Searching for a piece of “American Pie” in New Rochelle
By Mark Lungariello – New Rochelle Sound Report – May 12, 2011
Even those of us that aren’t fans know the chorus: “Bye-bye, Miss American pie / Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry / Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye / Singing ‘this’ll be the day that I die.’”
But what exactly it means is anyone’s guess.
Music geeks have been trying to decipher the lyrics of the song “American Pie” for years. And as legend has it, the Rosetta Stone to understanding the song is the City of New Rochelle itself.
Don McLean, the artist who released the iconic tune back in 1971, grew up in New Ro – and many believe the lyrical narrative of the song is set right here on the Sound Shore.