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Monday, February 23, 2009

Vincent

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VINCENT

by Don McLean

Starry starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey

Look out on a summer's day

With eyes that know the

Darkness in my soul.


Shadows on the hills

Sketch the trees and the daffodils

Catch the breeze and the winter chills

In colors on the snowy linen land.

And now I understand what you tried to say to me

How you suffered for your sanity

How you tried to set them free
They would not listen

They did not know how

Perhaps they'll listen now.


Starry starry night
Flaming flo'rs that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in
Vincent's eyes of China blue.
Colors changing hue

Morning fields of amber grain

Weathered faces lined in pain

Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand.

And now I understand what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity

How you tried to set them free
Perhaps they'll listen now.


For they could not love you but still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight on that starry
starry night.
You took your life
as lovers often do;
But I could have told you

Vincent this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.

Starry starry night

Portraits hung in empty halls

Frameless heads on nameless walls with eyes

That watch the world and can't forget.


Like the stranger that you've met

The ragged men in ragged clothes

The silver thorn of bloody rose

Lie crushed and broken in the virgin snow.
And now I think I know what you tried to say to me

How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free.

They would not listen they're not list'ning still

Perhaps they never will.


I am a big fan of this song, sung beautifully by Don McLean. A poetry written to describe how Vincent suffered from mental illness, which led to his suicide. Vincent, a tribute to the 19th century Dutch painter, Vincent van Gigh. This song was also covered by Josh Groban in the early 2000s. The above rendition is the best so far I ever heard.

To learn more about Don McLean, click here