Song of the Day #3,307: ‘And It Stoned Me’ – Van Morrison vs. Billy Joel

Back by popular demand after a two-week hiatus, it’s Montauk Madness! Specifically the third round of Montauk Madness, where the Sweet Sixteen faces off in our toughest matchups yet. Brace yourselves for some hard decisions!

Our first face-off pits Van Morrison against Billy Joel. A battle across the pond, Ireland vs. New York. Morrison made it here by spanking Barenaked Ladies with 91% of the vote and soundly defeating Peter Gabriel with 73%, while Joel had even more decisive victories over Michael Penn (95%) and Frank Sinatra (82%).

Van Morrison has made it this far mostly on the strength of one album. And that album, Moondance, is indeed a doozy. Witness today’s SOTD, album opener ‘And It Stoned Me.’ A freaking sublime work of art, no question.

But I’m going with Billy Joel here based on his body of work, which (a few clunkers aside) is pretty wonderful in its own right. Does he have any individual record that equals Moondance? Debatable. I’d put The Stranger right up there. Throw in a half dozen other stellar records and this is an easy pick for me.

Half a mile from the county fair
And the rain keep pourin’ down
Me and Billy standin’ there
With a silver half a crown
Hands are full of a fishin’ rod
And the tackle on our backs
We just stood there gettin’ wet
With our backs against the fence

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Hope it don’t rain all day

[Chorus:]
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like Jelly Roll
And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like going home
And it stoned me

Then the rain let up and the sun came up
And we were gettin’ dry
Almost let a pick-up truck nearly pass us by
So we jumped right in and the driver grinned
And he dropped us up the road
We looked at the swim and we jumped right in
Not to mention fishing poles

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Let it run all over me

[Chorus]

On the way back home we sang a song
But our throats were getting dry
Then we saw the man from across the road
With the sunshine in his eyes
Well he lived all alone in his own little home
With a great big gallon jar
There were bottles too, one for me and you
And he said Hey! There you are

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Get it myself from the mountain stream

[Chorus]

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6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,307: ‘And It Stoned Me’ – Van Morrison vs. Billy Joel

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not sure Billy Joel ever had a “clunker” of an album.😊

    I agree that Moondance is a brilliant album and, arguably, better than any single album from Joel. However, I also agree that the strength of Joel’s body of work in its entirety makes this an easy pick.

  2. Clay says:

    Maybe “clunker” is too strong, but Storm Front and River of Dreams weren’t up to the standard of his earlier albums (IMO).

    • Dana says:

      There are certainly some great songs on both of those albums, but a number of lesser ones as well. I was also never crazy about the way Storm Front was produced.

  3. Peg says:

    Have to go with Billy Joel even if he beat Sinatra; his body of work is amazing, just recently watched PBS rerun of his Gershwin Prize awarded to him at the Library of Congress for lifetime achievement in “promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding” enough said

  4. Amy says:

    Billy Joel is my pick, and I’m very happy to have Montauk Madness back!!

  5. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I too am very happy to have Montauk Madness back. I too love Moondance but for personal preference as well as I think from an objective viewpoint of the Arists’ discography have to go with Billy Joel. For Glass Houses and Innocent Man alone I would choose him. Let alone, even his “clunker” album “Storm Front” ends with in my opinion the best or second best love song of all time “And So it Goes”. I enjoy pretty much all of Billy Joel’s songs thoroughly and this is an easy decision.

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