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The Waterboys — Sweet Thing
Album: Fisherman's Blues
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Released: 1988
Length: 7:09
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And I will stroll the merry way and jump the hedges first
And I will drink the clear clean water for to quench my thirst
And I shall watch the ferry-boats and they'll get high
On a blue ocean, against tomorrow's sky

And I will walk and talk in gardens all wet with rain
And I will never grow so old again
Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
My, my, my, my, my sweet thing

And I will stroll the merry ways and jump the hedges first
And I will drink the clear clean water for to quench my thirst
And I shall watch the ferry-boats and they'll get high
On a blue ocean against tomorrow's sky

And I will walk and talk in gardens all wet with rain
And never ever ever ever ever get so old again

Ooh...
Sweet thing
My my my...

And I shall drive my chariot down your streets and cry
Hey, it's me! I'm dynamite and I don't know why
And you shall take me warm in your arms again
And I will not remember that I ever felt the pain

And I will walk and talk in gardens all wet with rain
And never ever ever ever ever get so old again

Ooh
Sweet thing
Yeah yeah yeah...
Sweet thing
My my my...

And I will raise my hand up into the night time sky
And count the stars there shining in your eyes
Just to dig it all an' not to wonder, that's just fine
And I'll be satisfied not to read in between the lines

And I will walk and talk in gardens all wet with rain
And never ever ever ever ever get so old again

Sugar-baby with your champagne eyes
And your saint-like smile....

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take this broken wing and learn to fly
All your life you were just waiting for this moment to arrive
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take your sunken eyes, learn to see
All your life you were only waiting for this moment to be free...
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I see sprites. 
 RabbitEars wrote:

A must see - Glen meeting Van. I saw this long before I knew who Glen was - I thought it was just a cool Van story from some random guy.

And I love that you mentioned Listen to the Lion - perhaps my favorite Van song (at least among the top 10), but not well known. 



Thanks for the link. Didn't realize the VM  connection. Can't wait to see the vid but I'm falling asleep at the keyboard. Tomorrow is another day.
A group I don't like covering a song by an artist I don't like.  With the bonus of fiddle music which I detest.  But that's the beauty of RP - for every dud there's so many more styles and artists I would not have discovered I like without listening.
What an amazing version and how had I never heard this before - Thanks Bill and Rebecca 
Love the segue from Glen Hansard’s “Roll On Slow” to this song!
Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek
outstanding piece of music, good to learn it is Van Morrison
It was, I don't know, fine, and then the violin/fiddle/whatever starts screeching near the end of the song and I lost it.
Eeek... the quote of Blackbird at the end is not great... 
I remember... A Girl Called Johnny
I got this album when it came out.  Originally, it was something way outside my musical wheelhouse.  Little did I know that it would help to form my feelings and perspective about folk/traditional music.  Just enough of a mix of the new and the old to get me even more curious about the music it originated from.  It also introduced me to a very good and very prolific band over the years.  Their new album comes out soon and that would make 32 years of music from the Waterboys for me.
Oh Oh............somebody borrowed from New Order here. Suppose they could not resist the TEMPTATION
 boffyflow wrote:

I am 52 and have been listing to Van since 1982 when I discovered him via the Dexy's Midnight Runners ("Jackie Wilson said it was reet petite...."). I am fortunate enough that I have seen him around 20 times in the late eighties through the early 2000s. Both my children were born with Van playing in the hospital room (the nurse got copies of the mixed CD as they liked the music so much ;-) My teenage daughter is a gifted singer/guitarist in her own right and I like to believe that being born to "Listen to the Lion" has something to do with it ;-)

I wholeheartedly agree that the Waterboys' version of "Sweet Thing", and their version of "And the healing has begun" for that matter, captures much of what makes Van's songs great. They belong to the few artists that can pull off a Van cover. Another artist that does fantastic renditions of Van's songs is Glen Hansard - his version of "Astral Weeks" is pretty amazing.
 
A must see - Glen meeting Van. I saw this long before I knew who Glen was - I thought it was just a cool Van story from some random guy.

