“American Pie” explained by Glenn Beck: What does “The Day the music died” mean?

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“Our culture has erased the meaning of anybody who tried to issue a warning. Anybody who was on the other side. They’re trying to do it now with the ‘Hobbit’ and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and they are saying that that has nothing to do with Jesus and Christianity. That was the point. They’re trying tried to do it with ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and the ‘Adventure of the Chronicles of Narnia’. They try to do this every step of the way and they’ve done it with much of music,” Glenn said on radio this moring

He was specifically referring to songs like “Revolution” by The Beatles, which was clearly suspicious of violent revolution and uprisings, as well as “American Pie” by Don McLean.

Many people think that the song “American Pie” is about the death of Buddy Holly and other musicians in a plane crash, but Glenn presented a reading of the lyrics on radio and showed how it could also be seen as a warning against the danger of violent uprisings like what is happening now with Occupy Wall Street.

“ I’ve never understood I drove the Chevy to the levee, I didn’t know what that was. Let’s just start there on the simple part because Chevy, just think of Chevy and mom and apple pie. He’s making a point here. Chevy, I drove my Chevy to the levee. This actually goes back into the 1950s and a Dinah Shore commercial for Chevy,” Glenn explained.

Watch the commercial Glenn is referring to below:

“So America is the greatest country of all and it was an era that believed in America. I drove my Chevy to the levee. I drove the Chevy. I bought into the idea that America was the greatest.”

“So in the second verse he goes back to his childhood and he goes back to sock hops in the gym and the pickup trucks and… and here he’s talking about the book of love, which was a song by the Monotones in 1957 and he asked her about faith. He asked her about faith and whether she believes, no matter what, if the Bible tells her so. That is the representation of the faith in the Fifties. He then talks about, do you have faith in rock and roll, that music will save your mortal soul.”

“But music is the metaphor for life in America. So the girl moves on to somebody else, leaving him with his truck and the carnation. But it’s not really about the girl. It’s about America. She’s moved on from all of those things just as America began to move on from all of those things that faith would help you, that faith, you would do it through faith. You would do things because the Bible told you so. But now you’re starting to believe that music will save your soul.”

Glenn played more of the song, reaching the part where McLean sings “Now for 10 years we’ve been on our own”.

“For ten years now we’ve been on our own. It’s the decade of the Sixties. Remember in the Fifties you had faith, you had the Bible, you had family, you had all of these things that were there. But now for ten years we’ve been on our own and moss grows fat on a Rolling Stone. This is referring to Bob Dylan who the court jester and his song like a Rolling Stone. Also Dylan wore a coat from James Dean on the cover of his ’63 album Free Wheelin’ and McLean laments all of the change in our values that was occurring in the 1960s when he said that’s not how that’s not the way it used to be.”

“So he’s singing dirges in the dark mourning the loss of America, that America is changing fundamentally. Lenin read a book of Marx. We know that John Lennon was influenced at the time by Karl Marx. Lennon read a book of Marx. The quartet practiced in the park. Could be a reference to the Beatles preparing for their role in the cultural revolution. And as the ultimate icons of the new era. But McLean is saying, but we sang dirges in the dark because we knew what was coming.”

What was coming?

Helter Skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with the 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 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?
We started singing

“Helter Skelter in a Summer Swelter, again the Beatles song reference also indicates the chaos and the violence that broke out in the summer of ’68. The Byrds he spells with a Y, flew off to the fallout shelter. Nature, represented by the Byrds, sense the danger, headed for safety in a shelter. But eight miles high is another song reference by the band the Byrds. So they are falling fast, because everything is falling fast. Everybody, the smart people, nature knows, get into a fallout shelter. Then he goes into the youth culture clashing with the government violently, using a football metaphor.”

“You’re at halftime. He said the players youth going for a forward pass. The players going for a forward pass. That’s the youth, going for a forward pass. And the government hitting back. And the jester on the sidelines in a cast. Remember that’s, the jester is Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan had a serious motorcycle accident for a while and he was healing on his own and music flounder everything kind of floundered for a time. Then he gets to halftime.”

“Halftime, he’s seeing the summer of love. This is 1967, a brief respite in ’67 with the flower children. Sergeant’s playing a marching tune. That’s the Beatles and Sergeant Pepper. And the summer of love was an opportunity to get up and dance. But the violence returned in the summer of ’68. And remember we’re here at ’68, recreate ’68. We never got the chance.”

“We just passed our summer of love. What happened there in the park, that was just love. There were people in the park that were just trying to be loved. We’re now headed for 1968.”

“What happened in the summer of ’68. Do you remember, do you recall what was revealed, the Miss America protest of ’68 when women were burning their bras and everything else. But also Altamont, and this is such a clear, clear message against what is coming and what happened in an event that almost is erased. It’s more important than Woodstock, and it was it’s being erased in history. Here he is warning.”

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 candle stick
‘Cause fire is the devil’s only friend.
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 flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw satan laughing with delight
the day the music died.

“ Because fire is its only friend. Okay. Gathering all in one place, 300,000 flower children flocked to Altamont in the fall of 1969. It was, it was the followup to Woodstock: Drugs, alcohol, increasing violence. They were a generation lost in space. Remember, the space race was also going on. There was nowhere left to go. Their momentum was fading and the decade was gone. And so was America. Then the rolling stones who had pushed the counterculture envelope with the last couple of albums took the stage as McLean alludes to with, “Come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack sat on the candlestick,” that is the Jumpin’ Jack Flash song by the Rolling Stones. And he’s referring here to Mick Jagger was the Devil who refuses to end the Altamont concert despite the violence and the loss of crowd. Even, even the Grateful Dead said this is crazy.”

“’No angel born in hell could break that Satan spell.’ The Hells Angels were hired for security. They couldn’t stop the chaos. In fact, they added to it. And Jagger, Satan in the song, continued to hold the audience in his spell.”

“A gun wielding man in the crowd heads for the stage but Hells Angels intercept him and they stab him to death. That’s what happened at Altamont. They stab him to death. The sacrificial rite. Shortly before the stabbing, right before this guy starts going on a rampage, the Stones had performed ‘Sympathy For the Devil’.”

“Could it get any creepier than this? Don McLean was not just writing about this event but the demise of an era. The erosion of your culture. The erosion of our values. Altamont was the final blow to bring about the day the music died.”

Glenn took a break and then returned to discuss the song further.

“We’re just looking at some of the old interviews with Don McLean because he never talks about this song anymore. But at the time he said that he was obsessed with what he called the death of America and so many things. The loss of so many things that he grew up with.”

“ (McLean) said in a sense ‘American Pie’ was a despairing song. In another way it was hopeful. He said Pete Seeger told me that he saw it as a song in which people were saying something, that they had been fooled, they had been hurt and they weren’t going to let it happen again. He said that’s a good way to look at it, a hopeful way. Unfortunately Pete Seeger was a communist and I mean, that’s the way that’s why this happens again.”

“It happened with Mao and it won’t happen this way again. It happened at Altamont but it won’t happen like that again. I mean, it’s the same story over and over and over again.”

“The good news is, is that there was at least somebody that was in this culture at that time that was mourning the loss of America then and we didn’t lose America then. We’re still going. We might despair now and say, ‘Jeez, we’re going to lose America’. That’s not necessarily true unless we allow it.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Glenn indeed we have been seeing the end of our culture and the erasure of what we once were; yet there is one great light about Americans if we chose to have it happen. WE the PEOPLE can rediscover the past, restore what we once were, and press onward again into the future we chose to become.

    Right now our nation has allowed ourselves to sell our passion as a God loving and Freedom loving country for the glory of the world and for stuff. We see ourselves as being the center of the world, when we are only a portion of it; if we lose our freedoms it will be due to many of us who should have been warning and watching against it have neglected our duty.

    I am the watchman on the wall until the end; I will either be relieved by the next to come in my place as directed by God or I will be among the first to go into the night; either way I will do my duty unto the end.

    • Anonymous

       …”The Harbinger” by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn….

      • Anonymous

        I saw Rabbi Jonathan Cahn on Sid Roth. That was an amazing show about the harbingers. He talks about the signs of God warning America, the same thing he did in Ancient Israel. Everyone should read the book or see the Sid Roth show.

    • Huss Family

      “do not go gentle into that good night…rage, rage against the dying of the light…” agreed snowleopard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Krasnyuk/745534442 Irina Krasnyuk

    Erasmus neverland..

  • Anonymous

    As soon as I heard this analysis I had to go back and listen to this song again (I have it on my work computer). I can say I was never a great fan of the song but some of what he says I already had deduced from the lyrics already. The only question I still have is  I thought McClean was a communist sympathizer? Maybe he was one of the useful idiots that originally got roped into it until he saw how far they were willing to go. But maybe that was Pete Seeger’s take on it. After all the Who’s we won’t be fooled again was also big in the same period. after the second verse it is obvious he is not singing just about Buddy holly and the others death he is also identifying the 50’s as true Americanism. A theory I happen to agree with because I think the last time we really new who we were and what we stood for ( With the exception of the Reagan era) was the 1950s.Some of what he says I didn’t know but I did know the references about the Stones and the Beatles. I guess this is still a debate in the music circles is whether Lennon after this period actually started being a conservative by the time we get to Reagan.(I still say the worst thing that ever happened to him was Yoko). But I find the last verse enlightening as the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost caught the train for the coast, because this was when true secularism started destroying our faith and morals. Thank you baby boomers for selling us out (Doesn’t excuse the Lemming idiots in the X and Millennial generations either)But hey all you need is love right? Maybe Marx will get it right THIS TIME huh what will the price be? In the 20th century their score was between 120-140 million. Come on Marxists want to try and beat that record this time? Leave it in the doped up trash bin of 68 with the other idiots who came to Chicago.

