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Happy Birthday to Van the Man

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Evil Bastard (aka Chris_L), Aug 31, 2006.

  1. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    "Into The Mystic" is one of my all-time fave songs by anybody. Fucking brilliant.

    I love "Domino" and I'll throw "Gloria" in there too.
  2. noodles

    noodles Member

    1. Into the Mystic
    2. Tupelo Honey
    3. These are the Days
    4. Have I Told You lately...
    5. Brown Eyed Girl

    Have I told you was my wedding song, but I'll turn the station if Rod Stewart's version comes on. Here's to Van the man!
  3. EStreetJoe

    EStreetJoe Well-Known Member

    Hard to pick a Top 5 (or 10), but I'll give it a shot. After number 1 they're not in any particular order..

    1- Into the Mystic
    2- Tupelo Honey
    3- Have I Told You Lately (any version but Van's sucks)
    4- Domino
    5- Jackie Wilson Said (Heaven When You Smile)
    6- Crazy Love
    7- Real, Real Gone
    8- Gloria
    9- Bright Side of the Road
    10- Full Force Gale
  4. joe

    joe Active Member

    OK, so I will:

    We were born before the wind
    So much younger than the sun
    Ere the bonnie boat was won
    As we sailed into the mystic

    Hark, now hear the sailors cry
    Smell the sea and feel the sky
    Let your soul and spirit fly
    Into the mystic

    And when that fog horn blows
    I will be coming home
    And when that fog horn blows
    I want to hear it
    I don't have to fear it

    I want to rock your gypsy soul
    Just like way back in the days of old
    Then magnificently we will float
    Into the mystic

    And when that fog horn blows
    You know I will be coming home
    And when that fog horn whistle blows
    I got to hear it
    I don't have to fear it

    I want to rock your gypsy soul
    Just like way back in the days of old
    And together we will float
    Into the mystic

    It's too late to stop now
    Too late to stop now
    Too late to stop now
    Too late to stop now
  5. PopeDirkBenedict

    PopeDirkBenedict Active Member

    HUGE Van Morrison fan....I need to see him in concert someday. My personal top 5:

    1. Moondance
    2. Full Force Gale
    3. Jackie Wilson Said
    4. Tupelo Honey
    5. Gloria
  6. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    I always thought Into The Mystic or Caravan should have been covered by Peter Tosh, either would have made a great reggae cover.

    OK Van fans, help me out. I once heard a Van song on, of all things, a local TV feature and they were playing a song that the lyrics, "I'll light a candle for you." It was a beautiful song, and I've never figured out what it was. Help please! Just so you know, I'm not mixing it up with the Stones' Winter, which has the same line.

    My list, having only delved into the Van basics. One of those artists I know I should own more of, but never get around to it ...

    1. And It Stoned Me
    2. Caravan
    3. Tupelo Honey
    4. Into The Mystic
    5. Brand New Day
    6. Domino
    7. Moondance
    8. Sweet Thing
    9. Brown Eyed Girl
    10. Jackie Wilson Said
    11. Queen Of The Slipstream
  7. Probably doesn't enter a top 10 conversation, but I have to say I love his new song "Stranded." Puts me in a great mood anytime I hear it when I'm driving home from a desk shift in the wee hours.
  8. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Hmm ... did some Van research and maybe the song I was looking for was Hymns To The Silence. It has the line "burning the candle at both ends" repeated several times. Don't know for sure, though.
  9. fever_dog

    fever_dog Active Member

    another great van moment -- also good for "the blues" thread -- is his duet with john lee hooker on hooker's 1991 release "mr. lucky." it's "i cover the waterfront" and it is incredible.
  10. fever_dog

    fever_dog Active Member

    man, there some great songs on "hyms" .... village idiot, professional jealousy, why must i always explain, see me through
  11. Title track's not too shabby, either.
    Among the underrated tracks, I'd go for "Streets of Arklow." (Hell, all of Side One of "Veedon Fleece"), "It's All In The Game," and "Rave On John Donne" from the great Live At The Royal Concert Hall set.
    Warning, though, Van's really hit-or-miss in concert.
  12. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    The only reason I don't play Tupelo Honey every time I get to the local saloon at night is that it sometimes doesn't fit the general mood of the place at that point.

    But when others play sets and Tupelo Honey comes up, it's always, "That's for you, SF."

    Just a great song; but you're right, a top five list for him is hard to narrow down to.
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