American Pie by Don McLean

Essay #17:

American Pie possible interpretations?

Concerning listening to the song, "American Pie" by Don McLean, the words heard, in one possible discerning of them, can be thought to be "While Lennon read a book of Marx, the quartet practiced in the park."

However, the words might also but more forebodingly be discerned as, "While Lenin read a book of Marx, the quartet practiced in the park."

The first mentioned possible discernment/interpretation may have been such as to indicate that while John Lennon, a member of the British musical group, "The Beatles", read a book of Karl Marx; that a quartet of musicians practiced in a park somewhere.

However, the latter of the two mentioned possible discernments/interpretations may be interpreted to indicate that one possible interpretation of those phrases might be, that while a very serious Russian revolutionary, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, read a book written by Karl Marx, the bourgeois's (in other words, "the middle class's") and/or rich persons's quartet practiced music in the park, apparently oblivious to the possibly very severe plight of the poor people in the world back then, and the severe threats to their lives because of their poverty;

And the apparent ignorance of such severities, by the bourgeois class ("the middle class") who were also possibly ignorant of the possibly looming bloodshed that might result from Lenin’s followers' possibly developing revolutionary hostility and violence, possibly provoked by such types of influences such as that particular condition in Russia back then of the severe poverty of the poor there.

Which however, is not to say that those musicians and their potentially bourgeois-classed or otherly-classed audience did not have the right to relax to listen to such music if they wanted to (although certain particularly apparently calloused persons might object to anyone relaxing to listen to music, as if they did not care about people getting a chance to relax, or to recuperate from effort of employment or other duties or to help with convalescence or to listen for general purposes to uplifting or entertaining music), in the park, or wherever else.

However, those potential music listeners very much did and do have such a right, as per Natural Rights Philosophy literature concerns, supported by fundamental principles of religious liberty and of civil liberty, and of civil rights;

But it was only possibly that some persons were not aware of the life threatening socio-political Marxist revolutionary circumstances in the world back then that may have been looming to become a threat to their very lives.

Nor possibly were they aware of the life threatening effects of the severe poverty conditions in the world on the world’s poor and on the world’s extremely poor, that might have contributed to such socio-political threats towards those musicians and their audience and towards the general population as well.

Pastor Rod Parsley on his TV program, "Breakthrough", and possibly others have referred to the Holy Bible as promising that if we help the "strangers, orphans and widows"; (which could be remembered by the abbreviation, "S.O.W.") and, it could be added, the poor ("P."):

That according to The Holy Bible, if we do help those less fortunate classes of people than ourselves, that then God will help us in times of trouble such as during famine or pestilence or violence in the land, and that He will protect us and keep us alive, in spite of such trouble.

It has been asked, however, "as to whether or not such a principle as that, helped War and Peace author Leo Tolstoy in Russia", who was apparently a devout rich Christian who believed in voluntary Christian charity help from the Christians who were rich; to actually help such poor people.

An incidental note might be that the Red Bolsheviks in Russia, and possibly others such as were poor in Russia, even possibly destitutely poor to the extent of such poverty preventing them from affording life sustaining food and/or medicine and/or other  difficult-to-circumvent factors preventing them from obtaining life-sustaining food and/or medicine by whatever else ethical means; that then during those times, that they possibly thus understandably came to resent needing to wait for that assistance from the rich and/or from others; which said assistance was being advocated by Leo Tolstoy and possibly by others; of what could have been compassionate voluntary charity of the rich to help them as poor persons; to save and to sustain their very lives: i.e., in other words, the poor may, however, have grown tired of waiting for such prospective aid to actually arrive and for it actually to occur and/or for it finally to reach them; such charity as possibly that which was being advocated by Leo Tolstoy.

Thus, because of their intense need for life-sustaining food, it could be thought of as them, and others also, thusly coming to regard such help for the poor, from wherever it could come from, as a right of the poor to receive such help, i.e., in other words, a "right to life" of sorts; rather than otherwise; because their very lives were possibly at stake.

Therefore, there possibly grew instead an enthusiasm for governmental programs to help the poor, rather than waiting for private programs from the Christian rich people, or from rich people in general, to come through in time to help keep them from starving to death.


Today there are apparently billions of poor people in the world who are allegedly without even clean water to drink, and/or without enough nutritious food to eat, without enough affordable medical care, or even any medical care at all, to help save their lives and to sustain them.

And apparently there are enormous numbers of people who have not yet been ministered unto and whom have not yet been given any good Christian messages of God’s love and forgiveness and ability and willingness to save people from both temporal hell here on Earth and from eternal Hell in Eternity.

Multitudes of those poor people live on less than $2 a day.

Many of those who don’t have enough, or possibly any, clean water to drink, apparently give up on continuing to refrain from drinking the dirty, absolutely filthy sewage-contaminated and dead body-contaminated water in their districts which, however, may be the only water available to them at all.

When such water is contaminated by raw sewage, laundering soap and possibly other crud, and/or even, as just mentioned, by contamination from foul and putrefying dead bodies, when such contamination ruins the purity of the drinking water: Sometimes because of thirst, apparently, they drink that life-threatening, even life-taking water anyways, which according to one source sometimes kills a person within 5 days of drinking it, in some places; they eventually die.

Betty and James Robison of the Life Today Christian broadcast on television refer to such problems and describe their Life Outreach International relief group that drills new wells for clean water for villages that may be without such clean water, which organization also prepares and distributes nutritious food in their Mission Feeding programs to help feed starving people and that ostensibly helps to teach and to preach good messages of God’s love and forgiveness and salvation to such people in those underdeveloped areas of the world; as well as preaching such good news to those in their television audiences.

May God grant us the opportunity to thus voluntarily help such destitute and poor people, through the relief organizations; and/or by ourselves, as well; and:

In the Name of our merciful and loving and good Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, may we do so without delay;

Both for the sake of those who are in immediate jeopardy by such deprivation; because of their lives of destitution and poverty; and also to us who need God's help for God to help us, also.

For it says in The Holy Bible that we should help the poor and needy; and that if we do help the poor and needy that God will help us in times of trouble such as disaster, pestilence, famine or violence in the land.

Please see Psalm 41, and Isaiah 58 and Matthew 5 and Mathew 6, and the book of James.



From The Blue Letter Bible of the Internet:

Here is an excerpt from the New Living Translation (NLT) of The Holy Bible:



Psa 41:1

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor!
The LORD rescues them when they are in trouble.


Psa 41:2

The LORD protects them
and keeps them alive.
He gives them prosperity in the land
and rescues them from their enemies.


Psa 41:3

The LORD nurses them when they are sick
and restores them to health.


Psa 41:4

"O LORD," I prayed, "have mercy on me.
Heal me, for I have sinned against you."


Psa 41:5

But my enemies say nothing but evil about me.
"How soon will he die and be forgotten?" they ask.


Psa 41:6

They visit me as if they were my friends,
but all the while they gather gossip,
and when they leave, they spread it everywhere.


Psa 41:7

All who hate me whisper about me,
imagining the worst.


Psa 41:8

"He has some fatal disease," they say.
"He will never get out of that bed!"


Psa 41:9

Even my best friend, the one I trusted completely,
the one who shared my food, has turned against me.


Psa 41:10

LORD, have mercy on me.
Make me well again, so I can pay them back!


Psa 41:11

I know you are pleased with me,
for you have not let my enemies triumph over me.


Psa 41:12

You have preserved my life because I am innocent;
you have brought me into your presence forever.


Psa 41:13

Praise the LORD, the God of Israel,
who lives from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and amen!