'Sweet Thing' was listed as No. 415 on the All Time 885 Greatest Songs compiled in 2004 by WXPN from listener's votes....
And I will stroll the merry way
And jump the hedges first
And I will drink the clear
Clean water for to quench my thirst
And I shall watch the ferry-boats
And they'll get high
On a bluer ocean
Against tomorrow's sky
And I will never grow so old again
And I will walk and talk
In gardens all wet with rain

Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
My, my, my, my, my sweet thing
And I shall drive my chariot
Down your streets and cry
'Hey, it's me, I'm dynamite
And I don't know why'
And you shall take me strongly
In your arms again
And I will not remember
That I even felt the pain.
We shall walk and talk
In gardens all misty and wet with rain
And I will never, never, never
Grow so old again.

Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
My, my, my, my, my sweet thing
And I will raise my hand up
Into the night time sky
And count the stars
That's shining in your eye
Just to dig it all an' not to wonder
That's just fine
And I'll be satisfied
Not to read in between the lines
And I will walk and talk
In gardens all wet with rain
And I will never, ever, ever, ever
Grow so old again.
Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
Sugar-baby with your champagne eyes
And your saint-like smile


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"Sweet Thing" as written by Van Morrison

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  • +6
    General CommentAstral weeks is the best album Van ever created.
    This song is obviously about love, but he's singing to a lover that has brought him back to plain and simple innocent childhood ("And I'll be satisfied not to read in between the lines"). He promises that he'll never return to his previous state of adulthood. The whole song rings with innocence and purity and hope that only a child could feel.
    majiion April 10, 2004   Link
  • +5
    Lyric CorrectionLooks like someone messed up and put the lyrics for Spanish Rose here instead of Sweet Thing...

    And I will stroll the merry way
    And jump the hedges first
    And I will drink the clear
    Clean water for to quench my thirst
    And I shall watch the ferry-boats
    And they'll get high
    On a bluer ocean
    Against tomorrows sky
    And I will never grow so old again
    And I will walk and talk
    In gardens all wet with rain

    Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
    My, my, my, my, my sweet thing
    And I shall drive my chariot
    Down your streets and cry
    Hey, it's me, Im dynamite
    And I don't know why
    And you shall take me strongly
    In your arms again
    And I will not remember
    That I even felt the pain.
    We shall walk and talk
    In gardens all misty and wet with rain
    And I will never, never, never
    Grow so old again.

    Oh sweet thing, sweet thing
    My, my, my, my, my sweet thing
    And I will raise my hand up
    Into the night time sky
    And count the stars
    That's shining in your eye
    Just to dig it all and not to wonder
    That's just fine
    And I'll be satisfied
    Not to read in between the lines
    And I will walk and talk
    In gardens all wet with rain
    And I will never, ever, ever, ever
    Grow so old again.
    Oh oh sweet thing, sweet thing
    Sugar-baby with your champagne eyes
    And your saint-like smile....
    slightlyaddictedon September 27, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentbeautiful.the best part is, "and i shall drive my chariot down your streets and cry." i canot wait until a boy can feel this way about me.
    Empirer85on August 15, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI am going to play this song at my wedding.
    RobtheNaugleon April 15, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI sat on a hill in a field with my best friend, looking out over a stream under a full moon, listening to this song. two days later he died. i've heard a lot of interpretations of this song, but to me it's the loss of innocence, of something special. i will never grow so old as i did after he died. but this song to helps me picture a time we'll be sitting in a field together again. one of the most moving, beautifully written and instrumented songs i know.
    AntyFarrantyon September 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenta delicately laced song of losing something precious and regaining it again. it has an air of absolute hope and happiness that always leaves me in the state of a smiling, teary-eyed mess :)
    elysium.contúon September 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually in this album/story he is progressing from innocence to experience. (Notice the Blake reference? van was a fan of him too) In this song he is finally pleading to the girl. He is telling her everything he feels and is hoping she will go for it. Will she? Try Cypress Avenue.
    johnpauljones86on May 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentman i love this.
    sofreshon March 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the song for my wife and me. On one of our first dates we both discovered we were Van Morrison fans and eventually Sweet Thing became our song. I feel that the song is about stopping at nothing to come to the woman you love. And also about finding peace, comfort, acceptance, and shelter in someone. I met my wife shortly before being deployed to Iraq, and the song found new resonance to me.
    Seahawkfanon March 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song gives me chills - it stirs the heart and soul to think of a love so profound and deep and pure and sacred!
    VAN is THE MAN!
    VANTHEMANon March 19, 2005   Link

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