Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)


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

G - - - /    / Am - - - /     / C - - - / D7 - - - / G - - - /
G - - - /    / Am - - - /     / C - - - / D7 - - - / G - C/G - //

C1:	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

G - - - / Am - - - / D7 - - - / G - - - - / Em - - - / Am7 - - - / D7 - - - / Em - - - /
   [1&3]
A7 - - - / Am7 - D7 - / G - - - /    //

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 field of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain, are soothed beneath the artistís loving hand

C1:	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

 B:	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

G - - - / Am7 - - - / D7 - - - / G - - - /Em - - - / Am7 - - - / Cm6 - - - / G - F7 - / 
E7 - - - / Am7 - - - / C - - - / D7 - - - / G - - - /    //

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, lies crushed and broken on the virgin snow

C2:	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 listening still
Perhaps they never will


© 1971, 1972 Mayday Music/EMI-Manhattan Records:: on his "American Pie"

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