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Vincent

The following is a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, the amazing artist who died of his own hand in 1890. He died, tragically alone, and in obvious pain, unrecognized and unappreciated by the people of his day. But, in 1972, a talented young recording artist, Don Mclean, wrote and recorded a beautiful and stirring tribute to the artist, Vincent. The following are the lyrics to the song, featured on the American Pie album. I hope you will appreciate not only the sentiment so beautifully expressed, but the marvelous imagery and flawless poetry. It moves me; I hope it will likewise move you. And now, Vincent:

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.

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.

Colors 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 tired 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,
Though 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 strangers that you've met,
The ragged men in ragged clothes,
The silver thorn of bloody rose,
Lie crushed and broken in 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 not listen,
They're not listening still...
Perhaps they never will.

~M



Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 6/2/2014 8:56:00 PM
Thank you so much for highlighting this song. It is one of my all-time favorites as it speaks volumes! So hauntingly beautiful and moving! Thank you for sharing this masterpiece!
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Mel Merrill
Date: 6/2/2014 10:46:00 PM
Thank you! I listen to this song quite a bit, and I am moved by it each time. Strangely, though, I feel as if McClean is in some ways singing about me. I rather think Vincent and I share a common pain, and seeing his painting, "Irises" at the Getty was incredible. I'm thrilled to know another who loves this song as I do. You're a romantic, no doubt :)
Date: 5/6/2014 8:09:00 AM
Hi Mel, Bless you for this tribute~ I love the song and have it on my MP3 player. It is beautifully done by Don Mclean. But you bringing it to the front light here is very appreciated. Peace, Deborah
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Mel Merrill
Date: 5/6/2014 11:57:00 PM
Thank you Deb, I was listening to the song last night, and felt compelled to share it. I didn't feel like it--a lot of work--but I knew it would speak to somebody. Glad you read it, and could connect to the melody; ain't the same without the tune. Besides, in many ways you could call the song, Mel, and would ring nearly as true. I'm very close to this song. Big hugs ~M
Date: 5/6/2014 7:30:00 AM
- Mel, my friend .... you are not forgotten ... I have been on holiday and not been "one line" for a while. - I'm glad I got to read this beautiful poem today - a pleasure to read!! - Thank you! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Mel Merrill
Date: 5/6/2014 11:59:00 PM
My Norwegian beauty. Glad you got a break from all of this. It can be maddening. I do appreciate the visit, though, and hope you'll be back soon. Hey, I write these for you :) Love and peace xoxo ~M
Date: 5/6/2014 6:46:00 AM
it is beautiful
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Mel Merrill
Date: 5/7/2014 12:01:00 AM
It is. Wish I had written it. But you have to hear the melody, which is lovlier than the words. C-ya xoxo ~M