Most people just know his "American Pie" song (no, not the soundtrack to the sophomoric movie, but rather the really really long one about driving a Chevy to the levy), but I think "Vincent" is far cooler. (It is a tribute to Van Gogh.) Check out these lyrics:
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've told you, Vincent,
this world was never meant
for one as beautiful as you.