The handful of scrobbles last.fm has recorded for me doesn't do justice to the importance of the track, and the album itself, in my formative years. My high school swimming team used to sing this on the bus on the way back from every away meet that we won (which was often). [For home meets it was victory pizza at Shakey's (until it closed).] That and many more fond memories associated with "American Pie." ...Who remembers Shakey's Pizza Parlors in the US? Whatever happened to all of those?
This is one of the most amazing songs I've ever listened to. When I listened to it for the first time I had the same feeling I have while listening to Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone. The lyrics are incredible and the beginning is really moving. This is Rock & Roll
This is a CAMPFIRE CLASSIC... powerful song that REACHES so many about such a tragic day in Music's history.... If you have a noble community cause that requires fundraising, do check out: http://www.CharityCDs.com
OMG, I can't describe how much I love this song...I'm soooo addicted to it, I don't even know why... it's just so catchy & touches my heart, it's amazing!!! Until some time ago I only knew the cover version by Madonna, I'm so happy I discovered the brilliant original! And I love it way more, of course! ♥ ♥ ♥
I've always viewed McLean's American Pie in the same light as Orson Well's Citizen Kane - both are masterpieces which were created when they were young men ~ after which everything they produced never quite lived up to that initial bar that was set by what is seen as their greatest achievements..... this a shame because McLean is a wonderful story teller ~ evident with other songs also found on the AP album - Vincent (Starry, Starry Night), Empty Chairs and The Grave are stand outs for me. The word "classic" is thrown around rather liberally today but American Pie truly lives up to the meaning of that word