by my dad while waiting at the school bus stop. At one time I had almost all the words memorized.

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There is a line in the song that says “The day the music died.” The rumor is that was the day that Buddy Holly died. Everyone has an opinion, trust me everyone has an opinion to this songs meaning. Just do a quick Google search for “the meaning to The American Pie lyrics” and you wil see everyone weighs in. Don Mclean wrote and performed American Pie in 1971 and fans throughout the ages have been entertained, confused and inspired to thought by the song ever since then.  The fact that there are many ideas and thoughts as to the songs meaning to me makes the song even better it is a wonderful mystery in that it is so close but so far away and can be applied to things like a legend in fiery plane crash, a beautiful woman with a raspy voice (Janis Choplin (I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away )) and an I pad out of juice. Well played Mr. Mclean.

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You wrote a wonderful song I hope my children enjoy it as much as I and my father have. The song tells some of the story of America. Story telling is important. With each story we tell we pass to our children concepts like resolution, endurance, compassion joy and sorrow. We equip the next generation through the narrative so that hopefully they will not make the same mistakes  as our generation (the trial of the Chicago Seven and the Vietnam war (The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned)). The list of his the story telling in this song goes on and on and, this morning I heard nothing, on account of the Ipad being dead but I remembered the song the story and as I got ready for work I smiled so thanks dad and thanks Mr. Mclean.  Enough with my words I leave the rest to the great song writer singer…

 

“American Pie”

[Intro]
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 whileBut 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

[Chorus]
So bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 1]
Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you’re in love with him
‘Cause I saw you dancin’ in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

[Chorus]
I started singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 2]
Now for ten years we’ve been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin’ stone
But that’s not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned

And while Lenin read a book on Marx
A quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died

[Chorus]
We were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 3]
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

‘Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

[Chorus]
We started singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 4]
Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
‘Cause fire is the devil’s only friend

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan’s spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

He was singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Outro]
I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I’d heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn’t play

And in the streets, the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

And they were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Chorus]
They were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die”

 

peace

John3c

 

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