Lyric discussion by JoeCruzTKO 

ok, here we go:

A long time ago, im guessing when he was younger, the music of buddy holly and others was very influential to him. This music led him to want to be a musician and "make those people dance" and make the world happy with his music. But then, the Valens/Bopper/Holly plane crashed, hence the "bad news on the doorstep." he had to have been somewhat younger though "i cant remember if i cried when i read about his widowed bride." refers to Ritchie Valens, as he was to be married to Donna (i think) he then aptly named that day of the crash "the day the music died." the chorus sums up to their death and their loss of wanting to live "the american dream" he had wanted to be famous along with the bopper, his biggest influence, hence, "drove my chevy to the levy but the levy was dry" is a metaphor for making it big, yet his biggest influence was not there to see it. he may be refering to the three in the last part of the chorus, but i dont know for sure

the second verse i never really got into. but my interpretation is: a girlfriend (maybe) left him for someone else at their prom. he had an idea that he was probably not gonna become famous because of "the day the music died"

the third verse talks about the different artist that came up ten years after the plane crash. "moss grows fat on a rolling stone" means the Rolling Stones had become famous and accumulated "moss"(cash). Now the Jester to me could possibly be Bob Dylan, Elvis had to be the King and the Queen may be his wife. the "voice that came from you and me" in my mind relates to Bob Dylan because of his popular songs. plus, his songs were mellow and relaxing and to me seemed to relate to normal people. Now, it seems that "while the king was looking down, the jester stole his thorny crown" means Bob Dylan became more famous than Elvis. John Lennon had gotten into Communism and the beatles sang songs about "Helter Skelter" and others that MAY HAVE been about death or dying.

"Helter Skelter in a summer swelter" refers to the actual Tate/LaBianca murders. While that was going on, the Byrds became popular. it refers to their song "eight miles high". "it" could refer to anything, but my view is the Pop Charts. (i could be wrong so please dont hound me). The 'players' being the Beatles trying to come back on top after Bob Dylan had the motorcycle wreck. The 'halftime air' meant during the middle of the 'hippie' ages marijuana was frequently used by alot of people. the 'sergeants' meaning the Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club". and we all wanted to love the beatles music, yet there was other bands trying to make a name for themselves.

"Lost in Space" was a hit tv show, but he could be refering to the advancement in technology throughout the years. now, i agree with some on his dislike for the Stones, so i will go ahead and say he refers to the song "Jumping Jack Flash" by the Stones. that part of the verse was solely intended to show his dislike of the Rolling Stones, implying Mick Jagger was "the devil's only friend". he implies in the next few lines about being enraged by a concert (maybe a Stones concert?) and i believe he talks about the Son of Sam and riots and whatnot.

The girl who sang the blues is Janis Joplin. He was hoping she could help bring happiness, "but she just smiled and turned away". The "Sacred Store" refers to a place he would go when he was younger to hear Buddy Holly's music. when he went back all these years later it had become something else. he may be refering to the plane crash again, due to his admiration for the three that died, i dont know, but i DO know that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is not JFK and Rob K. they were brothers, not Father and son. I do believe its Father=Bopper, Son=Valens, and Holy Ghost=Holly. "they caught that last train for the coast the day the music died" means they caught the ride to heaven.

this is a very beautiful song. i may be wrong in some parts, but i did no research and took this meaning straght out of my heart. if i am wrong in any part please feel free to correct me.

In the vein of Rolling Stones occupying a verse, perhaps "Play With Fire" and "Sympathy for the Devil" are the songs that inspired the line "'Cause fire is the devil's only friend." The following verse about flames climbing high into the night, apparently with Mic on stage, could be the Altamont Free Concert, which happened in 1969.

Just my two cents.

yes but the secuerty for that concert was the Hell's Angles and then the killed some on

yes but the secuerty for that concert was the Hell's Angles and then the killed some on

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