Vincent

Don McLean


Xref: undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca rec.music.makers.guitar.acoustic:2594
"Vincent" from the album "American Pie"
by Don McLean
I bought this Cd mainly for the song "American pie", but when I sat down and listened to some of the tunes on this album I was amazed. "Vincent" and "Empty chairs" are definatly among the better tunes on the album.
Listen to the album, otherwise this TAB is useless. There may be some mistakes, but none of any significance. Tell me what you think... The lyrics follow after the TAB...
Have fun!
Vincent.
verse:
Stary, stary night... [Repeat twice each verse] e|---------3-----3-------3-------0----------------------------------0--- b|---------0-----0-1-----1-0-----0--3---1p0-------1-0-----0-0h1--------- g|-----0h2-----0-------0-------0------0---------2-------2---------2----- D|-0h2-------0-------0-------0----------------2-------2---------2------- A|------------------------------------------0-------0-------0----------- E|---------3-------3-----3-3--------3---3-------------------------------
1 verse only e --------------------------------0p2--------3--------|----------------- b -0---1----------1-0-----0-----1-------1--------0----|-1s3s1p0-0------- g ---2---2------0-------0-----2-------2---0--------0--|---------0---0--- D ------------2-------2-----0------------------0------|-2s4s2p0----0--0- A -0--------3-------3---------------------------------|----------------- E -------------------------------------------3--------|---------3-------
Chorus:
Now I understand... e ------------------------0-2-----------2------------------------------- b -0-1-3-0--------0-1---3-------1-------3----------------------0---3---- g -0------------2-----2-------2---2---2---2-0---0----------------0---0-- D ------------2-------------0-----------------0---4---4-2---2------2---- A ---0-2----0-----------------------0---------------5-----2------------- E -3----------------------------------------3-----2-----0------0--------
They would not listen, ... e -----------------------2-------2--------- b -1-----1-0---0h1-------1-------3--------- g -----0-----2-----2---2---2---2---2------- pause D ---2---------------0-------0------------- A -0-------0-------------------------2----- E -----------------------------------0-----
** 1st chorus only. e ----------0-----------0-2-----2---3-|-------2---0--------0------------ b ------2---2---2-1---1-----1---------|---0---------0--3---------------- g ------0-------0-----0-------2-------|-----0---0--------0-------------- D ----2---2---2-----2---2-0-----------|-0------------------------------- A --0-------------0-------------------|--------------------------------- E ----------------------------------3-|-------3--------3----------------
Bridge:
For they could not love you... e ---------------0-----0---2-------2-----------3---------0------------- b -0---1-3-1-------3-----------1-------3---------0-----0-------0-1---3- g ---0---0-----2-----2---2---2---2---2---0---0-----0---------------0--- D -----------2-------------0---------------0---------0-------2--------- A -----0-2-0-------0---------------0-----------------------2----------- E -3-------------------------------------3-------2-------0-------------
..took your life like lovers often do... e --0------3------------------------------0----------------------------- b --1------4----------0-------0---------3------------------------------- g --0------5----------0-------2-------1--------------------------------- D --2------5--------0---0---1---1---0--------(0)------------------------ A --0------3------------------------------------------------------------ E ----------------3-------1-------0-------------------------------------
But I could have told you Vincent... e -----------------------------------------0-2--3----------------------- b -------------1--------1-------0--------1----------0---1---0-------0--- g -----2-------0--------0-------0------2--------------0---0---0-----0--- D ---2---2---2---2----2---2---2---2--0------------0-----2---0-----0---0- A -0-------0--------3-------3------------------------------------------- E ----------------------------------------------3---------------3-------
** end e -------2---0--------0-------------------------------3-----------------
b ---0---------0--3-------1---0-----------0-----0----------------------- g -----0---0--------0-------0---0-----0-2-----0------------------------- D -0------------------------------0-2-------0--------------------------- A ---------------------------------------------------------------------- E -------3--------3-------3---------------3-----------------------------
Hint: e|--3---| By holding the G chord in the "intro lick" like b|-(1)--| this (left), it becomes easier to get the correct g|------| flow in your playing. Finger the chord using your D|------| left hand 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers then add your A|--2---| 1st finger for the (1) note. See figure and TAB. E|--3---|
I had a problem getting the TAB to match the lyrics in the bridge section. This helped...
Bridge:
For they could not love you... e ----------------------------------0---- b -0--------1-----3---1----------------3- g -----0----------0-------------2-------- etc. D -------------------------2------------- A ----------0-----2---0----------------0- E -3-------------------------------------
Detail:
Be aware in the 3rd verse at: "Like the strangers that you've met - The ragged men in ragged clothes" Part of the guitar between the words "...met" and "The..." is skipped. The vocals jump ahead a bit.
Vincent
Verse 1 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.
Chorus 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...
Verse 2 Starry, starry night Flaming flowers that brightly blaze Swirling clouds in 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 artist's loving hand.
Chorus 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...
Bridge 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've told you, Vincent This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you...
Verse 3 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 ragged clothes The silver thorn, a bloody rose Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.
Chorus 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...
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) Dutch Painter
Guitar part transcribed by: Lee Francis Wilhelmsen francis@GRIBB.hsr.no francis@hsr.no 19(C)94.
Lyrics taken from ftp.uwp.edu





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