Paul M. Moriarty
pmm at igtc.com
Mon Dec 20 20:48:01 CST 2004
JOELTLE515 at aol.com writes:
> In a message dated 12/20/2004 5:35:55 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> lewinski at icanon.com writes:
> > 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?
> well, "helter skelter" could've been a beatles reference too. not sure about
> the "fallout shelter" line but if you continue after those lines, "eight miles
> high and falling faaast", "the byrds flew off in a fallout shelter". "the
> byrds" reference is very obvious there. to me anyway.
I think the helter skelter in summer swelter is a Charlie Manson reference.
Sharon Tate was killed on a very hot August night. The Byrds - 8 Miles
High is obvious. The fallout shelter? It's one of the more obscure
references in the song. Some think it's just a rhyming convention like
"Chevy to the levee", though it could be a reference to drug rehab,
though that's a new one on me.
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