"Beside You" as written by and Van Morrison....
Little Jimmy's gone
Way out of the backstreet
Out of the window
Through the fallin' rain
Right on time
Right on time
That's why Broken Arrow
Waved his finger down the road so dark and narrow
In the evenin'
Just before the Sunday six-bells chime, six-bells chime
And all the dogs are barkin'
Way on down the diamond-studded highway where you wander
And you roam from your retreat and view
Way over on the railroad
Tomorrow all the tippin' trucks will unload
Every scrapbook stuck will glue
And I'll stand beside you
Beside you child
To never never never wonder why at all
No no no no no no no no
To never never wonder why at all
To never never never wonder why it's gotta be
It has to be
Way across the country where the hillside mountain glide
The dynamo of your smile caressed the barefoot virgin child to wander
Past your window with a lantern lit
You held it in the doorway and you cast against the pointed island breeze
Said your time was open, go well on your merry way
Past the brazen footsteps of the silence easy
You breathe in you breathe out you breathe in you breathe out you breath in
You breathe out you breathe in you breathe out
And you're high on your high-flyin' cloud
Wrapped up in your magic shroud as ecstasy surrounds you
This time it's found you
You turn around you turn around you turn around you turn around
And I'm beside you
Beside you
Oh darlin'
To never never wonder why at all
No no no no no
To never never never wonder why at all
To never never never wonder why it's gotta be
It has to be
And I'm beside you
Beside you
Oh child
To never never wonder why at all
I'm beside you
Beside you
Beside you
Beside you
Oh child


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"Beside You" as written by Van Morrison

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    General CommentI think everyone has kinda taken the wrong outlook on this song. I know that of course the lyrics are open to interpretation and usually it means something different to each person but everyone is claiming that this is about a "Rich" girl that Van was in love with when it's not about that at all.

    Morrison stated in an interview before that this was "the kind of song that you'd sing to a kid or somebody that you love. It's basically a love song. It's just a song about being spiritually beside somebody." It has nothing to do with a woman in particular but rather anyone that you love, telling them that despite their fears and troubles you will always be " Beside" them..metaphorically of course.
    BLUExxEYEDon December 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgain he is dreaming of this rich girl. Wishing her previous bf will disappear and he will comfort her and she will be his. He is sure its fate.
    johnpauljones86on May 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgain he is dreaming of this rich girl. Wishing her previous bf will disappear and he will comfort her and she will be his. He is sure its fate.
    johnpauljones86on May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn this song is good, just listen to it, 'listen and feel' as a good friend of mine says. mo0stah rocks
    aniotaon February 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such an amazing song. The emotion is overwhelming to anyone who still holds the belief in the beauty ( if not the purity) of the human soul. That we can indeed rise in stature as far as we can fall.
    Gforce38on May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs.

    "You breathe in you breathe out you breathe in you breathe out you breath in
    you breathe out you breathe in you breathe out
    And you're high on your high-flyin' cloud
    Wrapped up in your magic shroud as ecstasy surrounds you
    This time it's found you
    You turn around you turn around you turn around you turn around
    And I'm beside you
    Beside you"

    This part has always had a special spiritual/psychedelic meaning for me.
    davinoxon February 20, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKinda get the feeling that Van's idealisied this girl so much that he'd give anything just to be with her. He sees her as a solution to all his problems, and that just being beside her would be the culmination of everything he's ever worked for. Unfortunately, he doesn't yet realize that the only problem with getting your dream girl to fall in love with you is that she eventually becomes real. But for now, he's just consumed by the thought of being with her, even though she seems unattainable.
    Wonderboy2kon February 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationMy Little Jimmy, you are on the way to the other side of the tracks where you've been told by another more experienced boy where you can find the red light district. Your are unknown in that part of town; all the dogs bark at you.

    Your memory of tonight will be told tomorrow like garbage spilled out into the dump.

    But I will not question or condemn why you had to do this.

    To the whore: Your bold enticements have brought this virgin lad to your bed where you have intercoarse. He climaxes.

    Now time has passed. My Little Jimmy, I will not question or condemn you.
    4isheron February 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about time passing, human life. I find it very nostalgic. Perhaps a father looking upon his young son, seeing how time is fleeting, and mourns the loss of his own childhood. Probably more likely there is only one person - standing beside their younger self with compassion as they remember their young life. In any case, I shall call the older person the father, and the younger, the son.

    Little Jimmy goes on his first adventure, just like any boy when they reach a certain age - that is, right on time. The falling rain give the sense of time passing in the present, slipping past.

    I imagine Broken Arrow as an old American Indian mystic, pointing down the road of life. Time only goes in one direction, there is only one way to go, but its never easy.

    Now the father (or the lone person) thinks back on another frozen moment, some peak experience from his own childhood, just before the Sunday church bells chime. But even in memory those bells must chime, nothing can stop time or hold it. The bells chime, the dogs bark, life goes on.

    The father thinks of the boys future life, and sees that it is good, a 'diamond studded highway', alluding back to the road in Broken Arrow's prophecy. But unfortunately this means he must lose his innocence and the rapture of childhood.

    The scrapbooks are I think both the literal scrapbooks which the son will throw away soon, but also the memories collected during a lifetime, which now pour from the father.

    The loss of childhood, the passing of time, this visitation of the son, is painful to the father. He experiences nostalgia or sweet sadness as he consider passing time, it confounds him. He advises the son better to live in the ecstatic present a not worry about such matters.

    Then the father imagines himself visiting, and actually interacting with the son (the younger version of himself). Can memories reach back in time, like a time machine? As if the father visits the child during their sleep, with a lantern, caresses them, leaves an imprint on the child. Then he's the child again, 'remembering' the same event from a different perspective 'You held it in the doorway and you cast against the pointed island breeze' - the father with a ghostly lantern in the doorway.

    'Said your time was open, go well on your merry way' - This is the now, remembering what the father said - you have a life in front of you, live it well.

    Now he has really recaptured the ecstasy of his childhood, breathing in, breathing out, high on the high-flying cloud etc.

    The 'never wonder why' reminds me of Wordsworth's 'Above Tintern Abbey':
    "Their colours and their forms, were then to me
    An appetite; a feeling and a love,
    That had no need of a remoter charm,
    By thought supplied, nor any interest
    Unborrowed from the eye.--That time is past,
    And all its aching joys are now no more,
    And all its dizzy raptures."
    pwrayon February 19, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAgain he is dreaming of this rich girl. Wishing her previous bf will disappear and he will comfort her and she will be his. He is sure its fate.
    johnpauljones86on May 02, 2004   Link

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