Fallout Shelter...

Bruce bkawak at chartertn.net
Mon Dec 20 16:58:16 CST 2004

> Hey,
> I'm practicing away on American Pie by Don Mclean, and as I'm studying
> the chords, the lyic: "Helter skelter in a Summer swelter, the Byrds flew 
> off
> in a fallout shelter".   I know this song contains lots of references to 
> musicians
> and bands up to an including the 1973 era, but never thought is referenced
> The Who, or does it.    Is Fallout Shelter a Who reference?

"The birds (Byrds) flew off from a fallout shelter," a fallout shelter is a 
'60s term for a drug rehabilitation facility, which one of the band members 
of The Byrds checked into after being caught with drugs.

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