[ ]   [ ]   [ ]                        [ ]      [ ]   [ ]
Van Morrison — And It Stoned Me
Album: Moondance
Avg rating:
8.1

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1781









Released: 1970
Length: 4:30
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Half a mile from the county fair
And the rain came pouring down
Me and Billy standing there
With a silver half a crown

Hands are full of the fishing rod
And the tackle on our backs
We just stood there getting wet
With our backs against the fence

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

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

And the rain let up, and the sun came up
While we were getting dry
Almost let a pickup truck
Nearly pass us by

So we jumped right in, and the driver grinned
And he dropped us up the road
And 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

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

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 eye

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

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

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
Comments (184)add comment
 DD rabbi_phil wrote:
I'm 100% certain that I may or may not be correct
 

The arrogance!! 
I adore Van's music but I still found this hilarious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxDbmZHtBR0
 On_The_Beach wrote:

dictionary.com says:
Word Origin and History for jelly roll
noun
also jelly-roll, "cylindrical cake containing jelly or jam," 1873, from jelly + roll (n.).
As slang for "vagina, sexual intercourse" it dates from 1914 ("St. Louis Blues").

Guessing Van was referring to the latter, but who knows, maybe he's just into baked goods.


 
I always assumed he was referring to Jelly Roll Morton, one of the first jazz pianists in New Orleans, especially because of the prominence of piano in the song. Jelly Roll's nickname probably had a sexual connotation, as noted in your comment.
4 Sweet photos of F-18s in the mix....and some great music to enjoy, too!
A great album!
Tampa Red struts his jelly with who he likes...
Wondering if this is a remaster/remix.  I don't remember there being as much reverb on his vocals.

Great song, regardless.
My man Van Man is a beast
This song gets deep into my head, and I kind of wonder exactly why.
Van was 25 when he recorded this and only 23 when he recorded Astral Weeks...Genius!
35 years of listening to Van!💚💜
 renegade_X wrote:
Anyone explain to me the "stoned me just like jellyroll"? I never did have a clue about this.
 
dictionary.com says:
Word Origin and History for jelly roll
noun
also jelly-roll, "cylindrical cake containing jelly or jam," 1873, from jelly + roll (n.).
As slang for "vagina, sexual intercourse" it dates from 1914 ("St. Louis Blues").

Guessing Van was referring to the latter, but who knows, maybe he's just into baked goods.

 renegade_X wrote:
Anyone explain to me the "stoned me just like jellyroll"? I never did have a clue about this.
 
Similarly, there's reference in Joni MItchell's "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire", wherein you'll find "someone's hi-fi drumming jellyroll". Among other things.
I must have listened to this song 10,000 times in my life.  And I still scramble to turn up the volume every damn time!
Take a load off, Vannie, take a load for free. 
ahhhh yissss
If I could have anyone's voice it would be Van's. 
 Schmoogsley wrote:
Never understood all the hubbub about this guy. But, I never understood Dylan either. 

 I'm sad for you....


 Schmoogsley wrote:
Never understood all the hubbub about this guy. But, I never understood Dylan either. 

 
Very few artists make you "feel" the music. Van the man does it for me. YMMV
Never understood all the hubbub about this guy. But, I never understood Dylan either. 

Bill:

Nice set here to start work with here on the east coast.


helps begin my day like a simple heartfelt prayer  : )   thank you DJ
 zepher wrote:
renegade_X wrote:
Anyone explain to me the "stoned me just like jellyroll"? I never did have a clue about this.
   

DD rabbi_phil wrote:

there was a rad jazz pianist named ferdinand 'jellyroll' lamothe (morton)...in the wayback days. morrison refers to jelly roll in a few of his other songs..more of a "sexual reference"..but here since jelly roll is capitolized on the lyric sheet it probably refers to musician and thus  his effect on morrison .......I'm 100% certain that I may or may not be correct

 
.... interesting
   very interesting...
 

renegade_X wrote:
Anyone explain to me the "stoned me just like jellyroll"? I never did have a clue about this.
   

