Sweet Thing (Van Morrison song)

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"Sweet Thing"
Song by Van Morrison
from the album Astral Weeks
ReleasedNovember 1968 (1968-11)
RecordedOctober 15, 1968
StudioCentury Sound, New York City
GenreFolk rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Van Morrison
Producer(s)Lewis Merenstein
Astral Weeks track listing

"Sweet Thing" is one of the songs included on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison's 1968 acclaimed second album Astral Weeks. It was on the first side of the album, that was under the heading: In the Beginning. The song was later used in 1971 as the American B-side to Morrison's single "Blue Money".

Recording and composition[edit]

"Sweet Thing" was written by Morrison, aged c.22-23, after he had met his future wife Janet while on tour in the US in 1966 and during the year of separation after he returned to Belfast.

It was recorded during the last Astral Weeks session on October 15, 1968, at Century Sound Studios in New York City with Lewis Merenstein as producer.[1] It is the only song on the album that looks forward instead of backward:[2]

You shall take me strongly in your arms again
And I will not remember that I ever felt the pain

Van Morrison described the song to Ritchie Yorke: "'Sweet Thing' is another romantic song. It contemplates gardens and things like that...wet with rain. It's a romantic love ballad not about anybody in particular but about a feeling."[3]


The song was listed as No. 415 on the All Time 885 Greatest Songs compiled in 2004 by WXPN from listener's votes.[4]

Other releases[edit]

Sweet Thing" is the only song from Astral Weeks included on the 1990 compilation album The Best of Van Morrison. It was also featured on Morrison's album Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl, released in 2009 to celebrate forty years since Astral Weeks was first released

Appearance in the media[edit]

The song is featured two times in the 2012 movie The Five-Year Engagement. It's playing when the two main characters first meet.

The song is also featured in its entirety during the ending of the movie Moonlight Mile, written and directed by Brad Silberling.



The Waterboys covered the song on their 1988 Fisherman's Blues album.[5] German indie band Flowerpornoes did a cover on their 1996 Album "Ich & Ich" [6] Jeff Buckley's 1993 recorded but posthumously released (in 2004) live album Live at Sin-é (Legacy Edition) includes a live extended version.[7] Shana Morrison included a cover of "Sweet Thing" on her debut album Caledonia (1999).[8] Ezio covered it on the album, Live at the Shepherds Bush Empire. Joe Louis Walker included a version on his album Pasa Tiempo (2002).[9] The 4 of Us covered it at the Astral Weeks Revisited concert in Belfast, 5 January 2008 to mark the 40th anniversary of Astral Weeks.[10]


  1. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p. 518
  2. ^ Heylin, Can You Feel The Silence?, p. 157
  3. ^ Yorke, Into the Music, p. 57
  4. ^ All-Time 885 Greatest Songs
  5. ^ "The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues". magazine.jamsbio.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2009-10-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ "Flowerpornoes, 'Ich & Ich'". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  7. ^ "Live at Sin-é (Bonus DVD)". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  8. ^ "Caledonia : Shana Morrison". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  9. ^ "Joe Louis Walker: Latest release". evidencemusic.com. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  10. ^ Bailie, Stuart. "Astral Weeks, Wondrous Days". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-08-08.


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