    • http://twitter.com/DINOright Marie Culbreth

      Don McLean was and is a Christian who wrote many things, including Vincent (Starry Starry Night) about Christian painter Van Gogh.  He may have, in his youth, thought that the ideas swirling around were intriguing, but he has stated in interviews that he was not a part of that whole hippie movement.  He just lived through it and wrote songs, ballads and such.  Pretty humble guy.  I haven’t heard him on any shows for about 10 years or so – but that’s what I recall him saying.

      • Anonymous

        Marie,  ”Vincent” is another of McLean’s songs I like.  Nice melody, sad words.

  • Shauna Perez

    I was just watching a now world record lip dub of this song for the city of Grqnd Rapids, done last year as a response to being listed by Time Magazine as one of the dying cities in america. I thought it was a kind of odd choice. There is also a “making of ” YouTube. I appreciate Glenn’s fleshing out of the themes of this that are lost on younger generations.


  • http://www.LeveragePlanners.com/ David Donhoff

    Get McLean on the show for an interview!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=778600230 Jere Hodges Jr

    You know the weird thing about Glenn Beck? 

    With Limbaugh, when he first came out, and I listened, and I’m thinking: “Hey, he’s got a point.”

    With Beck, in so many cases, it’s more like:  “Hey, I said that months, or even years ago..  you mean I’m not the only one who saw it like that?”

    This is one of those times.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, but did you share it in such a helpful way to thousands of other people? Are you a genius? Why not share more of your helpful information? Please?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=533237279 Anonymous

        I will share something with you. GET OUT OF THE STOCK MARKET NOW!!! 
         Europe is in a slow melt down. Greece is just the start. Obama is putting us on the path.   The Economy is in  a Dead Cat Bounce.  Sell your stocks.. but some gold..

        • Patricia Jarozynski

          hey guess what… i made a bundle in the market and the sky hasnt fallen yet… bahahaha

          • Sean

            Yeah, yet.

        • Patricia Jarozynski

          hey guess what… i made a bundle in the market and the sky hasnt fallen yet… bahahaha

        • Brandon

          Just wait until September.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T54WTNT4LARITVKJEAEOQT5NX4 Tara

      I couldn’t have said it better myself, Jere.  Almost nothing he says is epiphany anymore.  Half the time I find myself bored with him and think, “Well, duh” after about three quarters of the things he says.  And what’s with all the crying?  I like a sensitive guy as much as the next person but he’s borderline manic!

      • Anonymous

         Yea you were right the first time Tara, you COULDN’T have said it better and no worries there cuz you DIDN’T. 

        • Anonymous

          Yup Nada, I so clearly recall Jere and Tara warning me about George Soros, Cloward, Piven, the collapse of the dollar eons ago – they were SO ahead of Glenn.  Why you should have been around when Jere and Tara warned Napoleon about attacking Russia so close to winter.

          SO, please allow me to introduce to you Tara and Jere the Wise… they ‘been around for a long, long time….’, as many of the Dark One’s minions always have..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1315852589 Liz Lincoln Gritt

        Maybe, Tara, he’s crying because he sees clearly the path that America is taking.  The question then becomes, why aren’t more people crying?  If we are on the verge of becoming a communist country, which is where all indicators are pointing, why wouldn’t we be crying?  If we are standing at the edge of a civil war, isn’t it worth a few tears?

        • http://twitter.com/SnakeArbusto Snake Arbusto

          I thought that for a country to become Communist, its working people had to rise up in revolution and throw off their chains. Looks to me like we’re standing there with our wrists out for the shackles. Hello 1950s, Victorian Age dead ahead.

          • Anonymous

            No, you don’t have to rise up and have a revolution to become a communist state…just like we won’t all have to perform time travel to go back to the “Hello 1950s, Victorian Age”…oh BTW, the Victorian Age was named after Queen Victoria who died in 1902…after that, it was the Edwardian Age….the 1950’s had nothing to do with it. BUT if there was an era to live in the ’50’s wouldn’t be so bad. At least we’d have a few more of our personal freedoms left.

      • Anonymous

        Watch your Thoughts for they become Words

        Watch your Words for they become Actions

        Watch your Actions for they become your Character

        Watch your Character for that becomes your Destiny

        Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt

    • Anonymous

       yea right, easy to say that after the fact.  I mean if someone says hey the stock market just crashed, it would be easy for me to say “yea I saw that coming three years ago”. 

      • Anonymous


        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jw-Appling/100001282155183 J.w. Appling

           They sell advertizing space on here and what your doing is stealing.


          • http://profile.yahoo.com/J3FVT77WZLUI735TM7OIC4VDVQ Sharon

            typical dumb uninformed American.    Your is incorrect.  If you’re trying to convey you are the correct spelling is you’re.

          • http://www.facebook.com/Dantheman67 Dan Fogarty

             A stereotypical response by an apparently arrogant individual. You don’t have to have won a spelling bee in the past to be right about a principle. Why are you attacking someone pointing out a wrong? Perhaps you enjoy the ads that haven’t been paid for more than the rest. Also, why blast Americans when you live in Illinois yourself? By the way, the first word of a sentence is supposed to be capitalized. I realize you know that, but the logic is the same as what you’re using.

          • Jacbert

            I love your reply…

          • Dave Brady

             Love your music Dan

          • Anonymous

            I keep trying but it seems to keep coming back

    • Anonymous

      Because…  you had American Pie ‘all figured out, months,  or even years ago’.  Really?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYAIY5FTUOKABSW4AQCWA4Y4GA GringoLingo

       Hey, I know what you mean. I lived in Florida in the late nineties to the mid 2000’s. Years ago, I noticed all the new homes being built all over the place down there. What I didn’t see was an increase in the number of high paying jobs that it was going to take to pay for those new homes, 125, 175, 250 thousand homes, tens of thousands of them!!!    Big employers like Disney, Universal only payed slightly above minimum wage, and high paying jobs like NASA, Lockheed were being shut down. So, I guess I was right when I told my wife “there is no way this is going to last” !!!!   I’ve even said stuff way before Limbaugh, and eons before Hannity (but then, I don’t think Hannity has ever had an original thought on the air, ever), he’s just a whinny b-otch!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sumy-Schick/100000744665571 Sumy Schick

      Maybe I agree with you. I have long perceived Glenn Beck to be the most foresighted and hindsighted person on the radio since Rush Limbaugh.

  • Anonymous

    In case you’re curious:

    McLean, Don Mr.
    Camden, ME 04843
    Self-employed/MusicianNADER, RALPH (IND)

    • Anonymous

      yes most songwriters( except for county) with hits are left wing.  One thing that social and economic conservatives have to get a grip on is that you are the minority.

  • Anonymous

    this is hysterial!!! i hadn’t had a good laugh from Beck’s conspiracy, the worlds gonna end buy some gold and guns since he was kicked off fox.  Thanks!
      Everyone(but beck knows) that the day the music died is a reference to the day richie valenz, the big bopper and buddy holly died in a plane crash.  You can build a conspiracy about any two facts. and I will give beck credit for that one thing.

    • Anonymous

      Glenn I do believe the song was an account of the times by Don. I also think it is easier for those that think back as if the sixtees was a big party and a nobel struggle,and believe how much better we are for it .They are not truthful in their recollection.I always state” too bad we threw out the baby with the  wash water back then”..The beginning of a removal of God and respect for life is how I see it, A society regardless how imperfect must retain these fundamentals to continue.I walked a great length to stand with an American  and needed to participate  in” restoring honor!” I left feeling a great relief many of my peers feel the same.Thank-you, Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever 

    • Anonymous

      You should do a little research before firing off your ignorant liberal blather.  From Don’s official website:
      “American Pie” is partly biographical and partly the story of
      America during the idealized 1950s and the bleaker 1960s. It was initially
      inspired by Don’s memories of being a paperboy in 1959 and learning of the death
      of Buddy Holly. “American Pie” presents an abstract story of McLean’s life from
      the mid-1950s until the end of the 1960s, and at the same time it represents the
      evolution of popular music and politics over these years, from the lightness of
      the 1950s to the darkness of the late 1960s, but metaphorically the song
      continues to evolve to the present time. It is not a nostalgia song. “American
      Pie” changes as America, itself, is changing.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn I do believe the song was an account of the times by Don. I also think it is easier for those that think back as if the sixtees was a big party and a nobel struggle,and believe how much better we are for it .They are not truthful in their recollection.I always state” too bad we threw out the baby with the  wash water back then”..The beginning of a removal of God and respect for life is how I see it, A society regardless how imperfect must retain these fundamentals to continue.I walked a great length to stand with an American  and needed to participate  in” restoring honor!” I left feeling a great relief many of my peers feel the same.Thank-you, Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mario-Taboada/100000491214788 Mario Taboada

      aannd…… did y’all also know that, that song was recorded on “Yahweh Records” label?

      How far down the “rabbit hole” do y’all wanna go?

  • http://pretenseofknowledge.com/ speedmaster

    Has anyone just flat out asked McLean what he meant in the song? I think he’s still alive?

    • K$

      It would totally ruin Beck’s metaphor.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000189000806 James Cunningham

         I think that (writing) the song was commissioned by NPR, but when McLean showed them his work, they did not want it. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/cellphone20 Brian Eppstien

      “We’re just looking at some of the old interviews with Don McLean because he never talks about this song anymore. But at the time he said that he was obsessed with what he called the death of America and so many things. The loss of so many things that he grew up with.”

