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by Don McLean

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Starry, starry night,
Paint your palette blue and gray.
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.
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 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.
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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from It's an Art, released December 15, 2015

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Jacqueline Novikov Boston, Massachusetts

Soprano Jacqueline Novikov, founder of Forma Music, is dedicated to entertaining and educating audiences through classical vocal music. She uses music's powerful language to express life's humorous, serious, mundane and sacred truths. Jacqueline holds a B.M. from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a M.M. from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. ... more

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