DD rabbi_phil wrote:

there was a rad jazz pianist named ferdinand 'jellyroll' lamothe (morton)...in the wayback days. morrison refers to jelly roll in a few of his other songs..more of a "sexual reference"..but here since jelly roll is capitolized on the lyric sheet it probably refers to musician and thus  his effect on morrison .......I'm 100% certain that I may or may not be correct

 
.... interesting
THankful to have PSD.
 lunatic wrote:
Love his talent.He was a turd when I overheard him speaking to others the few times that I was in earshot. Shrugs. I guess it's the old 'Love the art, hate the artist' concept.

  The one live concert I saw him play he was completely disconnected from the audience and delivered an emotionless performance.  At one point he asked the audience for a song request, at which point there was an unintelligible response from several in the audience.  Almost immediately he heard (or maybe pretended to hear) the title of the song he wanted to sing next and launched into it without delay as if he had a bus to catch after the show and didn't want to any waste time.


Probably about as good as he ever got - and man, that was pretty damn good! 

Van the Man! 
Van Morrison's brilliant 1970 LP Moondance has been expanded to include a bevy of rarities, including alternate versions of songs from the album and outtakes from the original sessions that offer a previously unheard perspective on the creation of one of the most revered recordings in popular music. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/van-morrison-moondance-reissue-full-of-rarities-album-premiere-20131017?print=true
 DD rabbi_phil wrote:

I'm 100% certain that I may or may not be correct

 
You are a hoot, sir. 

How's that Neko stalking thing working out? Has the TRO been lifted? 

 
hea, a jAM TUNE WORTH HEARING.....{#Clap}
INDEED, ....{#Yell}Bill...why have we no horn emoticon ....{#Stupid} {#Beat}.see below..{#Eyes}
 E_A_D_G wrote:
Give the horn section some. Perfect.
 

Yes.  Truly sublime.

marvelous... love it...
 
I think Van Morrison is one of those artists that you had to have been into way back when, 'cause I'm 50 and I just don't "get" why RP plays so much Van Morrison (or CCR, for that matter).  His voice annoys the hell out of me and the music just hasn't aged very well.
This is one of those great songs that I care to never hear again.{#No}
 joelbb wrote:
Who are the deppuchs that low-balled this song in the scoring?  Absolutely tasteless morons!
 

Not like you; the epitome of class!
 macadavy wrote:
WOW!  This & 'Ripple' back-to-back:  ecstasy!  {#Good-vibes}
 
I feel the opposite.
Terrific song from a terrific album.  This one and Astral Weeks are probably his best.
Yep he has always had a reputation of an ornery old Irishman, but what great music!  

lunatic wrote:
Love his talent.He was a turd when I overheard him speaking to others the few times that I was in earshot. Shrugs. I guess it's the old 'Love the art, hate the artist' concept.

 


One of my favorite road CD's!
Love his talent.He was a turd when I overheard him speaking to others the few times that I was in earshot. Shrugs. I guess it's the old 'Love the art, hate the artist' concept.

Who are the deppuchs that low-balled this song in the scoring?  Absolutely tasteless morons!
 renegade_X wrote:
Anyone explain to me the "stoned me just like jellyroll"? I never did have a clue about this.
 
there was a rad jazz pianist named ferdinand 'jellyroll' lamothe (morton)...in the wayback days. morrison refers to jelly roll in a few of his other songs..more of a "sexual reference"..but here since jelly roll is capitolized on the lyric sheet it probably refers to musician and thus  his effect on morrison .......I'm 100% certain that I may or may not be correct
Anyone explain to me the "stoned me just like jellyroll"? I never did have a clue about this.
This was the first VM song that really got me into it... after this one... I just haven't been able to stop listening his songs!!! I would love to see him playing/singing live!!!! 
my last wish will be to have VM at my funeral service!
The genius of Van M. - we all have a story just like this to tell.
 macadavy wrote:
WOW!  This & 'Ripple' back-to-back:  ecstasy!  {#Good-vibes}
 

He just did it again... :)
 Baketown wrote:
One of the best all time songs!!
 
