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Van Morrison — These Dreams Of You
Album: Moondance
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Released: 1970
Length: 3:48
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I dreamed you paid your dues in Canada
Left me to come through
I headed for the right way
I knew exactly just what to do
I dreamed we played cards in the dark
And you lost and you lied
Wasn't very hard to do
But hurt me deep down inside

Chorus:
Mmmm, these dreams of you
So real and so true
These dreams of you
So real and so true

My back was up against the wall
And you slowly just walked away
You never really heard my call
When I cried out that way
With my face against the sun
You pointed out for me to go
Then you said I was the one
Had to reap what you did sow

Chorus

Bridge:
And hush-a-bye, don't ever think about it
Go to sleep don't ever say one word
Close your eyes, you are an angel sent down from above

And Ray Charles was shot down
But he got up to do his best
A crowd of people gathered round
To the question answered "yes"
And you slapped me on the face
I turned around the other cheek
You couldn't really stand the pace
And I would never be so meek

Chorus bridge
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How must it feel to do your very best work early and spend the rest of your life repeating it?

It would surely be enough to drive you to be short, fat, bald and grumpy and swear never, never to do an encore or a minute over 60 in your concerts.
To the question answered "yes"
I wish I'd be so lucky again, but I know I have to say I am answering.


After having 'greatest hits' forever I recently bought this album; the vinyl reissue.
Damn, if it ain't one of the best things of any kind I've ever bought.

Makes you wonder if sometimes a guy is just in a recording studio, finishes an album and goes, "Yeah, that one's perfect. A forever thing." Not a weak track on it (heck, this probably a WEAK track, relatively speaking) and just a perfect vibe, start to finish. 
Whew doggie!  How 'bout them lyrics?  All them horns puttin' me in a '9' frame of mind.  So real and so true.
I guess Bill's definition of mainstream is different than mine.
Oh no, no, no.. on RP, we never, ever play songs over and over again, like "they" do... LOL
Great song from a great album
This song reminds me I never really got Van Morrision. Or Bob Dylan. Probably their voices are not my kettle of fish. Or the slowish pace of their songs and lack of momentum going on. What is it that attracts so many to these 2?
 nalle wrote:
Godlike, yes.
 
They're likely on speaking terms. Like a number of others here, Van will always be the man for me.
This was my "introduction" to Van, over 20 years ago!... after this song... I was done.. hooked... life was different after the first time I heard this song!... there is a pre-Van Morrison section of my life that was meaningless,  and a post-Van Morrison... when everything started to make sense  {#Cheers} cheers for that!!! (too bad is too early here to uncork the wine!)
Van is the Man- Does'nt get much better than this
Love the sax in this.
From Belfast to California with love.
Not the best one from this album but still really good.  This album stands the test of time.
this is only a 6 for me. and this indicated it´s one of the few van morrison songs i do not like VERY much...
Is it wrong that I prefer this album over Astral Weeks every day of the year and twice on Purim?
Very nice!
just love this
Godlike, yes.
Such a cheery little fellow too.
You know the music to this song is happy and maybe a little pop-ish but the lyrics are pretty harsh. This guy is a great writer.

ONE OF THE GREATS - "so real, so true"


Puts me in the best place! 
 nalle wrote:
Godlike, one of the best album ever.
 

{#Yes}
Yea, dig this one!{#Dancingbanana_2}
Godlike, one of the best album ever.
YESSSS!! Been craving a little van morrison- his music reminds me of sunny days ;)
 ThePoose wrote:
''I dreamed you paid your dues in Canada.'' I'm still doing it.
 
As a Canuck myself that line caught my ear, too.  Anyone know just what or to whom it refers?  Just askin'  {#Ask}
 MirandaStar wrote:
Hey, does anyone know where Bill and Rebecca are broadcasting from?
 
Why from a small studio they've built on to their home in Paradise, California of course -
I thought we all knew that!  {#Wink}
(See webcam on home page...)


 peter_james_bond wrote:
The live version of this song is in the RP library (from the terrific recording It's Too Late to Stop Now) and it's never been played! Could you please play that version Bill?

'Its Too Late to Stop Now' is in the RP library?  I didn't know - Bill get on it{#Smile} 


Wow, terrible voice and prick personality.  I mean, what's not to like?
 
 They used to put him on at Glasto on Sunday evening to get everybody to go home.


 rtrudeau wrote:
Oh Fred, Fred, Fred. You hurt me, you really do. Normally I agree with you but THIS? I'll just go pout now. 

Sorry about that - I hate disappointing people, but Van The Man really gets on my tits for reasons that I just can't explain. Still, I'm sure your pout is charming :o)

 Thistle wrote:
The dog's bollocks? {#Roflol}

(Does that mean excellent? ... if so... WHY?) LOL!!
 
