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Question by Ben
Submitted on 3/29/2004
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When the song American Pie came out there was another version that Don recorded, this version had a voice over on it where the song would stop and he would explain what the words meant. for instance when he sings "I met a girl who sang the blues" the song stops and Don explains that the girl is actually Janice Joplin "pardon the spelling" and then the song continues. What I would like to know is where I can get a version of this song. PLEASE E-Mail me back at BenC2000@insightBB.com  I will be forever grateful    Thanks   Ben

Answer by Cal
Submitted on 4/29/2004
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Probably here:


It sounds like you're referring to Bob Dearborn's classic analysis, in which he does a voice-over analysis using a version of the song minus the vocal. Dearborn describes it thusly:

[W]ith the assistance of Don McLean's manager and record label, I received the "American Pie" track with the voice stripped out for use in a radio special featuring the analysis.  The idea was to play some of the vocal then have the music without vocal continue in the background while I explained the meaning of the part of the song that just played.  I produced a half-hour special....

There is a link at the above-mentioned site to a RealAudio version of this voice-over analysis.


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