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“Moondance”–Van Morrison

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Van Morrison Moondance Live at Montreux 1980

Sabai wrote: Can’t explain it.  I can just listen to this song over and over.

“Moondance” is the title song from the 3rd solo album by Van Morrison recorded in 1970. This soulful jazzy song, swings with a subtle North Irish lilt, and a chorus vocal that bridges rock with a pure Rat Pack croon, and I say damn that full tilt flute playing by Colin Tilton.

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the nights magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

Can I just have one a more moondance with you, my love
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love

Well, I wanna make love to you tonight
I can’t wait ’til the morning has come
And I know that the time is just right
And straight into my arms you will run
And when you come my heart will be waiting
To make sure that you’re never alone
There and then all my dreams will come true, dear
There and then I will make you my own
And every time I touch you, you just tremble inside
And I know how much you want me that you can’t hide

Repeat 1st verse

One more moondance with you in the moonlight
On a magic night
La, la, la, la in the moonlight
On a magic night
Can’t I just have one more dance with you my love

Van Morrison – Moondance – live video 1973

Van Morrison and Candy Dulfer Live Moondance Rockpalast

An Odd Assortment of Great Covers
Bobby McFerrin und Konservatorium Wien Orchestra

Michael Bublé-Parkinson UK

The Chieftains feat. Cmdr. Chris Hadfield

Liz Longley

“Gloria”–Patti Smith Group (Written by Van Morrison)

4/22/1979 Patti Smith Group at Rockpalast TV

Originally a Van Morrison song, but Smith added her opening line and she has a unique arrangement, a brooding intensity leading to an explosive punk rock culmination.

Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine
Meltin’ in a pot of thieves
Wild card up my sleeve
Thick heart of stone
My sins my own
They belong to me, me
People say ‘beware!’
But I don’t care
The words are just
Rules and regulations to me, me
I-I walk in a room, you know I look so proud
I’m movin’ in this here atmosphere, well, anything’s allowed
And I go to this here party and I just get bored
Until I look out the window, see a sweet young thing
Humpin’ on the parking meter, leanin’ on the parking meter
Oh, she looks so good, oh, she looks so fine
And I got this crazy feeling and then I’m gonna ah-ah make her mine.

She took a song covered by thousands of garage bands and ripped the head off of it.

And my baby is walkin’ through the door
Leanin’ on my couch she whispers to me and I take the big plunge
And oh, she was so good and oh, she was so fine
And I’m gonna tell the world that I just ah-ah made her mine
And I said darling, tell me your name, she told me her name
She whispered to me, she told me her name
And her name is, and her name is, and her name is, and her name is g-l-o-r-i-a
G-l-o-r-i-a gloria g-l-o-r-i-a gloria
G-l-o-r-i-a gloria g-l-o-r-i-a gloria

We have to pay homage to Van Morrison, the writer of this pure rock n roll in the seediest, tastiest sense.

Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker, 1989 Beacon Theater