From the song American Pie by Don McLean:

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died
I started singin'

Could you please tell me what broncin' buck means?


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In addition to the link in my comment, the "broncin' buck" expression originates from "bucking bronco", a wild horse that is vicious and difficult or impossible to break in, where "bronco" means an unbroken or imperfectly broken mustang and to buck means to resist.

As a noun, "buck" may also mean a male deer, antelope, etc., a stallion included.

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    Don McLean might have reversed "bucking" and "bronc" to rhyme with "truck"
    – Peter
    Feb 22, 2017 at 7:36
  • +1. For extra credit, @Rompey: explain the pink carnation :)
    – TimR
    Feb 22, 2017 at 11:47
  • @TRomano - You don't mean symbolic flower language, do you? May it be just an imaginary flower of choice as the sign of leaving home for good? Or should I post a question about it since it wasn't asked about by the PO?
    – Victor B.
    Feb 22, 2017 at 13:55
  • A question about the significance of the flower would be considered off-topic, as "lit-crit".
    – TimR
    Feb 22, 2017 at 14:13
  • @TRomano fortunately, there's now a site for that... Literature :D
    – Catija
    Feb 22, 2017 at 16:41

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