Pie American

A couple of years ago [May 2004] I wrote an essay entitled BYE, BYE AMERICAN PIE which explained my interpretation of the 1971 song AMERICAN PIE, which has as its refrain, "bye, bye Miss American Pie". To me those words mean "bye, bye AMERICA".

Since then I have received emails from readers who vehemently disagree with my interpretation and instead believe exactly what they've been told the song means, ie that it's about the deaths in a plane crash of some 1950s rock stars AND THAT'S ALL. They can't grasp that the song HAS MORE THAN ONE MEANING, and one of those meanings is sinister and evil.

Perhaps a little American History lesson is in order:

People not familiar with the culture of the United States (otherwise known as "America") might not understand that "apple" and "pie" are symbols of America, thus the expression "as American as apple pie". I don't know where these symbols originated, maybe it was with Johnny Appleseed (an American who did good by planting apple seeds from which apple trees grew) and from which the early settlers made pie. But in any event, the expression "as American as apple pie" is a colloquialism. Nor do I know who first originated the term "a piece of the American pie" but its symbolic meaning is that everyone is equal in America and everyone can get "a piece of the pie". Immigrants who escaped poverty and tyranny in their native lands came to America hoping for a better life, for "a piece of the American pie".

That's why the song's refrain, "bye, bye Miss American pie" was the first clue to its true meaning, which I suspected was "bye, bye AMERICA". The other clues followed in quick succession.

However in the emails I've received people ignore the Satanic, nuclear and Communist references I pointed out to them in my BYE, BYE AMERICA'S PIE interpretation. Those references ARE there, as the bolded and underlined lyrics in the song below prove. (Note: when you see the words "the music" substitute the word "America"). In your first reading, read only the bolded/underlined words -- they reveal the true meaning:

A long long time ago
I can still remember how
that music [America] used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while.
But February made me shiver
With every paper I'd deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn't take one more step
I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

So bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die

Did you write the Book of Love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so
Do you believe in rock 'n roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow
Well, I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues
I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

I started singin' bye-bye, Miss American Pie...

Now for ten years we've been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin' stone
But that's not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the King and Queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me
Oh, and while the King was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned
And while Lenin read a book of Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died

We were singing bye-bye, Miss American Pie...

Helter Skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul
out on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While the Sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance
'Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died

We started singing bye-bye, Miss American Pie...

Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation Lost in Space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
'Cause fire is the Devil's only friend
Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in hell
Could break that Satan's spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

He was singing bye-bye, Miss American Pie...

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play
And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

They were singing bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die

lyrics from Don McLeans's official website

People who read the underlined/bolded words above and DON'T see the Satanic, Communist and Nuclear references to America's death are, to quote Orwell, "denying the reality of there own senses" or listening to O'Brien and seeing five fingers instead of the four Winston saw. ~ Jackie Jura


Don McLean - a changing world from American Pie
(Stones sambo has tremendous hypnotic power)
watch Sympathy for Devil in PetSmart commercial
Email/HuffPost/RollingStone, Sep 30, 2016
& Old World Destruction & Life in Oceania

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listen Lennon BBC interview 2 days before shot
(John feeling "inspirational -- in the spirit")
Cops picked up bloody guy/drove to hospital
(didn't know it was Beatle Lennon in backseat)
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John Lennon death staged 34 years ago
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December 8, 1980-2014
watch Beatles USA radio debut Dec 26, 1963
watch Beatles USA TV debut Nov 18, 1963



MORE AMERICAN PIE PLEASE (Digital has never heard the complete version of "American Pie" but recognizes more than one meaning)

Ray says he can see the hidden meaning in the "American Pie" song now

Joseph says the song "Bye Bye Miss American Pie" is not about a communist takeover

Chinese buying prime USA real estate (call America 'mei guo' - the beautiful land; they want a piece of it). Mar 9, 2009

Ron says my interpretation of "Bye, Bye, American Pie" is over-analyzed and sends a version he says is accurate

Hannah says the song "American Pie" is about "The Day The Music Died" on February 3, 1959

Bye Bye American Pie: the day the media died (fawning favoritism shown Barack Obama; ridicule heaped upon Governor Palin). EnergyPublisher, Nov 1, 2008. Go to 16.MiniTrue (Lies) & 25.Prolefeed (easy to manipulate public opinion) & BYE BYE APPLE PIE & China dumping apple juice on USA (priced 91% below cost of production)

BYE, BYE MISS CHEVY PIE (Mike says "American Pie" is about a drunk & high teenager smashing into a school bus carrying a marching band home from a football game)

Canada kills apple trees for wine grapes (then imports apples from China) & Canada fruit & vegetable growers extinct (import food from China, Mexico, USA) & Food crisis drought hits Australian wheat (some farmers not even planting; can't feed cattle or sheep). AP, Jul 14, 2008. Go to MADE-IN-CHINA FOOD?


Rock stars set to rock our world (capturing more than 2-billion eyeballs) & Humanitarian Concert = Oxymoron (not always what they seem to be). TorontoStar/CroatiaJavno, Apr 14, 2007

UNSWEET SIXTEEN AMERICAN PIE (Jannelle says a 16-year-old could figure out that saying the song "American Pie" is satanic is crap)

Bono gets honourary knighthood (joins Geldof, Gates, Spielberg) & Bono preaches charity (profits from buyouts, tax breaks). BBC/Bloomberg, Mar 29, 2007. Go to BONO ARCH-ARCH CAPITALIST

Sam says the song "American Pie" is about the death of James Dean

Raymond likes the historical significance of the official interpretation of "American Pie"

Amanda says "Miss American Pie" is a wonderful song and sends a link to the lyrics' real meaning

AMERICAN PIE NOT AIRPLANE (Matt says every line in "American Pie" refers to bands, lyrics, song titles & musical events in the 50s, 60s & 70s)

Raymond says Rock n Roll was considered by many as being devil's music & was entrenched along with "the commies are coming"

Jordan says the "band refusing to yield the field" refers to the Stanford Cal game & "this will be the day the music dies" is referring to Buddy Holly's song That Will be the Day That I Die

Raymond says American Pie references the King (Elvis), the Jester (Dylan) and the Flash is Jagger (Jumping Jack)

Nazim says that once you know of the incident of the deaths of the singers in a plane crash then the meaning of the song American Pie is obvious

Troy believes what he was taught in school about "American Pie" but says it COULD be about communist holocaust

Brandon says American Pie is about the 1950s plane crash that killed Buddy Holly & Ritchie Valens, famous for his song "La Bamba"

Bobby says American Pie is about the deaths of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Bopper in a plane named American Pie

Drew says Don told him American Pie's about the death of Buddy Holly


Jackie Jura
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