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校園民歌 Sep 22, 2007

在上世紀70年代的香港,懂得彈結他的人都會唱這首歌,可是,沒有人好像Don McLean 一樣,唱得淡然而有神韻,已經不只是喜歡的程度,有點近乎著迷的地步。

Vincent (song)
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"Starry Starry Night" redirects here. For the Don McLean live album, see Starry Starry Night (album).
"Vincent"

Song by Don McLean
from the album American Pie
Published 1971
Recorded 1971
Length 4:03
Label BGO
Chart positions
#1 (UK)
#12 (U.S.)

American Pie track listing
"Till Tomorrow"
(2) "Vincent"
(3) "Crossroads"
(4)
"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 Starry Night. The song describes a different painting by Van Gogh in each of its stanzas.

Don McLean wrote the lyrics in 1971 after reading a book about the life of the artist. The following year, the song became the #1 hit in the UK and #12 in the USA. For several years, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam played the song daily. A copy of the sheet music is in a safe beneath the museum, along with a set of Van Gogh's paint brushes, the hat he wore while painting Starry Night, and various other items.

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

The song
The song clearly demonstrates a deep-seated admiration for not only the work of van Gogh, but also for the man himself. The song includes references to his landscape works, in lines such as "sketch the trees and the daffodils" and "morning fields of amber grain" - which describe the amber wheat that features in several paintings. There are also several lines that may allude to van Gogh's self portraits: perhaps in "weathered faces lined in pain / are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand", McLean is suggesting that van Gogh may have found some sort of consolation in creating portraits of himself. There is, too, a single line describing van Gogh's most famous set of works, Sunflowers. "Flaming flowers that brightly blaze" draws not only on the luminous orange and yellow colours of the painting, but also creates powerful images of the sun itself, flaming and blazing, being contained within the flowers and the painting.

As far as the song goes as a tribute to van Gogh as the man himself, the song reflects on the lack of recognition that van Gogh received. In each chorus, McLean says "They would not listen / they did not know how / perhaps they'll listen now," except in the final verse, McLean says "They would not listen / They're not listening still / Perhaps they never will". This is the story of van Gogh: unrecognised as an artist until after his death. The lyrics suggest that van Gogh was trying to "set [people] free" with the message in his work. McLean feels that this message was made clear to him: "And now I understand what you tried to say to me", he sings. Perhaps it is this eventual understanding that inspired McLean to write the song.

There are also references to van Gogh's sanity and his suicide. Throughout his life, van Gogh was plagued with mental disorders, particuarly depression. He "suffered for his sanity" and eventually "took his life, as lovers often do". The word "lover" puts into context how McLean saw the relationship of van Gogh with his art - a relationship of love. This love was strong enough for van Gogh to persevere with his art even without acceptance from his contemporaries: "For they could not love you, but still your love was true".


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Here's a rendition by Josh Groban :-) Sep 22, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opKBF5q7mks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWU40czylnY


Vincent - Starry, Starry Night (Josh Groban)

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 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
And how you suffered for your sanity
And 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 and violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colours changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artists' loving hand

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And 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 inside
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

Like the strangers that you've met
The ragged men in 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
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen
They're not listening still
Perhaps they never will


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Broken Vow Sep 22, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-j6RAlrhPA&mode=related&search=


Broken Vow (Josh Groban)

Tell me his name
I want to know
The way he looks
And where you go
I need to see his face
I need to understand
Why you and I came to an end

Tell me again
I want to hear
Who broke my faith in all these years
Who lays with you at night
While I'm here all alone
Remembering when I was your own

I let you go
I let you fly
Why do I keep on asking why
I let you go
Now that I found
A way to keep somehow
More than a broken vow

Tell me the words I never said
Show me the tears you never shed
Give me the touch
The one you promised to be mine
Or has it vanished for all time

I let you go
I let you fly
Why do I keep on asking why
I let you go
Now that I found
A way to keep somehow
More than a broken vow

I close my eyes
And dream of you and I
And then I realize
There's more to love
than only bitterness and lies
I close my eyes

I'd give away my soul
To hold you once again
And never let those moments end

I let you go
I let you fly
Now that I know I’m asking why
I let you go
Now that I found
A way to keep somehow
More than a broken vow


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Evergreen 萬古常青 Sep 23, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpQRTjjaBYY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DATYv5-AK-0&mode=related&search=

Barbra Streisand lyrics

Love soft as an easy chair
Love fresh as the morning air
One love that is shared by two
I have found with you

Like a rose under the april snow
I was always certain love would grow
Love ageless and evergreen
Seldom seen by two

You and I will make each night a first
Every day a beginning
Spirits rise and their dance is unrehearsed
They warm and excite us, cause we have the brightest love

