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Vincent

NYC - MoMA: Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night

Image by wallyg via Flickr

The original song written and sung by Don McLean.  The video is really special – I hope you take the time to see the beautiful painting while the song is being sung.

I remember just where I was when I heard this song – in a high school concert for my daughter.  I had known the song in the 70’s when it was first recorded – but hadn’t heard it again until that concert in 2003.  A freshman boy sat on a stool in front of the stage – by the piano and sang Josh Groban’s version of this song.  It literally brought tears to my eyes – it was so incredibly beautiful.

But because there is never anything quite like the original – here is Don McLean singing one of the most beautiful and touching songs he ever wrote.

Enjoy!

Starry starry night

Paint your pallet 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 colours on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and 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 flowers that brightly blaze
swirling clouds in violet haze
reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue
colours changing hue
morning fields of amber grain
weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath the artist’s LOVING hand

Now I understand
what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and how you tried to set them free
they would not listen they did not know how
perhaps they’ll listen now

For they could not love you
but still your love was true
and when no hope was left inside
on that starry starry night

You took your life as lover’s often do

But I could have told you,
Vincent,
this world was never ment for one as beautiful as you

Starry starry night

Portraits hung in empty halls
frame-less heads on nameless walls
with eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
like the strangers that you’ve met

The ragged men in ragged clothes
a silver thorn
a bloody rose
lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow
now I think I know
what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and how you tried to set them free
they would now listen
they’re not listening still

Perhaps they never will

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Comments on: "Vincent" (4)

  1. Love the song AND the painting, Cindy! I agree with you that that is one of McLean’s best. Vincent VanGogh is an interesting study, too. I love most of his work. He was only 37 when he committed suicide. Such a talent. So sad.

  2. You know Cindy that I will have to post that on my blog. It’s a beautiful video and that it has Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting to go with it is just totally awesome. Thanks for sharing, beautiful. Take care and don’t be surprised that if on one of these starry starry nights, you see this very same video on gloria’s blog, well…..I couldn’t help myself. Take care.:)

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