Christmas in Arles

by Eric Peter Schwartz

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December 23, 1888. In the town of Arles in the Provience area of southern France, in the little yellow house they share and work in, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin have a heated, drink-fueled argument. Some scholars disagree but it appears that in fit of what can only be called madness, Vincent famously cuts off part of his ear with a razor. He then wraps it in newspaper and takes it to the local brothel where he gives it to a girl, Rachel. He returns to the yellow house and collapses. Gauguin admits Vincent to the hospital and sends a telegram to Vincent's brother Theo.

Vincent never sees Gauguin again.

It's now December 25th. Christmas Day.

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Theo rides through the Provence Christmas rain
his heart is beating fast because Vincent is in pain
he wants to carry his brother home
he wants to hold Vincent close
he wants to make him understand
he believes in him the most

but Vincent's fading
Vincent's fading

And all throughout Arles
the smell of Le Réveillon salts the dawn Christmas air
and Theo's footsteps echo
in hospital halls
somewhere Vincent's fighting
inside of these walls

and fading
Vincent's fading

He wants to be his brother's keeper this Christmas
He wants Vincent to see that he's beautiful
the way Theo sees he's beautiful
he's a swirling, liquid night sky
and no matter how the man snarls
this Christmas in Arles
He'll tell him he loves him

He'll tell him he loves him.

Theo can still smell absinthe on Vincent's clothes
he's sitting right next to him but Vincent doesn't know
Vincent is gone
into wide slabs of blue
Theo kisses his forehead
and prays that he comes back soon

But Vincent's fading
Vincent's fading

He wants to be his brother's keeper this Christmas
He wants Vincent to see he's beautiful
the way Theo sees him as beautiful
he's a swirling, liquid night sky
and no matter how the man snarls
this Christmas in Arles
He'll tell him he loves him

He'll tell him he loves him.

As the Christmas sun wanes
and hours dissipate like smoke
Vincent dreams of sunflowers
and Theo dreams of home
Two boys laughing
under the Zundert summer sky
where Theo sees his brother
frozen in time

His love never fading
His love never fading

He wants to be his brother's keeper this Christmas
He wants Vincent to see he's beautiful
the way Theo sees him as beautiful
he's a swirling, liquid night sky
and no matter how the man snarls
this Christmas in Arles
He'll tell him he loves him

He'll tell him he loves him.

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released December 18, 2017
Written and produced by E.P. Schwartz

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