Bye, bye Miss American Pie


Watching the debate last night was like “driving my Chevy to the levee.” And yes, “the levee was dry!”

Last night’s debate was a disgrace. Last night’s debate was sad. Last night’s debate was an embarrassment for American democracy. Last night, as Bob Woodward opined this morning, Donald Trump “assassinated the presidency.”

A long, long time ago Don McClean summed up how I feel this morning.

A long long time ago
I can still remember how
That music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they’d be happy for a while

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

That long, long time ago was only four years back. We could smile, we could dance, we could be happy, not all the time, but more than once in a while. Now all I can think, after last night’s debacle, is this, “Was September 29, 2020, the day of the first Presidential debate of the 2020 election, the day that America died?”

With due respect to another songwriter you might know, Irving Berlin,

God bless America, land that I love
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with the light from above

If ever we need God’s blessings, it is now.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

8 thoughts on “Bye, bye Miss American Pie

  1. Another debate is destructive to sanity

    Unless Trump’s microphone is SHUT when it’s not the 2 year olds turn
    Behavior of DT beyond awful


  2. Love your reference to American Pie. My pick for today’s wake up song was Barry McQuire’s Eve of Destruction. On to some sunnier picks…


  3. This is better than any commentary I’ve seen so far. Says it so well. We had to force ourselves to watch.. Mickey told me if I didn’t stop screaming he was going to leave the room. Then Santoram tried to excuse everything that he said. A sad, sad day for America.



    1. Thanks for the compliment. I was screaming as well…but you had to laugh at times. I mean when was the last time you heard someone call the sitting President of the United States a “clown” and then tell him to “Shut Up?” Better than Reagan’s “There you go again.” Maybe next time, Biden can paraphrase the Lloyd Bentsen debate retort: “I knew Clarabell the Clown and you’re no Clarabell!”


  4. Your commentary is probably even more biting than intended. I believe the “Chevy to the Levee” lyrics were a reference to the Mississippi Burning murders.


    1. Garth, I did not read that but, what is incredible about that lyric, is that it can apply to so many things. Some interpretations include, the end of innocence, the death of Buddy Holly and many more. For me, at this point, the “dry levee” symbolizes the death of the American Experiment. In any event, what a song!


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