The first song on McLean's first album, this is about a disillusioned city dweller who leaves his socialite girlfriend because he's tired of their superficial lifestyle, while she is incapable of knowing anything else.
Suggestion credit: Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
McLean released a new version of this song in 1981, which was his last hit. The chart position listed is for the re-release.
Barry from Sauquoit, NyThe original version was on the flip-side of "Vincent"; which peaked at No. 12 in 1972...
Barry from New York, NcFeatured on Mclean's debut album TAPESTRY, there are two versions of the song. The original song, which was recorded in 1969, featured a strings section. This was relesed the following year on Mediarts Records. In 1971, United Aritsts Records re-released the song, but overdubbed a Moog Synthesizer part. The UA version is more common as the Mediarts version is now out of print.
Reed from New Ulm, MnWhat a great song----rather melancholy, but great just the same.
Kerry G. from Detroit Rock City, MiProbly the best song I have ever heard. Another great driving tune.
Kevin from Reading , PaI saw Don perform this song live in concert in 2001 in 2,500 seat venue outside of Philadelphia. He was backed by a string quartet, and did a great version of the song. I also recall a memorable introduction, in which he spoke about the connection the song has to the Catskill mountains, where he was performing in the days before he made it big with "American Pie."
Philip from Akron, OhOn his live album _Solo_, Don McLean extends the story with the song "Three flights up." It describes the lives of the man's daughter, his wife, and his father-in-law. It is a tour-de-force.