These Dreams of You

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"These Dreams of You"
Song by Van Morrison
from the album Moondance
Released February 1970
Genre Rhythm and blues, country rock
Length 3:50
Label Warner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s) Van Morrison
Producer(s) Van Morrison and Lewis Merenstein
Moondance track listing

"These Dreams of You" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and featured on his 1970 album Moondance. This song was also included on Morrison's 1974 live album, It's Too Late to Stop Now.

"The inspiration of "These Dreams of You", it seems, was a dream about an assassination attempt on Ray Charles, who then 'got up to do his best'. The words are introspective and obscure, but the musical structure and assured playing give the piece its necessary coherence."[1]

Van Morrison describes it as:[2]

The result of a dream I had about Ray Charles being shot down. That started off the whole song. The line 'you paid your dues in Canada', I don't really know where that comes from, I just have a romantic image of going to Canada and that's about it. The song is basically about dreams.

Brian Hinton goes on to say: "Nightmares more like, with Van's lover telling lies, walking out, ignoring his cries, throwing him out, and slapping him on the face; odd behavior for an angel. Van's voice sounds almost strangled on the final chorus."[3]

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  1. ^ Collis, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart. p120
  2. ^ Hinton. Celtic Crossroads. p.109
  3. ^ Hinton, Celtic Crossroads. p.110
  4. ^ Becker, Gunter. "Van Morrison song database". Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  5. ^ "Rockpalast Christmas special '98". Retrieved 2009-01-12. 


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