Stranded (Van Morrison song)
|Song by Van Morrison|
|from the album Magic Time|
|Released||May 17, 2005|
|Recorded||August 25, 2003|
|Magic Time track listing|
"Stranded" is the opening track on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison's 2005 album Magic Time. It is one of the ten original songs written by Morrison that were included on the well-received album.
As described in Allmusic:
"Stranded" has a gorgeous faux doo wop lilt, and an elegant, timeless piano that cascades from the ether as a nocturnal alto saxophone (Morrison) who announces a stolid yet world-weary vocal that unhurriedly moves along to a backing chorus. One can hear traces of The Platters' "Twilight Time" and The Penguins' "Earth Angel" in its grain.
In the lyrics of the song, the singer laments being confused and isolated in a modern world from which he feels disconnected:
- I’m stranded at the edge of the world
- It’s a world I don’t know
BC Music's reviewer Aaman Lamba notes: "Stranded" is a typical Morrison piece, dealing with being stranded on the shores of a new world, a world changed. A thoughtful piece, it features a saxophone section of some worth." (This was played by Morrison.)
- It's leaving me stranded
- In my own little island
- With my eyes open wide
- But I'm feeling stranded
Morrison has frequently performed this song in his live concerts since releasing it.
Appearance on other albums
- It is included on the 2007 compilation album, The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3
- It also featured on the 2007 compilation album, Still on Top - The Greatest Hits.
Personnel on original release
- Van Morrison - vocals, alto saxophone
- Brian Connor - piano
- Foggy Lyttle - guitar
- David Hayes - bass
- Liam Bradley - drums, backing vocals
- Jerome Rimson - backing vocals