Open Letter To Don McClean

Last verse of the immortal “American Pie”:

I met a girl who sang the blues

And I asked her for some happy news

But she just smiled and turned away

And 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.

Question: is this referring to the suppression of the traditional latin mass?

It’s hard for us to imagine it could be referring to anything else.

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3 responses to “Open Letter To Don McClean

  1. Zarepheth

    I doubt it. I think the song’s author was feeling abandoned by God when a major music artist he admired died shortly before he wrote this song.

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  2. itsbarrett

    It was actually inspired by the death of Buddy Holly. https://www.songfacts.com/facts/don-mclean/american-pie

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  3. There’s no doubt the song was about Buddy Holly. But it was also about the Rolling Stones and other stuff. And that last verse, I think, is in fact a reference to the change in the mass that also occurred in the 1960’s. But the author hasn’t said that. Thus the open letter post!

    Thanks for the comments, gentlemen!

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