Who Drove the Red Sports Car Lyrics - Van Morrison

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(Van Morrison)

Who drove the red sports car from the mansion
And laid upon the grass in summer time?
And who done me out high time fashion
And made me read between the lines?
And who said, "Follow the mind, it's your only chance,
Sit on your throne, you got to make it on your own, on your own"?

And who said, "Ha, ha, look at you, look at you,
You got jam on your face."
And who did your homework and read your Bible
And signed your name every place ?
And who said, "Fortunes untold lie, don't go by gold,
You're much better known, you got to make it on your own,
On your own." Ah, ah, uh-huh.

And do you remember, do you remember this time,
I said a long time ago when I came walkin' down,
I came walkin' down, ha, by Maggie's place, ha ha ha,
It started comin' on rain, huh, it started comin' on rain,

'Cause I had nothing on but a shirt and a pair of pants
And I was getting wet, I was getting wet, saturated, saturated, baby
And Maggie opened up the window and Jane swung out her right arm,
She said, "Hi!" I said. "Hi, how're you doing, baby?"
She said, "Come on in out the rain, come on in out the rain,
Lord, come on in out the rain, sit down by the fireside,
And dry yourself." Achoo, do it, do it, a-ha ha ha, I got caught,
I got caught An I got, got a bag, got a bag, baby, oh Lord,
I said, "I don't mind if I do, I don't mind if I do." Ha, aah...

Haa, it's a bag
I mean, huh, you know you gotta
You know, you sort-a turn it upside down
Somethin' like, put it on a rack
Fold it n', press it 'n
FADES-
Call it a record or somethin' like that goin'





Writer: VAN MORRISON
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group



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Explanation | Reviewer: Mycological | 10/11/09

The first part "Who drove the red sports car..." to "...on your own."
Van is talking about what someone did for him. By guiding him through a certain time in his life, offering advice, and life lessons to Van.

The second part "And who said..." to "...On your own." Ah, ah, uh-huh."
Van is talking about what he did for someone (whether it be the same person in the first part who helped him, or someone else, I'm unsure.) How he helped them out, with homework and read to them can signify that Van is older than the person, and Van oftentimes sings about "Little girls." So the first two paragraphs are probably the relationship between Van and a girl.

The third and fourth parts "And do you remember..." to "...I don't mind if I do." Ha, ah..." He talks about how he went to Maggies, and on the way there it began raining. He went to Maggie's window, and she and Jane were glad to see him and let him in through the window. They're all glad to see eachother, Van talks in a simple-minded manner (probably because he was high, as most of his songs are written from a perspective while he was high) about how he was walking with a bag, (of marijauna) and almost got caught. They tell him to sit by the fire, and dry off. They're good friends clearly. Then Van jokes about his "bag" being wet, and explains how you have to hang it upside-down to dry.

My opinion, I love Van Morrison and all his songs :)
Though at first I just listened to them because I liked the tune, and his voice, now I can really understand (after experimenting with marijauna myself) what he was saying, and what he meant, where he was coming from, and what he was doing, and why he sang and talked the way he did in his songs. And that just makes me like them all the more :)



Smooooooooooooooooooooooooooth | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/7/05

Haven't heard this song for ages but it's a beaut and the record (yes, record!) is about to start...smooth guitar lick informs the piano man to start and it's the keyboards, alongside Morrison's voice that drives this number. Lovely stacatto chord combinations make the melody prance melodiously. I have absolutely no idea what he's going on about, mind, but it often doesn't matter with Van The Man. Love it though. If anybody gets it, could they let us know.





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