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Van Morrison — Tupelo Honey
Album: Tupelo Honey
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Released: 1971
Length: 6:42
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You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail right around the seven oceans
Drop it straight into the deep blue sea
She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

You can't stop us on the road to freedom
You can't keep us 'cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armor bent on chivalry
She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

You can't stop us on the road to freedom
You can't stop us 'cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armor intent on chivalry
She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

You know she's alright
You know she's alright with me
She's alright, she's alright (she's an angel)

You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail it right around the seven oceans
Drop it smack dab in the middle of the deep blue sea
Because she's as sweet as Tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
She's an angel of the first degree
She's as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like the honey, baby, from the bee
She's my baby, you know she's alright.....
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restpect to true existens...
 Businessgypsy wrote:
Listening to this while sipping my second cup of coffee, sweetened with tupelo honey. I buy it from an old guy in an older truck parked at the intersection of US Highway 98 and the Bloxham cutoff, in the remote Big Bend of Florida. The alluvial delta of the Apalachicola river is a perfect environment for hardwood bottoms composed of tupelo, bald cypress and other water loving specie. Also provides the perfect mix of fresh and salt water for wildly productive oyster beds where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. The land of oysters and honey, far off the beaten path and well worth a visit.



 
Love this!  Bumping it up to the top out of appreciation! 
Ahhhh...just like flowing down a slow-moving river on a warm, sunny day.
perfect perfect perfect{#Cowboy}
he was 25 when her recorded this.  Incredible,
precious
So wonderful. Like nothing else!
 
Beautiful music.                        Lovely 
 Donna_Stride wrote:
Sublime

One of the best albums - love Astral Weeks and St. Dominic's Preview and ......  

 

pure bliss from the tupelo voice{#Kiss}
van is now and has been the kind from day one when he fronted THEM  thank you Mr. Morrison and Mr. Goldsmith for a long life &  life long joy, i also had the pleasrreu rof/seeing his daughter Shana in very small  local setting aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,.swee,t a chip not far from the log/ watch for her if she desides to do the game, she can belt it , we all know what the life means.
Ronnie Montrose on guitars for this release.
Need to get some gulf oysters and tupelo honey......

I like how Van's voice is like an instrument.

The namesake for the album and its title track is a varietal honey produced from the flowers of the tupelo tree found in the Southeastern United States. The album features various musical genres, most prominently country, but also R&B, soul, folk-rock and blue-eyed soul. The lyrics echo the domestic bliss portrayed on the album cover; they largely describe and celebrate the rural surroundings of Woodstock and Morrison's family life with then-wife Janet "Planet" Rigsbee.  Jon Landau wrote in Rolling Stone: "Tupelo Honey is in one sense but another example of the artist making increased use of the album as the unit of communication as opposed to merely the song or the cut. Everything on it is perfectly integrated."

Bob Dylan:  ”Tupelo Honey has always existed and Van Morrison was merely the vessel and the earthly vehicle for it “


 Businessgypsy wrote:
Listening to this while sipping my second cup of coffee, sweetened with tupelo honey. I buy it from an old guy in an older truck parked at the intersection of US Highway 98 and the Bloxham cutoff, in the remote Big Bend of Florida. The alluvial delta of the Apalachicola river is a perfect environment for hardwood bottoms composed of tupelo, bald cypress and other water loving specie. Also provides the perfect mix of fresh and salt water for wildly productive oyster beds where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. The land of oysters and honey, far off the beaten path and well worth a visit.


 
Yes, really nice!
 Businessgypsy wrote:
Listening to this while sipping my second cup of coffee, sweetened with tupelo honey. I buy it from an old guy in an older truck parked at the intersection of US Highway 98 and the Bloxham cutoff, in the remote Big Bend of Florida. The alluvial delta of the Apalachicola river is a perfect environment for hardwood bottoms composed of tupelo, bald cypress and other water loving specie. Also provides the perfect mix of fresh and salt water for wildly productive oyster beds where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. The land of oysters and honey, far off the beaten path and well worth a visit.



