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Van Morrison — Little Village
Album: What's Wrong with this Picture
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Released: 2003
Length: 4:24
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Little village baby, ain't large enough to be a town
From a little village baby, ain't large enough to be a town
Gotta get away from the city
It's gonna bring you down

Heard the voice of the silence, in the evening
In the long cool summer nights
Heard the voice of the silence, in the evening
In the long cool summer nights
Telling me not to worry
Everything's gonna be all right

There's only two kinds of truth
Baby let's get it straight from the start
There's only two kinds of truth
Let's get it straight from the start
It's all what you believe
Baby in your head and your heart

Heard the bells ringing
Voices singing soft and low
Heard the bells ringing
Voices are singing soft and low
Way up in the mountain, little village in the snow

Raining in the forest
Just enough to magnetise the leaves
Raining in the forest
Just enough to magnetise the leaves
We'll go walking baby with the moonlight shining down through the trees

Little village, way up on the mountainside
Little village baby, way up on the mountainside
Way across the ocean with you by my side
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I never tought Van's song would start a physics course. Let's start with the Greek atomist.
 Proclivities wrote:

I think he means that the rain is bringing the leaves closer together (since they are weighed down by the water), which makes them appear to have been magnetized.

 And then stick together due to surface tension...

 AlienRelic wrote:
"Raining in the forest
Just enough to magnetise the leaves" I was not aware of this phenomenon. Perhaps a physics expert could fill me in.
 
I think he means that the rain is bringing the leaves closer together (since they are weighed down by the water), which makes them appear to have been magnetized.
Excellent deep cut Bill and Rebecca!
{#Notworthy}
Heard da har bup a jupa, in da distance wid a jupa. A somewhere a hunna, der be a nunna.  etc.
Straight to my soul :)
Could sing the phonebook. While drunk. Oh wait, he IS!

Still one of the best singers of all time.
{#Kiss}
 wenatchee wrote:


As he's aged he's become "The Great Mumbler" . . .

 
Yup, mumble, mumble, shout and no encores yer ingrates.
Loved this new Van for me—gotta try the album now.
Thanks RP—like being turned onto new old as well as new now. 
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
.Van the Man. An international treasure.

 


 phlattop wrote:
IMO, his best record in the last twenty years.

 
one of the few albums I do not own...you got me excited now to hear brand new (for me) Van! Thanks!!
 
.Van the Man. An international treasure.
Nice{#Daisy}{#Bounce}{#Daisy}very nice
IMO, his best record in the last twenty years.
 Poacher wrote:

Yes - drinking heavily. 
 
Yes tea!
 cohifi wrote:

I believe that's Van on the sax.  He's pretty good.

 
I came to say he shouldn't play the sax. I don't like his tone or style at all. But your mileage may vary.

ETA: Van, please step away from the cat.
 wenatchee wrote:


As he's aged he's become "The Great Mumbler" . . .
 

Not always a bad thing. Think of John Martyn.

 oldsaxon wrote:
He's a master of his craft. 
 
Yes - drinking heavily. 
 WonderLizard wrote:
Another example of the infinite variety afforded by the 12-bar I-IV-VI structure. This is sublime.
 
Well, it's a I-IV-V progression, which he has used hundreds of times, but this sounds pretty good.  Cool design and typography on the cover.
 Cynaera wrote:
I love the way he's controlling his voice, instead of yielding to wild vocal histrionics. This is a really good song. And yeah - the sax is good, too...{#Cowboy}
 

As he's aged he's become "The Great Mumbler" . . .
He's a master of his craft. 
Another example of the infinite variety afforded by the 12-bar I-IV-VI structure. This is sublime.
Got a new girlfriend (more like another victim actually) anyway things were gettin' pretty hot 'n heavy last night. Radio Paradise was on (like always) and 2 things came to mind... 1: I really wish she had a roommate.. and   2: I really wish they'd play some Van Morrison

I love the way he's controlling his voice, instead of yielding to wild vocal histrionics. This is a really good song. And yeah - the sax is good, too...{#Cowboy}

"Van the man."  RR

{#Clap}


This is really nice.
Great tune from Van the Man. Sure is nice to hear Van other than Brown Eyed Girl.
 cohifi wrote:

I believe that's Van on the sax.  He's pretty good.

 
'Tis, too - he blows a mean horn, IMHO! 


 Smoove_D wrote:
The sax on this sounds too much like easy-listening for me. I prefer older VM.
 
I believe that's Van on the sax.  He's pretty good.

 Hannio wrote:
Yeah, that's what they say about people named Stan and Dan, too.  But not Fran, for some reason.
 
Because it doesn't always fit:

Fran

{#Lol}

 Hannio wrote:
Yeah, that's what they say about people named Stan and Dan, too.  But not Fran, for some reason.
 
{#Roflol} Me, I thought Van the Man went down the Pan with the also-Rans, but whadda I know?

 Pipes wrote:
Van is the man!
 

Yeah, that's what they say about people named Stan and Dan, too.  But not Fran, for some reason.
so happy this makes me on a rainy fall afternoon..............ready for my own little village
The sax on this sounds too much like easy-listening for me. I prefer older VM.
 rulebritannia wrote:
Sorry guys, to me his voice is chalk scraping the blackboard.......
 