Yes! This is a great one. {#High-five}
One of the best all time songs!!
Definition of a 10.
jellyroll = sex, in bluesman parlance

 a_genuine_find wrote:
'and it stoned me, like jellyroll'
none

 

 macadavy wrote:
WOW!  This & 'Ripple' back-to-back:  ecstasy!  {#Good-vibes}
 

Oh man, that sounds fabulous... : )

This is *such* a great song.  No question.   
One of them rare LPs without,at least,one lame song.
WOW!  This & 'Ripple' back-to-back:  ecstasy!  {#Good-vibes}
Nice!
 FrankMc wrote:
That must be the F13 key on your computer.

 
romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears...
 
 


It's tattooed in my brain...  this song stones me...  love it...

 
'and it stoned me, like jellyroll'
none

 fuh2 wrote:
777 ratings at 8.4 today. good luck?
 
Rather a decent listener's community, I guess.

I fricking love this song! Such a classic. Reminds me of my youth with a good friend who I don't see anymore nearly as much as I'd like... :-)
That must be the F13 key on your computer.

 
romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears...
 




This song is soooo good for the ears...


 Alpine wrote:
 "Into the Mystic" will be played at my funeral. 10
And this one at my wake! Drink up boys, life was good! {#Bounce}

I cannot bring myself to rate this song, because I probably can't be objective.  I used to love Van Morrison, and I suppose I still do, but several songs off this album are just played to death.  Years ago, it would have been a "10" for sure.  Between RP and my local alterna-station (hey, I haven't figured out how to stream RP in my car yet), I hear something off of this album two or more times a day.

That's just too often for me.
 macadavy wrote:
First one of the Grateful Dead's best, now this? (Singing) "And you've stoned meee!"
 
I was just thinking similar thoughts. God, the good times I've had to these two artist's music! Good times! {#Cheers}
777 ratings at 8.4 today. good luck?
I always like to hear Van! There is never an incorrect time!
First one of the Grateful Dead's best, now this? (Singing) "And you've stoned meee!"

It always interests me to see how another artists' interpretation can change my perception of a song I thought was already worked over. The Jerry Garcia Band used to play this in concert, in a much more languorous manner (Garcia did like to slow things down, way down, sometimes). But, this allowed the words to come through in a way I had never experienced. It really deepened my appreciation of the song.

