Astral Weeks

Album: Astral Weeks (1968)
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  • If I ventured in the slipstream
    Between the viaducts of your dream
    Where immobile steel rims crack
    And the ditch in the back roads stop
    Could you find me?
    Would you kiss-a my eyes?
    To lay me down
    In silence easy
    To be born again
    To be born again
    From the far side of the ocean
    If I put the wheels in motion
    And I stand with my arms behind me
    And I'm pushin' on the door
    Could you find me?
    Would you kiss-a my eyes?
    To lay me down
    In silence easy
    To be born again
    To be born again
    There you go
    Standin' with the look of avarice
    Talkin' to Huddie Ledbetter
    Showin' pictures on the wall
    Whisperin' in the hall
    And pointin' a finger at me
    There you go, there you go
    Standin' in the sun darlin'
    With your arms behind you
    And your eyes before
    There you go
    Takin' good care of your boy
    Seein' that he's got clean clothes
    Puttin' on his little red shoes
    I see you know he's got clean clothes
    A-puttin' on his little red shoes
    A-pointin' a finger at me
    And here I am
    Standing in your sad arrest
    Trying to do my very best
    Lookin' straight at you
    Comin' through, darlin'
    Yeah, yeah, yeah
    If I ventured in the slipstream
    Between the viaducts of your dreams
    Where immobile steel rims crack
    And the ditch in the back roads stop
    Could you find me
    Would you kiss-a my eyes
    Lay me down
    In silence easy
    To be born again
    To be born again
    To be born again
    In another world
    In another world
    In another time
    Got a home on high
    Ain't nothing but a stranger in this world
    I'm nothing but a stranger in this world
    I got a home on high
    In another land
    So far away
    So far away
    Way up in the heaven
    Way up in the heaven
    Way up in the heaven
    Way up in the heaven
    In another time
    In another place
    In another time
    In another place
    Way up in the heaven
    Way up in the heaven
    We are goin' up to heaven
    We are goin' to heaven
    In another time
    In another place
    In another time
    In another place
    In another face Writer/s: VAN MORRISON
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 2

  • Bill from UsAccording to those present at recording, however, the sessions were pretty mundane and workmanlike.

    From my reading, not entirely true. Yes, session musicians, but some of the jams, uncharted, lasted several minutes of artists playing off each other, solos, and several minutes of beautiful music cut out for song length time.
    That magic that happened doesn't sound mundane to me, it obviously set the mood for the whole package, that we all now know.
  • Bill from UsIf there ever was a song born about, created from, and that creates transcendence from this world, this is it.
    The idea that it was recorded in one take is testament to where Van was at during this time, and how he was able to channel his musical ideas through these band members to get it down for all of us to experience for the rest of our lives.
    These guys were not part of Them, but practically picked off the street and brought in to be a band. To be part of musical history. Read interviews from these musicians about these sessions, simply amazing considering what we have.
    Top 10 album of rock history.
    But like you said, not really rock. Really hard to categorize.
    I think all of Van's later work, almost all of it, stemmed from this set.
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