I was 16 in 1971, and there is a line in the song that I misintepreted for a long time:
"And while Lenin read a book on Marx"
I thought he was saying that John Lennon was reading a book about Groucho Marx.
Whether it was because the song was about music, or because I never learned about Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx, I like my intepretation better.
This is a good example of the dumbing down of kids in the public school system and why the government should get out of the education business.
...Or I led a sheltered life as a child.
Given the efforts by the American Atheists and the ACLU to remove the following from Social Studies textbooks, I am guessing the next generation will know who Lenin and Marx are, and that they will be studied as great leaders, as MAO was to Anita Dunn:
· Neil Armstrong
· The Liberty Bell
As for me, I would still rather believe that Don McLean was talking about the Beatles and the man who had the television show, "You Bet Your Life".