Drove My Chevy to the Levee…
I’ve noticed that a lot of people surf through here looking for the meaning of the lyrics of American Pie — so I thought I’d post my thoughts on it.
I wondered about the lines for a long time: “Drove my chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry.” It always struck me as a bit of cryptic sorrow, but I was still lost as to the meaning. I asked someone older & wiser (my dad) what it all meant.
He told me that the writer had intended to commit suicide, but that fate wouldn’t allow it (i.e. he was going to drive his car over the edge to drown, but there wasn’t any water to drown in.)
To this day, American Pie is still in my top five of best written lyrics ever. My own interpretation is that the writer had a revelation amid the chaos and confusion. He didn’t know why the hell he was still here — but he knew he had a purpose. So on he marches!
I can certainly identify with the feeling, so it became the title of my blog. For those of you in search of a great and meaningful song, I will now post the lyrics in their entirety.