 
Great story!
i inherited van from my (late) older brother.....he was born in '48 and i was born in '61 and luckily enough for me i grew up in a house where he and my other older brothers were all listening to the beatles, stones, cream, buffalo springfield, hendrix, csn&y, then list goes on (including van and others too numerous to mention).......thanks to them i had all of this music instilled in me during my formative years......

every time i hear van i think of my brother in his apartment in JP listening to this or moondance......miss you bro 
Sublime

One of the best albums - love Astral Weeks and St. Dominic's Preview and ......  
Brilliant!
 ziakut wrote:
This song is roughly 4:00 too long...

 
So I take it that it's 4:00 long?
Sing it, Van. A little American gospel, some Irish folk, some Delta blues, mix it up, it's alright, nice and sweet. 
This song is roughly 4:00 too long...
Ah...the Belfast Cowboy.

How about something from Saint Dominic's Preview?

That was a great time period for him. 

Veedon Fleece is a fantastic album, but rarely gets played.
To my ears, "She Gives Me Religion" off Beautiful Vision (from 1980?) sounds like a rewrite of this. Love that one too.
yeah..loves me some Van the Man on a cloudy rainy day. 
 mfassett wrote:
Dude, what do you think? She's allright! Yea?
She's allright, she's allright, she's allright. She's allight? She's an angel.
Waitaminute.. is she just "allright" or is she an angel?
She's allright she's allright she's allright she's allright.
Oh, allright. She's an angel.
Damn.. nevermind. What's she like?
Kinda like Tupelo Honey.
Tupelo Honey? What the heck does that mean?
She's allright, she's allright she's allright...
Yea, but she's an angel, right? She's an angel.
Allright. I'm out.
 
Exactly.
Not for me.  All his songs sound the same.
 a_genuine_find wrote:
overplayed and over rated
 
Bull$hit

I thought the same.

 ubuntourist wrote:
Follow it with "No Woman, No Cry"?
 

 martinc wrote:
This song is over 39 years old. Of course it gets played a lot that a lot of time flying past. This one brings a smile to my face everytime. Van Morrison is in a special space.
 
Yeah.  Not overplayed for me, and I've been listening to this tune about that long.  Some songs just have legs...

 Businessgypsy wrote:
Listening to this while sipping my second cup of coffee, sweetened with tupelo honey. I buy it from an old guy in an older truck parked at the intersection of US Highway 98 and the Bloxham cutoff, in the remote Big Bend of Florida. The alluvial delta of the Apalachicola river is a perfect environment for hardwood bottoms composed of tupelo, bald cypress and other water loving specie. Also provides the perfect mix of fresh and salt water for wildly productive oyster beds where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. The land of oysters and honey, far off the beaten path and well worth a visit.

 
...  the location for "Ulee's Gold" and his Tupelo Honey.


Listening to this while sipping my second cup of coffee, sweetened with tupelo honey. I buy it from an old guy in an older truck parked at the intersection of US Highway 98 and the Bloxham cutoff, in the remote Big Bend of Florida. The alluvial delta of the Apalachicola river is a perfect environment for hardwood bottoms composed of tupelo, bald cypress and other water loving specie. Also provides the perfect mix of fresh and salt water for wildly productive oyster beds where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. The land of oysters and honey, far off the beaten path and well worth a visit.


 Krispian wrote:
If I could write a song about how much I love my daughter, it would go just like this.
 



I hope you have an equally great song in mind for your son or he's gonna get wicked jealous.
If I could write a song about how much I love my daughter, it would go just like this.
To all those complaining about this being overplayed:  I had never heard this song (anywhere) before today.  Maybe I need to get out more, but thanks anyway RP for exposing me to great music!!!
You give me love, love, love, love...crazy Love.....{#Kiss}
Follow it with "No Woman, No Cry"?
really pretty much a perfect song.                               (had one and lost her.   damn! )


 albatross wrote:
Van has hundreds of great songs that haven't been turned into greatest hits.  Play anything that isn't Domino, BEG, Moon Dance, or Tupelo Honey.  Great songs, but way over played.  Try St. Dominics Preview, Into the Mystic, anything from John Lee Hooker, or Van's latest efforts.  His music of the last 5 years has been a well kept secret.
 
Into The Mystic, yep, that's my absolute favorite.

