T.B. Sheets
Van Morrison Lyrics


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Now listen, Julie baby,
It ain't natural for you to cry in the midnight.
It ain't natural for you to cry way into midnight through,
Until the wee small hours long 'fore the break of dawn,
Oh Lord, huh uh ha. Ha.

Now Julie, an' there ain't nothin' on my mind
More further 'way than what you're lookin' for.
I see the way you jumped at me, Lord, from behind the door
And looked into my eyes.
Your a little star struck innuendos
Inadequacies an' foreign bodies,
And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Numbs my brain,
And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Numbs my brain, oh Lord.

Ha, so open up the window and let me breathe.
I said open up the window, shh shh shh shh shh and let me breathe.
I'm looking down to the street below, Lord, I cried for you,
Ha ha, I cried, I cried for you, ha ha. Oh, Lord.

The cool room, Lord is a fool's room.
The cool room, Lord is a fool's room.
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
On your sick bed.

I gotta go, I gotta go
And you said, "Please stay, I want to, I want to,
I want a drink of water, I want a drink of water,
Go in the kitchen get me a drink of water."
I said, "I gotta go, I gotta go, baby."
I said, "I'll end, I'll send somebody around here later.
You know we got John comin' around here later
With a bottle of wine for you, baby - but I gotta go."

The cool room, Lord is a fool's room,
The cool room, Lord, Lord is a fool's room, a fool's room.
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets,
I can almost smell your T.B. sheets, T.B.

I gotta go, I gotta go.
I'll send around, send around one that grumbles later on, babe.
We'll see what I can pick up for you, you know.
Yeah, I got a few things gotta do.
Don't worry about it, don't worry about it, don't worry.
Huh uh, go, go, go, I've gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go,
Gotta go, gotta go, huh uh, all right, all right, huh huh huh.

I turned on the radio,
If you want to hear a few tunes, I'll turn on the radio for you.
There you go, there you go, there you go, baby, there you go, huh.

You'll be all right, too, huh huh, ha ha, yeah.
I know it ain't funny, it ain't runny at all, baby,




Always laying in the cool room, man, laying in the cool room,
In the cool room, in the cool room.

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "T.B. Sheets" by Van Morrison describe the emotions and thoughts of a man (presumably the singer) who is watching a woman named Julie cry in the middle of the night. He suggests that it is not natural for her to do so, as it is well past midnight and dawn is imminent. The man goes on to tell Julie that he does not have much on his mind, and mocks her advances towards him. He observes her insecurities and awkward behavior, and is seemingly annoyed by it.


The song then takes a dark turn as the singer describes the "cool room" where Julie is likely confined to recover from her tuberculosis. The man can almost smell her T.B. sheets, indicating that he is either in the same room or has been in the past. The man ultimately decides to leave Julie alone in the "fool's room," despite her protests and requests for water. He promises to send someone later with wine, but seems eager to leave. The song ends with the singer turning on the radio, attempting to offer Julie some form of comfort or distraction.


Overall, "T.B. Sheets" is a bleak and haunting portrait of illness and isolation, with the singer acting as a detached observer rather than a comforting presence.


Line by Line Meaning

Now listen, Julie baby,
Van Morrison is addressing Julie and telling her to pay attention.


It ain't natural for you to cry in the midnight.
Crying late at night is not normal and is concerning to Van Morrison.


It ain't natural for you to cry way into midnight through,
Crying through the night until early morning is also not natural.


Until the wee small hours long 'fore the break of dawn,
Julie has been crying all night until just before the sun rises.


Oh Lord, huh uh ha. Ha.
Van Morrison's reaction to Julie's crying is a nervous laugh.


Now Julie, an' there ain't nothin' on my mind
Van Morrison is telling Julie that he's not thinking about anything in particular.


More further 'way than what you're lookin' for.
Van Morrison is saying that he's not focused on what Julie wants him to be focused on.


I see the way you jumped at me, Lord, from behind the door
Van Morrison noticed Julie's sudden appearance in a way that startled him.


And looked into my eyes.
Julie looked directly into Van Morrison's eyes whe she appeared behind the door.


Your a little star struck innuendos
Van Morrison is teasing Julie and saying that she's just a little bit smitten with him.


Inadequacies an' foreign bodies,
Van Morrison says Julie's advances come from a place of insecurity and lack of confidence.


And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Van Morrison describes a small bit of light shining through the window.


Numbs my brain,
The small bit of light seems to have a numbing effect on Van Morrison's mind.


And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Van Morrison repeats this line to emphasize the effect of the light.


Numbs my brain, oh Lord.
Van Morrison is exclaiming his feeling of being stunned by the light.


Ha, so open up the window and let me breathe.
Van Morrison wants Julie to open the window so that he can get some fresh air.


I said open up the window, shh shh shh shh shh and let me breathe.
Van Morrison said this line in a pleading way.


I'm looking down to the street below, Lord, I cried for you,
Van Morrison is trying to comfort Julie by telling her that he has felt her pain before.


Ha ha, I cried, I cried for you, ha ha. Oh, Lord.
Van Morrison laughs nervously to try to lighten the mood.


The cool room, Lord is a fool's room.
Van Morrison is saying that the cold, sterile room is not good for the soul.


The cool room, Lord is a fool's room.
Van Morrison repeats this line to emphasize his point.


And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
Van Morrison senses Julie's illness through the sheets.


And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
Van Morrison repeats this line to further emphasize the smell he senses.


On your sick bed.
Van Morrison is saying he can sense the smell of illness on Julie's bed.


I gotta go, I gotta go
Van Morrison is telling Julie that he has to leave.


And you said, "Please stay, I want to, I want to,
Julie is begging Van Morrison to stay.