MLavender wrote:
I've been thinking the same for years. Good call.
I went to a memorial service last month, and this song was played. I had a very hard time keeping it together.
Alpine wrote:
"Into the Mystic" will be played at my funeral.
I've been thinking the same for years. Good call.
Alpine wrote:
"Into the Mystic" will be played at my funeral. 10
WOW, what a great way to go!
huh... It sounds a lot like a song from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"... https://www.josephthemusical.com/ Click on "Any Dream Will Do"... so similar!
Van Morrison. So under rated and under appreciated. His work is very good. I've always liked everything he has done. This album in particular is awesome. "Into the Mystic" will be played at my funeral. 10
Not a huge VM fan, but this is pretty great.
Give the horn section some. Perfect.
Me too...
I used to think this was Outstanding, but who am I kidding? It's Godlike.
What up folks... Just registered to comment on this. I too wondered for years about the Jelly Roll reference in "And It Stoned Me"... Just to get the answer right for yez... It is a Reference to Jelly Roll Morton... The FIRST True composer of Jazz Music, especially on piano. When heard for the first time... It is said to have "Stoned" people. LOL As you'll notice in the lyrics... It stoned me just like Jelly Roll, the reference is capitolized... Thus the name! Peace Y'all
Amazing how some songs cannot be identified with an era. This song fits in any decade.
Van is the Man :clap: :cheers: :drunk: :music: :bounce: :bounce: :boohoo: :sunny:
Just saw Van in Phoenix in September of 06'. He's still got it! A classic performer that will remain through time. : :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: notworthy:
Never gets old...absolutely TIMELESS.
slowhand wrote:
I loved it when I heard Robbie Robertson scream "Vans' the Man" after Van performed live one night.. Sweet memory!
''Van performed live one night'' indeed. You are likely referring to VM's appearance in The Last Waltz, in which Van was but one of many R+R stars performing ''live.''
Three 10's in a row - keep 'em coming !
kazuma wrote:
... :cowboy: ...
Dusk wrote:
Sublime
Get it myself from the mountain stream
I loved it when I heard Robbie Robertson scream "Vans' the Man" after Van performed live one night.. Sweet memory!
stabby wrote:
yup, agreed. is 'sublimity' really a word? if not, it should be
Haha... I was gonna say if it is, it shouldn't be. :jump: That said, if there is an artist who deserves new words being invented to describe his brilliance, Van is it.
lmic wrote:
I know Van is Christian, yet this song always has a lovely Zen quality to me... The sublimity of simply being alive.
yup, agreed. is 'sublimity' really a word? if not, it should be
bryan199 wrote:
Great track from a great album (Moondance). This remains the only album i have owned on 3 formats - vinyl, cassette, cd.
In addition to those 3 formats, I had it on 8-track as well ... :redface:
ohh the water, ohh the water, ohh the water let it run all over me timeless
I know Van is Christian, yet this song always has a lovely Zen quality to me... The sublimity of simply being alive.
Thanks Van ...and thank you Bill!
Glorious
Again, some songs just are natural meant to last the ages. This is one of them.
Sublime
Bill, you're on a roll this morning - thank you!!
One of the biggest rifts between me and my wife is the appreciation of Van Morrison. I lack it and she doesn't. I guess if that's our biggest problem, we're ahead of the curve...
algrif wrote:
Definitively best Dead followed by definitvely best Van :bounce:
2 10s in a row. Whodathunk? :notworthy:
Well, all potential allusions aside, it just seems like a great phrase to put in there -- "stoned me just like Jelly Roll." Why the hell not?
algrif wrote:
Definitivly best Dead followed by definively best Van :bounce:
What I was thinking! :yes:
Hannio wrote:
I love this song. But what the hell does "stoned me just like jelly roll" mean? I can't help thinking of being pelted with donuts.
"Jelly roll" is old blues slang for the female genitalia. I guess that only half answers the question: maybe it's obvious, but "stoned" here means "impressed favorably." :-)
GregK wrote:
Van's voice and playing is like a sweet cup of coffee with heavy cream. Smooth and satisfying. Enriching my day with it's velvet like goodness, with just enough spice to make it interesting.
What he said...
Van's voice and playing is like a sweet cup of coffee with heavy cream. Smooth and satisfying. Enriching my day with it's velvet like goodness, with just enough spice to make it interesting.
Really superb saxamaphone in this.
Definitivly best Dead followed by definively best Van :bounce:
The_Waker wrote:
Jelly Roll Morton?
That was my guess.
Hannio wrote:
I love this song. But what the hell does "stoned me just like jelly roll" mean? I can't help thinking of being pelted with donuts.
Jelly Roll Morton?
Van Morrison....what can a person say? It stones me? Any tune by Van puts me in a state of euphoria!!!!!
I love this song. But what the hell does "stoned me just like jelly roll" mean? I can't help thinking of being pelted with donuts.
Dunkelstar wrote:
always good to hear this song, probably his best work.
Yes, along with Into the Mystic.
Dunkelstar wrote:
always good to hear this song, probably his best work.
Agreed. :yes:
always good to hear this song, probably his best work.
Great track from a great album (Moondance). This remains the only album i have owned on 3 formats - vinyl, cassette, cd.
This song is kinda like the soundtrack to my life... More Van Morrison!!
Moaner wrote:
Van Morrison in general and this song in particular reminds me of many a fine doobie gone up in smoke!!! Pick-on!
Is that why he always makes me sit back and smile? Yes, must be. Thanks for another mystery solved - now shhh, I'm having a moment.
coldatlantic wrote:
Great song that I always like to hear, but until I understand this "Stoned me just like jelly roll" line, I can't take it seriously.
I have always thought of the reference as being Jelly Roll Morton, the jazz artist. I don't know whether that means Jelly Roll got stoned a lot, or more likely, that Van gets feeling 'stoned' when he listens to Jelly Roll.
A tune off Hempilation followed by "And It Stoned Me"...nice, Bill. :-) Excellent tune from Van the Man.
Great song that I always like to hear, but until I understand this "Stoned me just like jelly roll" line, I can't take it seriously.