<Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh,The Museum of Modern Art, New York>

Starry, Starry night

  마음이 어려울 때나 진정이 안될 때, "Starry, Starry night~"으로 시작하는 돈 매클레인의 노래 '빈센트 Vincent'를 듣곤 합니다.

Vincent - Don McLean

 

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 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 in sight
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

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can't forget
Like the strangers that you've met
The ragged men in the ragged clothes
The silver thorn, a 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

 

빈센트 - 돈 매클레인

 

별이 빛나는 밤
팔레트를 푸른색과 회색으로 칠해요
여름날 밖을 내다봐요
내 영혼의 어둠을 아는 그런 눈으로
언덕 위의 그림자
나무와 수선화를 그려요
산들바람과 겨울의 냉기를
흰 화폭에 유채색으로 담아요

이제 나 이해해요
당신이 내게 무슨 말을 하려고 했는지
온전한 정신으로 살기 위해 당신이 얼마나 고통받았는지
자유롭게 해주려 얼마나 애썼는지.
그들은 들으려 하지 않았고, 듣는 법도 몰랐죠
어쩌면 이제는 들을지 모르겠네요

별이 빛나는 밤
밝게 불타오르는 꽃들
보랏빛으로 흐릿하게 소용돌이치는 구름
빈센트의 푸른 눈이 비치네요.
색조가 바뀌네요
호박색 곡식들로 가득 찬 아침 들판
고통으로 파인 시든 얼굴
화가의 다정한 손이 달래주네요.


이제 나 이해해요
당신이 내게 무슨 말을 하려고 했는지
온전한 정신으로 살기 위해 당신이 얼마나 고통받았는지
자유롭게 해주려 얼마나 애썼는지.
그들은 들으려 하지 않았고, 듣는 법도 몰랐죠
어쩌면 이제는 들을지 모르겠네요

사람들이 당신을 사랑할 수 없었지만
그래도 당신의 사랑은 진실했죠
아무런 희망도 보이지 않을 때
그 별이 빛나는 밤에.
흔히 연인들이 그러듯 당신 스스로 목숨을 끊었죠
하지만 빈센트, 내가 말해줄 수 있었을 텐데요
이 세상은 당신처럼 아름다운 사람이 살 곳이 못 됐다는 걸.

별이 빛나는 밤에
빈 방에 초상화들이 걸려 있죠
이름 없는 벽에 액자도 없이 걸려 있네요
세상을 바라보고 절대로 잊지 않는 눈으로 말이에요.

당신이 만난 낯선 사람들처럼
남루한 옷을 걸친 남루한 사람들
핏빛 장미의 은색 가시가
새로 내린 눈 위에 뭉개 부서져 있네요.

이제 나 알 것 같아요
당신이 내게 무슨 말을 하려고 했는지
온전한 정신으로 살기 위해 당신이 얼마나 고통받았는지
자유롭게 해주려 얼마나 애썼는지.
그들은 들으려 하지 않았고, 듣는 법도 몰랐죠
아마 절대 들으려 하지 않을지도 몰라요.

 

  1971년에 발표한 이 곡은 돈 매클레인이 빈센트 반 고흐의 동생 테오가 쓴 고흐의 일대기를 읽고 영감을 받아 쓴 노래입니다. 돈 매클레인은 2010년에 영국의 텔레그래프와의 인터뷰에서 이 노래의 사연에 대해 털어놓은 적이 있습니다.

“In the autumn of 1970 I had a job singing in the school system, playing my guitar in classrooms,” he says. “I was sitting on the veranda one morning, reading a biography of Van Gogh, and suddenly I knew I had to write a song arguing that he wasn’t crazy. He had an illness and so did his brother Theo. This makes it different, in my mind, to the garden variety of 'crazy’ – because he was rejected by a woman [as was commonly thought]. So I sat down with a print of Starry Night and wrote the lyrics out on a paper bag.”

출처 : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/7264618/Don-McLean-interview-Why-I-had-to-write-Vincent.html

 

  노래 가사를 잘 들여다 보면 널리 알려진 'Starry night' 외에도 많은 고흐의 작품들이 연상됩니다. 'Sketch the trees and the daffodils'에서는 'Undergrowth with Two Figures'가 생각나고,

< Undergrowth with Two Figures, Vincent van Gogh, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio >

'Catch the breeze and the winter chills in colors on the snowy linen land'에서는 'Landscape with Snow'가,

<Landscape with Snow, Vincent van Gogh, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York>

'Flaming flowers'에서는 고흐의 대표작 중 하나인 '해바라기(Sunflowers)'가,

<Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam>

'Weathered faces lined in pain'에서는 '감자 먹는 사람들(The Potato Easter)'이 떠오르고,

<The Potato Easters, Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam>

'Morning fields of amber grain'에서는 수확하는 사람이 있는 '일출의 밀밭(Wheat Fields with a Reaper)'이 생각납니다.

<Wheat Fields with a Reaper, Vincent van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam>

 

  스텔라 장이 부른 커버 버전도 좋습니다.

찾아보니 기타 반주용 악보가 있어서 첨부합니다.

Vincent (Starry Starry Night) Sheet Music Don McLean (SheetMusic-Free.com).pdf
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  1. Favicon of https://mysky0015.tistory.com BlogIcon 계리직 2020.04.03 07:32 신고

    포스팅 잘보고 갑니다.

  2. Favicon of https://deborah.tistory.com BlogIcon Deborah 2020.04.08 17:55 신고

    와 님 넘 멋지다.
    이렇게 내가 좋아하는 노래와 그림을
    같이 올려 주시다니요
    이 공간에 좀 더 오래 머물다 갑니다.
    그림에 눈이가고
    음악에 귀가 열려져 있네요.

    오늘 하루 어땠나요?
    노래는 재생으로 계속 들어요 ㅎㅎㅎ
    커피 가져 오시죠.
    저랑 같이 들어요.
    저도 커피 한잔 가지러.........
    ^^

    • Favicon of https://puppetfox.net BlogIcon Jason H. 2020.04.29 22:48 신고

      저도 간만에 좋아하는 노래의 멜로디를 들으며 가사 속에서 좋아하는 화가 중 한 사람인 고흐의 그림을 맞춰보는 재미에 빠졌었네요. ^^;

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