Two lives that shine as one
Morning glory and midnight sun
Time weve learned to sail above
Time wont change the meaning of one love
Ageless and ever evergreen


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Lara Fabian - Broken Vow Sep 23, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgmk6OmQJ6I&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo7HiPn9F_Y&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yrR3qOmN04&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-roGMGyFu0&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hg3DNNrH1M&mode=related&search=

[Edited at 2007-09-23 00:32]

從今天起,Lara Fabian 已加進我喜歡的女歌手的行列,除了她的英文歌外,一句也聽不懂,但是,仍然是很欣賞她的歌。

[Edited at 2007-09-23 00:40]


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Let It Be Me Sep 23, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvREm7w4slk&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdYPnLR9TDU&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsmtO1ZvrQo

Let It Be Me - The Everly Brothers

I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you, let it be me

Don’t take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever, let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you’ll always---let--it—be--me
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Sunflower 向日葵 Sep 23, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbU-a99giUg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16XHfWQ0z9U&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKFmMyWuR5U

[Edited at 2007-09-23 01:47]


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我原来还真不知道她有这样的语言天分 Sep 23, 2007

Thanks PK!
pkchan wrote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgmk6OmQJ6I&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo7HiPn9F_Y&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yrR3qOmN04&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-roGMGyFu0&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hg3DNNrH1M&mode=related&search=

[Edited at 2007-09-23 00:32]

從今天起,Lara Fabian 已加進我喜歡的女歌手的行列,除了她的英文歌外,一句也聽不懂,但是,仍然是很欣賞她的歌。

[Edited at 2007-09-23 00:40]


[Edited at 2007-09-24 07:34]


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Barcelona by Russell Watson Sep 23, 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dAUSLRUYDY&mode=related&search= (with Shaun Ryder)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k419gc21olM&mode=related&search= (with Melanie Chisholm)

Barcelona (Russell Watson)

Barcelona
Barcelona

I had this perfect dream
This dream was me and you
I want all the world to see
A miracle sensation
My guide and inspiration
Now my dream is slowly coming true

The wind is a gentle breeze
Now she belongs to me so true
The bells are ringing out
They're calling us together
Guiding us forever
Wish this dream would never go away
Never go away
Never go away

Barcelona

It was the first time that we met

Barcelona

How can I forget
The moment that she walked into the room
She took my breath away

Barcelona
The music vibrates me
Barcelona

Suenan las campanas
Abre tus puertas al mundo

If God is willing
We will meet again
Someday

Let the songs begin

Songs begin
Songs begin

Let the music play

Music play
Music play

Make the voices sing

Voices sing
Voices sing

Start the celebration
Without a hesitation
And try

And try to come alive
And try to come alive

Come alive
And shake the foundations from the skies
Shaking all our lives

Make the music vibrate
Barcelona
Barcelona

Such a beautiful horizon

Barcelona

Like a jewel in the sun
Por ti sere gaviota de tu bella mar

Make the music vibrate
Barcelona
Barcelona

Suenan las campanas
Abre tus puertas al mundo

If God is willing
If God is willing
Friends until the end

Friends until the end

Barcelona



[Edited at 2007-09-23 18:03]


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从这里经常推荐歌曲同僚所推荐的歌曲风格中 Sep 23, 2007

亦可略见其人风格

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同样唱的是“我爱你” Sep 23, 2007

Lara Fabian - Je t'aime

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgAAcnVjsZs&mode=related&search=


Катя Лель - Я Люблю Тебя

http://www.moskva.fm/play/4020/1190467429/


还真的是武大郎玩夜猫子!


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Idealism Sep 23, 2007

chance wrote:

从这里经常推荐歌曲同僚所推荐的歌曲风格中

亦可略见其人风格



chance,

That was very nice of you to say.

I only wish reality were as true and glorious as some of the songs I like sing about.



[Edited at 2007-09-23 18:23]


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Me too ;-) Sep 23, 2007

wherestip wrote:

I only wish reality were as true and glorious as some of the songs I like sing about.



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Lara的歌我是一般喜欢,总觉得她少了点个性 Sep 24, 2007

但她的为人不错,不总那么自以为是

Wenjer Leuschel wrote:

Катя Лель - Я Люблю Тебя

http://www.moskva.fm/play/4020/1190467429/



[Edited at 2007-09-24 11:56]


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演艺人士 Sep 24, 2007

chance wrote:
Lara的歌我是一般喜欢,总觉得她少了点个性
但她的为人不错,不总那么自以为是


我总是喜欢有个性的,像 Charles Bronson 那种长得难看,又是一副鸟相,声音又难听,但个性十足的人,那是我最喜欢的演艺人士,歌手也如此,尤其女歌手,像水那么没个性的,歌声怎听还是那种软趴趴的,怎的也无法喜欢。还是有个性的女人够劲。


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