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I must apologize, but whenever i hear or think the words, "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," the very first thing that comes to mind (even if i'm in Church) is the song "American Pie" whish is presumed to be full of allustions to Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beetles, the Rolling Stones and other popular and less popular.  McLean himself has admitted only that when he learned that the plane carrying Buddy Holly and two other  musicians crashed February 3, 1959, he was folding newspapers for his paper route; and John Lennon's name actually occurs in the lyrics ("And while Lennon read a book of Marx, the quartet practiced in the park.)  But the song is packed with references to  fifties and sixties popular music.

But who are The Father, Son, and Holy Ghoost?.  I thought the "father" might be Hank Williams, and if he had died after Buddy Holly, rather than six years before, i might have been willing to put some money on it.  If "took the last train to the coast" means they were deceased (before 1971) somebody should have outed them. ?"??

Or maybe its JFK, RFK, and MLK?  (But they were not known as musicians.)

Or maybe "last train to the coast," is not a reference to death..  Who did McLean admire? Pete Seeger?  Jim Croce? Vincent Van Gogh?

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