I want a drink of water, I want a drink of water,
Julie is trying to find a reason to make Van Morrison stay longer.


Go in the kitchen get me a drink of water."
Julie is specifically asking Van Morrison to go get her a drink of water.


I said, "I gotta go, I gotta go, baby."
Van Morrison is reaffirming that he has to leave.


I said, "I'll end, I'll send somebody around here later.
Van Morrison promises to have someone check on Julie later.


You know we got John comin' around here later
Van Morrison is specifying that John will be the one to come by later.


With a bottle of wine for you, baby - but I gotta go."
Van Morrison is telling Julie that he has already planned to send someone to check on her later.


The cool room, Lord is a fool's room,
Van Morrison repeats this line to emphasize his point.


The cool room, Lord, Lord is a fool's room, a fool's room.
Van Morrison repeats this line to further emphasize his point.


And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets,
Van Morrison continues to sense Julie's illness.


I can almost smell your T.B. sheets, T.B.
Van Morrison repeats this line to further emphasize the smell he senses.


I gotta go, I gotta go.
Van Morrison repeats this line to reaffirm that he has to leave.


I'll send around, send around one that grumbles later on, babe.
Van Morrison promises that he will have someone check on Julie later.


We'll see what I can pick up for you, you know.
Van Morrison is promising to get something for Julie, but he doesn't know what yet.


Yeah, I got a few things gotta do.
Van Morrison is explaining that he has other things to take care of.


Don't worry about it, don't worry about it, don't worry.
Van Morrison is telling Julie not to worry about anything.


Huh uh, go, go, go, I've gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go,
Van Morrison reiterates that he has to leave in a hurry.


Gotta go, gotta go, huh uh, all right, all right, huh huh huh.
Van Morrison says these lines as he is leaving quickly.


I turned on the radio,
Van Morrison turned on the radio for Julie.


If you want to hear a few tunes, I'll turn on the radio for you.
Van Morrison is asking Julie if she wants to listen to music.


There you go, there you go, there you go, baby, there you go, huh.
Van Morrison is pointing out that the music is now playing.


You'll be all right, too, huh huh, ha ha, yeah.
Van Morrison is trying to make Julie feel better before he leaves.


I know it ain't funny, it ain't runny at all, baby,
Van Morrison acknowledges that the situation is not funny.


Always laying in the cool room, man, laying in the cool room,
Van Morrison is reminding Julie that she is always in the cold, sterile room.




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Written by: JOHN LEE HOOKER

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Kristina Keyzer

Now, listen, Julie baby
It ain't natural for you to cry in the midnight
It ain't natural for you to cry when the midnight comes...
Into the wee small hours, long 'fore the break of dawn
Oh, Lord
Now, Julie, an' there ain't nothin' on my mind
More further 'way than what you're lookin' for
I see the way you jumped at me, Lord, from behind the door
And looked into my eyes
Your little star struck innuendos, inadequacies an' foreign bodies
And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Numbs my brain
And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Numbs my brain, oh, Lord
So, open up the window and let me breathe
I said, open up the window and let me breathe
I'm looking down to the street below, Lord, I cried for you
I cried, I cried for you, oh Lord
The cool room, Lord, is a fool's room
The cool room, Lord, is a fool's room
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
On your sick bed
I gotta go, I gotta go
And you said, "Please, stay I wanna, I wanna
I want a drink of water, I want a drink of water
Go in the kitchen, get me a drink of water"
I said, "I gotta go, I gotta go, baby"
I said, "I'll send, I'll send somebody around, later
You know we got John comin' around here later
With a bottle of wine for you, baby, but I gotta go"
The cool room, Lord, is a fool's room
The cool room, Lord, Lord, is a fool's room
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
I can almost smell your T.B. sheets, T.B.
I gotta go, I'll send around, send around one that grumbles later on, babe
See what I can pick up for you, you know that
Yeah, I got a few things going too
Don't worry about it, don't worry about it, don't worry
Go, go, go, go, gotta go
Gotta, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go
All right all right
I turned on the radio, wanna hear a few tunes
Turn on the radio for you
There you go, there you go
There you go, baby, there you go
You'll be all right too, yeah
I know it ain't funny, it ain't funny at all, baby
You laying in the cool room, man
You laying in the cool room, in the cool room
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Van Morrison
T.B. Sheets lyrics © Web Iv Music, Universal - Songs Of Polygram International Inc



All comments from YouTube:

wolfy1979747

Why this song isn't one of the more popular Van Morrison songs I don't know. Such a great bluesy song. Now one of my favourites❤

Dexter Haven

This is the most underrated song of his collection and of the '60s, I think.

Sue Templeton

And the most underrated of the 2000's

douglas wright

He;s at his best best when he at his most sprawling ,which is unusual

Eric Wilkinson

So perfectly used in scorseses bringing out the dead w nic cage (99)... no wonder so much is in that film - its a 9+ min song

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Jarrod Widiger

This song seared into my head after watch Bringing out the Dead with nic Cage, John Goodman and Tom Sizemore. I was already a VM fan but this solidified it.

Dave Christian

It's my understanding it was a close friend of his died of tuberculosis and and he wrote the song TV sheets and respect of his dear friend you would like to come round the bottle of wine but you know she's got to go got to go babe Van Morrison is just fantastic good health to him and everyone

AnonymousTres

the intro to that film is one of my favourites, right from the get go you're hooked right in.

ILjXYZ1980

Bringing Out the Dead is my favorite movie. The whole soundtrack is amazing.

Ric Room

His harmonica cuts to the bone.  The first song I heard by Van and been a huge fan ever since.  Live long and be healthy, Sir Van.

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