Composer, author, lecturer, guitar teacher

Posts tagged “American Pie

Cutting the American Pie

Today the manuscript of the lyrics to ‘American Pie’ sold for over a million dollars at auction. This has prompted much commentary on what they mean –  see for example this article on the BBC website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32196117

The lyric is far too interesting to be a mere riddle. The real question, which the media is not able to ask, is: how would you decide what it meant? What gives authority to an interpretation?