American Pie - Verse One
|A long, long time ago,
I can still remember how
that music used to make me smile.
I knew that if I had my chance that,
I could make those people dance
and maybe they'd be happy for a while.
But February made me shiver,
with every paper I'd deliver.
Bad news on the door step.
I couldn't take one more step.
I can't remember if I cried,
When I read about his widowed bride.
Something touched me deep inside,
the day the music died.
"A long long time ago, I can still remember how that
music used to make me smile: The song starts out A long long time ago."
The boy singing this song is remembering his past. But, the boy's past is
America's future. The kind of music that made him happy was sacred music.
This is revealed later in verse six where you will find, I went down to the
sacred store where I heard the music years before." Also, in that same verse
he sings, the church bells all broken. So he is singing about his memories
of Christian Churches. He recalls the Christian way of life that made me
happy." But he laments, that way of life had been broken."
I knew that if I had my chance that I could make those people dance and
maybe they'd be happy for a while: But he couldn't make them dance or be
happy for a while. He felt unable to do anything about the situation. The
boy was Christian because in verse six he says, "And the three men I admire
the most the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost." He continues his remembrances
But February made me shiver, with every paper I'd deliver. Bad news on
the door step. I couldn't take one more step: The time was February.
Shiver is more than cold weather, it also symbolizes trembling. He was a
newspaper boy. He was trembling because each newspaper he delivered told
about bad news on the door step. The song was about America, and the news is
about something on America's door step." The door step is the entrance to a
home. Our national door step is the border. Something was at America's
border. The news was so bad he said, I couldn't take one more step."
I can't remember if I cried: The news was so upsetting that he
couldn't remember if he cried, but he probably did when;
When I read about his widowed bride: Someone is called a widowed
Bride. Another person is identified with the code word his." The his is
identified later in verse three with the words and while the King was
looking down the jester stole his thorny crown." The his was a king and he
wore a crown of thorns. That his is Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. That
also makes the widowed bride American because the song is about Miss
Lamentations 1:1-2 KJV
(1) How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is
she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and
princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
(2) She weepeth sore in
the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she
hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously
with her, they are become her enemies.
Something touched me deep inside the day the music died:
This Christian boy despaired about the bad news on America's door step. The
news was so bad, he expected to die, so he sang a funeral hymn in
anticipation of America's death. In verse three we find and we sang dirges
in the dark the day the music died. Will America live or die? In Isaiah 54:9
we find the widowed bride saying, For this (bad news on the door step) is as
the waters of Noah unto me." (I'm doomed.)
Isaiah 54:4-10 KJV
(4) Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou
confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget
the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy
widowhood any more.
(5) For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of
hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God
of the whole earth shall he be called.
(6) For the Lord hath called
thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth,
when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
(7) For a small moment have I
forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
(8) In a
little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with
everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy
(9) For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I
have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth;
so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
(10) For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my
kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my
peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
American Pie - Chorus
|So, Bye Bye, Miss American Pie.
Drove my Chevy to the levee.
But the levee was dry.
Them good-ole-boys were drinking
Whiskey and rye, singing
This'll be the day that I die,
this'll be the day that I die."
So, Bye Bye, Miss American Pie: The Miss signifies America's unmarried
condition. The pie refers to America being divided among the heathen like so
many pieces of a pie.
Drove my Chevy to the levee: There are many kinds of levees." Most contain
water, some contain oil. This symbolic levee contained oil. He drove his
Chevy to the oil levee, But the levee was dry. He drove his Chevy to the Gas
Station, but there was no gas. This song came out about a year before
America's first energy crisis. There was a second energy crisis in 1979.
Those good-ole-boys were drinking whiskey and rye: When you try to tell your
friends about the situation in America, they don't want to hear about it.
They will tell you, What you have to say makes me feel bad. I don't want to
feel bad. I can't do anything about it anyway, so just shut up. They would
rather hide their heads in the sand with sports, entertainment, drugs, and
other forms of escapism. They would rather be good-ole-boys, drinking,
whiskey and rye."
This'll be the day that I die, this'll be the day that I die: Eat, drink
and be merry for tomorrow we die. The good-ole-boys also expected America's
American Pie - Verse Two
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