    • Anonymous

      He does say, it’s on Don McLean’s website. Ironically very little of Beck’s interpretation matched what the actual author says of his own song.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.burkholder3 Robert Burkholder

    Makes more sense now than it did when it was just good ol rock n roll

  • Anonymous

    not so laffer, we find that many profess liberal,progressive positions on a variety of topics but clarify that they wish it be different,and that’s where a conservative socially and economically will win support from anyone………….Think how many times you clarify your position by “I wish it wasn’t so but we must allow the killing of babies because we can’t feed them and their parents don’t want them and my G…”. it’s only right …Woman need the freedom to experience sexual pleasure and explore their sexual flesh desires.”.These comments are only an acceptance of two wrongs make a RIGHT! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Allen-Williams/1127649601 Allen Williams

    Wow, I am in awe of this whole explanation of the song and the meaning behind it.  I never understood the song but liked the melody.  This is quite an impressive and well thought out explanation.  It finally brought some meaning to the song.  I know the point was not the song but the whole concept of losing the American dream, American values as we have known them.  Thanks Glenn for doing the job you are doing.  This has got to be the most interesting and most profound thing that I have read in a long time.

  • Anonymous
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T4YMZWU4UIYV3WSYPJXFJGJ3SA Glen

    Who really cares?  This is not the first attempt to make this song say what you want it to say.  Does America need help?  Sure.  Is it in decline?  Of course not.  I used to love Beck.  Now I’m glad he’s not over-exposed on TV.  Glenn, please go away.

  • Lioness

    Music interpretation is like interpreting the bible, unless you can get the facts from the source (and sometimes they don‘t know what it means either, it just sounds cool), it’s really impossible to know its true meaning. 

    If you feel that our country is heading in the wrong direction.  just consider that humanity as a whole is constantly evolving. At this point we have the largest population that has ever been known to exist on this planet. As humans we do find amazing ways to adapt to change and perhaps we may get it right this time, I hope. Just because of sheer numbers, we obviously have to find a way to tolerate differences and teach personal responsibility to generations of entitled people (because that’s the real issue, at least here in America). And as for religion, I think it will evolve, I mean it has to. There are so many loving religions, yet you put those different thoughts in the same room, and all that ensues is arguing. My god is better than your god. How lame!  All loving faiths need to respect the faith of another (I personally believe we’re all referring to the same God anyway). And ultimately people have to cut back on the whole procreation thing, not through government control but through personal responsibility. I am certain that if only the people who could afford, and really wanted to have children where the only ones doing it, we would have a little more breathing room.

    Lack of personal responsibility breeds socialism.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7JKPMZ7EHDVCXFEHQPP4ADCSTY Damian

      Thank you Margaret Sanger                                                                                       I just love it when some Neo-Malthusian pulls her head from her lower extremities just long enough to spew so much sewage.

      • Lioness

        When pointing out the fact that I strongly disagree with government intervention and a strong emphasis on personal responsibility, your comment just sounds like you have an issue with comprehension. Thank you Devil.

    • Anonymous

      Saying we’re just evolving is like “Hope and Change”. A smokescreen meaning nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Swann/100003281352784 Charles Swann

    I believe the phrase  “helter skelter,” aside from being an obvious Beatles reference (a “helter skelter” in everyday English means a twisty playground  slide – that’s why the lyric says, “When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide . . . “), is a reference to the Manson murders:  the words “helter skelter” were written in blood on the wall of the house Sharon Tate was living in when she was murdered. 

    I have to say that, like all of Mr. Beck’s interpretations, this was a pretty uninspired effort; when he discovers something he assumes he’s the first person to ever examine it, and the “interpretation,” such as it is, has no intellectual integrity:  it’s a laundry list of references without any thematic coherence.  Did he go to college?  The way he interprets texts makes me think he didn’t:  he never seems to know where he’s going, and there’s no rigor to the presentation;  just saying, “This means this,” and, “This means this,” doesn’t provide any insight into the way the song reflects and contributes to the cultural context in which it was created. 

    And dismissing Pete Seeger as a Communist is just ignorant.  So what if he’s a Communist?  He’s still alive, by the way.

    • Lioness

      Not to disagree with the point. As a whole your correct, except about the college thing. If you have experience dealing with people, you learn stupid people do attend college. College gives you information, but how well you can utilize that info has to do with individual talent. There are many things that cannot be taught in a classroom

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Swann/100003281352784 Charles Swann

        You’re absolutely right about the college remark; I expressed myself poorly.  I was trying to say that this is a really smart guy whose analyses would, I believe, reach a  much higher level if he had to defend them occasionally and reach a conclusion.  It’s like he builds lots and lots of parts that could be assembled into a finished structure but doesn’t take that last step.  It’s really hard to learn how to do that; I certainly can’t do it consistently.  I believe it can be learned in college or in any number of other settings.  I certainly don’t believe college is the only, or the best, setting in which to learn to defend one’s arguments.  And  one problem with being the boss, like GB is, is that your colleagues (who are your employees) don’t call you out to defend your positions. 

        The Beatles are amazing; I don’t know of another band whose work can withstand sustained analysis and remain rewarding.  They really are bigger than . . . oh, never mind.

        • Lioness

          Don’t worry, I understand. It’s hard to get your point across sometimes with out misspeaking. Glenn definitely does not have to defend his position often enough but I guess that’s why we’re here. I majored in music yet most of my analysis involved classical musicians.  However, I agree the Beatles are truly great, but Pink Floyd is my favorite (mostly because of their innovative orchestration and stage performance).

          • w. Parker

            The Beatles will never again be matched by any other band, I like Pink Floyd too, The Doors, The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Almond Bros Band, Jeff Beck, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Janis Joplin, , etc etc etc etc Whewwww, so many Great Bands!!!…The greatest decade in american history for music.  Hell, we believed in Flower Power, Make love not war, Peace and Love, i don’t see for one second or maybe i was too busy listening to the music and not the words to care of any negative influence on society.  Violence in my opinion was the furtherest thing that was taught or promoted.  In comparison, consider Rap and Hip Hop of today – – complete counterculture and the promotion of violence.  I consider myself very lucky to have had the opportunity to have experienced it all as a teenager.  Several things made such an impression as the night the Beatles appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show – the impact was the same as when man set foot on the moon for the first time.  I wasn’t corrupted from it as i “joined” not drafted, the military and headed to Vietnam to fight communistm

          • Anonymous

            It seems that you have good musical tastes. Thanks for your service also!

          • w. Parker

            In Response To NO_ BONES

            There was no option to reply to your post –
            Thank you Sir for recognizing my service and you obviously have good taste yourself to recognize some of the great bands I’ve mentioned. 

          • Lioness


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CLR2LHIU6KUIFREHAPIOYJNIYM StanO360

      Really? I don’t think he’s teaching a music interpretation class, it’s radio for goodness sakes!

      Pete Seeger should be dismissed, his opinions are no more valid than a KKK member.

      Ander helter skelter is a term, it was just used by Manson, then the Beatles perhaps in reference to Manson.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn I love your explanation of the song.  and I think you are right.  Just like when you spoke about the Beetles song revolution.  Thanks for the insight.

  • Steve Martin

    Point on Point

  • http://twitter.com/Sargonarhes S. E. Roberts

    I can’t stop thinking of what Weird Al Yankovikc did for this song. Sure he parody it, but it brought it back into the public spot light. Then that floozy Madogga sorry meant Madonna has to do a remake of it.

  • Anonymous

    If you want a good example of communism look no further than john lennons song imagine. It’s meant to sound all happy and peacefull but if you take the lyrics literaly it’s pretty horrifying. It tells you how some on the left can get tricked into thinking communism is a good thing. I just want to say to all of them WAKE UP!!!!! IT’S A TRICK!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/whiteknight111 Blake H.

    This song is a good essay on how the country descended into the barbarism of the 60s and the 70s. But let’s not forget that rock and roll and self interest eroded the control of the Soviet Union over their own public. Selfishness and self interest plays a role in regulating any society, but it’s when those things become the core values and aspirations of our people that our culture becomes evil and violent.

    Like it or not, individuality has to have some ‘bad’ motivations in order to be healthy and alive in a society, just like moral perfection, while it ought to be our aspiration, can’t be expected of a normal human being because we are imperfect. We all err. It’s what we believe about erring and holding ourselves accountable that makes us who we are.

    We should be the leader of world in both Individuality and personal morality and accountability. These things do not have to be incompatible. Our founders are great examples of both of these things. It’s time to get back to rugged individualism tempered with rugged faith and morals. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sargonarhes S. E. Roberts

    Yeah, lucky for me I never liked John Lennon or his song Imagine. It sounded too much like an idiot’s pipe dream that could not work.

    • http://twitter.com/whiteknight111 Blake H.

      Love it. Thank you sir. 😀

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CLR2LHIU6KUIFREHAPIOYJNIYM StanO360

      It is an idiot’s pipe dream (literal pipe)

  • http://twitter.com/justabeard john hirst

    You really are an idiot, Beck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alfred-Martin/1636119262 Alfred Martin

    I do sense that the song has a strong reference to the present administration!

  • Anonymous

    Beck wants to somehow freeze the world to the frame when it makes sense for him. This is the gist of the originalist dementia. To pick times and perspectives in which things were like HE WANTS THEM so they are like that for EVERYONE ELSE. Not going to happen. The guy obviously has never heard of hermeneutics. It’s not a Beck world. Everyone is negotiating discourse for power. Beck, neocons and conservative-republicans-originalists are cry babies that go all paranoid when others play the same game they play.

    • General Kota

      You have no room to talk hypocrite you do it all the time this is not lefty land moron or Marxs R Us this is the United States if you don’t like that move to Cuba where they are looking for suckers like you to buy into your fantasy of spread the wealth which turn that country to hell. Why don’t you go back and clean those campus toilets before your boss catches you.

