Bye, bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee
But the levee was dry
Them good ol’boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singing “this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die.”
—“Miss American Pie,” Words and Music by Don McClean, 1971
I’m not sure whether, before reading this book, you’ve ever thought much about metaphors. The entire 1970s song “Miss American Pie,” was a series of metaphors that brought forth a message of simpler times gone by. We use metaphors all the time when we say things such as, “This rain is worse than a hail of bullets,” or “Life is going to be clear sailing from now on.” The first compares a driving rainstorm using the imagery of bullets flying and the ...