American Pie Essay

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Power 3Adam PowerInstructor Rachel HeicherEnglish 1001-00024 January 2013American PieIn the 1970's, Don McLean released his hit song American Pie. The song instantly became a classic and the symbolism of this song has raised a lot of questions to listeners over the years. There is not a source that tells whether or not it was a poem before it was a song, but there are several suggestions that says it was."A long long time ago" is the first line of the song. It starts out like it is telling a story. This song was written in 1971, and McLean is referring back to the 50s, which seemed like "a long long time ago" because of all the turmoil in the 60s. It is a ballad poem that has verses and repeats a chorus section. Almost every line in this song has some sort of historical symbolism behind, which furthers the theories that it is a poem. The last line of the first stanza says "the day the music died". This line basically sums up what the entire song is about. It's symbolism is The crash took the lives of three current rock legends: Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper, so now Feb. 3, 1959 is called "The day the music died." The music that died is considered the standard rock & roll songs. The crash was the final blow to this music 'cause these three were that only major artists left. Elvis was drafted, Little Richard (or "Little Dick") turned gospel, and Chuck Berry was arrested for having sex a prostitute.In the fourth verse, the first line of the poem is "Helter Skelter in the summer swelter". This is symbolism for Charles Manson is one of the most dangerous serial killers ever. In the summer of 1968, he massacred an entire family 'cause of the Beatles song "Helter Skelter,"...

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