“Starry Starry Night”
Vincent van Gogh – Bio
Vincent van Gogh
Born March 30, 1853 – Died July 29, 1890
Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter
Vincent van Gogh – Note
Don McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of the Vincent van Gogh.
“Vincent” describes different paintings done by the artist, and clearly demonstrates a deep-seated admiration for not only the work of van Gogh, but also for the man himself.
It is also known by its opening line, “Starry Starry Night”, a reference to van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night.”
There are also references to van Gogh’s sanity and his suicide.
Throughout his life, van Gogh was plagued with mental disorders, particularly depression. He “suffered for [his] sanity” and eventually “took [his] life as lovers often do.”
Vincent van Gogh – Song
The following year, the song became the number one hit in the U.K. and No. 12 in the U.S.
A beautiful song my favourite
Also published on Medium.