      • Anonymous

        luv it again

    • Anonymous

      It is not a SKANK world either SKANK.  I like Glenn’s world alot more than yours.
      Go away.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CLR2LHIU6KUIFREHAPIOYJNIYM StanO360

      Are you denying that the left has been hell-bent on undermining traditional culture for 50-60 years? First academia, then literature, print, TV, Movies, education at all levels. You would have to say that the left cries for a world that does not, nor has ever, existed. The left does not negotiate, they manipulate, they progandize, they highjack.

      • Anonymous

         Hi Stan….
        I have to disagree slightly with you….the left are actually masters at the art of negotiation and compromise….and manage somehow to always ensure the conservatives sell out their values in exchange for minor concessions….

        My friend devereaux wrote about this yesterday…http://devereauxdailydose.blogspot.com/2012/02/compromise-is-dirty-word.html

        He is a staunch conservative…so any liberals reading this will hate it…..lol

      • Anonymous

        Does it read like I’m denying it? Nope. What I’m saying is that Beck’s accusations of rewriting history fall right back on him. He’s just going off on hissy fits about loosing political ground. As I’ve said many times. It’s an ongoing cry of a baby who can’t deal with open discourse: FREE SPEECH! It’s in the constitution for a reason. But, of course, you neocons only listen to the Constitution when it is convenient for you.

    • Anonymous

      You forgot to mention that your speaking for the Leftist radical, Gay Pride, Atheist, God Haters Position! That`s responsible for this Nations Decay.

      • Anonymous

        That’s your paranoid vision. I am a liberal, but not radical. I am a proud gay male. I believe and love God. From my perspective Glenn and all his followers are responsible for this Nation’s decay. You are dividing the nation.

      • Anonymous

        They forgot to mention that they are a SKANK

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQRZJDTLILMMUS23EYKAR5L35A GMAC

    Simply amazing.  This one is a keeper and one that I will share with my family.  I have never thought about this song before because it was before my birth, but I have heard it from time to time.  I will never be able to listen to this song again without thinking of its meaning and Glenn’s education. 

  • General Kota

    I love this song before and now I love it more thanks Glenn.

  • Anonymous

    Heard this on your radio program this am.
    Thanks for the hard work.

  • Anonymous

    Since I’ve heard this song in High School back in the seventies, I always understood it as the end of America…possibly, the world.  I learned it word for word, and it has always haunted me.  It has even more meaning now, as our times change.

  • Anonymous

    1971. American Pie.

    My friend devereaux wrote about this time in his life….when matched with Beck’s explanation there is great benefit in reading devereaux’s stuff…

    • Lioness

      That just about sums it up. Great post.

  • Anonymous

    Just a matter of how YOU see things. Many times, some specific intent is misunderstood by the listeners. Glenn, you could be right or you could be wrong. Don’t judge the writer without interviewing him/her before you state your opinion. Don’t forget that those years were filled with pot-smoking youth no different than the OWS crowd of today. Seeing murders commited at these concerts shouldn’t shock anyone. How many murders are commited today involving drugs? Just look at today’s songs, especially rap, that suggest evil. Not too many changes with the youth today against youth of the 60s and 70s. It would be much more truthful if you had answers from the authors to questions such as who, what, where and how.

    • Anonymous

      Speaking as someone who WAS their in the 60s and 70s, Most of the songs were writin in protest. I`m suprised you would make such a statement considering most teenagers today are aware of that Historical Fact! And I can say, Unequivically!, The youth of today are 10 times worse than they were in the 60s and 70s. Introducing “RAP” into a conversation about rock n roll,  is like relating Fidel Castro too Mother Theresa.

  • F. Bennett Callicoat

    Uh … yeah. (No s**t — you’re just now discovering this?)  

    Sometimes Glenn can be so damn clueless.

  • Anonymous

     glenn beck is such a dumb a**!!!
    I guess the explanations of the singer and songwriter mean nothing.  I am so happy glenn is around to tell us all the real truth about the song!!! What an idiot!!!

    • SoThere

      Just for you little man:

      For today, and every day you post here, I will post your lies on every comment you make on this site…. Your hate and ignorance is not winning any converts here. You’re the butt of jokes and ridicule.Please see a professional about your fixation on little children strtlk/mtclayboy.You’ve been caught in your lies and have no credibility here. You’re a Wikipedia sailor and a lying puke.

      1. As mtclayboy you claimed that you served on a BOOMER. As strtlk you claimed not to know what a Boomer or a SSBN was “I don’t care” were your exact words. You also stated that you didn’t know where Bangor, Wa. was which is where Boomers (submarines) are fitted for duty.Any real Submariner would know that. You didn’t!

      2. You then changed your story and claimed that you were on a BOOMER. You lied.

      3. As mtclayboy you claimed that you had damaged your ears while serving on a Submarine. As strtlk, you claimed that you damaged your ears while serving on a submarine.

      4. As mtclayboy you claimed that you joined the Navy and served for five years on a submarine but according to the timeline you gave that was proven to be a lie. You lied.

      5. As mtclayboy you said that you were a Fireman. As strtlk, you claimed you were a Fireman.

      6. As mtclayboy and as strtlk, you posted the same bigotry and hate against Glenn Beck almost word for word even using the same spelling and grammatical errors and focusing on the children. I’ve posted many of them here already.

      Are you catching on everyone? He’s a liar plain and simple and nothing he claims can be believed.

      Take your bigotry and hate and Phony Soldier ID and leave us honest people alone?

      Flag the idiot.

      • Anonymous

        I know you hate him but you two take over every thread with your arguing.

        • SoThere

          I don’t hate anyone. He’s a seminar poster and posts here on a schedule and I reply to his hate posts with the truth about who he is. Sorry that you feel the way you do but the Mods are absent here and I have the right to counter every one of his posts if I want to.

          Once again, I’m sorry but it is what it is.

    • Anonymous

       Ummm….you ignoramus…Don McLean has been asked many times what the song means…and has NEVER explained it…he just smiles and walks away…

      So…please do explain exactly what you mean when you say “I guess the explanations of the singer and songwriter mean nothing”?

      We now know who the idiot really is!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget the last verse – The 3 men I admire most, the Father, Son, And the Holy Ghost; they took the last train for the coast; the day the music died.

  • Anonymous

    Bye bye Miss American Pie, Drove my Chevy Volt to the eletric charger but the charger was fried from an emp. Now I have to walk or ride a bike because the government killed all the horses so there is nowhere to run and no where to hide.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZGBAM5CGFUSZYBQPM7PQVV3ROQ tommy

    Very similar to what this author wrote on the actual anniversary, Feb. 3, 2012, in the form of a parody of “American Pie” itself. Is there a connection? If so, credit and a link would be greatly appreciated. Even if not, others may find the “American Pie Explained” (parody of “American Pie” to be interesting.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HC47GCSKV3E6H3AGLLEDZMFPF4 kawn

    Wow….. I heard this from Beck this morning had to come listen again. They drilled that song everyday, every other song on the radio.  It seemed like in 1974. I remember well. I had my first car. Anyway I have not heard this before. Very Interesting. I just assume the lyrics were like this because they were on Acid and other drugs …………What can I say…….It was the era of drugs…..

  • Anonymous

    If you want to save America we need the Milatary are on side and the Military is supporting Ron Paul and we the people should be too.

    • Anonymous

      Why, is the military going to start a coup if we don’t support Ron Paul? They swore an oath to the country not Ron Paul.

  • Anonymous

    Is the song about Buddy Holly? No, but the framework of the song is set by the deaths of Holly, Richie Valens and Big Bopper in that plane crash at Clear Lake Iowa. It was fun, innocence, the dawn of something new … and on that day the music died. But not really, because the rest of the song chronicles its evolution and development. I grew up in the 1950s and cut my musical teeth on rockabilly, so I understand the sense of loss and despair and in a sense, the search for some broader and deeper connection.

    Note of correction: the Stones had not already performed “Sympathy for the Devil”, the song was starting and ironically Jagger said, as it started, “every time we do this song something happens.”

  • w. Parker

    The Atlanta Pop Festival, Monterrey Pop Festival and most were all peaceful.  Even with the numbers at Woodstock it was basically peaceful.  Hippies were not violent people, just the opposite.  Flower power – make love not war.  Hence, the Peace symbol…Never ever heard of one incidence of violence at a Love In..

  • Anonymous

    this is all very interesting. i remember like it was yesterday, begging my dad to get me this album for christmas. it was the only thing i wanted in the world.(graduated 8th grade in ’72). i was a happy camper christmas a.m.! don mclean was an insightful guy. he wrote lots of good stuff. starry ,starry night is about vincent van gough,a very pretty song.

  • Anonymous

    The day the MuSiC will die is when China takes over America and Sharia Law becomes the new law in America. This is the direction that Obama is leading America to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mario-Taboada/100000491214788 Mario Taboada

    Welcome to the Rabbit Hole….

    http://www.roytaylorministries.com/am00122.htm Please click that link and enjoy

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    I am just saying if the Military supports Ron Paul than we the people should suppot him too because the brave men and women in the Military are the ones that have died to protect our rights of freedom and we the people should honor the brave men and women in the Military and vote for who they are supporting.
    If you were in the Military you would be voting for him too. I am a veteran and Ron Paul has my vote.

    • Anonymous

      That’s very nice and touching. I didn’t know all of the military is for Ron Paul. Are we just supposed to take the word of Ron Paul supporters that the military is completely for Ron Paul. I didn’t know that.

