D Sugar-baby, G with your champagne eyes, And your saint-like D smile. I G may go crazy, C before that G mansion on the hill. C G C I may go crazy, before that G mansion on the hill. G And all the little girls rhyme something, C On the way back G home from school. G D And my inside shakes, C just like a leaf on a G tree. C G D D7 And wait a minute G Yonder comes my lady; C rainbow ribbons in her G hair. C G C Yonder comes my lady; rainbow ribbons in her G hair. Baby, C baby, baby, G baby, baby, D babe.
G Way up on, way up on, way up on, the avenue of trees. Keep walking down, in the wind and the rain, darling. You keep walking down, when the sun shone through the trees. Nobody, no, no, no, nobody stops me from loving you, baby. So young and bold; fourteen years old. Baby, baby, baby We Am strolled through fields all wet with rain, And back along the lane again, There in the Dm sunshine, in the Am sweet summertime.
The E7 way that young Am I kissed you on the lips once more, And we said goodbye at your front door, In the Dm nightime, yeah, that's the Am right time. To E7 feel the way that young Lovers Am do, lovers do. Doot doot doot, Dm do-be-do, Am Doo bee doo bee, doo bee-dee. And outside they're G making all the stops, C The D kids out in the street, col- G lecting bottle tops.
C Throwing D pennies at the G bridges down below. C And the D rain, hail, sleet, and G snow. And as you G leave, the room is filled with music; C Laughing, music, D dancing music, G all around the room. The oldest composition on Astral Weeks is " Ballerina ", which Morrison composed in while still a member of Them , around the same time he first met his future wife, Janet.
Inspired by "a flash about an actress in an opera house appearing in a ballet" according to Morrison , former Them guitarist Jim Armstrong recalls the band working on the song between engagements.
Them performed the song one night in Hawaii, but it was not recorded until Astral Weeks. Like in the song " T. Morrison related how "A friend of mine had drawings in his flat of astral projection. I was at his house when I was working on a song which began, 'If I venture down the slipstream' and that's why I called it 'Astral Weeks'. Van looked at the painting and it suggested astral travelling to him. Astral Weeks sold poorly when it was first released in With the exception of Astral Weeks ' title track, Logan felt the compositions were indistinguishable and "suffer from being stuck in the same groove throughout".
In , Greil Marcus reviewed the album positively in Rolling Stone , saying that Morrison's lyrics were thoughtful and deeply intellectual, "in terms of the myths and metaphors that exist within the world of rock and roll". He believed both the music and lyrics captured the spirit of Bob Dylan 's album John Wesley Harding , while calling Astral Weeks a "unique and timeless" record.
If you want it and can't find it, yell at the store's record buyer. Loud, because you're the customer and you're always right. Undo the veils of potential obscurity. Astral Weeks ' critical standing improved greatly over time. It became viewed as one of rock's greatest records and a culturally significant work. Astral Weeks influenced future releases of other musicians such as Bono and Bruce Springsteen.
Later they might say that other albums were reminiscent of Astral Weeks , but they could never claim that Astral Weeks was like anything else. The critical recognition and renown of Astral Weeks came to overshadow Morrison's subsequent work,  as well as Morrison himself. Like the Beach Boys ' Pet Sounds , Astral Weeks was perceived as a one-off whose critical standing allowed little discussion for other equally fascinating musical forays that followed.
In agreement with Logan's original criticism, he later said he should have "changed the arrangements because the arrangements are too samey Pain is the wrong word—I'm so moved by it. Astral Weeks has appeared in all-time best album polls worldwide,  and according to Acclaimed Music , it is the 15th most ranked record in critics' all-time lists. Marcus referred to the impact of the album, calling it a "common language", and related in a interview that "I was so shocked when I was teaching a seminar at Princeton just a couple years ago, and out of 16 students, four of them said their favorite album was Astral Weeks.
We're talking about an album that was recorded well before they were born, and yet it spoke to them. They understood its language as soon as they heard it. And it stirred me. I'd never heard anything like it. The band featured Jay Berliner who played on the original album. When asked by Rolling Stone editor, David Wild why he was performing the album again live after forty years, Morrison replied: "It received no promotion, from Warner Bros. I had always wanted to play the record live and fully orchestrated— that is what this is all about.
I always like live recording and I like listening to live records too. I'm not too fond of being in a studio—it's too contrived and too confining. I like the freedom of live, in-the-moment sound. As for the songs on the original album, Morrison told Los Angeles Times columnist Randy Lewis: "The songs are poetic stories, so the meaning is the same as always—timeless and unchanging.
The songs are works of fiction that will inherently have a different meaning for different people. People take from it whatever their disposition to take from it is.
On 30 October , the album remastered was reissued by Warner Bros. Records with four session bonus tracks , including the full-length versions of both "Ballerina" and "Slim Slow Slider.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Astral Weeks disambiguation. Van Morrison. You have to understand something, A lot of this I was totally broke. So I didn't have time to sit around pondering or thinking all this through. It was just done on a basic pure survival level. I did what I had to do. It sounded like the man who made Astral Weeks was in terrible pain, pain most of Van Morrison's previous works had only suggested; but like the later albums by the Velvet Underground , there was a redemptive element in the blackness, ultimate compassion for the suffering of others, and a swath of pure beauty and mystical awe that cut right through the heart of the work.
Main article: Astral Weeks song. Astral Weeks. Sample from the title song featuring the opening lines of the album: "If I ventured in the slipstream between the viaducts of your dream". Main article: Beside You Van Morrison song. Main article: Sweet Thing Van Morrison song. Main article: Cyprus Avenue. Astral Weeks songs They are poetry and mythical musings channeled from my imagination The album is about song craft for me—making things up and making them fit to a tune I have arranged.
The songs were somewhat channeled works—that is why I called it 'Astral Weeks'. As my songwriting has gone on I tend to do the same channeling, so it's sort of like 'Astral Decades', I guess. Main article: Madame George. Main article: Ballerina Van Morrison song. Main article: Slim Slow Slider. Astral Weeks did not sell as an album, even still today. A lot of people like it, mostly musicians and other artists and writers etc.
Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Sample from the live titled song, "Astral Weeks I Believe I've Transcended " shows "a deeper, louder roar than the blue-eyed soul voice of his youth — softer on the diction — but none the less impressively powerful". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on 18 February Retrieved 15 February Archived from the original on 16 February Retrieved 14 February Retrieved 12 January Retrieved 13 October Retrieved 7 June Blowin' Your Mind!
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Problems playing this file? See media help. Daily Mirror. Entertainment Weekly. I haven't got a clue what that song is about or who Madame George might have been. Van Morrison, speaking to biographer Ritchie Yorke about the writing and meaning of the song, said in part:. The vocal was live and the rhythm section and the flute too and the strings were the only overdub. The title of the song confuses one, I must say that.
Don't ask me why I do this because I just don't know. The song is just a stream of consciousness thing, as is " Cyprus Avenue " The song is basically about a spiritual feeling. Yeats who acted as Yeats' muse through automatic writing and inducing trances.
An earlier recording with slightly altered lyrics and a much swifter tempo changes the tone considerably from the Astral Weeks recording, which is downbeat and nostalgic; the earlier recording is joyous, and seems to be from the point of view of a partygoer who sees the titular character.
This version surfaced on the release T. Sheets , which compiled unreleased recordings Morrison had made for Bang Records inAstral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl is the fifth live album recorded by Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison, and released in the UK on 9 February , and in the United States on 24 February Genre: Folk rock.