Wednesday, March 30

[Paint your palette blue and grey]
Happy birthday to Vincent van Gogh.

"Vincent," by Don McLean (and later, NOFX)

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,
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 field 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,
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.

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 head on nameless walls,
With eyes that watch the world and can't forget.
Like the strangers that you've met,
The ragged men in the ragged clothes,
The silver thorn of bloody rose,
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.

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.

8 Comments:

Blogger TVonthefritz said...

You forgot Josh Groban. He did a version.

Wed Mar 30, 01:08:00 PM  
Blogger theogeo said...

Um, am I showing my age or naivete by not knowing who that is? I Googled him and even then, no clue. Help me, Joey! You are my guide the the rocky waters of pop culture!

Wed Mar 30, 04:37:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I love that song! Yay!

Wed Mar 30, 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger J. R. said...

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Wed Mar 30, 06:43:00 PM  
Blogger J. R. said...

He's an above-average opera singer that is going to mutilate and scar his precious voice into never reaching its full bold maturity if he keeps trying to sing like Bocelli at the age of 20.

Also, I'm not a big fan of opera as pop music. Opera is opera and just because you put a pretty face,floppy hair and a Don McLean cover on top of it doesn't make it something else.

Wed Mar 30, 06:48:00 PM  
Blogger J. R. said...

...and I like opera.

Wed Mar 30, 06:49:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I have issues with covers of "American Pie." Is that weird?

Thu Mar 31, 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger theogeo said...

I have issues with the original version, so no, I don't think that's weird.

Fri Apr 01, 01:47:00 AM  

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