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This would be one of my "Desert Island Discs"
on 22 April 2013
I heard this song for the first time whilst driving home one evening, and immediately fell in love with it. The song is a tribute to famous artist Vincent Van Gogh, the opening line being a reference to his painting "The Starry Night". Van Gogh is often regarded as being mentally unstable, but "Vincent" paints a very different picture. Don McClean claims that Van Gogh was sane, and "suffered for his sanity", as he tried to educate the masses, who simply would not listen- and still refuse to listen to this day. For me, what makes the song powerful is that its sentiment is relevant to many great individuals. Many of the early philosophers, most notably Socrates, suffered for their sanity, and you could also apply the statement to Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, and Charles Darwin, and probably countless other individuals.