Irish Heartbeat (song)

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"Irish Heartbeat"
Song by Van Morrison
from the album Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
Released March 1983
Genre Celtic
Length 4:40
Label Warner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s) Van Morrison
Producer(s) Van Morrison
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart track listing
  1. "Higher Than the World"
  2. "Connswater"
  3. "River of Time"
  4. "Celtic Swing"
  5. "Rave On, John Donne"
  6. "Inarticulate Speech of the Heart No. 1"
  7. "Irish Heartbeat"
  8. "The Street Only Knew Your Name"
  9. "Inarticulate Speech of the Heart No. 2"
  10. "September Night"

"Irish Heartbeat" is a popular song that was first recorded on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison's 1983 album Inarticulate Speech of the Heart. A remake with The Chieftains was also included on Morrison's 1988 album, Irish Heartbeat.

Recording[edit]

The first version of the song, "Irish Heartbeat" that appeared on the album Inarticulate Speech of the Heart was recorded in 1982 at Townhouse In London with Mick Glossop acting as engineer.[1] The version that was recorded with The Chieftains that was included on the album, Irish Heartbeat was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin in the sessions from December 1987 to January 1988 with Brian Masterson as engineer.[2]

Composition[edit]

The song evokes images of homecoming back to Ireland and includes the words: "I'm going back/going back/To my own ones/Back to talk/talk awhile/With my own ones". Van Morrison was quoted by his biographer, Steven Turner as remarking: "But there's a big part of me that's just strictly involved with the island of Ireland.[3]

Other releases[edit]

Irish Heartbeat as a remake with The Chieftains was included on the 1988 album Irish Heartbeat. This recording with The Chieftains was included on the 2007 compilation album Van Morrison at the Movies - Soundtrack Hits as it appeared on the soundtrack of the movie The Matchmaker. The original recording has been remastered in 2007 and included on the compilation album, Still on Top - The Greatest Hits.

Covers[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p. 524
  2. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p.525
  3. ^ Turner, Too Late to Stop Now, p. 153
  4. ^ "allmusic: Irish Heartbeat: Billy Connolly". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  5. ^ "The Burns Sisters Band - Close to Home - Tracklist". burnssisters.com. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 

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