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 daffodills
Catch the breeeze and the winter chills, in colors on the snowy linen land     

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
 How you suffered for you sanity 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 chine blue
Colors changing hue, morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain are soothed 'neath the artists's loving hand     

 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 

Stary, starry night, portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls with eyes that watch the world and can't forget.
Like the stranger that you've met, the ragged man 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
 How you suffered for you sanity How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they're not listening still   
Perhaps they never will

Corrected by actiontom. View original
A7 Am Am7 C Cm D7 E E7 Em F# F7 G
variations - click chord images
Transpose chords:
Cool service:
View: Size:
A  A  A
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
click stars to rate
Login to add this song to your songbook
IMPORTANT: The song above is NOT stored on the Chordie server. The original song is hosted at Chordie works as a search engine and provides on-the-fly formating. Chordie does not index songs against artists/composers will. To remove this song please click here.

login to add comments/video/corrections

borgemestern (report comment to admin):
isn't this song supposed to be played with a capo? or at least differently tuned?
kjlee2112 (report comment to admin):
nope not with these chords... it's perfect.. i love this song.. lol
svenfreeze (report comment to admin):
Yep this is the perfect key.
Obigone (report comment to admin):
After the G on: "Vincent's eyes of china  blue " throw in a C before going back to G. And the same on: "watch the world and can't for get"
erezpa (report comment to admin):
It is great to alternate between G and C, back and forth, on the long G stretches. Like "{G} Starry starry night (c, back to G)
wrtallman (report comment to admin):
Yep sounds GREAT (ok for my voice [male]) capo'd on the 1st fret. :-)
richiegay (report comment to admin):
Absolutely PERFECT as it is!!!!
Stop911 (report comment to admin):
Grea chords and room for individual preferences thrown in..Capo 4 for me.Tks
rogidez1 (report comment to admin):
The first line of each verse after G you can play a quick C/G ...G combo to fill ... just the way I play it and after Am play an Asus2 as well. Your format is great merely a suggestion 

cheers man
john vickers (report comment to admin):
beutiful chords and words