View Single Post
Old 08-13-2019, 09:48 PM
AHunter3's Avatar
AHunter3 is offline
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: NY (Manhattan) NY USA
Posts: 20,759
Originally Posted by Dale Sams View Post
Sing the lyrics "My My Hey Hey". Now sing "So Bye Bye Miss American Pie"

They kinda sound alike.
Not really. Let's cast the Neil Young song in the key of E minor.

"My" ==> home key, E minor, melody note B (the fifth)
"My" ==> D major passing chord, melody note A (the fifth of D)
"Hey" ==> passing note of B on the sustained D maj (same note as the first "My")
"Hey ==> C maj 7 with melody line G-E (fifth then third of a C chord)

The Don McLean isn't in a minor key at all, it's in a major. Let's cast it in G major for some rough consistency.

"Bye" ==> home key G major, melody note D (the fifth)
"Bye, Miss A-" ==> C major, with melody note C (repeated for all three syllables)
"-merican" ==> G major again, melody note descends B-A-G
"Pie" ==> D major, melody goes back up a step to the A

Melody lines by themselves:

My My Hey Hey: 5, 4, 5, 3-1
Bye Bye Pie: 5, 4, 4, 4, 3-2-1, 2

Don't see or hear any resemblance. They both go downhill rather than uphill but that's about it.

Last edited by AHunter3; 08-13-2019 at 09:50 PM.