2006 07 17
By Peter Novak
Article received from Brad Stiger: Here is a doozy, forwarded by Patty
A fascinating, and IMO remarkably compelling argument is made at roytaylorministries.com that the old 1971 song "American Pie" is actually a divine prophecy about the destruction of America, and that it details events occurring today. The concept that a song could be a prophecy is not as strange as it might sound, because both activities, musical creativity and psychic or mystic inspiration, seem to both emerge from the same part of the mind -- the right hemisphere, or, the unconscious. Anyway, I thought I'd share this idea, because I'd not run across it before, and the author of the site makes a much better argument for this hypothesis than one might anticipate. However, I think I might have a few thoughts to add to his general analysis.
It's a long and complex website, and has alot of very religious elements to it that unfortunately might prevent many from objectively exploring its argument. I also find that while its author makes a good case in general, there are alot of specifics I think he is off base on. He is unfortunately rabidly anti-Semitic, an issue which I personally think is irrelevant to the interpretation of the song, and I think he goes completely off-base in verses five and six. Nonetheless, I think there is alot to be said for the basic premise of his argument.
The song "American Pie" came out in 1971, and was a phenomenal, extraordinary success. It stayed on the top of the charts for what seemed like half a year, and was played on "top 40" radio for even longer. It was universally perceived as utterly brilliant, a true masterpiece that set the bar higher for rock and roll than it had ever been before.
Now, what is curious about this is that its purported author, Don McLean, never did much of anything worth a damn before or since. Oh, he managed to scrape out a couple of mediocre pieces, but they were so dramatically inferior to his American Pie that it was almost painful to contemplate the comparison.
American Pie, on the other hand, seemed truly inspired.
Now, what makes this even more curious is that even McLean doesn't know what the lyrics mean. In interviews, he says that the song started out as one thing, but evolved into something different, something beyond his comprehension. He doesn't seem disturbed that he doesn't understand the lyrics, saying stuff like, "it's poetry -- everyone is supposed to interpret it for themselves." And while that may be true, this is the first time I've ever heard of a case where even the poet didn't have a clue what he was writing about.
In the Bible, God gave at least one of His prophets a prophecy in the form of a song, so our own Western cultural heritage does include the concept that this sort of thing can and does occur. But truth be known, in mankind's distant past, all over the world ancient prophets presented their prophecies and teachings in song and rhythmic verse. It is just the way that the unconscious seems to be most comfortable packaging these sorts of thoughts.
Anyway, I see things in this song that other commentators have not pointed out, and am rather excited about delineating it. Much has been explained already, but I feel that I may have a unique perspective on verses five and six.
One element that caught my attention right off is the argument that the chorus of the first verse is really a 'dirge' about America's impending death. This dirge says:
"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."
What is this "levee" the singer rides his car to? Most folks don't have much need to drive their cars to literal "levees" today, but this word is from Old French levee, from feminine past participle of lever, to raise. And we all drive our cars to levers every week or so, the levers at the gas pumps. And this song predicts that those levers will run dry one day, and when they do, America's people will lose all hope and expect to die.
The song American Pie has 866 words. Of those, 37 words are clear and unmistakable religious and Christian references. That's about 4% of the total. The song has six verses, and four of the six contain these religious references :
"the book of love, faith in God, the Bible tells you, do you believe, save your mortal soul, thorny crown, devil, angel, hell, satan, sacrificial rite, satan, sacred, church bells, the father, son, and the holy ghost."
The song itself is exceptionally beautiful and evocative, but also deeply sad. Its imagery evokes thoughts of a sad departure (bye-bye), death (the music died, this will be the day that I'll die), futility (if I had the chance), fear and anxiety (made me shiver), mourning (made me cry), giving up (I couldn't take one more step).
Another curious element to this story caught my attention : the word or name "Jack" is repeated three times in the fifth verse:
"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."
Besides the three curious repeats of the word "jack", this verse also contains all the song's references to the devil, suggesting that "jack" and "the devil" are meaningfully related or connected in some way. Also, we find that the "Jack" references all occur in a way that reminds us of children's stories or fairy tales or nursery rhymes ("jack be nimble, jack be quick, jack sat on a candlestick"). But the addition of the word "flash" here does two things : it emphasizes and reinforces the earlier word "quick", creating the feel of something occurring very quickly, and it also combines with the word "candlestick" to evoke the thought of a rocket shooting off (candlestick flash). Now, a simple internet search for the words "jack" and "devil" reminds one of the old European folk tale of Jack and the Devil, which seems to be in keeping with the "nursery rhyme" character of the "jack" references in this song. The "Jack and the Devil" folk tale describes an evil man whose cleverness resulted in getting him rejected from both heaven and hell after his death, forcing him back to the earth. Given the religious symbolism in this song, the student of DivisionTheory cannot help but be reminded by this of the prophesied resurrection, where the dead are supposed to all return to earth, at least momentarily.
The student of DT will also find in the words "there we were all in one place, a generation lost in space" a reminder of the rapture/resurrection, when we will all momentarily find ourselves co- existing with all our other incarnations, in a spiritual, nonphysical experience. [I have begun to convince myself that this might be what awaits us in all those 2012 prophecies]. And in the words "with no time left to start again" , we are reminded that even though the Eastern teaching of reincarnation may be real, the West's Judgment Day prophecies seem to insist that there will still be a limit to how many times we can reincarnate, and sooner or later we will run out of time.
Those who have read my books will also find another familiar thought in the verse -- the idea that after this reunion with all our other selves in this extraordinary nonphysical spiritual experience, we will then also feel and experience the devil himself inside us as well "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."
We saw him "on that stage" (inside our own minds in other words), manifesting himself in "God's Temple", as the prophesied "Abomination that causes Desolation". And while he is there, we will feel everything that he feels : "my hands were clenched in fists of rage", and we, being weak and spiritually corrupted sinners, will be unable to break free of his control : "No angel born in hell could break that satan's spell."
Article recieved from Brad Steiger: bradandsherry.com