The Way Young Lovers Do

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"The Way Young Lovers Do"
Song by Van Morrison
from the album Astral Weeks
ReleasedNovember 1968 (1968-11)
RecordedOctober 15, 1968
StudioCentury Sound, New York City
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Van Morrison
Producer(s)Lewis Merenstein
Astral Weeks track listing

"The Way Young Lovers Do" is one of the songs included on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison's second solo album Astral Weeks that was recorded in 1968 in New York City. The song is in triple metre, and the distinctive feel of the original recording of the song emerges from the non-rock style of double-bass phrasing by veteran jazzman Richard Davis and additional jazz musician session players, which combined with Morrison's soulful vocals, creates a relatively unusual combination of stylistic elements.

Brian Hinton believes that "The song is about growing up, an adolescent first kiss, and still conveys the same sweet mystery as 'Astral Weeks' but more upfront."[1]

In Ritchie Yorke's biography on Van Morrison he comments that Van Morrison told him, "On the second side 'Young Lovers Do' is just basically a song about young love" and that Morrison then laughed mysteriously.[2]

In a 1969 issue of Rolling Stone about Astral Weeks Greil Marcus remarks: "It is pointless to discuss this album in terms of each particular track; with the exception of 'Young Lovers Do', a poor jazz-flavored cut that, is uncomfortably out of place on this record, it's all one song, very much 'A Day in the Life.'"[3]

In his review, Scott Thomas writes:

"The Way Young Lovers Do" is an interesting one. On its surface, with its images of tranquil lovers walking through fields and kissing on front stoops, it seems to deliver the romantic bliss anticipated so fervently in "Sweet Thing". The music, however, betrays some disturbing undercurrents.

In the media[edit]

"The Way Young Lovers Do" was one of the songs in the soundtrack of the 1997 movie, Welcome to Sarajevo.[4]

Appearance on other albums[edit]

"The Way Young Lovers Do" was 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. A jazz arrangement is featured on the 2018 album he recorded with organist Joey DeFrancesco entitled You're Driving Me Crazy.




  1. ^ Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p.97
  2. ^ Yorke, into the Music, p.59
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Magazine: Greil Marcus review:Astral Weeks 1969-03-01
  4. ^ "Van Morrison". Retrieved 2009-12-01.
  5. ^ Bailie, Stuart (2008-01-07). "Astral Weeks, Wondrous Days". Retrieved 2009-03-10.