      I agree to this point, I will listen to the military if they are overwhelmingly against a candidate. I am not going to give my right to vote away to somebody else based on sentimental reasons

      That is not a reason to vote for Ron Paul. Please try again

      • w. Parker

        What Janasus is leaving out is people in the military donated a grand total of $34,000 to R Paul as of 2 weeks ago.  Considering we have 1.5 million in active and guard forces, i would say that is less than “pocket change” – hardly backing a statement that “the military” backs R Paul…
        Also, thank you for your kind and respectful statement you made to an earlier post of mine. 

        • Anonymous

          No problem, you deserved it.

    • Anonymous

      I’m in the military, and I think Ron Paul is just a bit on the nutty side of a nut roll.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SA4H3QP2VEFOGIQBHCNCMLPT2E Mike

      I am in the military and I
      am NOT voting for Ron Paul.  Sorry, but he has more than one screw
      loose.  I find it odd that there is all this talk about the military
      backing him (a rumor that Ron Paul tries to spread every chance he
      gets), yet I know of not one person in my unit of over 130 military
      members who back him.  Hmmm…  Where are these mysterious backers?

  • Debbie Tate

    People tend to forget the man who was stabbed had a gun and wanted to shoot Mick Jagger.  Yes hiring the Hells Angels for security while they were taking LSD was pretty stupid but they did stop the guy with the gun from hurting anyone.  I’m sorry, I don’t feel sorry for that guy.  He came to Altamont to cause trouble and he got it.

  • Anonymous

    Its been ten years since America has been attacked and now we have a ??? running our country.
    This is not the way it is suppose to be and we need to get back to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence before we go past the point of no return.
    Ron Paul will bring us back to where we the people are suppose to be.

  • Anonymous

    With the new laws that the government is imposing we the people will have to communicate in code so the government won’t catagorize us as terrorists for standing up for our rights.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget your tin foil hat, and don’t use your debit card…can’t track your movements this way.

      • General Kota

        Don’t forget your pot when you leave moron.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t smoke pot, never have, and never will.  Thanks for your insightful input though, much appreciated.

          • General Kota

            Could have fooled me so you are just plain stupid.

          • General Kota

            How about crack?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYAIY5FTUOKABSW4AQCWA4Y4GA GringoLingo

    Well, It’s taken Glenn this long to figure this stuff out? REALLY GLENN?
    How about this song “EVE of DESTRUCTION”, Barry McGuire. Is that about a girl named Eve whom I will be making pregnant and ruining my life? No Glenn, It’s a commentary on the condition of the world, forty seven years ago, Glenn! Get with the program dude!  All the Christian parents kept their little angel children from experiencing the rock and roll music back then. That is why the good people have fallen behind and why our country is slipping away from us! The artists back then used to communicate with the youth, tell stories. Not anymore, today the artists are all about sex or they are whining about stuff, they don’t tell stories anymore! I can’t wait until Glenn decides to educate us on the subliminal message in the song “Alice’s Restaurant” !   Here’s a hint Glenn…Alice represents……………America !!!  OOHHHH mmmYY

    • Anonymous

       This is the best post, hands down!!!

  • http://www.google.com Doodaddio


    According to this web page, which corroborates an interview of Don McLean I saw years ago, this is the story:

    “According to McLean (as
    posted on his website), this song was originally inspired by the death
    of Buddy Holly. “The Day The Music Died” is February 3, 1959, when
    Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash
    after a concert. McLean wrote the song from his memories of the event.
    The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album was a huge influence, and McLean
    has said in numerous interviews that the song represented the turn from
    innocence of the ’50s to the darker, more volatile times of the ’60s –
    both in music and politics.McLean was a paperboy when Holly
    died. He learned about the plane crash when he cut into his stack of
    papers and saw the lead story.

    Talking about how he composed this song when he was a guest on the UK show Songbook,
    McLean explained: “For some reason I wanted to write a big song about
    America and about politics, but I wanted to do it in a different way. As
    I was fiddling around, I started singing this thing about the Buddy
    Holly crash, the thing that came out (singing), ‘Long, long time ago, I
    can still remember how that music used to make me smile.’I
    thought, Whoa, what’s that? And then the day the music died, it just
    came out. And I said, Oh, that is such a great idea. And so that’s all I
    had. And then I thought, I can’t have another slow song on this record.
    I’ve got to speed this up. I came up with this chorus, crazy chorus.
    And then one time about a month later I just woke up and wrote the other
    five verses. Because I realized what it was, I knew what I had. And
    basically, all I had to do was speed up the slow verse with the chorus
    and then slow down the last verse so it was like the first verse, and
    then tell the story, which was a dream. It is from all these fantasies,
    all these memories that I made personal. Buddy Holly’s death to me was a
    personal tragedy. As a child, a 15-year-old, I had no idea that nobody
    else felt that way much. I mean, I went to school and mentioned it and
    they said, ‘So what?’ So I carried this yearning and longing, if you
    will, this weird sadness that would overtake me when I would look at
    this album, The Buddy Holly Story, because that was my last Buddy record before he passed away.”

    The case could be made for Glenn’s interpretation, but I have to say that according to the man who wrote the song, it is about the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Jiles Perry “J. P.” Richardson, Jr. – A.K.A. “The Big Bopper”, and his feelings in regard to that tragic event. This does not in any way mean that Glenn is being dishonest, nor does it mean that any of the various cranks who post here are justified in calling him a liar and a number of other false accusations that they all seem to post, I am merely reporting what I know from personal experience.

    • Anonymous

      Well, dad, that confirms what I had always thought—that the song was about the death

      of Holly and his companions in the plane crash.

    • General Kota

      Your right friend but it sad when a song about death does sound like it describes the country even if Glenn is wrong about it that alone should scar us all of us to action.

      • http://www.google.com Doodaddio

        True words, spoken by a man I am honored to have as a friend.

  • Anonymous

    The truth of the song is that has alot of different meanings for alot of people but you can relate to what is going on in todays world. The song Miss American Pie is timeless.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7ZZCYBIVKFR4LQEVUNPRZ6NTY Suzanne.

    Glenn Beck,  Here is the translation of John Lennon’s “Imagine”!  

    Here are the lyrics:

    Imagine there’s no Heaven
    It’s easy if you try

    …Translation: Discard God who is Love, Turn your back on Love, which is Heaven. Discard Jesus who is the human face of God’s love for humanity.

    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today

    Translation: Believe the lie there is no such thing as evil. Therefore be shortsighted and never consider the consequences of your cruelty to other human beings. Only live for today. The future, and your children, be damned.

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do

    Translation: Forsake your identity, you are worthless, join the commune/communist enslavement of the whole world (in modern times referred to as the “New World Order”).

    Nothing to kill or die for

    Translation: Stop believing that Love is worth dying for. You, in fact, have nothing to Live for

    And no religion too

    Translation: Foresake all paths to peace, all teachings of gentle Jesus, all non-violence of Buddhism, all Jewish relationship to the creator. Forsake all contemplation of any meaning in your life.

    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace

    Translation: Having forsaken all meaning in life, let’s all kill ourselves, for only in death is there lasting peace.

    You may say that I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Translation: Come and drink the poison Kool Aid and die with us

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world

    Translation: Pure Communism Slavery, confiscation of any thing of value you may create or acquire, no recognition that greed or covetousness are internal traits that are themselves evil, not the inanimate objects they target

    You may say that I’m a dreamer
    But I’m not the only one
    I hope someday you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one

    Translation: Come and drink the poison Kool Aid, be assimilated, die, cooperate in your own genocide, and leave the world to the elitists who want it all to themselves – http://bit.ly/iaDgj2


    It sure is a pretty song. Lucifer, the angel of deceit, sure is pretty too. Miraculously, this song has revolted me since my childhood, and the older I get, the more it does.

    I’m not saying all human beings should not act like the brothers and sisters we truly are. Lennon may or may not have had good intentions, shortsighted though they were (and hey, he was embracing shortsightedness.) I am saying that rejecting the concepts of a common heavenly father and good vs evil, makes it impossible to live like we are all brothers and sisters.

    • Anonymous

      Suzanne,  this is unbelievable….great piece!

    • Anonymous

      John Lennon in his last years, actually started to move to the right. He looked back at his hippie days and that song with embarrassment over how naive he was to believe those things. The latest rumors have been that he was a fan of Ronald Reagan. It hasn’t been confirmed if he just said that to piss off his liberal friends or not. John Lennon was known for doing that.

    • Anonymous

      This is quite possibly the most complete example of tripe I have ever seen, and you have a clearly have a total misunderstanding of what John Lennon was expressing.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SA4H3QP2VEFOGIQBHCNCMLPT2E Mike

      I agree, I also found this song revolting when I actually stopped and listed to the lyrics.  I always liked the sound of it, as with most of the Beatles music.  It is too bad that the messages don’t match the beauty of the tunes.  Evil can be cleverly disguised all around us.

  • Anonymous

    I grew up in the 60’s.   Although my life was tranquil, many people I knew paid a high price for their actions.   Until a decade ago, I didn’t know how bad that time really was.  How easily can one  put things into perspective as we age;   I would never want to relive that era, except for the fact that I married and had two great kids.

    Here we are again, in the middle of muck, once again caused by a derelict administration….will we ever learn?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jw-Appling/100001282155183 J.w. Appling

      “Here we are again, in the middle of muck, once again caused by a derelict administration….will we ever learn?”

      As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ken-Cook/742344922 Ken Cook

    I love ya Glenn, but you’re really stretching on most of the “American Pie” thing but that’s the beauty of music. The musician can have his own meaning but equally, each listener gives it the meaning he or she wants it to have. Personally, I don’t think McLean was being all that specific. I believe he was just singing about the loss of innocence we as a country experienced in the 60s and how our music reflected it. Maybe it’s just the old question of whether life imitates art or art imitates life.