And I love that you mentioned Listen to the Lion - perhaps my favorite Van song (at least among the top 10), but not well known. 
 scrubbrush wrote:
I'm 50.
My dad's 72. He played Van Morrison's Astral Weeks until he wore the grooves off the vinyl.  He might have had to replace a needle or two because of that album. ... anyway, I grew up on Van and this song in particular means a lot to me. 
I've put the Van version of this song on mix-tapes for girlfriends in high school, college and still listen to now with my wife of 20 years....
With all that said, I have to say that I LOVE this version nearly as much as the original, even (especially) with the squeaky violins and medley'd Beatles lyrics... It's music to my ears
 
I am 52 and have been listing to Van since 1982 when I discovered him via the Dexy's Midnight Runners ("Jackie Wilson said it was reet petite...."). I am fortunate enough that I have seen him around 20 times in the late eighties through the early 2000s. Both my children were born with Van playing in the hospital room (the nurse got copies of the mixed CD as they liked the music so much ;-) My teenage daughter is a gifted singer/guitarist in her own right and I like to believe that being born to "Listen to the Lion" has something to do with it ;-)

I wholeheartedly agree that the Waterboys' version of "Sweet Thing", and their version of "And the healing has begun" for that matter, captures much of what makes Van's songs great. They belong to the few artists that can pull off a Van cover. Another artist that does fantastic renditions of Van's songs is Glen Hansard - his version of "Astral Weeks" is pretty amazing.
Gives me chills jack It’s a sweet thing I got it on volume 10
this is a sweet sweet thing. and a fantastic album end to end
J'adore les Waterboys, un rock travaillé, des textes riches et ce violon... Un must.
 scrubbrush wrote:
I'm 50.
My dad's 72. He played Van Morrison's Astral Weeks until he wore the grooves off the vinyl.  He might have had to replace a needle or two because of that album. ... anyway, I grew up on Van and this song in particular means a lot to me. 
I've put the Van version of this song on mix-tapes for girlfriends in high school, college and still listen to now with my wife of 20 years....
With all that said, I have to say that I LOVE this version nearly as much as the original, even (especially) with the squeaky violins and medley'd Beatles lyrics... It's music to my ears
 



        {#Sunny}  
I'm 50.
My dad's 72. He played Van Morrison's Astral Weeks until he wore the grooves off the vinyl.  He might have had to replace a needle or two because of that album. ... anyway, I grew up on Van and this song in particular means a lot to me. 
I've put the Van version of this song on mix-tapes for girlfriends in high school, college and still listen to now with my wife of 20 years....
With all that said, I have to say that I LOVE this version nearly as much as the original, even (especially) with the squeaky violins and medley'd Beatles lyrics... It's music to my ears
 dublanica wrote:
I LIKE it!  Nice job with an old Beatles tune.  And I'm usually a purist but this was well-done.
 
Actually, it was a Van Morrison tune originally. They managed to throw in some lyrics to Blackbird in this noisy mess of a remake. Makes me pine for the original. This is just flat-out annoying.
So many years later and I still stop what I'm doing to listen to this beauty...
I LIKE it!  Nice job with an old Beatles tune.  And I'm usually a purist but this was well-done.
Nope. This ain't woikin'
Some of those fiddle notes are nearly beyond the hearing of most people over 60.  I do not expect to hear them in a few years time but at least I will see this comment that I posted to remind me about them {#Boohoo}
 Dazzerb wrote:
This is the BEST cover of a classic song that I have ever heard.   I am a serious Van the Man fan and I love this version.
 
This one, strangely like. But surely Mr Hendrix "All Along the Watchtower" is best?
Fer crysakes, someone put them out of my misery.
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
This song kinda sucks but at the same time its kickin the ish outta all yall
 
Understood and agreed. I've always been conflicted between sort of liking them while simultaneously being a bit annoyed by their aggression and over-confidence.
Solid 5 !
 On_The_Beach wrote:

But enough about your song comment.
 
lol. I think the original runs long too (not complaining)
 jomabu23 wrote:
Tediously annoying, and god does it ever end?
 
But enough about your song comment.
More like "BlackTURD" right guys? <crickets>
Mr. Steve Wickham on violin. Sweet thing.
 robertomiller wrote:
More Waterboys

 
Ditto
Tediously annoying, and god does it ever end?
This is the BEST cover of a classic song that I have ever heard.   I am a serious Van the Man fan and I love this version.
Takes you to the even better room in the 80's - like discovering that secret library with the good port and scotch...glad to enjoy the finer things like this!
Back when we were kids, there were 2 camps... Waterboys camp and U2 camp.

I'm still in the Waterboys camp. Occasionally see brilliance coming out of U2 but these guys rocked with just about everything they produced.
 markthecarp wrote:
completely ridiculously awful
taxingly long
#fakemusic
had to open browser to login to PSD 
(haven't needed this button in ages)

 
#fakemusic?=Ludicrous
completely ridiculously awful
taxingly long
#fakemusic
had to open browser to login to PSD 
(haven't needed this button in ages)
This is the WORST cover of a classic song that I have ever heard.  Totally butchered a Van classic!  UGH!
Wow, a band trying to cover the Belfast Cowboy, from his masterpiece, Astral Weeks. They have some balls...


