Interviews with Don McLean famously used to go like this.
Interviewer: What does your song "American Pie" mean?
Don McLean: It means I don't have to ever work again if I don't want.
The original lyrics recently
But the bonus: McLean, in that article, talks a little about the song and what it means.
I didn't live through the time McLean memorialized, but the song definitely shaped my vision of the pre-Internet U.S.