    And as far as The Lord of The Rings is concerned, Tolkien spent a couple of decades doing lectures at colleges around the world where students would ask him about the “meaning” of his books. When presented with this question he would without fail go to great pains to explain as patiently as he could, there was no meaning, it was simply a story and that the reader should read it and enjoy it as such.

    And see? Not everything in the comment section is a “troll.”

    Semper Fi and God bless.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Ken for saving me the time of typing all that. I agree, Tolkien detested allegory and said so in the foreword of The Lord of the Rings.

    • terentiaj63

      Tolkein did dislike allegory. He also said in a letter that the trilogy was definitely Catholic  by accident in the beginning but very deliberately as he rewrote for publication. He was a daily communicant in the Catholic Church and his faith informed his life and writing. 

  • Harvey Wallace

    Sounds like Beck is beginning to fall down the rabbit hole himself.

    • Anonymous

      He picked up some interesting connections.

      But why not just ask Don McClean? He’s still alive, isn’t he?

  • Anonymous

    You missed a few things Bob Dylan sold his soul to the devil; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqvvOD4bdRsthe good old boys drinkin whiskey and Rye hadn’t converted to drugs or eve Mary J.Sargent Pepper’s album had very creepy people on it like Alister Crowley.Helter Skelter, was as a Satanist/Illuminists term for Order out of Chaos, and Manson heard and realized and admitted it was a message from the Beatles to cause Chaos, which he did.

  • Anonymous

    “Eight Miles and falling fast” refers to the atomic bomb. It was dropped from 8 miles up. I did this song once as a youth bible study. It says so much about what happens when a country loses it’s moral base; in this case, our Christian moral base. America is the first and only country in the history of Mankind to actually have true freedom and  it only came about by basing our country on Christian principles. This is what the Founding Fathers talked and wrote about.

    • Anonymous

      I think you missed the reason Don McLean wrote this when you did your Bible research, maybe you should have read what the songs author actually thought about it, and it was ‘t the loss of a Christian moral base.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gordon-Campbell/100000824838396 Gordon Campbell

    I think his analysis is brilliant.

  • Anonymous

    Here is a full site dedicated to this same level of clarity. Amazing what you can find on the internet once you know what to look for…http://understandingamericanpie.com/index.htm

  • Duane Klindworth

    For another dissertation of the American Pie song, go to roytaylorministries.com  Chewy reading. Best to speed read through. Chilling.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KCMPJ53VU5PONEOUKMMGZXBYBI Cheryl D

    Frankly, I think Glen Beck has lost what little mind he had left.  He is a certifiable nut case and he is leading other nut jobs.  Why do people have to find a “hidden message” in music?  Why believe a song writer has a “hidden agenda” when he pens a song?  Come on, now, American Pie was a good song for it’s time period and that’s all it was or is.  A good song.

    • Anonymous

      Hey Cheryl, you do realize that when this song came out they could not use literal terms. Look at a song like White Rabbit. You, obviously, have no clue what you are talking about.

      P.S. If you believe Glenn has lost his mind, feel free to leave at any time.

    • Anonymous

      He seems to be doing OK for someone who has “lost his mind”…

  • Anonymous

    Wow, way off on this one Beck and talk about spinning something towards an agenda. Don McLean did not intend this song to be anything more than a tribute the Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Nice try though, next you’ll try and convince everyone that the Davinci Code is real and telling us the end of the world is near. Oh wait, you already do that, usually right before you announce the buy long term storage food and gold commercials. You’re nothing more than a snake oil salesman.

    • sft

      And you know this . . . ? If you were around during the
      60s, you also know that the world was changing as we watched; the ground was
      shifting as we walked. Parents and their children lived in different paradigms.
      Our country had not experienced such differences, not just generationally but
      philosophically, since the Civil War. Your post sounds like someone who was born yesterday rather than from someone who actually lived during those times. I did live then. Where were you?

      • Anonymous

        Whether I was there or not is irrelevant. I can read both Glenn Beck’s interpretation and the song’s author, Don McLean. When the two did not match, I went with the authors version.

        • sft

          Convenient both for him and for you since mixing experiences with values was no more popular then than it is now. I understand his reluctance to write the truth–he lived during those years also. YOUR outlook is equally explainable. How could you possibly understand an era in which you did not live and with which you have no experience? You are welcome, of course, to live in your fantasy world since you had no experience with the world of 60s reality.

          • sft

            BTW, after reading other comments that you have written, I am even more convinced of your naivety and your youth. After all, you can only live in the generation in which you were born. You weren’t there. You don’t know .More than that, you CAN’T know.

          • Anonymous

            Amazing, your skills of perception, and how you are able to know so much about me just from reading my posts.  Which only emphasizes my point, and makes you look like an idiot.  You say I can’t read and understand things, yet you read my comments and profess to understand why I am the way I am.  Classic.

            ps.  You are way off, and know nothing about me.  Try again.

        • w. Parker

          It is very relevant.  How would you know the feelings and thoughts of people during the early industrial revolution unless you were actually there or what war is truely like unless you’ve fought in a battle?  Some things you can read about in a book or documentary, hear others speak of things and events, but living it is totally different

      • w. Parker

        You are exactly right…NO era, none, was as so profoundly different, and the change so quick from an easy going, tranquil, “goody-goody” late 50’s to a mid 60’s counter culture, where little mattered other than partying, partying hard; sex and a distaste and distrust of older people and society norms.  Musicians and their songs were our directors.  Only people under 30 were trustworthy, accepted and “hip”.  Drugs were the young peoples way of discovering themselves and the world they lived – mind expansion, to look within and discover one’s self and the reality of existance.  Thought was deep.  Music beautiful.  ‘Tune in and drop out” from past norms.  Many followed Carlos Castanada’s teachings to become one with spirit through the Indian shaman and drugs, oh, and Timothy Leary and others.  Previous norms were examined, studied and mostly opposed. It all seem to leave, stop existing as soon as it all started, perhaps a little slower, but society was never going to be the same.  The downward spiral of society has continued ever since.  To know the 60’s can only be experienced and understood by living in it, you’re exactly right. 

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you speak from experience.

    • Anonymous

      You know Don McLean personally, do you?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DE4TDSFRNCGREAY3RTWHIMJCJI NORMA

    I heard this on the radio today and I wanted to see it again.  I always thought American Pie had a greater meaning than a song for the dead singers.  I didn’t know about the Mick Jagger concert and all the other history.  This explanation has been a real eye opener.

  • Anonymous

    I was eating food at the bar where I was eating and talking to an older lady I knew from a few times before (A part time job 1 night a week where I go out to eat as it is on the weekend in the evening). We got into a conversation with the others about the late 60’s. She was from SanFran. The first thing she said the summer of love (’67) was not what it history shows it. She then said it wen’t to hell in a hand basket afterword, making ’67 only good based on later events. She was 19 in ’67. She also brought up this song as having very hidden meanings Not Buddy Holly, but going from Leave it to Beaver growing up to a dark part in her life…..

  • Anonymous

    Sorry Glen, but Don McLean has already admitted that the song means absolutely nothing.  He wrote it one night when he was totally strung out on marijuana.  It’s just one big Rorsach blob from a drugies mind.  FOOLED EVERYONE FOR YEARS, HUH?

    • Anonymous

      “Totally strung out on marijuana?” Do you even know what you are talking? Maybe you should listen to the lyrics they just played, a few thousand more times.

      • Anonymous

        Look it up.  He admitted it.  His biggest laugh was that some people wrote their thesis on it claiming they had uncovered its deep, hidden meaning.  Well, I guess sometimes, someone will his a home run on dope.  On the other hand, it’s sort of like what would happen if you put 100 monkies on typewriters.  Eventually one would type a profound complete sentence just by chance.
        I think the lesson to be learned is that somehow everyone thought the poets of the 60’s were sooooo talented.  Actually, half the time they were toking pot, high on drugs, or strung out on LSD.  So was Cooleridge (at least the drugs), the greatest poet of the English language who wrote the “Ryme of the Ancient Mariner “.  So I guess there is some consolation to abusing drugs it you are lucky enough to get published.

    • Lioness

      Many writers do not give an analysis of their own work, they know what they mean or feel, but to explain every detail to someone detracts from the point of this type of creative thought. I like to write poetry, it’s an emotional act and the words are an extension of that emotion. Some one can interpret it one way or another, and in actuality the meanings are some what accurate both ways. Some times you can read stuff you wrote 10 years ago and actually find a whole new profound meaning. That’s what’s cool about the abstract, it’s meant to be timeless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeremyLArmour Jeremy Armour

    I almost skipped this one.  I mean, I like the song and all, but come on it’s just an old rock song.  So what?  Right?  WRONG!  This is something that never even would have crossed my mind, ever.  I doubt I’ve even listened to “American Pie” in years.  (I’m a Country Music fan.  Rock just isn’t really my thing.)  But now I’m going to have to go over to youtube and find a version of it with the lyrics just so that I can go over all of this again.  I’ve found a new respect for Don Mclean, and, I suspect, a new love for his iconic–and apparently very meaningful–song. I’m really glad Glenn put this up.

  • Anonymous

    You know, I always felt a little uncomfortable when singing and playing that song because I couldn’t tell if I were mourning the degradation of America or celebrating it.