It does, and no, I don't know why. Another mystery of English as it's spoken in England. Why is "dog's bollocks" excellent but "dog's breakfast" a disaster? 42. No, sorry, that doesn't fit...

One of my favorite horn sections. Not as tight as, say, the Fabulous Flames, but such a warm tone.
Nice!!
 EssexTex wrote:
Don't even get me started on this little bundle of misery....You pay to see him and what happens...he sings everything completely differently so you don't recognize any of the songs...between songs he mutters like he's sleep talking, then ends early.
Did we buy his records for years?...if so did we buy them because we liked the songs?....well why the hell can't he play them the way he recorded them...or just a little like them...he's laughing all the way to the bar
 
The last time I saw him I had a similar experience. To say he was going through the motions would be to praise his performance highly. I have to say however that I have seen him many times and at least one of those times he was GREAT; smiling, joking, talking to the audience and actually having fun onstage. That was the exception to the rule although I've seen other shows where his performance was great, he just didn't acknowledge the audience, which rubs a lot of people the wrong way. After all is said and done, I can always put Astral Weeks on, and all is forgiven.

Probably one of my favorite Van songs.......
 nmcleod wrote:

If you're sitting in the sun in St.Lucia, buddy, you've had way too much sun.................if you can't find the groove there on the beach when you listen to Van, give up!!!!!........the man.....that's "Van, The Man",......is the prolific, musical icon that he is......BECAUSE.... he can do it again and again, in any arrangement he chooses and continues to make every performance sound original and "in the groove of the moment". If you are offended when he sings with his eyes closed, maybe try closing your own eyes and just listen to the magic.

******

BluesFest '08, Ottawa, Canada...........Van played 2 hours with his eyes closed the entire time, never spoke to the audience once, never did an encore, never thanked the crowd, played every song in a uniquely live and totally original arrangement that he could easily have played "with his eyes closed"....pardon the pun.....just like the LP.

Instead,
he wooed a crowd of 35,000 to the point of ecstacy, as they listened and swayed to his rearranged "classics", while "waving" a sea of glow in the dark plastic wine glasses, glittering against a warm, summer sky, as they screamed in joy for more.

A quote from a "day pass" festival goer, in the local newspaper the next day, pontificated in outrage, over his observation that Van had changed his songs and, even more disrespectively,  never once, opened his eyes to look into the crowd.............hhhhmmmmm.............

...I guess, Stevie Wonder must be a loser, as well.......

If you do not love live music and the essence of what makes those original, magical recordings great .......creativity, born of spontaneity....................stick with listening to the albums on your porch

just a thought.....

 

Very well said.  It should be mentioned also that Van has struggled with severe stage fright his entire career.  Some artists never get over it...and he is one of them.
The dog's bollocks? {#Roflol}

(Does that mean excellent? ... if so... WHY?) LOL!!
 fredriley wrote:


Van Morrison on, mute on - eat your heart out, Pavlov. Still, my GF thinks he's the dog's bollocks, so WTF do I know? Sod all, probably. 1 from the Nottingham jury.
 
Oh Fred, Fred, Fred. You hurt me, you really do. Normally I agree with you but THIS? I'll just go pout now.

 fredriley wrote:


Van Morrison on, mute on - eat your heart out, Pavlov. Still, my GF thinks he's the dog's bollocks, so WTF do I know? Sod all, probably. 1 from the Nottingham jury.
 

I don't completely agree with the sentiment, but wonderfully expressed.  {#High-five}
 EssexTex wrote:
Don't even get me started on this little bundle of misery....You pay to see him and what happens...he sings everything completely differently so you don't recognize any of the songs...between songs he mutters like he's sleep talking, then ends early.

Did we buy his records for years?...if so did we buy them because we liked the songs?....well why the hell can't he play them the way he recorded them...or just a little like them...he's laughing all the way to the bar
 

i had an even worse experience at a van show in toronto in the mid 90's. he barely sang 2 songs that night. let the rest of his group do it all. i didn't pay to see his backup singers do van songs! he must have been in a mood that night. because literally, he did two songs. it was ridiculous.
The live version of this song is in the RP library (from the terrific recording It's Too Late to Stop Now) and it's never been played! Could you please play that version Bill?
 EssexTex wrote:
Don't even get me started on this little bundle of misery....You pay to see him and what happens...he sings everything completely differently so you don't recognize any of the songs...between songs he mutters like he's sleep talking, then ends early.

