You’ve probably heard the song a million times. It’s a classic. But do you know the full story behind Don McLean’s rock ‘n roll classic “American Pie” (better known as “the day the music died”)? If you thought it was just about the plane crash that killed Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly, you’re wrong.

On radio Thursday, Glenn Beck revealed the full message behind the catchy tune. What is it? Throughout the song, Beck says, there are warning messages about the deterioration of America.

To refresh your memory, here is the song:

“Our culture has erased the meaning of anybody who tried to issue a warning,” Beck said on radio, citing J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and C.S. Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia.”

“I always thought that this song was about Buddy Holly,” he added. “… But that’s only part of the song. It’s just the surface of the song.”

Listen as Beck goes verse-by-verse and explains the full meaning behind the classic:

In part two, Beck explains that McLean gave interviews saying he was obsessed with the death of America:

For a transcript of what Beck said, as well as the original Chevy commercial, head over to Glennbeck.com.