Don McClean’s manuscript for the hit record American Pie sold for $1.2-million at auction. What’s the meaning of the song’s lyrics? Jessica Goodman:
Basically, in ‘American Pie’ things are heading in the wrong direction. It is becoming less ideal, less idyllic. I don’t know whether you consider that wrong or right, but it is a morality song in a sense. I was around in 1970 and now I am around in 2015 … there is no poetry and very little romance in anything anymore, so it is really like the last phase of ‘American Pie.
That works for me.