Did we buy his records for years?...if so did we buy them because we liked the songs?....well why the hell can't he play them the way he recorded them...or just a little like them...he's laughing all the way to the bar
 
If you're sitting in the sun in St.Lucia, buddy, you've had way too much sun.................if you can't find the groove there on the beach when you listen to Van, give up!!!!!........the man.....that's "Van, The Man",......is the prolific, musical icon that he is......BECAUSE.... he can do it again and again, in any arrangement he chooses and continues to make every performance sound original and "in the groove of the moment". If you are offended when he sings with his eyes closed, maybe try closing your own eyes and just listen to the magic.

******

BluesFest '08, Ottawa, Canada...........Van played 2 hours with his eyes closed the entire time, never spoke to the audience once, never did an encore, never thanked the crowd, played every song in a uniquely live and totally original arrangement that he could easily have played "with his eyes closed"....pardon the pun.....just like the LP.

Instead,
he wooed a crowd of 35,000 to the point of ecstacy, as they listened and swayed to his rearranged "classics", while "waving" a sea of glow in the dark plastic wine glasses, glittering against a warm, summer sky, as they screamed in joy for more.

A quote from a "day pass" festival goer, in the local newspaper the next day, pontificated in outrage, over his observation that Van had changed his songs and, even more disrespectively,  never once, opened his eyes to look into the crowd.............hhhhmmmmm.............

...I guess, Stevie Wonder must be a loser, as well.......

If you do not love live music and the essence of what makes those original, magical recordings great .......creativity, born of spontaneity....................stick with listening to the albums on your porch

just a thought.....

Great album. great track!
One of my favorite horn sections - consistently tight and interesting throughout the entire album.
The outter reaches of paradise!
Hey, does anyone know where Bill and Rebecca are broadcasting from?
This music contributed to my formative years...{#Clap}

Always a pleasure to hear this man.