Hadn't heard this in a while - didn't miss it. Usual over-long pretentious nonsense. Gave it a 1. I really dislike the Waterboys. pxd (PS: I actually didn't post twice - the system seems to be having a little hiccup.)
 pfwashburn9485 wrote:
Wonderful song and a great band ! From Connecticut ,USA...... 9 
 
could have swore they're from the UK
Meh.

By half way through I was prepared to rate this tune a 4. Soon I dropped to 3. By the time it (finally!) ended I was so glad it was over I somehow resisted the urge to give it an extremely rare (for me) 1.

So 2. Failed to move me.
One of the best live bands I've ever seen...that lass with the fiddle is sexy as hell, at least the one that was touring with them early 2k
Far, far short of either original, esp. the "Sweet Thing" portion.  Gave it a 3
Like this a lot, but it's much too shrieky in places for my old ears.

edit:  I've just been asked to turn this down cos it's making the dogs bark...
One part of me enjoyed this and another part of me hated it. I can't seem to make up mind. I think if the super high pitched stuff were gone I'd like it a lot better, but I have a tendency for headaches and those sounds were like a knife driving into my head.
Possibly my favorite double-cover/medley of all times... 

Posted: Jan 20, 2016 - 07:10
 

 Lauriea wrote:
not really sure about this band, i don't know what to think?
  

agkagk
(Ontario, Canada)
Stick around. There are plenty of people here who will tell you what to think.

Too funny, but I guess I'll be one of "those people". Song and album a 10 for me. 


More Waterboys
Thank goodness - it finally stopped.  Too long by half, as usual. pxd
If you aren't familiar with the album do yourself a favor and give it a listen.  {#Notworthy}
Feel so good listening to this song. 
Their sound just makes me feel good! Makes me want to dance and sing and be in love! {#Good-vibes}
such a clean honest sound
I love this. Love the Waterboys from this era. 
 Lauriea wrote:
not really sure about this band, i don't know what to think?
 
Stick around. There are plenty of people here who will tell you what to think.
Green, green, evergreen. {#Lol}
Sunny day by the water ,icy cold drink , water boys playing , truly one of those days herein the north country where you look back and remember  when the snows are howling.  
 blackbird again!
 lattalo wrote:
Sorry I never saw these guys live.

  All is not lost lattalo

https://www.mikescottwaterboys.com/waterboys-news.php


delicious.
not really sure about this band, i don't know what to think?

I love The Waterboys....just wish you'd play The Hot House Flowers sometime.....they're great too!
sweeeet segue out of cannonball. 

never get tired of this album. excellent cover.  
Love the reference to "Blackbird", played half an hour or so ago
I appreciate the musicianship — but I find this track annoying and a tad pretentious. And neutered. 
One of the most unique songs ever recorded in the "rock and roll" era.  It was gutsy of the Waterboys to try to cover it, but the Van original was so wonderful - and I'm not a huge Van fan.
ABSOLUTELY LOVE the original...

This one isn't quite there... but listenable none the less

 
 Cynaera wrote:

Thanks for the additional information on this song, romeotuma. {#Sunny} I was rather dazzled by that violin playing, for starters. Their passion (which simply exhausted me!) and their almost impish interplay - I was prepared to be irritated, but by the end, I was in awe.  And knowing that "Blackbird" was improvisational just put the icing on the cake for me.

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...
 
 DarceySuzanne wrote:
Oh god, this is pretty wretched. I like the Waterboys, but they should not have attempted this song. The vocals are sounding terribly half-assed...sounds like Scott has a major cold or virus or something...lame. He definitely should not have thrown Blackbird in there. That song should never be an after thought, let alone mixed at the end of another epic song. What a wankfest nightmare. Ugh.
 
Bad day?
lol.." I like the Waterboys, but"  BUT I can't think of enough sneering ways to tell you all what a "wretched" song this is. Too funny.
 I've always like this rendition. Not greatness, but far from vomit-inducing.
This. is. awesome. :)

Everybody in my church loves this cover...

Oh god, this is pretty wretched. I like the Waterboys, but they should not have attempted this song. The vocals are sounding terribly half-assed...sounds like Scott has a major cold or virus or something...lame. He definitely should not have thrown Blackbird in there. That song should never be an after thought, let alone mixed at the end of another epic song. What a wankfest nightmare. Ugh.
Cool cover of a great song — but the best cover of this I've heard is by Shana Morrison, Van's daughter, who lives and performs here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I'll try to upload it and see if enough Listener Request Channel voters like it enough to get in the rotation.  In case you're looking for the album it's from, it's called "Caledonia."
sucko barfo? i love this song :-)
Neat stuff.  Love it.
Love, love love this!
 You took the words right out of my mouth. I actually gave it a sucko-barfo. Was lying in bed trying to wake up and it literally propelled me to sit up, grab my phone and turn the music off. Irritating way to start my day!! But hey, I'm awake now. 

lkovathana wrote:
what the h#ll?
 


what the h#ll?

