I've Been Working

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"I've Been Working"
Song by Van Morrison
from the album His Band and the Street Choir
Released November 15, 1970
Recorded June - September 1970
Genre Funk, Rock
Length 3:25
Label Warner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s) Van Morrison
Producer(s) Van Morrison
His Band and the Street Choir track listing
  1. "Domino" – 3:06
  2. "Crazy Face" – 2:56
  3. "Give Me a Kiss (Just One Sweet Kiss)" – 2:30
  4. "I've Been Working" – 3:25
  5. "Call Me Up in Dreamland" – 3:52
  6. "I'll Be Your Lover, Too" – 3:57
  7. "Blue Money" – 3:40
  8. "Virgo Clowns" – 4:10
  9. "Gypsy Queen" – 3:16
  10. "Sweet Jannie" – 2:11
  11. "If I Ever Needed Someone" – 3:45
  12. "Street Choir" – 4:53

"I've Been Working" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison appearing on the album His Band and the Street Choir, released in 1970. The song was first an outtake from Morrison's well received album Astral Weeks of 1968.[1] Other versions of "I've Been Working" were recorded for Morrison's next album Moondance,[2] of which, three were released on the 2013 deluxe edition.[3]

Appearance on other albums[edit]

Other performances[edit]

In the media[edit]

"I've Been Working" was featured in the 1973 movie, Blume in Love.[5]

Personnel on original release[edit]


  • Bob Seger covered this song on his album Back in '72, and later performed it on his successful live album Live Bullet in 1976.[6]
  • Bo Diddley's 1974 album, Big Bad Bo had a cover by Diddley of "I've Been Working".[7]
  • "I've Been Working" was the final track on the 1974 album More Orphan Than Not, by Orphan.[6]
  • The song was also covered by Guitar Shorty in 2004, on his album Watch Your Back.[6]
  • Gov't Mule often works the song into its signature song "Mule" during live performances.


  1. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p.195, p.518
  2. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p.520
  3. ^ Light, Alan; Planet, Janet; Scheiner, Elliot (22 October 2013). Moondance (deluxe edition booklet). Van Morrison. Warner Bros. Records. R2 536561.
  4. ^ Hinton. Celtic Crossroads, p.394
  5. ^ "Van Morrison at IMDb". www.imdb.com. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  6. ^ a b c "allmusic (((Van Morrison > Songs >Songs Composed By)))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
  7. ^ "allmusic (((Big Bad Bo > Overview)))". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-10-29.


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