Vincent Lyrics - Don McLean

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Starry, starry night...
Paint your palette blue and gray...
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,
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 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 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, 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 not listen, they're not listening still.
Perhaps they never will.

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my report for school | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/9/13

Vincent van Gogh was depressed (now world famous) painter who had an unusual look upon the world. The poem was written by Don McLean and was written to tell people how hard his life really was.
The poem 'Vincent' is an ode as it was written to honour Vincent van Gogh. The poem is a very emotional poem and is written in stanzas and has a rhyme scheme. Vincent is addressed throughout the poem. The poem 'Vincent' also meets the criteria of an eulogy as it is written to honour the death of Vincent van Gogh.
Vincent has a definite rhythm scheme but it is very irregular as it changes each verse. The rhyme scheme is also irregular but the chorus “starry starry night” has the same rhyme scheme throughout its 'ABCCD'. The rhyme scheme in the verses changes slightly throughout the rest of the poem.
The poem explains Vincent's view of life and the sufferings he has been through. Vincent van Gogh was a painter and he expressed his feelings through his paintings. Don McLean realised this and described his feelings with references to Vincent's paintings. An Example of this is 'Sketch the hills and daffodils.' The words 'paint your palette blue and grey' make reference to his paintings and also his depression. This is because they are darker sadder colours and that is how he saw our world of blues and greys.
'Vincent' has a clear message of how he saw the sufferings of our world and his own life. He tried to make the world care about the poverty and pain our world was crying but no one seemed to care. The 'how you tried to set them free' really explains this well as Vincent van Gogh tried so hard to help the poor. 'They did not listen the did not know how' draws on a feeling of empathy from reader/listeners as everybody feels ignored at some point. It then furthers to say 'perhaps they'll listen now' This is a very important line as it's thought-provoking, as readers/listeners you think would you listen? Or would you stay blind?
Poetic devices like imagery have been used to enhance the emotions and visual pictures drawn in the mind. An example of imagery is 'Frame less heads on, nameless walls, with eyes that cant forget. This describes Vincent van Gogh's poverty and little recognition of his paintings. It also says that his painting were hung without a frame and were never shown until after his death. Repetition is also used though out the poem as an example, 'How you suffered for your sanity' This is very simple but moving, It means that while he was trying to make the world a better place people jeered and put him down and it slowly ate at him until he was insane. By repeating this line it makes it stand out and you really understand how hard life was for him. 'Vincent's eyes of china blue' is a metaphor that describes how fragile Vincent van Gogh really was. Metaphors help describe how Vincent was feeling and the references to his paintings.
Vincent van Gogh was a fragile depressed man who had a pure heart and tried his hardest for our cruel world, who could not handle his kindness and compassion. The poem 'Vincent' was needed to show the world how hard Vincent's life really was and that he was not just another painter.

Wow.. | Reviewer: Mina | 3/26/11

This song is where i find my comfort zone..loved the way Don Mc Lean sang this..It often makes me realize how deep humanity is. We may be victims of losing ourselves to worthless things and forgetting what was really important. It makes you visualize clearly what Van Gogh has to say on his painting..

An excellent musical tribute | Reviewer: AJ Darling | 4/7/10

I love this song. With all my heart.

Van Gogh is one of the world's most precious people. He had a sensitive soul that was often misunderstood as madness. He had his own remarkable style, his own compassion for his work, and his love for everything beautiful.

Many people just dubbed his work as worthless, and that was too much for him to bear--after all, what is a painting but a translation of the world through artist's eyes and onto canvas.

Everything Vincent had seen, from the forest-green cypresses against the star-streaked sky to the mound of cartilage and blood that was his left ear, and all else unmentionable, all of that was beautiful.

Oh my heart. | Reviewer: Sandy, Andy, Mandy. | 2/8/08

This song touches me deeply.
I love it.

It reminds me of the affair I had with Andy that broke Mandy's heart. My name is Sandy.

I know, strange coinicidence. It rhyemes, but that's what happens in the town of Mount Morgan. (we are all cousins, by the way. I love them.)

With eyes that know the darkness in my soul; these words i sing to u as i no u no bout my past, u and mandy are the only people that have known me my hole life and still loved me thru the ruff n tuff tymes.. i wish u girls both new how much use mean to me, my love for u is in the same but different ways..And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night
girls i love use both to death.. literaly i would kill myself if i ever hurt one of use.

The end,

Written by bored business students.

We Struggle for Our Humanity | Reviewer: Claudia C. Pharis | 6/30/07

This song touches me deeply. Some of us live closer to our humanity than others, and it is these among us who are least able to bend themselves to countenance the distance from our humanity that modern life often requires. Such people often wind up homeless, artists, schizophrenics, suicidal, . . . We ignore them at our peril. They carry messages for us that we need to understand.

Outstanding | Reviewer: Jerry Olson | 3/19/06

Once again the worlds best musical storyteller utilizes understanding and feeling to bring the utmost significance to a worldly loss.

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