Half a mile from the county fair
And the rain keep pourin' down
Me and Billy standin' there
With a silver half a crown

Hands are full of a fishin' rod
And the tackle on our backs
We just stood there gettin' wet
With our backs against the fence

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Hope it don't rain all day

[Chorus]
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like Jelly Roll
And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin' home
And it stoned me

Then the rain let up and the sun came up
And we were gettin' dry
Almost let a pick-up truck nearly pass us by
So we jumped right in and the driver grinned

And he dropped us up the road
We looked at the swim and we jumped right in
Not to mention fishing poles

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Let it run all over me

[Chorus]

On the way back home we sang a song
But our throats were getting dry
Then we saw the man from across the road
With the sunshine in his eyes

Well he lived all alone in his own little home
With a great big gallon jar
There were bottles too, one for me and you
And he said Hey! There you are

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Get it myself from the mountain stream

[Chorus]



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"And It Stoned Me" as written by Van Morrison

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  • +1
    General Comment:From Van the Man himself, in the biography "Too Late to Stop Now":

    "I suppose I was about twelve years old. We used to go to a place called Ballystockart to fish. We stopped in the village on the way up to this place and I went to this little stone house, and there was an old man there with dark weather-beaten skin, and we asked him if he had any water. He gave us some water which he said he'd got from the stream. We drank some and everything seemed to stop for me. Time stood still. For five minutes everything was really quiet and I was in this 'other dimension.' That's what the song is about."
    jimmyl008on November 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:This song is defiantly not about getting high, i interpret it to be about a girl. In this song 'water' symbolizes this girl. 'jelly roll' is a common symbol in blues, where a lot of van's inspiration comes from. Knowing that, let us start with the first verse:

    "Half a mile from the county fair
    And the rain keep pourin' down
    Me and Billy standin' there
    With a silver half a crown
    Hands are full of a fishin' rod
    And the tackle on our backs
    We just stood there gettin' wet
    With our backs against the fence"

    He is away from society, away from anything to influence him, and the rain keeps pouring. He doesn't seem to mind getting wet, and goes on with what he's doing. The rain is water, so these thoughts of the girl keep coming to him, they are out of his control, and he is more or less indifferent to them.

    in the bridge:
    "Oh, the water
    Oh, the water
    Oh, the water
    Hope it don't rain all day"

    he mentions that he doesnt want the water to keep coming all day, while he was indifferent before, now he is tired of it.

    but then comes the chorus:
    "And it stoned me to my soul
    Stoned me just like Jelly Roll
    And it stoned me
    And it stoned me to my soul
    Stoned me just like goin' home
    And it stoned me"

    The thoughts of this girl, or being in her presence stones him, meaning they make him feel good, just like his drugs. He says that it stones him like jelly roll, meaning that the thoughts of her fullfill his sexual desires, he doesn't actually need the sexual fulfillment because his attraction to her is deeper than that of a surface level, sexual attraction.

    The second Verse and Bridge continue:

    "Then the rain let up and the sun came up
    And we were gettin' dry
    Almost let a pick-up truck nearly pass us by
    So we jumped right in and the driver grinned
    And he dropped us up the road
    We looked at the swim and we jumped right in
    Not to mention fishing poles

    Oh, the water
    Oh, the water
    Oh, the water
    Let it run all over me"

    Him getting dry is him stopping thinking about her, or leaving her presence, then he make the conscience decision to jump into the water, followed by the bridge verse, "let it run all over me." Now that the thoughts of this girl have stopped, he realizes what he is missing, and makes the conscience decision to go after her, and comes to the conclusion that he likes her.

    the third verse and the final bridge are my favorite:

    "On the way back home we sang a song
    But our throats were getting dry
    Then we saw the man from across the road
    With the sunshine in his eyes
    Well he lived all alone in his own little home
    With a great big gallon jar
    There were bottles too, one for me and you
    And he said Hey! There you are

    Oh, the water
    Oh, the water
    Oh, the water
    Get it myself from the mountain stream"

    He has already made his decision that he likes this girl, but he does not know how to go about winning her affection. This is where the old man comes in, the "sunshine in his eyes" represents his wisdom, and the wise man gives him the 'tools' he needs to win her attraction, the bottles. This is where he goes out of his way to the mountain stream to get it himself.

    After reading jimmyl008's comment, I enjoy the beauty of this song even more, as he is paralleling a childhood experience with the story of him and this mystery woman. Anyways mr. gottaBlackRocket... you'll have to find a new favorite song about getting high, as this one is not at all about that. Maybe look to the beatles?
    lh80127on May 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Great analysis lh80127!
    Freedom Loveron July 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I'm pretty certain that Jelly Roll is not a symbol for sex, rather he is refering to Jelly Roll Morton-jazz pioneer, who was a big influence for Van
    dylanhopeon September 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It's about having diarrhea in the back of a tour bus.
    daddybcaton December 21, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General Comment:I'm pretty sure this is in fact about happy memories of fishing when he was a kid rather than getting high on PCP.
    SpunaroundSaturnon January 18, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Comment:Jelly Roll symbolizes sex, sorry i didnt manage to get that out in my previous comment
    lh80127on May 26, 2010   Link
  • -4
    General Comment:PROBBLY my favorit song bout gettin high.. van is goin fishin while smokin pcp. dats what he mean when he say he gettin wet and talkin about water (water = pcp). then after he done fishinG him and his homies hitches a ride to his dealer TO get some morE
    gottaBlackRocketon May 01, 2008   Link

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