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Vincent

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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.

Vincent van Gogh – “Vincent”

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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.”

The following year, the song became the number one hit in the U.K. and No. 12 in the U.S.

“The Sadness Will Last Forever”

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the sadness will last forever

Last Words – Vincent van Gogh – Bio

Vincent van Gogh
Born March 30, 1853 – Died July 29, 1890
Dutch Post-Impressionist Painter

Last Words – Vincent van Gogh – Note

On July 27, 1890, aged 37, Vincent van Gogh walked into a field and shot himself in the chest with a revolver.

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He survived the impact and managed to walk back to the Ravoux Inn, where he died there two days later.

His brother, Theo, reported that his Vincent’s last words were “La tristesse durera toujours” (“the sadness will last forever”).