Song of the Day #978: ‘Crazy Love’ – Van Morrison

I have two albums on this list of favorites that represent the only music I own by the given artist. The first is Van Morrison’s Moondance. Can you guess the other one?

I’m not sure when I first discovered this album. I don’t recall it playing a major role in my childhood so it could well be that I didn’t hear it in its entirety until high school or college. I knew the title song prior to that, I’m sure, and I was familiar with ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ (which doesn’t appear on this album) but if I had to guess I’d say I picked it up during my late teens when I was on a quest to hear the classics.

I’ve given other Van Morrison albums a chance, starting with the even more celebrated Astral Weeks, but they’ve left me cold. Avalon Sunset held my interest for a little while but soon lost its appeal. My wife had a brief flirtation with The Healing Game but it never grabbed me.

But on Moondance, Morrison tapped into some elemental Irish gypsy folk blues magic and crafted an album that numbers among the greatest I’ve ever heard. From the opening notes of ‘And It Stoned Me’ to the jaunty fade-out of ‘Glad Tidings,’ every second swings and soars.

Earlier in this ‘great album’ series I featured Paul Simon’s ‘Crazy Love, Vol. II’ so I figured it was appropriate to highlight the original. I love Morrison’s high, whispery vocals on this track and the way the backing vocals intertwine with his.

It’s hard to pull off an unabashedly romantic song like this, but he makes it sound easy.

I can hear her heart beat from a thousand miles
Yeah the heavens open every time she smiles
And when I come to her that’s where I belong
Yeah I’m running to her like a river’s song

She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love

She’s got a fine sense of humor when I’m feeling low down
And when I come to her when the sun goes down
Take away my trouble, take away my grief
Take away my heartache, in the night like a thief

She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love

I need her in the daytime
I need her in the night
I want to throw my arms around her
Kiss her hug her kiss her hug her tight

And when I’m returning from so far away
She gives me some sweet lovin’ brighten up my day
Yes it makes me righteous, yes it makes me whole
Yes it makes me mellow down to my soul

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #978: ‘Crazy Love’ – Van Morrison

  1. Dana says:

    This is truly a classic album–required listening for any music enthusiast. I too haven’t sought out other albums from Morrison, but I have heard other songs from time to time that I have appreciated and enjoyed. In fact, just the other day “Wild Nights” came on the radio, which is a fun song, though I must admit I actually like Mellancamp’s cover a bit more. Sacrilege?

    Anyway–as to the other artist only represented by a single album in your collection? I’ll go with Carol King’s Tapestry.

  2. pegclifton says:

    I love this album and just listened to it again recently driving to Florida. I always think of the video of Amy and Dana’s wedding reception when I hear Moondance. Great stuff.

  3. Amy says:

    More to come, but I just found this and I had to share it:

  4. Amy says:

    Now that we know what an impression Van Morrison made on Glen Hansard, I’m going to share a video of Hansard busking “Into the Mystic,” my favorite song on Moondance. It seems quite appropriate to honor these Irish musicians on St. Patrick’s Day.

    I agree with Dana’s pick. Carole King’s Tapestry is your other one album wonder, and they both share space in our music library as well. I have owned other Van Morrison (and other Carole King) albums, but I always come back to this one. Today’s song, “Moondance,” “Into the Mystic,” “Caravan” …. one better than the next. Well – none better than “Into the Mystic,” but you know what I mean! πŸ˜‰

    And because no cover artist, even one as respectful and talented as Hansard, can do that song – one of my favorite songs of all time – the justice that Van Morrison does, I give you the original…. Enjoy!! And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  5. Clay says:

    I featured that one on the blog awhile back… definitely one of his best.

  6. Amy says:

    Yes, I remembered that you had, but I still wanted to go ahead and share the clip today anyway! πŸ™‚

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