Song of the Day #1,427: ‘Moondance’ – Van Morrison

Best Albums of the 70s – #6
Moondance – Van Morrison (1970)

Almost every album on this list was recorded by a group or artist that shows up frequently in my music collection. In fact, some artists on this list have more than one album on this list.

But Van Morrison’s Moondance sits alone on my CD shelf, despite the fact that the Irish bard has released more than 40 albums, some of them considered classics.

It’s not that I haven’t given the rest of his catalog a shot. I bought the classic Astral Weeks and slogged through it a few times before realizing it wasn’t for me. I listened to the mid-career comeback album Avalon Sunset and enjoyed it well enough, but not well enough to keep it.

I know this will sound like heresy to Van the Man’s legions of die-hard fans, but as far as I’m concerned, he did one thing and he did it exceptionally well. That was Moondance.

The marriage of jazz, soul and R&B on this album is simply perfect, and Morrison’s voice is rich with gritty emotion. The album has an organic, timeless feel — I can imagine it being listened to centuries ago in a rustic pub on a rolling green hill somewhere in Ireland.

Moondance is spiritual music in the best sense — it soothes your nerves, swells your heart and settles your mind.

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 fallin’
To the sound of the breezes that blow
An’ I’m trying to please to the callin’
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 more moondance with you, my love?
Can I just make some more romance with you, my love?

Well, I wanna make love to you tonight
I can’t wait ’til the morning has come
And I know now the time is just right
And straight in to 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
Can I just have one more moondance with you, my love?
Can I just make some more romance with you, my love?

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 more moondance with you, my love?
Can I just make some more romance with you, my love?

One more moon dance with you
In the moon light, on a magic night
All the moon light, on a magic night
Can I just have one more moondance with you, my love?

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,427: ‘Moondance’ – Van Morrison

  1. Dana says:

    Ah such a great song. Such a great album. I too own this as my only Van Morrison record, though I really never gave his other records a shot. That may be my loss, but I tend to agree that this album is really all you need.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Ditto! And how nice to have it as the background for your wedding video 🙂

  3. Amy says:

    I will always associate this song – and this album -with my wedding, both because we asked our band to play the song at our reception, and because we (Clay and I) edited our wedding video to this great song. I think I’d love it regardless, but the association certainly makes it all the more special.

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