Within the last couple of years, I am pretty sure there was an interview in Rolling Stone with Van Morrison, and they had the gumption to ask him about this cover. As I remember he really didn’t give them a straight answer, BUT he didn’t say anything bad which by Van the Man standards is a HUGE complement! {#Clap}


Gets a bit...squeaky.  
Good God. this is a great cover of a great song(s).

Another song that I simply will never get tired of.
 lattalo wrote:
Sorry I never saw these guys live.
 



I don't know if it was the Guinness or the very Irish crowd but their show was magical.
i've been on a kick with this record lately. love this song especially.
 TJS wrote:
I'm sure that the fiddle could be more shrill and annoying, but I'm not sure how.
 
I think it is exactly a shrill as it needs to be to be right ,,,
but any shriller and it might be annoying.

But I respect your ears and we can both thank the lord for the PSD button.  I know I have needed it a few times.

Good cover, the original is inspirational


I'm sure that the fiddle could be more shrill and annoying, but I'm not sure how.

This is really one of my favorite Van Morrison songs, and I really do like this cover, a LOT.  This is one of the things I love most about PR, I get to hear stuff I'd otherwise miss out on.


I got hundreds, "of great listens" to this album.
cool cover of a great song

and i'm not a massive van fan but this tune is very special
Shouldn't self indulgence be done in private... Not inflicted on the passer-by-?
Sorry I never saw these guys live.
 ubuntourist wrote:
Sounds like the blackbird is being eaten by a kitten.

 
Would the sound be better if the blackbird was eating the kitten?

Let's take a mediocre song and destroy it!
Amazing cover of a beautiful song. Now all we need is to get "This is the sea" from The Waterboys on the Radio Paradise playlist. Pure soul.
Sweet jam.
There are an amazing number of covers of Van Morrison songs — at least 35 (published) versions of Brown Eyed Girl. And ... almost ever cover of a Van Morrison tune is worth listening to. Well, except maybe John Valby's version of Brown Eyed Girl.

Wow!! Never heard this before!

Never thought anyone could ever do a cover that made me feel the way I did when I first heard Van Morrison create this classic. I'm amazed! Thanks Waterboys, and thanks RP... :)

 romeotuma wrote:


This is a sweet cover of a Van Morrison song from his 1968 album, Astral Weeks...

The Waterboys' version is a medley... the song ends with the unplanned addition of verses from The Beatles' "Blackbird," which Scott impulsively sang on the spot...

 


 
Thanks for the additional information on this song, romeotuma. {#Sunny} I was rather dazzled by that violin playing, for starters. Their passion (which simply exhausted me!) and their almost impish interplay - I was prepared to be irritated, but by the end, I was in awe.  And knowing that "Blackbird" was improvisational just put the icing on the cake for me.

I will never, never get so old again...great cover of a great Van song...blackbirds singing in the dead of night..awesome segue to the Fab Four...I will never, never grow so old again...thank you Bill!
Probably the weakest song from a very good album.  Not as good as Van's.
Sounds like the blackbird is being eaten by a kitten.  Not a happy sound.  Before the "Blackbird" abuse, it was innocuous enough.

 etcarroll wrote:
Good - but I prefer Van the Man's version.
 
this one does perfectly justice!

More Waterboys is better; bumper stickers should be issued.

{#Clap}
I want to like these guys, but I their music just doesn't do it for me.  Hard to believe that the brilliant World Party evolved from this.
I'm clearly in the minority here, but this song does nothing for me...maybe it's not the right time of day
love love love this! van is the man, but this cover is absolutely amazing!!! 
Highest 10 possible. Love this version as much as the original(s).
This song always makes me feel great!  Like summertime, like love!
A good album and a good tune I had almost forgotten about-thanks for the reminder Bill!
Loved this cd for about 3 weeks
A must have CD for anyone's collection!
The title should probably be "Sweet Thing / Blackbird".

I'm OK with the Blackbird cover but not so much with the Sweet Thing part.
This is greatness.
Hate to tell ya folks but this does suck totally

Good - but I prefer Van the Man's version.
The violin is incredible...on an incredibly great song.
 FlatCat wrote:
The violin is almost unbearable.
 

Steve Wickam is the violinist.