This song is over 39 years old. Of course it gets played a lot that a lot of time flying past. This one brings a smile to my face everytime. Van Morrison is in a special space.
 mamradpivo wrote:
I'm so sorry to say this, but I like this song a little less every time I hear it. This is the only Van Morrison song I can say that about...
 
So it must be overplayed where you live....

 a_genuine_find wrote:
overplayed and over rated
 
You can say this about many musicians and singers... but not about Van "the man"... I can't hear enough of him!{#Music} (apparently my wife does, though!{#Tongue})


This is one of my favs but it does get a lot of play.  Into the Mystic is one of those songs on another level.
overplayed and over rated
Van has hundreds of great songs that haven't been turned into greatest hits.  Play anything that isn't Domino, BEG, Moon Dance, or Tupelo Honey.  Great songs, but way over played.  Try St. Dominics Preview, Into the Mystic, anything from John Lee Hooker, or Van's latest efforts.  His music of the last 5 years has been a well kept secret.
 thewiseking wrote:
i'm still looking for her...
 
Ladling out the golden yummies.  Like the lady said!  {#Good-vibes}

I can name a handful of better VM songs but none that say it better...
i'm still looking for her...
Props to Bill for the very nice tunes tonite.  The Muddy....the Neco.  "Today" worked.  Then this?  Ladling out the golden yummies.
 Arebe wrote:
They can't make money anymore on their library because of the Internet etc - they have to tour. I agree it's expensive, but so is everything else now a days!
 
There are smaller halls that can be booked, but of course they pay less, so musicians have to tour more—gee, it's sort of like a regular job! We have lots of incredible artists playing at the Aladdin Theater here in Portland damned near every day of the year, and it's never too pricey to go. I think it's a problem of evolved big stadium / big ego expectations that the public has incrementally bought into. We're going into an era of lower consumption and I think performers should consider recalibrating too. 'course, I could be way wrong. :-)

They can't make money anymore on their library because of the Internet etc - they have to tour. I agree it's expensive, but so is everything else now a days!
I am a huge fan of Van's music but have always had a hard time with the ornery human being attached to the music...I can usually live with it and understand passionate artists are not of this world and react differently than average people...I'm ok with that but I'm having a real hard time with his latest concert tour....I've never seen him live and really want to regardless of all the potential for having an unpleasant experience with one of my artistic genius heros.

Here's the catch. His latest concert tour brings him thru Montreal. Beautiful hall, but somewhat large obviously. There are some 'cheap seats' available at $100 but the decent tix are $230 or $280. This comes to over $300 for a single night. Tough to swallow. Do you think artists know what they're doing to their fans, many of whom have a tough time handing over a monthly food bill (almost) for 4 for a couple of hours of live entertainment? 

Have some of these artists lost contact with reality or are their cd revenues drying up so badly (downloading) that concerts are now their best source of revenue?

Enlighten me!


Van really is da Man. This is a great, love it, love it. I often drive along Bloomfield Avenue and glance up Hyndford Street, from humble beginnings..., as they say.

I ain't been to Tupelo yet but I hear the honey is something special.
 
In forestry school, the professor teaching "Trees of North America" always mentioned this song when we discussed the Nyssa genus
 bpkengor wrote:
All,

I can recommend a movie of a few years ago called "Ulee's Gold" with Peter Fonda.   His character is a bee keeper in Florida and his prize honey is Tupelo Honey.     Lots of great music throughout and after much anticipation, during the closing credits, we get this song as a payoff.  
 

Great movie. Peter Fonda was also outstanding as a shifty record producer in "The Limey."  
{#Hungry} I've had Tupelo Honey. Mmmmm yummy... Sweet, beautiful to look at and soft to the touch... {#Hearteyes}
Oh, yes.  Thanks, RP!


fantastic cd! thanks {#Daisy}
All,

I can recommend a movie of a few years ago called "Ulee's Gold" with Peter Fonda.   His character is a bee keeper in Florida and his prize honey is Tupelo Honey.     Lots of great music throughout and after much anticipation, during the closing credits, we get this song as a payoff.  
sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet always... to the nth degree
One of the best at wringing every bit of emotion out of a song. Here, softly (relatively) and eloquently.

Simply a beautiful lovesong...   {#Kiss} <-Tupelo Honey
Boy! His early stuff was good!

