Sweet Jannie
Van Morrison Lyrics


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Oh sweet Jannie
Yeah, won't you come out tonight?
Oh sweet Jannie
Girl, won't you come out tonight?
I want to take you walkin'
Way out in the clear moonlight

Oh baby, baby
Come on take me by my hand
Oh baby
Come on take me by my hand
I don't want to stop walkin'
'Til we get up to the preacher man, hey

I've been in love with you, baby
Ever since you were back in Sunday school
I've been in love with you, baby
Ever since you were back in Sunday school
And I knew right there and then
I just want to be your fool

Oh sweet Jannie
Baby, won't you come out tonight?
Alright
I said, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Come out tonight
I want to take you walkin'
Way out on a clear moonlight

One more time

Hey-hey-yeah, baby, baby
Baby, baby, alright
Baby, baby
Baby, come on out tonight
Yeah, we're gonna keep on
Walkin' way up in a clear moonlight

Oh baby, baby
Come on shuffle out tonight
Oh-oh, baby, baby, baby, baby
Come on shuffle out tonight




Gonna keep on shufflin'
Make ev'rything alright

Overall Meaning

Van Morrison's Sweet Jannie is an upbeat and soulful song that is reminiscent of the bluesy tunes of the 1960s. The song is about Van Morrison's infatuation with a girl named Jannie, whom he has had a crush on since they were kids. He wants to take her out for a walk, under the clear moonlight, and enjoy the quiet beauty of nature. Van Morrison's soulful voice and the smooth guitar playing complement the lyrics of the song perfectly, creating a nostalgic and dreamy atmosphere.


The lyrics of the song are straightforward and relatable, as it talks about young love and infatuation. Van Morrison is smitten with Jannie, and his love for her has never waned since their Sunday school days. In the song, he openly confesses his love for her and says that he wants to be her "fool." The song's upbeat rhythm and catchy melody make it a perfect song for dancing or singing along—a toe-tapping number that is sure to brighten up anyone's day.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh sweet Jannie
The singer is calling out to Jannie with affection


Yeah, won't you come out tonight?
The singer is inviting Jannie to join him for a walk outside


Girl, won't you come out tonight?
The singer is still enticing Jannie to join him outside in a charming way


I want to take you walkin'
The singer expresses his desire to walk with Jannie


Way out in the clear moonlight
He wants to take her out and stroll under the moonlight in a clear night sky


Oh baby, baby
The singer is addressing Jannie with affection


Come on take me by my hand
The singer wants Jannie to hold his hand


I don't want to stop walkin'
The singer feels a sense of excitement from walking with Jannie


'Til we get up to the preacher man, hey
He doesn't want to stop walking until they get up to a preacher who will marry them


I've been in love with you, baby
The singer expresses his love for Jannie


Ever since you were back in Sunday school
He has loved her since their early days


And I knew right there and then
He knew that he wanted her to be his


I just want to be your fool
The singer is willing to do foolish things for Jannie


Alright
An indication of agreement or understanding


I said, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
The singer is calling out to Jannie again


Come out tonight
He wants Jannie to come out for a walk with him


One more time
He is indicating that he wants to sing the song one more time


Hey-hey-yeah, baby, baby
The singer is expressing his fondness for Jannie again


Baby, baby, alright
He is telling Jannie that everything is alright


Baby, baby
He is calling Jannie out again


Baby, come on out tonight
He is once again trying to get Jannie to come out for a walk


Yeah, we're gonna keep on
He is assuring Jannie that they will keep walking


Walkin' way up in a clear moonlight
They will keep walking under the clear light of the moon


Come on shuffle out tonight
The singer wants Jannie to shuffle her way out tonight


Oh-oh, baby, baby, baby, baby
He is calling out for Jannie's attention with affection


Gonna keep on shufflin'
The singer is going to keep walking with Jannie


Make ev'rything alright
He is telling Jannie that their walk will make everything alright




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

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