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Don McLean

Fecha de nacimiento: 2. Octubre 1945

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Don McLean es un cantautor estadounidense, principalmente famoso por su balada «American Pie» , sobre un acontecimiento que se conoce como El día que murió la música y se basa en la muerte de Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens y The Big Booper en un accidente aéreo en 1959. Este tema cuenta con muchas versiones, de las que destacan la de Madonna en su disco Music y la de Hernaldo Zúñiga en español titulada «Siglo XX» . Otro tema suyo muy conocido es «Vincent », en honor a Vincent Van Gogh.

Un poema sobre McLean, «Killing Me Softly With His Blues» de Lori Lieberman, se convirtió en la canción llamada «Killing Me Softly» por Charles Fox y Norman Gimbel. Lieberman fue la primera en grabarla , aunque la canción alcanzó su mayor éxito por los diferentes covers que se hicieron, el principal, en la voz de Roberta Flack . Casi un cuarto de siglo más tarde, otra versión de The Fugees la volvió a lanzar a la fama en 1996.

En 1981, McLean llegó al número uno internacional con el clásico de Roy Orbison «Crying». El mismo Orbison describió, en una oportunidad, a McLean como «la voz del siglo», y una posterior regrabación del tema por Orbison incorporó elementos de la versión de McLean.

Curiosamente la banda estadounidense de punk rock NOFX, en su álbum 45 Or 46 Songs That Weren't Good Enough To Go On Our Other Records, realizó una versión a su estilo de la canción «Vincent».

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Frases Don McLean

„You will find many interpretations of my lyrics but none of them by me.“

— Don McLean
Context: As you can imagine, over the years I have been asked many times to discuss and explain my song "American Pie" I have never discussed the lyrics, but have admitted to the Holly reference in the opening stanzas. You will find many interpretations of my lyrics but none of them by me. … Sorry to leave you all on your own like this but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence. As quoted in "What is Don McLean's song 'American Pie' all about?" at The Straight Dope (15 May 1993) http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/908/what-is-don-mcleans-song-american-pie-all-about

„As you can imagine, over the years I have been asked many times to discuss and explain my song "American Pie"“

— Don McLean
Context: As you can imagine, over the years I have been asked many times to discuss and explain my song "American Pie" I have never discussed the lyrics, but have admitted to the Holly reference in the opening stanzas. You will find many interpretations of my lyrics but none of them by me. … Sorry to leave you all on your own like this but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence. As quoted in "What is Don McLean's song 'American Pie' all about?" at The Straight Dope (15 May 1993) http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/908/what-is-don-mcleans-song-american-pie-all-about

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„This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.“

— Don McLean
Context: Weathered faces lined in pain Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand. For they could not love you, But still your love was true And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night You took your life as lovers often do, But I could have told you, Vincent, This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.

„A dream come true, I'll live there till I die.
I'm asking you to say my last goodbye.
The love we knew ain't worth another try.“

— Don McLean
Context: And if she asks you why, You can tell her that I told you That I'm tired of castles in the air. I've got a dream I want the world to share, And castle walls just lead me to despair.Hills of forest green where the mountains touch the sky, A dream come true, I'll live there till I die. I'm asking you to say my last goodbye. The love we knew ain't worth another try. "Castles in the Air"

„I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The Day the Music Died.“

— Don McLean
Context: A long long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And maybe they'd be happy for a while. But February made me shiver With every paper I'd deliver Bad news on the doorstep I couldn't take one more step I can't remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride But something touched me deep inside The Day the Music Died.

„A long long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile“

— Don McLean
Context: A long long time ago I can still remember how that music used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And maybe they'd be happy for a while. But February made me shiver With every paper I'd deliver Bad news on the doorstep I couldn't take one more step I can't remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride But something touched me deep inside The Day the Music Died.

„I feel like a spinning top or a Dreidel
The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle
You just slow down“

— Don McLean
Context: I feel like a spinning top or a Dreidel The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle You just slow down Round and around this world you go Spinning through the lives of the people you know We all slow down. Dreidel

„They would not listen
They're not listening still...
Perhaps they never will...“

— Don McLean
Context: Now I think I know what you tried to say to me How you suffered for your sanity How you tried to set them free They would not listen They're not listening still... Perhaps they never will...

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„Every thread of creation is held in position
By still other strands of things living.“

— Don McLean
Context: Every thread of creation is held in position By still other strands of things living. In an earthly tapestry hung from the skyline Of smouldering cities so gray and so vulgar, As not to be satisfied with their own negativity But needing to touch all the living as well. "Tapestry"

„I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence.“

— Don McLean
Context: As you can imagine, over the years I have been asked many times to discuss and explain my song "American Pie" I have never discussed the lyrics, but have admitted to the Holly reference in the opening stanzas. You will find many interpretations of my lyrics but none of them by me. … Sorry to leave you all on your own like this but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence. As quoted in "What is Don McLean's song 'American Pie' all about?" at The Straight Dope (15 May 1993) http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/908/what-is-don-mcleans-song-american-pie-all-about

„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“

— Don McLean
Context: 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.

„I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died.“

— Don McLean
Context: 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.

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„Now I understand what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen —
They did not know how,
Perhaps they'll listen now.“

— Don McLean
Context: Now I understand what you tried to say to me How you suffered for your sanity How you tried to set them free They would not listen — They did not know how, Perhaps they'll listen now.

„And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died.“

— Don McLean
Context: I met a girl who sang the blues And I asked her for some happy news But she just smiled and turned away I went down to the sacred store Where I'd heard the music years before But the man there said the music woudn't play And in the streets the children screamed The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed But not a word was spoken The church bells all were broken And the three men I admire most The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost They caught the last train for the coast The day the music died.

„But life began again
The day you took my hand.“

— Don McLean
Context: And I love you so The people ask me how How I've lived till now I tell them I don't know.I guess they understand How lonely life has been But life began again The day you took my hand. "And I Love You So"

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