donderdag 21 oktober 2010

Van Morrison Coney Island


Coney Island

"Coney Island" is a spoken-word song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1989 album, Avalon Sunset. The narrative is accompanied by lush instrumentation which successfully[citation needed] contrasts with Morrison's thick Ulster brogue. The singer revisits his youthful trips with his mother to the seaside at Coney Island, in County Down, Northern Ireland. The trip from Belfast in the song names the localities of Downpatrick, St. John's Point, Strangford Lough, Shrigley, Killyleagh, Lecale District and Ardglass. The narrative vividly pictures a bright Autumn day of birdwatching, stopping for Sunday papers, and for "a couple of jars of mussels and some potted herrings in case we get famished before dinner." A reviewer noted: "You get a great rush of satisfaction here; in knowing that Van Morrison, despite his long, painful progress towards spiritual election, is still a ravenous foodie at heart."

The village of Shrigley dating back to 1824 was replaced with modern homes and shops after 1968 but a restored village as seen by Morrison and his mother is being planned.
The song ends with the spoken words,

Wouldn't it be great if it was like this all the time?

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Coming down from Downpatrick
Stopping off at St. John's Point
Out all day birdwatching
And the craic was good

Stopped off at Strangford Lough
Early in the morning

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Drove through Shrigley taking pictures
And on to Killyleagh

Stopped off for Sunday papers
At the Lecale District
Just before Coney Island

On and on, over the hill
To Ardglass in the jamjar
Autumn sunshine, magnificent
And all shining through

Stop off at Ardglass
For a couple of jars of mussels
And some potted herrings in case
We get famished before dinner

On and on, over the hill
And the craic is good
Heading towards Coney Island

I look at the side of your face
As the sunlight comes
Streaming through the window
In the autumn sunshine

And all the time
Going to Coney Island
I'm thinking, wouldn't it be great?
If it was like this all the time

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