Want to know what Don McLean’s song “American Pie” is all about?

McLean prefers to let the song speak for itself and not elaborate on what the song is about, and what the specific references are. One thing he did admit to was that the opening lines are about the day that Buddy Holly died in a plane crash along with fellow musicians Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. He explained all of this in a letter he sent to “The Straight Dope”.

Regardless, here is a complete unofficial fan analysis of the song in case you want to hear an interpretation of what every line refers to. A couple highlights:

~ Bob Dylan (“the jester”)
~ Elvis Presley? (“the king”)
~ Connie Francis or Little Richard? (“the queen”)
~ The Beatles (“the quartet practiced in the park”)
~ The Byrds (“the birds flew off with the fallout shelter”)
~ Mick Jagger (“Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack Flash sat on a candlestick”)
~ Janis Joplin (“girl who sang the blues”)
~ Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly (“the father, son, and the holy ghost”)

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