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    Van Morrison - Listen to the Lion

    Van Morrison - "Listen to the Lion", taken from his sixth solo album Saint Dominic's Preview (July 1972 Warner Bros). "Listen to the Lion" was first recorded during the sessions for Morrison's third solo album Moondance in 1969 but not used. The longer eleven minute version that is featured on the Saint Dominic's Preview album was recorded during the 1971 sessions at the Columbia Studios in San Francisco and intended for the album Tupelo Honey.

    I find "Listen to the Lion" uplifting, and heartbreaking at the same time. Van confronts all his dreams, all his doubts and all of the tangled web of the celtic diaspora and mysticism and emerges triumphant. It's almost a hymne. I like to hear a CS Lewis Lion (Aslan) in this song. This song is one of the defining tracks of Morrison's career, comparing it with works such as "The Garden", "Into the Mystic", and "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the River".

    Photograps: Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee

    Band:
    Van Morrison -- vocals, guitar,backing vocals
    Ronnie Montrose -- guitar, backing vocals
    Mark Jordan -- piano
    Bill Church -- bass
    Connie Kay -- drums
    Garry Mallaber -- percussion, vibraphone
    "Boots" Rolf Houston -- backing vocals

    Lyrics:
    And all my love come down
    All my love come tumblin' down
    All my love come tumblin' down
    All my love come tumblin' down
    Oh, listen listen
    To the lion
    Oh, listen listen listen
    To the lion...
    Inside of me
    Oh, oh, oh

    And I shall search my soul
    I shall search my very soul
    And I shall search my very soul
    I shall search my very so-o-oul

    For the lion
    For the lion
    For the lion
    For the lion...
    Inside of me
    Oh, oh, yeah

    And all my tears have flown
    All my tears like water flown
    And all my tears like water flown
    All my tears like-a water flown

    For the lion
    For the lion
    For the lion
    For the lion...
    Inside of me

    Listen to the lion [14 times]

    And we sailed, and we sailed...
    And we sailed, and we sailed...
    And we sailed, and we sailed...
    ... sailed to Caledonia

    And we sailed, and we sailed,
    And we sailed, and we sailed, and we sailed...
    Away from Denmark
    Way up to Caledonia
    Away from Denmark
    Way up to Caledonia

    And we sailed, and we sailed, and we sailed...
    All around the World
    And we sailed..., and we sailed..., and we sailed...
    Looking for a brand new start

    And we sailed...
    And we sailed, and we sailed...
    All around the World
    ... a brand new start

    Looking for a brand new start
    Looking for a brand new start
    Looking for a brand new start

    And we sailed, and we sailed, and we sailed...
    And we sailed...
    Away from the Golden Gate
    Way up to the New York City Show less
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