  • Anonymous

    is a great analysis. However, I would disagree with one point here. The
    line, “the players tried to take the field, the marching band refused to
    yield,” likely refers
    to the contrast in musical style and philosophy between The Band (the players) and the Sergeant
    Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band-era Beatles (“…sergeants played a
    marching tune”). More than a few rock purists were disappointed that the
    Beatles abandoned rock n’ roll for psychedelia,
    and it wouldn’t be surprising if McLean was one of them. It’s worth
    noting that the Band played frequently with Bob Dylan, and that he (the
    “Jester”) was “on the sidelines in a cast” (a result of his motorcycle
    accident) when “the players tried for a forward
    pass.” It doesn’t change Glenn’s analysis all that much, but I just wanted to put it out

  • http://twitter.com/lilteabag catllers

    hey want to thank you Glenn for this subject, my husband (who just started listening to your radio program and now is not thinking of commiting me for talking crazy and paranoia) has been listening to this freaking song ALL DAY explaining it to me, even after I told him I know, I know.

  • Anonymous

    I was obsessed by that song back in Jr high but I couldn’t put it into words. Thanks Glen for doing it for me.

  • Anonymous

    I am soo sad. My beautiful Timber had to be put down last Friday due to cancer. He was my best friend for over 10 yrs and I miss him terribly.

    • w. Parker

      Sorry to hear, i am a serious animal lover and i feel your pain…A good dog is God’s gift to man

    • Anonymous

      mom, many will empathize with you.   It’s always hard to lose a beloved pet.

    • Anonymous

      I am sorry for your loss.

    • General Kota

      Sorry to hear that.

  • http://twitter.com/lilteabag catllers

    agree, we may mourn our childhood inocence, however there has been many things that needed to come out of the closet from  the “good ole days” and be delt with.  “The truth shall set us free” Not everything in the 1950’s was all peaches and cream for if it was the revolution would not have occured in the 1960’s. So here we are again continuing to deal with the secrets, lies, corruption, and deceit because the issues are not resolved. Until then history will repeat itself until we resolve it, this time let us not ignor or shove back into the closet.   Keep our lamps full of oil so they never go out again.

  • Anonymous

    Hey!  I like ”American Pie”!   Yeah, I get the references to the Beatles and the Stones, but I don’t

    sit around interpreting each line.  I just like the song.  If this was meant to be a ”message song”

    then it flew over my head.  

  • Anonymous

    Imagine there’s no heaven, it’s easy if you try. No hell below us. Above us only sky. Imagine all the people living for today. Imagine there’s no country. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religeon too. Imagine all the people living life in peace. Imagine no possession. I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger. A brotherhooded man.

                              pretty scary. straight out of russia yall

  • Anonymous

    im 39 that song has been part of my life since i can remember hearing it for the first time in my dads 70 cuda driving down the road, it has always made me get teary when singing with it. and now i know why.it was part of a era that is and was lost , something i wish i was a part of, guess thats why i can watch forrest gump over and over and it never gets old. i started listen to glen about 4 yrs ago and though man this guy is out there , but yet here we are and he has been dead on, even though i wish he wasnt , things that we would say your crazy ten yrs ago and if you said out loud you would have been called nuts are common place now . thoses whom have insight and cry out are often called mad or crazy , yet its thoses that make fn of them that are blind to the storm comming.

  • racy2

    Glenn Beck is whacky!

    • Anonymous

      sometimes, but that’s why we luv him.

  • Anonymous

    All I can say is GREAT job GB. Can you please do an episode on GB Tv with photos and video of the events that are mentioned in the song? 

  • Henry David Ritscher

    “You’re at halftime. He said the players youth going for a forward pass.
    The players going for a forward pass. That’s the youth, going for a
    forward pass. And the government hitting back.” This is the phrase used in one of the most talked about commercials in this years Super Bowl with Clint Eastwood. Is this a subtle reference to a second chance to not step off the cliff?

  • http://twitter.com/indiag indiag

    can you interrpret the madonna version fer us???

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t know what the rest of the song meant, thank you, now even a bigger fan.  Good ole boy drinking whiskey in Rye.  Rye is A place Rye New York.  Thanks Glen

  • Anonymous

    “There are messages in our culture.” Everyone in Louisiana said “The Saints will win the Superbowl when hell freezes over.”  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GX6IS3CUXZKIEMD6LWHZ5ZBWWU John

    And please, let’s not forget the horrifying end to the 1960s in the dreadful Tate-LaBianca Murders committed by Charlie Manson and his oh-so-loving “Family”. These murders were influenced, in no small part, by “The White Album”, realeased by those Sinister Pied Pipers from Liverpool, England: the Beatles.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos for breaking the song down to what it really is about! I caught the metaphors years ago but felt i was maybe the only one!

  • http://twitter.com/SnakeArbusto Snake Arbusto

    Nope, we ain’t going to lose America. We’re going to keep steaming straight ahead until we go over the edge of the flat earth, so firmly do we believe in it. The trouble is we’re going to take a lot of people who live on the round earth with us.

  • Anonymous

    I only wish you were back on Fox. Your GBTV is out of my reach, money wise.  I always new there was more to the “flower child” era. My dauther was in that era and still suffers from that time, “Drugs and Drinking”  Many still are. I really never understood why I truly belived it was a very bad time. I guess deep down I really did not want to know. As I ran through my head the songs from them it was like a light bulb, The old type light bulbs, nice and bright. I wish I had enough insight then, the meaning was clear now, even before I read what Glen had to tell us.
    Oh, Glen, I only wish you were strong enough to stay on Fox. You are a guiding light!

  • Anonymous

    Please check out this site from 2002 which explains “American Pie” in detail.

    I want to know if Beck found this site and expanded or what.  It seems close to plagiarism but I hope it isn’t.  

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2LQONBAOJWF3Q5JRH7ODQ2UCDI Sam

      I listen to the show yesterday and Glenn never took credit for analyzing this song. I specifically remember him saying he always though it was always about Buddy Holly until he recently spoke with someone (a writer don recall the name) who told him the meaning of the song.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1730509768 Doug Harms

    Beck missed one of the most obvious allegories in the song – the line “fire is the devil’s only friend” is taken from the song Fire, by Arthur Brown.  It does reinforce what he says, but is a key ingredient to the message of self-destruction!

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps the masses would believe all of this crap that is going on in our country right now if they had a GLASS ONION so they could look ahead !!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Bonk/100001609338804 Eric Bonk

    HAS GLENN BECK TOTALLY LOST IT!????? Or is He really on to something!?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000434484050 CoryLaura Dixon

    Hey Glenn and fans check out this YouTube 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPxLXz_O4EA&feature=related posted 
     Nov 13, 2007 done by 
    Peter Garvin and Preston Collum. 

  • Km Koesler

    How about somebody just ask Don Mclean what the song means???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FAIEBGCHIMLILUBCMON7OQCB3U dan

    Hey, I thought I was the only soul that got what this song was about.  I wrote a sequel to this song. I haven’t loaded up to youtube yet.

  • Anonymous

    In much the same vein, the song The Six-Teens by Sweet from the album Desolation Boulevard is an interesting one to ponder. Both deal with disillusionment and both yet have a glimmer of hope in them.

  • http://twitter.com/DINOright Marie Culbreth

    Altamont Pop – a documentary on the Altamont free concert.  Last free concert for a looooooong time because of the violence and unrest at this time.  American Pie = innocent, American society.  So sad how many people re-write that era out of romantic nostalgia.  It was a horrible time, a time of fear to anyone who lived it but didn’t espouse to the “tune in, turn on, and drop out” psycho-pop-psychedelic hippie mantra. 

    • Anonymous

      actually there were many more free concerts without any violence.  The mistake of altamont is that the Hells Angels were hired to to security.  They caused the violence. That was at the end of the “hippy” era, which was not violent, granted everyone was too stoned to be mean. but Woodstock and free concerts every week in Central park were totally non-violent. 

  • Robert Martin Callaway

    Thanks for breaking down the American Pie song – that was enjoyable radio  – just not very original. Bob Dearborn did on the radio in ’72. 

  • Anonymous

    geez, the line “the day the music died” is referring to the day a plane crashed killing the big Bopper, Richie Valenz and Buddy Holly.  The song is about the state of affairs in the 50’s in 60’s – this is not a revelation. Don Mclean himself used to talk about it.
    but anything from a progressive thinking person has to be spmething to get hysterical about
    next beck will be telling us that if you play it backwards it plays the text of Mein Kampf. 


    WOW! I like this interpretation and make a lot of sense, since I grew up in the 60’s and remember well all the events mentioned by Glenn

  • Anonymous

    But in the summer of ’69 ,  Ohioman Neil Armstrong was the first to walk on the moon.  And there have been some revivals since that time.  Thank you, Glenn, for the explanation of Bye, Bye Miss American Pie.  I had it on a 45 rpm record and played it everyday growing up in the Midwest, a boy in the sixties and seventies.  You are a fine American.   

  • Anonymous

    Don’t worry be happy!

    • Anonymous

      Ignorance is bliss.

  • Anonymous

    If you would
    like to link to a blog that has been researching Obama and his ties with socialists,
    communists, Marxists, progressives, Democrat Party, Islamists, Radicals,
    leftists, etc even before he became president, go to Trevor Loudon’s blogs, http://www.trevorloudon.com and http://keywiki.org/index.php/Main_Page

  • David Heinen

    I wonder if the reference in the song to “Helter-Skelter” could be connected to the Manson family and the Tate – LaBionca murders that happened in August 1969

    • Anonymous

      Another interpretation on the net thought so.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYAIY5FTUOKABSW4AQCWA4Y4GA GringoLingo

    Now if Glenn could only explain to us, “how many holes does it take to fill the Albert Hall”?
    That line from the Beatles “a Day in the Life” has haunted me for decades!  Does it mean A-holes, or like holes in the space time continuum?  I will never rest until the answer for this question is found.
    On a side note, I noticed that today, Saturday, Fox News used a cover of the Beatles “revolution” as bumper music during one of the morning shows. How cheap and unoriginal Fox has become. Time to turn off all media !!!!!!    Fox, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity ! THe only show worth listening to anymore is Michael Savage!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Bowles/100000286313193 Sharon Bowles

    Say what you will,if you stop and think only for a minute you have got to come to the fact that what was, will be coming around again. I love it. We are all in the same boat and you are not going to get out of this world alive,poor, rich and every one in between and that gives me a wonderful feeling, cool man, cool cool cool. This song sayes a great deal, I don’t know if he ever done any tripping but I would say he had great insight. Their are a great many signs if your eyes are open, Peace man… out.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66HWHCW536FJWCWHCA6XVVMAF4 Adam

    Great overview of American Pie.  Enjoyed Glenn’s insite on the radio the other day and appreciate it being here so I can read it again. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66HWHCW536FJWCWHCA6XVVMAF4 Adam

    If we lose our freedom it will be that our culture has lulled us to laziness and entertainment.  Will we awaken and respond?  I hope so but it will cost many of us our fortune and a focused effort with many a naysayer discouraging our every move.

