Beside You
Van Morrison Lyrics

Little Jimmy's gone
Way out of the backstreet
Out of the window
Through the fallin' rain
Right on time
Right on time
That's why Broken Arrow
Waved his finger down the road so dark and narrow
In the evenin'
Just before the Sunday six-bells chime, six-bells chime
And all the dogs are barkin'
Way on down the diamond-studded highway where you wander
And you roam from your retreat and view
Way over on the railroad
Tomorrow all the tippin' trucks will unload
Every scrapbook stuck will glue
And I'll stand beside you
Beside you child
To never never never wonder why at all
No no no no no no no no
To never never wonder why at all
To never never never wonder why it's gotta be
It has to be
Way across the country where the hillside mountain glide
The dynamo of your smile caressed the barefoot virgin child to wander
Past your window with a lantern lit
You held it in the doorway and you cast against the pointed island breeze
Said your time was open, go well on your merry way
Past the brazen footsteps of the silence easy
You breathe in you breathe out you breathe in you breathe out you breath in
You breathe out you breathe in you breathe out
And you're high on your high-flyin' cloud
Wrapped up in your magic shroud as ecstasy surrounds you
This time it's found you
You turn around you turn around you turn around you turn around
And I'm beside you
Beside you
Oh darlin'
To never never wonder why at all
No no no no no
To never never never wonder why at all
To never never never wonder why it's gotta be
It has to be
And I'm beside you
Beside you
Oh child
To never never wonder why at all
I'm beside you
Beside you
Beside you
Beside you
Oh child

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: VAN MORRISON

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Nathan Anderson

Van Morrison — vocals, acoustic guitar
John Payne — flute; soprano saxophone on "Slim Slow Slider"
Jay Berliner — classical and steel-string acoustic guitars
Richard Davis — double bass
Warren Smith, Jr. — percussion, vibraphone
Connie Kay — drums
Larry Fallon — string arrangements and conductor; harpsichord on "Cyprus Avenue"
Barry Kornfeld — acoustic guitar on "The Way Young Lovers Do"

All comments from YouTube:

Nigel Wiseman

Yes, this album ranks with Dylan's early stuff. It comes from a deep spring in the human psyche. Yes, it makes you want to cry, not for sorrow or for joy, but for something ineffable.


i find this with the song landslide. beautiful.

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Derek Mooney

Huge Bob Dylan fan and then a friend introduced me to this, hard to deny it's the greatest album ever recorded...


Van is close but isn't quite at the level of lyrical and poetic genius as Dylan, at least in my opinion. But at his best, he comes damn close, and does so with a voice that Dylan could never come close to having. Both are absolutely wonderful and at the very highest level of musical artistry.

Gregory Berrycone

i still rank blonde on blonde higher, noone else could land the same sense of irony and wit as him

Rob Lamb

We had this bolted to the turntable for weeks on still is in my heart.

Buddha Of the Basin

You can feel the intuitive improvisational conversation with the Higher Self & Creative Source: the eternal imagination, which is the source of our God consciousness & which we yoke as a vibration that all of these players are tapping into through the Quantum Field that permeates the void ness of shunyata

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Steve Wexler

It's not just a song. It's a poignant expression of the human condition


The best album ever recorded . A true masterpiece . It transcends everything that went before and came after . Steven Van Zandt said that Bruce Springsteen and the rest of the E-street band regard Astral Weeks as their musical bible . It is simply sublime . If I was given a choice of keeping just one album from my vast collection , it would be Astral Weeks . I get emotional just thinking about how good it is and what it means to me .

Mazzy Bee

I adore this song and album 🙏♥️🌟♥️🌟🙏👍🌼🌼🌼genius⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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