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Van Morrison And It Stoned Me Lyrics

Last updated: 03/03/2006 10:00:00 AM

Half a mile from the county fair
And the rain keep pourin' down
Me and Billy standin' there
With a silver half a crown
Hands are full of a fishin' rod
And the tackle on our backs
We just stood there gettin' wet
With our backs against the fence

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Hope it don't rain all day

And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like Jelly Roll
And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin' home
And it stoned me

Then the rain let up and the sun came up
And we were gettin' dry
Almost let a pick-up truck nearly pass us by
So we jumped right in and the driver grinned
And he dropped us up the road
We looked at the swim and we jumped right in
Not to mention fishing poles

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Let it run all over me


On the way back home we sang a song
But our throats were getting dry
Then we saw the man from across the road
With the sunshine in his eyes
Well he lived all alone in his own little home
With a great big gallon jar
There were bottles too, one for me and you
And he said Hey! There you are

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Get it myself from the mountain stream

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The Perfect Song? | Reviewer: Brock Perks | 5/7/2007

And It Stoned Me is Van Morrison at his most reflective and sentimental but never does he lapse into a generalised mawkishness. The song evokes a golden time when youth and freedom were almost a sacred state of being, simple and pure. The beat is a stately dance but overlaid with Vans deeply personal vocals, it steps its way delicately into our subconscious. We can see the sunshine on the grassy meadows and feel the deep, vital pleasure of that crystal clear stream on our skin. Its impossible to imagine that this song could have been done better or even differently. Nothing, from the piano flourishes to the repetitions of the chorus, stand out as more or less memorable or important to the integrity of the whole. But the overall effect is of a memory. The songs emotional power is distilled in its rendering of a past which we know is gone forever, leaving a part of our soul enriched by having been there once upon a time.

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