And while Lennon read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park

from Don McLean – American Pie Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Refers to John Lennon, a member of The Beatles, as many beleived he embraced the ideals of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto during the 1960s.

Though the leader of Russia’s communist Revolution’s name was Vladimir Lenin, and surname is pronounced in the same way as Mr. Lennon’s, this lyric almost certainly refers to the Beatle.

The quartet practising in the park refers to the Fab Four’s final concert, which took place at Candlestick Park.

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