COOL PEOPLE -Don McLean And The Meaning of American Pie 1971

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Meaning of American Pie by Don McLean

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A Wonderful presentation of very well-matched photos to the lyrics.  I’m a big fan over many years of McLean, and I’ve been singing along to these lyrics for over 30 years since my college days.  However, I learned a lot of connexions (never understood before now) of his lyrics to happenings, albums, other musicians, and political figures.  Saw Don McLean one time at Waterloo Village in N.J. I love the guy.! Van gogh is my favorite artist and as a tribute to him I have a large tattoo of a sunflower on my back!

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my sunflower tattoo-a tribute to Van Gogh

http://youtu.be/VhX3b1h7GQw 1971

Vincent — Don McLean (in HD)

“Vincent” is a song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. It is also known by its opening line, “Starry Starry Night”, a reference to van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night. The song also describes different paintings done by the artist.

McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of the artist. The following year, the song became the number one hit in the U.K. and No. 12 in the U.S.

In 2000, PBS aired Don McLean: Starry, Starry Night, a concert special that was filmed in Austin, Texas.

Lyrics:

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.
And 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 flo’rs 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.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
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 stranger that you’ve met

the ragged men in ragged clothes

the silver thorn of bloddy rose
lie crushed and broken
on the virgin snow.
And 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
list’ning still
perhaps they never will.

http://youtu.be/PsxfvwuCqxo

Don Mclean preforms his beautiful song “And I Love You So”.

Cesarea, Israel. January 1979.

http://youtu.be/qog65XHM-ok

 

 

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