Song of the Day, August 24: Everybody Loves Me Baby by Don McLean

McLeanEverybodyToday’s song is delightful braggadocio from Don McLean’s brilliant album American Pie. McLean is best known for his sincerity and emotional resonance. On this track he takes another approach. Everybody Loves Me Baby is a baffled rant, the narrator listing his increasingly amazing — and improbable — accomplishments. Despite everything he feels he has to offer, the object of his affections rebuffs him at every turn.

The ocean parts when I walk through, and the clouds dissolve and the sky turns blue
I’m held in very great value by everyone I meet but you!

Skewering the serious man-and-his-guitar mystique, McLean obviously enjoys singing the song, laying it on thick with a wink and a nod. Over the top in all the right ways, it offers a nice bit of variety to the album and remains a fun, distinctive standout in his impressive catalog.

Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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