  • kingdomwarrior

    It was today Feb 11, 2012 Whitney Houston just died at age 48.  Voice of angels….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YZ255AZTZ4OOPCAC3QROYZKTWU Maria

    Hey Glenn!  What happens when you play the song backwards?   Really?  I’m as old as you are and that’s not what it really really means!  Hell, I sang this song to my daughter as a lullabye!  Get over yourself!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Other sites on the net years old have similar interpretations for the metaphors.

      Sure you’re not lettin’ hate get in the way???

    • Anonymous

      AND your attitude is why we are where we are today. Knowing a bunch oif songwriters, I can’t refute his theory. They ALAWAYS (can’t really say always. Today’s writers don’t have teh intelligence to do so) instill deeper meaning than the average Joe can glean, so maybe you NEED to get over yourself.

      Pretty thought provoking Glenn, but OBVIOUSLY, over some heads.

    • Anonymous

       “Let him who has ears to hear, let him hear.    Luke 8:8

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Glenn Beck,

    I stumbled onto your radio show when you were revealing your interpretations of “American Pie.”

    I’ve always wondered.


  • Thee Injun

    “…’Cause man, I remember
    Those who did resign their souls
    To Transmaniacon MC……Which was the stage at AltamontMy humble boys of listless powerWe’re pain, we’re steel, a plot of knivesWe’re Transmaniacon MC…”
    * Blue Öyster Cult also mentions the events at Altamont and how society has been descending into drug abuse and violence, and since they’re my favorite band, I thought it’d deserve mentioning, because they really captured the sinister moods surrounding that specific incident. I’d say they are worth looking into, especially their music video for Divine Wind, written long ago but brought back because it bore relevance to the tragedies of 9/11/01

    Mr. Beck, good call looking into music; it often means more than we are willing to accept or think about.

    • Anonymous

      I agree sooo much. Luv BOC too. Imaginos.

  • Anonymous

    Far as I know American Pie was written in Rye, NY. Most of the references in the song pertain to Rye, NY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/the.aaron.barksdale Aaron Barksdale

    The most chilling of all verses is the final verse, very prophetic:

    I met a girl who sang the blues   (The “girl” is the same as before = America)
    And I asked her for some happy news  (Something can be done…there’s hope, right?)
    But she just smiled and turned away  (The America once known is gone)
    I went down to the sacred store  (Church)
    Where I’d heard the music years before
    But the man there said the music wouldn’t play  (No one has faith, not even the clergy)
    And in the streets the children screamed  (Violence and lawlessness)
    The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed  
    But not a word was spoken
    The church bells all were broken  (Death of Religious Freedom)
    And the three men I admire most- 
    the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost-
    They caught the last train for the coast  (Religion is not welcome in New America)
    The day the music died
    And they were singing 

    Maybe it’s just me…but THANK YOU, Mr. Beck for bringing this out…always thought the same as you…

  • Rick Chew

     to me, at least, this is probably one of the very best radio skits i have ever heard, it touched my , lost american soul !!  we truly are a doomed, nation   rick chew in florida
    of  http://www.emsra.com/

  • Jo

    Wow ….. We were always told “American Pie was about Buddy Holly and the plane crash, it makes a lot more sense to hear the lyrics explained by Glen Beck.  Thank you, Glen for researching this.  The Liberals have been successful in rewriting history, so it makes sense that they have lied about everything.

  • Anonymous

    American Pie/Don McLean revisited—after this thread came up, I, once again, played the song,

    as well as others from my ”Legendary Songs of Don McLean.”    Conclusion: McLean is quite a

    good songwriter.   Other songs I listened to (written by him) were: Castles in the Air,  And I Love

    You So, Crossroads (not as well known), Dreidel, Empty Chairs (try that back to back with Vin-

    cent !), and the delightful Wonderful Baby.  At least, I hope it was written in honor of a baby,

    perhaps, a newborn.  Added to this album, he gave a ”salute” to B. Holly with Maybe Baby and

    Everyday (which he seemed to enjoy performing.)

    Many have remarked about the 8+ min. of American Pie.  Other have written lengthy numbers

    too, which have been successful.  (This is a bit off topic, now.)   One is the group: Eagles—who

    were from the same era as McLean.  Two hit songs in excess of 6 min. were Lyin’ Eyes, and

    Heartache Hotel.   To all you music lovers out there—do you remember when all of the above

    mentioned songs came out?    I’m a big fan of the Eagles music and, also, had to revisit it on

    the two Greatest Hits albums.   Compare their ballad of Best of My Love to McLean’s And I Love

    Her So.  Different, but each is lovely.  BTW, the Eagles wrote a lot of their own music too.

    If I am lacking in any musical knowledge, either one of my sons could certainly correct me!

    (I’m not up to date with the current music/artists, they are.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=689666065 Eve Mac

    I think Glenn missed the importance of the Helter Skelter reference… We think this was more likely a reference to the Manson family…

  • http://twitter.com/mustangsally58 jean kirven

    very profound Glenn what took you so long! you do explain very well!

  • http://www.facebook.com/FREDDYKOOLISHOT Freddy Kool


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rita-Smith-Whitaker/100000523921324 Rita Smith Whitaker

      Actually all you have to do is go to songfacts. com to find out what Don meant. You will also see the explanation that Beck gave here is on the site as well. Glen didn’t come up with this explanation. He stole it from songfacts!!!

    • Anonymous

      You’re incorrect. So, Levis makes clothes. The only way to wear them is to ask Levis. You must be busy with so many comms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rita-Smith-Whitaker/100000523921324 Rita Smith Whitaker

    Quit deleting my post!!!! Admit to your follower’s that you “took” the explanation for American Pie from song facts.com!!! I am letting song facts. com know  what you did Glen!!!

  • m robinson

    I concur with alot of this, however, the Stones stopped their show. They were almost lynched by the Angels (as earlier bands at show had been) and they never played `Sympathy’ for years after. `Sympathy for the Devil’, I believed, was a song about how Satan had controlled our World through man, for the entire century. It did not support evil, but pointed it out in Politics. It was a song that said; `Satan is the root of much politic.’
    Also, the song did date as 1959-to-1969, as the ten years.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnMartinKeogh John Keogh

    Hearing this = The Day The Sanity Died.

  • verbusen

    That was heavy! I only thought about the plane crash like you said Glenn, opened my eyes a lot with your analysis!

  • http://twitter.com/DJMikeVincent Mike Vincent

    Glenn – “The Levee” is a bar near Purchase, NY, which is Don’s hometown.  AND…it’s drinking Whiskey IN Rye, as in Rye, NY, a nearby town.

  • Patricia Jarozynski

    ya ya ya blame it on the Stones… what beck and his minions (and Don McLean) don’t seem to get is that none of this means that the 60’s revolution was one big gigantic failure…. did the experiment get a little out of hand?? you bet… but civil rights, women’s rights, acceptance of other cultures and way of life, these are all good things… and so is peace and love…

    and Jagger is only ‘Satan’ if you are religious…

  • Susan Colton

    I once heard an excellent narration of the song including references to
    Philmore East and West closing, Janis, Jimmy and so much more. It may
    have been only a local disc jockey, but it explained everything. Though
    I’ve searched many times, I’ve never found any reference to that
    narration. I so truly wish I could hear that again.

  • Robert Sutter

    Don MacLean explained the lyrics to “American Pie” to me just before performing it about ten years back: “Everybody wants to know that the words to this song mean. Well, I’ll tell ya. (pause) They mean that if I don’t want to, I don’t ever have to work again… Long, long time ago…” It is so rare for an artist to want his work enjoyed but not understood.

  • Mary Maggy

    okay. look. Let’s just say everything Glenn is saying here is true, and it probably is, let’s keep it all in perspective. there is nothing new under the Sun/ When has the followers of Jesus Christ ever been safe? for a blip in history they where safe but only on the domestic front, and that’s if they didn’t slip and fall getting out of he bath tub.. Life has always been dangerous and Satan first declared war on Adam and Eve…. They where the first to loose a child in the good fight. There is a season for everything in life. Is this the season to resist Satan?? Always. Is this the season to pick up arms and fight against our fellow American’s? No….. And I pray that day never comes. Jesus’ birth was announce peace on earth, Good will towards man. 😉 peace
    Which child did Adam and Eve loose in the good fight? hmmm?? Bible trivia… couldn’t help myself. sorry

  • Ronaldus_Maximus

    And this is why I think Beck is a crackpot.

  • Donald Moore

    “Helter Skelter” could also have been a warning of the Manson mayhem and violence. Manson used those specific words.

  • https://ericmblakeonfilm.wordpress.com/ Rush Limborg

    Shame he doesn’t go in-depth into the last verse. The “girl who sang the blues” tends to be interpreted as Janis Joplin.

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