"listening to Don Maclean's American Pie, as one did in those days, marvelling at the poetry of Vincent"

The album American Pie was released in 1971.

 

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 Don McLean – American Pie

 

Don McLean – Vincent

 

 

 

The lyrics for 'Vincent' begin:

 

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.

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