Van Morrison — Wild Night
Album: Tupelo Honey
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Released: 1971
Length: 3:33
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As you brush your shoes, stand before the mirror
And you comb your hair, grab your coat and hat
And you walk wet streets, tryin' to remember
All the wild night breezes in your mem'ry ever

And everything looks so complete
When you're walkin' out on the street
And the wind catches your feet
Sends you flyin', cryin'
Ooo-woo-wee, wild night is calling
Ooo-ooh-wee, wild night is calling

And all the girls walk by, dressed up for each other
And the boys do the boogie-woogie on the corner of the street
And the people passin' by stare in wild wonder
And the inside jukebox roars out just like thunder

And everything looks so complete
When you're walkin' out on the street
And the wind catches your feet
Sends you flyin', cryin'
Ooo-woo-wee, wild night is calling
Ooo-ooh-wee, wild night is calling

The wild night is calling
The wild night is calling

Come on out and dance
Whoa, come on out and make romance
Come on out and dance
Come on out, make romance
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 stunix wrote:
note to self:   don't put sax through a slow leslie.
 
And don't put Leslie through a slow sax.
note to self:   don't put sax through a slow leslie.

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Just look at his first 4-5 solo albums. My Gosh...just freakin fantastic. We should all be so lucky to have that kind of creative outburst, before we become old, grumpy, and complacent.    
"And the inside jukebox roars out just like thunder"

Must be one of the most evocative lines ever.
 
Did anyone notice a similarity to Mr Jones by Counting Crows? Right from the opening chords...then onto the vocal stylings etc..  I feel this was "inspirational" in their songwriting. 
Greatest rock n roll song ever?
Singing along at the top of my voice... no matter how often I hear this, it adds something brilliant to my day: one of the best songs ever written!
YES, this song speaks to me in so many ways, every time I hear it. It's all so true, too: there is Magic, like a contagion, on a Wild Night!
Godlike!! 
Right It's Magical !
Yup, godlike alright  
A candidate for one of the greatest  RnR songs ever? 

It has all the hooks, lyrics, great vocals, AND guitars and horns.

And it's not over-produced...you can hear fingers scratching on the guitar strings.

And you dance to it as well as sing along as well as drive to it.  
Van The Man, or should I say Sir Vanlose Morrison.A thoroughly deserved knighthood today for providing brilliant and inspiring music all these years.Well timed Bill.
played to death....with so many other VM records out there ...
Always a classic. 
But I've heard it a zillion times. It's lost its luster. Still, it's a classic sing along toe tapper fer sure. 
 
Something about the Johnny Cougar video version that I like, but Van is the Man....










 FrankMc wrote:
"All the girls walk by dressed up for each other."

Whenever I suggest that is a great lyric my wife tells me it's crap, but it's a great lyric. It's true you know. Men don't give a damn about high heels and all that fashionista stuff that hobbles women.

 
Most men don't perceive all the effort women put in towards looking good, but we love the overall effect. High heels work for me. But I think you're right: women do dress up to impress or outshine each other. I always laugh at the joke of two women agonizing separately over just the Right Outfit...and then show up to the same event looking just like each other and hating each other for it. 

Most straight men don't agonize and don't care if another guy is wearing the same thing. Hell, we're barely aware when two women do it.  
Yes, indeed.  Some wild nights are forever.
Man I bet this song was amazing live...
 johnjconn wrote:
At the risk of being called out ,,,

I can't get into Van the Man
He's got that same thing that Coldplay, later Genisis and later Elton John has, which is just a commercial , "Gimme a hit" sound.
Not much depth for me.

 
Sounds like you have not heard much of Van's stuff, some of his may sound a bit commercial like Brown Eyed Girl but some of his material is pretty inaccessible. His first Album Astral Weeks is hardly commercial. I agree about Coldplay etc. But Van is different a bit like Neil Young in many ways.
I wore this track almost bare on my Tupelo Honey cassette of the time.
Love the line "and the inside juke-box roars out just like thunder!"

only 10!!!

ya'll are both correct. the beatles did begin breaking up in late 68 and early 69. lots of infighting and walkouts on sessions...the very reason clapton had to come in and shore up harrisons absence on "weeps'.it really just disintegrated from there.it was mcartney who made it 'official by him' in70. awesome musicians with egos to match          i know all this because secretly i am the 'eighth beatle'...( who am i to let the truth stand in the way of a good story!)


 joelbb wrote:

Like, Dude, the Beatles broke up in '68, after the release of "Let It Be".
 
