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Thursday, April 01, 2004

The Levee Is Dry
I had this pseudo-intellectual RA at South Quad my freshman year at U of M, whose dorm room featured this big, ridiculous poster with the lyrics to "American Pie" printed in some fancy font as if Don McLean was some poet for the ages. I can only imagine how many times after us frosh kiddies had gone out to get blitzed on $2 pitchers at Rick's, she and some select RAs would fire up a doobie and stare at the poster (it was huge, really more of a scroll than a poster, it may even have been on parchment paper with charred edges) discussing just exactly what McLean meant when he wrote "the marching band refused to yield."

If you're wondering what the hell this has to do with a list, well, apparently the ol' levee of talent is drying up over at the Songwriters Hall of Fame, because McLean is among this year's list of nominees. At least the powers that be are recognizing the genius behind such lines as "You can rely on the old man's money" and "Watch out boy she'll chew you up.">
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