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  1. 1. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) Composed & performed by Don McleanRead the short stories below and then listen and watch this incredible story, song,and artwork unfold."Vincent”, a song by Don McLean, written as a tribute to Vincent VanGogh. It is also known by its opening line, "Starry, Starry Night," areference to Van Gogh’s painting "Starry Night.” The song describesdifferent paintings by Van Gogh. Don McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971after reading a book about the life of the artist. The following year the songbecame the #1 hit in the U.K. and #12 in the U.S.Starry Night’ was painted during the time Van Gogh was in an asylum.He sold only one painting during his lifetime, as his genius was notrecognized. Thats perhaps what caused him to fall into an abyss ofdepression, which eventually led to his suicide in 1890 at the age of 37.He said in his final note that he was shooting himself ”for the good ofall”. How tragic to have felt so hopeless and not understood in spite ofbeing so gifted!
  2. 2. Starry, starry night,paint your palette blue and gray.
  3. 3. Look out on a summers day
  4. 4. with eyes that know the darkness in my soul. Shadows on the hills,
  5. 5. sketch the trees and the daffodils,catch the breeze and the winter chills
  6. 6. in colors on the snowy linen land. Now I understand
  7. 7. what you tried to say to me,
  8. 8. how you suffered for your sanity, how you tried to set them free.
  9. 9. They would not listen,they did not know how.
  10. 10. perhaps theyll listen now.
  11. 11. Starry, starry night,
  12. 12. flaming flowers that brightly blaze,
  13. 13. swirling clouds in violet hazereflect in Vincents eyes of China blue..
  14. 14. Colors changing hue,
  15. 15. morning fields of amber grain,
  16. 16. weathered faces lined in painare soothed beneath the artists loving hand.
  17. 17. Now I understand
  18. 18. what you tried to say to me,how you suffered for your sanity, how you tried to set them free.
  19. 19. They would not listen.They did not know how.Perhaps theyll listen now.
  20. 20. For they could not love you,
  21. 21. but still your love was true,and when no hopewas left in sighton that starry, starrynight,
  22. 22. You took your life as lovers often do;But I could have told you, Vincent,this world was never meantfor one as beautiful as you.
  23. 23. Starry, starry night,
  24. 24. portraits hung in empty halls,
  25. 25. frameless heads on nameless walls,
  26. 26. with eyes that watch the world and cant forget. Like the strangers that youve met,
  27. 27. the ragged men in ragged clothes,
  28. 28. the silver thorn of bloody roselie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.
  29. 29. what you tried to say to me,how you suffered for your sanity,
  30. 30. how you tried to set them free. They would not listen. Theyre not list’ning still.
  31. 31. Perhaps, they never will.
  32. 32. Vincent van Gogh suffering in his final months