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                  Vincent van Gogh is regarded as one of the greatest and most famous artists of all time. He has inspired and influenced many for over a century since his death in 1890. Van Gogh's Palette is dedicated to the life and works of this talented artist. Find out just what made him tick and behold his breath-taking creations.
 

Vincent
By Don McLean

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
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 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 lovers often do --
But I could've 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.

 

 

                     Starry Night is on of van Gogh's most recognizable paintings and partly the inspiration for Don McLean's famous song, rightfully entitled, Vincent. McLean wrote the song in 1971 and in 1972 it was a bigger international hit than his first, American Pie.

                     During the 70's, the Van Gogh Museum located in Amsterdam played the song daily. A copy of the sheet music along with a set of van Gogh's paint brushes are buried in a time capsule beneath the museum.

 
 

 


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