8.
I always enjoy Van Morrison, especially on a rainy old day like today when it's nice to just stay dry and warm and mellow out with a cup of tea.

nice breezy sunday morning music
no comment  -   8  /  9.
I'm so sorry to say this, but I like this song a little less every time I hear it. This is the only Van Morrison song I can say that about...
:dance: :pray: :dance:
say what you want about van, but you can't say he doesn't sing from the depths of his soul, sometimes. (well, you can , but you'd be a no-good lying varmint!)
nothing wrong with a a sweet and soft ballad....takes the jag off.
electronicthroat wrote:
people always seem to badmouth Billy Corgan's voice, but this is way worse.
thank you, sir.
Yeesh, I must just be one of the few non-morrison fans, this song is just...not a favorite to me by any means. Maybe it's just a little too hokey lyrically? I'm not sure...
Van Morrison needs to rest.
mattt wrote:
Me, not so much.
One of the most evocative songs ever written. YES. :roflol:
This hits the sweet spot (with a mallet, rather nice in its way)
my personal Van favorite
Trust me, dude. She's no angel. :devil_pimp: :devil_pimp: :devil_pimp:
This song is so evocative of love and sitting in the shade of a tall tree on a warm summer afternoon as the breeze goes by.
"You can't stop us on the road to freedom, You can't stop us, 'cause our eyes can see..." Great poet, great performer! :biggrin:
Makes me miss my wife, Olivia Mike
*sigh!* Just love Van the Man. Can't say more.
What a way to wrap up the day here, Bill. Van, indeed.
Van the man. always liked this one the best.
How good is Van Morrison? Think of this and his remake of Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd and I am at a loss for words at such a talent
the song itself is a lyric masterpiece, but it's the arrangement and Van's vocals that really make it magical :hug:
just like honey to me...
One of the greatest love songs ever written and performed. One of my two favorites, the other being "Have I Told You Lately that I Love You." :music: ♥
just always grabs me, such a sweet song :good-vibes:
:daisy: I dedicate this to my darling daughter, "She's an angel... sweet as honey from the bee."
Bleyfusz wrote:
Great song. Van at his best.
Must agree, great album also, especially at the time......
Ahh, it's cool that you open up to that Crush. I know what you mean on the album cover front though. My Dad's album covers alone would stir my insides even before I would listen to the music itself. That was back in the days when albums brought visual and aural art right into all our front rooms. Get out on them country roads though - they're still there (with the occasional horse trotting by even) even if the vinyl isn't! Great laid back tune btw. crushedvelvet wrote:
crushedvelvet wrote:
PS. How's that album cover of Tupelo Honey? :cool: When I was 15, I'd look at that, and think, that's how I want to be "when I grow up". The horse, the man, the country road, the music....all of it. How innocent I was .....thinking that was possible. Getting carried away now.....better stop before I embarass myself! :eek: That's what music & album covers do!
What is she??
"Jesus Freak, and Tupelo Honey..."
it's original
Great song. Van at his best.
Never been a huge fan, but I do feel this one. I guess because I feel him feelin' it. Authentic.
drwinsotn wrote:
Van in his peak period. Gorgeous.
The way I score it Van's peak lasted about 30 years.
drictor wrote:
I have no idea how many times I've heard this song, but I still love it. Timeless.
Me too.
My wife loves Van Morrison. Me, not so much.
people always seem to badmouth Billy Corgan's voice, but this is way worse.
I have no idea how many times I've heard this song, but I still love it. Timeless.
Nice.
I don't normally groove to love songs, but I groove to this one. I remember hearing this song 22 years ago and thinking that it described my girlfriend perfectly; now that we've been married 18 years, I still feel the same way about her.
I was living in Saucsalito Ca. 1979 sittig in a little bar called The No Name when Van walk in holding the hand of a very tall, attractive, young boy. I remember being quite shocked at that time. Ayone else remember that bar or the Tident etc.
which came first, the 'dull', or the 'way too long?"
Van in his peak period. Gorgeous.
escapist wrote:
You, too, can have your own Tupelo Honey... (click here)
I WISH... importing honey into New Zealand will get you into about as much trouble as trying to import heroin. Would love to order some from the site, though.
One of the finest songs ever written, and sung beautifully... top 10 of all time on my list.
