Vincent – Don McLean

Don McLean pertama menulis lagu ini pada tahun 1970. Konon ia sedang memberikan pelajaran musik di sebuah sekolah ketika ingatannya melintas pada sosok Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 Maret 1853-29 Juli 1890) dari buku biografi yang ia baca. Salah satu pelukis terbesar dalam sejarah seni Eropa itu tiba-tiba saja memberikan impresi yang kuat pada McLean. Dari situ ia tau apa yang akan ditulisnya: kehidupan, kerja seni, dan kematian Van Gogh. McLean coba presentasikan kerja seni Van Gogh dari salah satu lukisannya yang terkenal, Starry Night. Sehingga ‘Vincent’ pun banyak dikenal dengan ‘Starry Starry Night’.

Vincent dirilis pada tahun 1972 di album American Pie. Lagu ini sempat bertahan di posisi atas Song Chart di Inggris maupun Amerika. Sejumlah penyanyi membuat cover lagu ini. Tapi tetap saja, di telingaku Don McLean-lah yang paling tepat membawakannya.

starry night - vincent painting

Starry Night, lukisan Van Gogh yang terkenal *foto dari google*

Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
Song 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.

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…

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