EssexTex wrote:
Don't even get me started on this little bundle of misery....You pay to see him and what happens...he sings everything completely differently so you don't recognize any of the songs...between songs he mutters like he's sleep talking, then ends early. Did we buy his records for years?...if so did we buy them because we liked the songs?....well why the hell can't he play them the way he recorded them...or just a little like them...he's laughing all the way to the bar
I paid to see Van the Man and he was right on! Bobby D followed him and as a great big Dylan fan...Van blew him out of the water. :good-vibes:
One of my favourite songs from one of my favourite Van Morrison albums! BTW - as a dues-paying Canuck I've always been intrigued by the first line of the lyrics:
"I dreamed you paid your dues in Canada."
Anyone know what this reference means? :ask:
Glad tidings is the best track on the album, it is added but yet to be played spread the word :whisper: :whisper: :whisper:
Whirlpool wrote:
Not a fan of the Van.
Van Morrison on, mute on - eat your heart out, Pavlov. Still, my GF thinks he's the dog's bollocks, so WTF do I know? Sod all, probably. 1 from the Nottingham jury.
Geecheeboy wrote:
I know what you mean. Some people think Angelina Jolie is beautiful.
Well, some people find Dubyia a smart guy.
Don't even get me started on this little bundle of misery....You pay to see him and what happens...he sings everything completely differently so you don't recognize any of the songs...between songs he mutters like he's sleep talking, then ends early. Did we buy his records for years?...if so did we buy them because we liked the songs?....well why the hell can't he play them the way he recorded them...or just a little like them...he's laughing all the way to the bar
Not a fan of the Van.
CCinSB wrote:
Van is the Man!
:high-five:
Van is the Man!
TheoNS wrote:
No matter how much I try and listen to Van Morrison, I still don't care for him. I find most of his music uninspiring and his voice uninteresting. I realize he's considered one of the best contemporary vocalists but it's just lost on me. That's why music is so wonderful. Like all art forms, it is forever personal and up to the interpretation of every single ear on earth.
I know what you mean. Some people think Angelina Jolie is beautiful.
No matter how much I try and listen to Van Morrison, I still don't care for him. I find most of his music uninspiring and his voice uninteresting. I realize he's considered one of the best contemporary vocalists but it's just lost on me. That's why music is so wonderful. Like all art forms, it is forever personal and up to the interpretation of every single ear on earth.
What a great set. This is why I listen to RP, good songs you can listen to. Van Morrison - These Dreams Of You Iron and Wine - Free Until They Cut Me Down Aimee Mann - Wise Up Blind Melon - Change Coldplay - Shiver
ndfan75 wrote:
If we could hear T.B Sheets I would be very very happy :pray:
Oh man, now you're talking. That has got to be one of the coolest songs in rock history. The opening riff with bass and keyboards, then Van coming in on the harmonica...goosebumps every time.
:bananajam: :bananajam: :bananajam: :drunk: :drunk: :bananajam: :bananajam: :bananajam:
Yay! More horns!
rKokon wrote:
Re: "The lyrics and music might be great but I just dislike his voice"-- I agree, and to me the horns are like fingernails scratching a blackboard (horns almost never belong in rock songs, and I hate horns most of the time anyway--wonder why?). Another tipoff that I wouldn't like this is that it refers to Ray Charles, who represents a genre I find vexatious. Can't we form some type of club here around these dislikes?
Can we call it the Catmaven Club for Hornhaters?
''I dreamed you paid your dues in Canada.'' I'm still doing it.
If we could hear T.B Sheets I would be very very happy :pray:
maLeFunKtion wrote:
We're all human, and it takes humans to make humans. Even Van was conceived ya know :nyah:
Are you sure he wasn't quarried?
:bounce:
... :hug: ...
phillips wrote:
um, a little too much info, buddy. don't want to think of people DOING IT when i listen to van morrison :hug:
Aww, what's wrong with that? Romantic couples often claim to have their "song". Why shouldn't someone be very happy about the moment their child was conceived? Especially if that moment was as magical as this tune? We're all human, and it takes humans to make humans. Even Van was conceived ya know :nyah:
marcc wrote:
My oldest daughter was conceived during a playing of this album, almost 13 years ago. My wife still love Van Morrison, as do I.
um, a little too much info, buddy. don't want to think of people DOING IT when i listen to van morrison :hug:
Whenever I watch Van in the Last Waltz, I picture Jack Black playing him in a biopic.
trempel wrote:
I'd put it higher than astral weeks, myself. I found that parts of weeks tended to get lost, lack direction.
I agree, though Astral Weeks is wonderful. But Moondance is the best, the place the beginner should start. The one time I saw Van in concert, many years ago, he left the stage in the middle and didn't return. No apparent reason, and up til then he was magnificent. Great voice but, um, enigmatic guy.
Darbuka wrote:
Great song and one of his best albums. Up there with Astral Weeks and the album he did with the Chieftans.
I'd put it higher than astral weeks, myself. I found that parts of weeks tended to get lost, lack direction.
desk dancing time!
Re: "The lyrics and music might be great but I just dislike his voice"-- I agree, and to me the horns are like fingernails scratching a blackboard (horns almost never belong in rock songs, and I hate horns most of the time anyway--wonder why?). Another tipoff that I wouldn't like this is that it refers to Ray Charles, who represents a genre I find vexatious. Can't we form some type of club here around these dislikes?
My oldest daughter was conceived during a playing of this album, almost 13 years ago. My wife still love Van Morrison, as do I.
Great song and one of his best albums. Up there with Astral Weeks and the album he did with the Chieftans.
1984 wrote:
the lyrics and music might be great but i just dont like his voice..
:P
1984 wrote:
the lyrics and music might be great but i just dont like his voice..
oh well
1984 wrote:
the lyrics and music might be great but i just dont like his voice..
8O
sans wrote:
Try Astral Weeks again, and again and again... it'll become clear.
My sentiments exactly!
sans wrote:
Try Astral Weeks again, and again and again... it'll become clear.
I agree - Astral Weeks is a good one (very underrated).
He always sounds like his mouth is full of mashed potatoes. (...and believe me, it's HARD to sing with mashed potatoes in your mouth! Ha ha.)
ANNE_MARIE wrote:
I feel that Moondance is his masterpiece....love it but can do without most of his other work.
Try Astral Weeks again, and again and again... it'll become clear.
I feel that Moondance is his masterpiece....love it but can do without most of his other work.
I just caught myself singing this without realizing it was on- I love Van Morrison and Them. My mother is convinced that his songs are the most licenced in contemporary film & typically as a closure, but I don't know how to confirm that.
the lyrics and music might be great but i just dont like his voice..
Playing songs like \'These dreams of you\' is what makes RP a cut above the rest. Many stations will play Van Morrison but RP finds the songs that makes Van Morrison fans love Van Morrison most.
god, not again? :cry:
Originally Posted by eval: It slays me how his voice and singing always sounds like Mick Jagger.
I think Van Morrison is a more passionate singer, most of the time. Though I often love Jagger's singing, the underlying irony always make me wonder whether his feelings are true (which is also part of his appeal).
It slays me how his voice and singing always sounds like Mick Jagger.
Hushabye! Van rules!
Van\'s definately the man!!
Just check out those kicks in The Last Waltz. Van\'s the Man!!!! :bounce:
can\'t help but tap along.... :lol:
Van Morrison is timeless! :notworthy:
I agree completely with Razorbacks. \"So real and so true...\"
What more can I say... VAN IS THE MAN! A LEGEND :p