You, too, can have your own Tupelo Honey... https://www.lltupelohoney.com/ourproduct.htm orngnblu wrote:
alright guys.. the song is not about tupelo, miss im from wewahitchka, fl.. a very small town on the appalachicola river... our location is the only place in the world that produces tupelo honey.. it is the greatest, sweetest honey you have ever tasted. im sure this is where the song name comes from..
slowhand wrote:
Musical magic and beauty.
Yes it is.
Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
Man....me too. Gotta respect the music though. I guess the voice is an acquired taste. Like marmite.
Yeah, i agree about the music. It's nice.
This album and this song make me smile...the arrangements guitar and piano are just beautiful...fabulous.
electronicthroat wrote:
Hate his voice.
Man....me too. Gotta respect the music though. I guess the voice is an acquired taste. Like marmite.
Hate his voice.
fretman wrote:
Brer Cork, Learn about honey, first, you numbskull. Monofloral (thats from Latin- mono being one, and floral being flower) honey is honey created by bees when they get the nectar from one particular type of flower. Other examples are Orange Blossom Honey and Tulipwood Honey. Well, Tupelo Honey is from the flowers of the Tupelo Tree, a species native to the southeastern United States. This song by Van Morrison says that "she's as sweet as Tupelo Honey", not that she's "my honey from Tupelo" or some other such garbage- its strictly an analogy. He writes this paean to his girl ascribing the sweetness of Tupelo honey to her. There's no need to slight Mississippi, either. I've learned in my travels that ignorance is everywhere in the world, and lately, I've been seeing a lot of it on the comments here on RP. While it may not be as nice as some other places, it certainly has a surprising amount of beauty going for it.
I agree! Now, Louisiana....THAT's a shithole!
fretman wrote:
Well said! Brer Cork, Learn about honey, first, you numbskull. Monofloral (thats from Latin- mono being one, and floral being flower) honey is honey created by bees when they get the nectar from one particular type of flower. Other examples are Orange Blossom Honey and Tulipwood Honey. Well, Tupelo Honey is from the flowers of the Tupelo Tree, a species native to the southeastern United States. This song by Van Morrison says that "she's as sweet as Tupelo Honey", not that she's "my honey from Tupelo" or some other such garbage- its strictly an analogy. He writes this paean to his girl ascribing the sweetness of Tupelo honey to her. There's no need to slight Mississippi, either. I've learned in my travels that ignorance is everywhere in the world, and lately, I've been seeing a lot of it on the comments here on RP. While it may not be as nice as some other places, it certainly has a surprising amount of beauty going for it.
Frater_Kork wrote:
No disrespecting Van or this song, its great. But what's with this immense fashination all song writers have with a godforsaken little hick town in the middle of nowere - mississippi? There must be something else than Elvis unshuffling his mortal coil there, what am I missing?
Brer Cork, Learn about honey, first, you numbskull. Monofloral (thats from Latin- mono being one, and floral being flower) honey is honey created by bees when they get the nectar from one particular type of flower. Other examples are Orange Blossom Honey and Tulipwood Honey. Well, Tupelo Honey is from the flowers of the Tupelo Tree, a species native to the southeastern United States. This song by Van Morrison says that "she's as sweet as Tupelo Honey", not that she's "my honey from Tupelo" or some other such garbage- its strictly an analogy. He writes this paean to his girl ascribing the sweetness of Tupelo honey to her. There's no need to slight Mississippi, either. I've learned in my travels that ignorance is everywhere in the world, and lately, I've been seeing a lot of it on the comments here on RP. While it may not be as nice as some other places, it certainly has a surprising amount of beauty going for it.
alright guys.. the song is not about tupelo, miss im from wewahitchka, fl.. a very small town on the appalachicola river... our location is the only place in the world that produces tupelo honey.. it is the greatest, sweetest honey you have ever tasted. im sure this is where the song name comes from..
biggeorge wrote:
More Soul than a motown four piece
I love Van but nothing ever had as much soul as The Funk Brothers. Nothing. Nowhere,nobody no way. If you don't know what I am talking about never speak of Soul Music again. (I am not talking about the terrible,talentless,wretched,disgusting,name stealing Refried Funk Brothers either) (click here)