Lord thunderin' Jaysas, who is a smooth crooner in your world?
You might have to rename your moniker as FoolBritannia.
The mumbling and stumbling of the lyrics is old . . . annunciate Van, please!
Hmm, I like this! And it's not among the (many) Van records I already have. May have to go out and buy this CD.
After David Byrne (last song), Van is like buttah.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
You think so? I don't. It's my idea of a joke. See, I think his music is really tired. So tired that he might as well be ... oh, nevermind.
You're tired. :ass:
Considering Van is a "Poetic Champion" I think we should take this lyric from a poetic perspective. Raindrops on leaves? I find them somehow fascinating (i.e. magnetic) to look at, even mesmerizing. And that's sober! tlong9396 wrote:
(leaves all point Down) that is my guess. Tina
AlienRelic wrote:
"Raining in the forest Just enough to magnetise the leaves" I was not aware of this phenomenon. Perhaps a physics expert could fill me in.
(leaves all point Down) that is my guess. Tina
He's the white Pootie Tang! Wadatay, my nay nay, wadatay... :devil_pimp:
Sunman wrote:
??? Think you have the wrong guy in the grave...
You think so? I don't. It's my idea of a joke. See, I think his music is really tired. So tired that he might as well be ... oh, nevermind.
squidish wrote:
There's only 2 kinds of truth... There's what people believe... And there's mumble mumble heart.
Made me look it up: There's only two kinds of truth Baby let's get it straight from the start There's only two kinds of truth Let's get it straight from the start It's all what you believe Baby in your head and your heart
Odyzzeuz wrote:
If Van Morrison were still alive he'd be so very very tired.
??? Think you have the wrong guy in the grave...
If Van Morrison were still alive he'd be so very very tired.
AlienRelic wrote:
"Raining in the forest Just enough to magnetise the leaves" I was not aware of this phenomenon. Perhaps a physics expert could fill me in.
Where is physicsgenious when you really need him?
10.
Wait a minute! Little Village did a song called "Van Morrison"? That's weird.
Van is one smooth dude. A classic.
although i like van-seeing him in concert ruined it for me. dude-get over yourself, you're a singer, not a heart surgeon! That said, I love Bang Masters.
One of the few VM's CDs I somehow passed over. Repeated play on RP makes me think I made a mistake and that I might have to get this. 2005's Magic Time was great too, by the way. Love to hear some from that.
Iconic artist with one of the most individual voices...great arrangement here. Van's the Man!
"Raining in the forest Just enough to magnetise the leaves" I was not aware of this phenomenon. Perhaps a physics expert could fill me in.
:sunny:
ndfan75 wrote:
Thank you, Van Morrison sooths my soul
me too! :daisy:
Thank you, Van Morrison sooths my soul
squidish wrote:
There's only 2 kinds of truth... There's what people believe... And there's mumble mumble heart.
:lol:
Zarba wrote:
Van is the man. Some folks just got soul. Van has soul. Michael Bolton got no soul.
Michael Bolton has a soul, just that the devil's holding it until the contract's come to term. :evil:
There's only 2 kinds of truth... There's what people believe... And there's mumble mumble heart.
stornoway wrote:
....same old.....zzzzzz......
Same old great Van Morrison. Sometimes it's good to chill. Lean back and close those eyes...
Why is it that this guy always sounds perfect in the middle of a mix? I don't think I would enjoy listening to a whole CD of VM nearly as much as I love him in a set of various artists. "Whatever!" ...works for me.
Van is the man!
I didn't care for this CD when I first bought it, but it has really grown on me. I now think it's one of his best recent efforts (up there with "Back on Top").
Shesdifferent wrote:
Ditto Ditto, haven't heard enough Van on RP
methinks so too.
....same old.....zzzzzz......
Van is the man. Some folks just got soul. Van has soul. Michael Bolton got no soul.
trempel wrote:
'bout time I heard some Van... They haven't heard them played any for a long time.
Ditto Ditto, haven't heard enough Van on RP
'bout time I heard some Van... They haven't heard them played any for a long time.
Nice tune. Good to hear some of the more recent Van in the mix here along with the older stuff.
Imagine a Van career-spanning Box Set. What an undertaking. :clap:
UPLOAD "DRUMMER BOY" BY VBC...
trekhead wrote:
......and a little DAEWOO van is good for the SEOUL.... :oops: :nodhead:
Bravo, trekhead, bravo!
eco wrote:
a little van is always good for the soul
......and a little DAEWOO van is good for the SEOUL.... :oops: :nodhead:
a little van is always good for the soul
Sorry guys, to me his voice is chalk scraping the blackboard.......
I'm a huge Vanfan: I even own a lot of the CDs released over the past 10 years. I have to say that I find the quality of the recent stuff kind of mixed. However, I don't own this CD. I do like the sound of this tune, reminiscent of St Dominc's Preview and that era.
I couldn't resist being first to comment on a song that hasn't even been played yet. Great song, but don't go buy the album unless you're a real "vanfan." Some good old blues-style stuff (Whining Boy, Stop Drinking That Wine), but a whole lot of whining, too.