  The "White Album" was released in 1968, "Abbey Road" was released in 1969, "Let It Be" was released in 1970 - then The Beatles disbanded. It was a while ago, though.
Sorry you folks below don't like this TOTALLY ROCKIN' R&B MASTERPIECE, but I guess there's no accounting for your bad taste.  I was 23 when this DYNAMIC ODE TO BEING YOUNG AND HIP AND IN THE MIDST OF YOUR MILIEU was released.  It's been one of my all-time favs ever since, not just of Van Morrison tunes, but of all music from the DAYS OF THE GREATS (there were GIANTS in those days).  I gave it a nine, you brain dead children.
 dctrpunda wrote:
'71, year after Beatles broke up
 
Like, Dude, the Beatles broke up in '68, after the release of "Let It Be".
Substitute Van's voice for Bruce's and this easily could have been a song off of "Greetings..."
I'm a Vanophile, and this was one of the first handful of albums of his that I soaked up. But it's way, way at the bottom of my Van playlist. Just don't dig the dated sound and feel of it all. He's done so much better, before and since.
 FrankMc wrote:
"All the girls walk by dressed up for each other."

Whenever I suggest that is a great lyric my wife tells me it's crap, but it's a great lyric. It's true you know. Men don't give a damn about high heels and all that fashionista stuff that hobbles women.
 
Yeeeeeeah, we want them nude... hu?

Agree, song has great lyrics. But why did you want to consult that with your wife, your sister or your workmate (woman)?
It's an 11 It is the greatest rock no roll song ever.

Van's voice. The lyrics on wild nights, girls, music, boogie woogie.

The guitar work. The horn section.

You can dance to it.

You can sing along.

You can get romantic.

The perfect r n r song ever.


 johnjconn wrote:
At the risk of being called out ,,,

I can't get into Van the Man
He's got that same thing that Coldplay, later Genisis and later Elton John has, which is just a commercial , "Gimme a hit" sound.
Not much depth for me.

 
Quite alright, just stay where you are. Myself, can't say I love everything Van but he has a hell of a lot of songs I do.
"All the girls walk by dressed up for each other."

Whenever I suggest that is a great lyric my wife tells me it's crap, but it's a great lyric. It's true you know. Men don't give a damn about high heels and all that fashionista stuff that hobbles women.
 scrubbrush wrote:
One of the greatest forces in modern music.
 
Maybe in your universe.
I really like what John Mellencamp did with this song.
Wedding reception song request #7. 
 onerb wrote:
Yes!
 

Played it high school with my band...  always lively & good memories
Yes!
Gotta love it :)
You just need to have a wild night.

 
potatomutant wrote:
Van Morrison is great. I'm just tired of this song. :)
 


Van Morrison is great. I'm just tired of this song. :)
I've watched the last waltz a number of times with The Band.  I can never think of Van again as a anything but the drunk Van the Man.  Sorry.

just like thunder
'71, year after Beatles broke up
Great moments in bass line history.
One of the greatest forces in modern music.
At the time, a very out-of-context-but-beautiful use of pedal steel. Excellent phrasing on the part of a guy who says "I'm really just a jazz singer".
A godlike song from a godlike man.
ha! they just played the same set again tonight! awesome. when it works, it works. 

VAN IS THE MAN. would love to hear more songs from his Astral Weeks album though. SO GOOD!


 
evergreener wrote:

Count Basie - Jumpin' at the Woodside  then Wild Night.... keep up this pace and I may get more work done!


 
 


Fantastic album! Fantastic tour that year too. Love him.
 OmegaConcern wrote:

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where can i buy one of these!