Derry down green
Color of my dream
A dream that's daily coming true...
Those are some lyrics to "I'll Be Your Lover Too" by Van Morrison. Described as achingly beautiful, this song will haunt anyone that hears it. For those young enough not to know, Van Morrison is one of the most gifted musicians ever. Although I might have heard it earlier, I first remember encountering this song in the soundtrack to Proof of Life , a greatly underrated movie. I just encountered it again scoring a poignant love scene in Moonlight Mile. I kept using the instant replay to hear it again and again. One writer described the arrangement of this song as both lush and simple at the same time. The band is excellent. Van's singing is as good as singing ever was or ever will be. He sings the lyrics with as much power and intensity as if the whole world had stopped to hear this song. And well it might have done.
I only wish I could have this song sung to me by someone that means it. I would only like to have something like this in my life. The declarations in this song remind us of how it's supposed to be between a man and a woman. It makes the status quo look especially shabby and inadequate. This song is magnificent, grand and magical.
To the best of my knowledge, "I'll Be Your Lover Too" is only available on the Van Morrison His Band and Street Choir, originally recorded in 1970. There are other great songs on this album like "Domino" and "Gypsy Queen" so it's well worth it. You can hear samples of all these songs on Amazon. You can also record Moonlight Mile which is playing on Oxygen about now (May 14 2005) and fast forward to the love scene between Jake Gyllenhal and this blonde lady who seems to be a cocktail waitress (I just happened on the movie).
Van Morrison is magnificent and his gift is amazing. Most of the good stuff seems to be his earlier work but there might be some good songs later on. However you slice it, this man has created more great music than just about anyone.