Street Choir
Van Morrison Lyrics


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Street choir sing me the song for the new day
Don't make it long and remember to sing it the old way
Let it all out, let your voice ring in the street now
My fun, shall be this one to complete now

Why did you leave America
Why did you let me down
And now that things seem better off
Why do you come around
You know I just can't see you now
In my, in my new world crystal ball
You know I just can't free you now
That's not my job at all

Move it on up, move it on up by the window
Magnificent flow, oh let it all go in the moon glow
I'll take the wine, I'll take the wine with the gravy
Ask you the time, and just send the bill to my baby

Why did you leave America
Why did you let me down
And now that things seem better off
Why do you come around
You know I just can't see you now
In my, in my, in my new world crystal ball
You know I just can't free you now
That's not my job at all

Why did you leave America
Why did you let me down
And now that things seem better off
Why do you come around
You know I just can't see you now
In my, in my, in my new world crystal ball
You know, you know, you know I just can't free you now
That's not my job at all




You know, you know, you know I just can't free you now
That's not my job at all

Overall Meaning

The song "Street Choir" by Van Morrison is a reflective piece that seems to explore the singer's relationship with America. The first verse is an invitation to a street choir to sing a new song, but to do it in the old way. This could be interpreted as a desire for a new way of seeing things, but with a connection to tradition and the past. The line "My fun, shall be this one to complete now" suggests that the song is a personal vision of the singer's and he wants to hear it sung by others.


The second verse is a questioning of America itself, with Morrison wondering why it let him down and why it would come around now that things seem better off. This could be a reflection on Morrison's own experiences with the country, or it could be a wider examination of America's relationship with its people. The refrain of "why did you leave America" seems to suggest that America is something that can be left behind or lost, rather than a fixed entity.


The final verse returns to the same refrain, but this time it is mixed in with an image of moving on up by the window, taking wine with gravy and asking for the time. This could be read as a desire to move forward despite the difficulties of the past, and a recognition that the singer's relationship with America is complex and multifaceted. Overall, the song seems to be a meditation on the possibility of renewal and growth, even in the face of disappointment and loss.


Line by Line Meaning

Street choir sing me the song for the new day
I'm asking the people on the streets to sing me a song that represents the new day and its possibilities.


Don't make it long and remember to sing it the old way
I want the song to be short, but more importantly, I want it to be sung in the traditional way.


Let it all out, let your voice ring in the street now
Let your voice be heard and make an impact on the people who listen to the song in the streets.


My fun, shall be this one to complete now
This song will be fun for me to complete and share it with others.


Why did you leave America
I'm wondering why you left America - this question reflects my skepticism and frustration.


Why did you let me down
There is a sense of disappointment and disillusionment here, as if the person was expected to stay and didn't.


And now that things seem better off
Things have improved somehow, which makes the person's return more puzzling to me.


Why do you come around
I'm still questioning the purpose of this person's return and why they chose now to do so.


You know I just can't see you now
There is some tension or discomfort between us that makes it hard to familiarize myself with this person.


In my, in my new world crystal ball
I can't predict the future or what this meeting might lead to - there's an element of mystery in our interaction.


You know I just can't free you now
There is a sense of entanglement, like I owe you something or vice versa, and that we can't shake it off easily.


That's not my job at all
I'm not responsible for your freedom or for enabling it - we need to sort our own issues out.


Move it on up, move it on up by the window
I want you to move and dance with me - we can do it near the window to let the moonlight in and create some ambiance.


Magnificent flow, oh let it all go in the moon glow
Let's move beautifully, in harmony with each other - don't hold back, let the moon be our guide.


I'll take the wine, I'll take the wine with the gravy
I want to enjoy this moment with some good food and wine - gravy makes it better.


Ask you the time, and just send the bill to my baby
I need to know what time it is, but I don't want to pay for it - I'll ask my partner to handle it.




Lyrics Β© Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: VAN MORRISON

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