Monday, 31 May 2010

EVENSONG: Don McLean - Bronco Bill's Lament

A scrappy, live version of a lesser-known McLeanism, prompted, in some accounts, by McLean hearing that Clayton Moore ( The TV Lone Ranger ) had been prevented by the studio from appearing in a mask at supermarket openings and suchlike, by then his only form of income.

The studio version of this, from his second album,  is better accompanied, more restrained, elegiacal, rather than singalong.  McLean's "Vincent," of course, is leaving the Solar System aboard Mariner, an example, for the little green men, of  popular Earthman culture, an accolade like no other.
Bye-bye, Mr American Pie.

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