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Old 08-13-2019, 10:17 PM
Dale Sams is offline
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Originally Posted by AHunter3 View Post
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.
Well....there's a little rhyming but....others have throughly debunked the notion. And thank you for the breakdown up there.