Saturday, May 27, 2017

Retro Y'all!



This one is stuck in my head a lot these days, because it plays at least once a day in the Peddlers Mall.  I chose this version over the others on YouTube because of the "enthusiastic" hand clappers in the background.  Can you imagine putting "Back Up Hand Clapper" on your resume?  (Although I do have a secret fantasy of shaking a mad tambourine onstage with a happening band for one special performance.  Too bad I have no sense of rhythm.)

By the way, as much as I love Madonna, we'll not ever talk about her cover version.  Talk about something that should have been shot down as soon as it was proposed.  Some songs are sacrosanct classics, you know.

I have memories of being about fourth or fifth grade and getting an LP for Christmas--one of those educational types--that was all original songs for kids about American history.  I can still remember snippets of the songs.  The one about the stock market crash in 1929 had a chanted refrain ("Stocks are going up!  Going up!") that kept building and building until the crash happens.  I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the album or who put it out.  Of course, my copy is long, long gone.

It's one of those things I would love to find one day at a thrift, if only to prove to myself that I am not hallucinating and that the opening song really, inexplicably, was......American Pie!  Surely, I cannot be misremembering something as bizarre at that.  Surely.

The reason this sticks out in my mind is because I remember having to ask my mother what "rye" was the first couple of times I heard it.  I thought that the good old boys were drinking whiskey and eating bread, but since the song said they were "drinking whiskey and rye" I thought they were putting the bread into the whiskey.  YUCK!

I also had to ask what a "levee" was.

I've never been able to turn up anything on the internet about this album.  I just keep running into references to Don McLean, Madonna, or that damn movie.  Anyone who could help me prove that I'm not insane would be much appreciated. I know I'm not making this up in my head.

If you need or would like to read an interpretation of the lyrics, you can start here.  There are several others out there.

9 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Eddie, I truly love this song! What a great weekend to listen to it once again. Glad to see you posting my friend. Your voice has been missed. Big Hugs!

Shara said...

I had this single, along with "Raindrops keep fallin' on my head" and "Put your hand in the hand of the man that steals the water" (probably not the actual song title there), and I played them on my little portable record player when I was about four years old. I used to sing and dance to them. Note: None of them are suitable for dancing. Or four year olds.

I'm so happy you are back. :)

Sandy in PA said...

Could this be the song you were thinking about? http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/2671/

Everybody knows what a levee is. That's where you wait for the Robert E. Lee!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Hi Ed - thanks for the music, hugs.
Joy

We are: Clamco said...

I had this single too. You had to flip it over to hear the second half because it was so long. There was a short version that played on the top 40 radio stations. I always loved the very end where they're all singing the chorus together as if they were in a bar holding their drinks high in the air, swaying back and forth.

Roger Owen Green said...

Sandy in PA - I came to the same conclusion independently. But still can't figure out the album.

Roger Owen Green said...

Well, I wrote about it. No response yet.

Unknown said...

Eddie - I'm thinking this might be the album you remember: https://www.discogs.com/Peter-Pan-Childrens-Chorus-American-Pie-A-Musical-History-of-Our-Country/release/6979872 - Mike C.

Unknown said...

I gotta know - was that the correct album? - Mike C