"Ballerina" as written by and Van Morrison....
Spread your wings
Come on fly awhile
Straight to my arms
Little angel child
You know you only
Lonely twenty-two story block

And if somebody, not just anybody
Wanted to get close to you
For instance, me, baby
All you gotta do
Is ring a bell

Step right up, step right up
And step right up
Ballerina
Crowd will catch you
Fly it, sigh it, try it
Well, I may be wrong

But something deep in my heart tells me I'm right and I don't think so
You know I saw the writing on the wall
When you came up to me
Child, you were heading for a fall

But if it gets to you
And you feel like you just can't go on
All you gotta do
Is ring a bell

Step right up, and step right up
And step right up
Just like a ballerina
Stepping lightly
Alright, well it's getting late
Yes it is, yes it is

And this time I forget to slip into your slumber
The light is on the left side of your head
And I'm standing in your doorway
And I'm mumbling and I can't remember the last thing that ran through my head

Here come a man, here come a man and he say, he say the show must go on
So all you gotta do
Is ring the bell

And step right up, and step right up
And step right up
Just like a ballerina, yeah, yeah
Crowd will catch you
Fly it, sigh it, c'mon, die it, yeah
Just like a ballerina
Just like a, just like a, just like a, just like a ballerina

Get on up, get on up, keep a-moving, moving on, moving on, moving on up
Little bit higher, baby
You know, you know, you know, get on up baby
Alright, a-keep on, a-keep on, a-keep on pushing, keep on, keep on pushing
Stepping lightly

Just like a ballerina
Ooo-we baby, take off your shoes
Working on
Just like a ballerina


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"Ballerina" as written by Van Morrison

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    General Commentno one ever comments on the good songs. this is just such a beautiful song. i don't understand how words seem so different when they're sung and when they're written.
    fadedjadedon May 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe beginning, especially the line about the 22 storey block remind me of myself. I don't know why. I suppose being a lonely 22 storey block must be fairly isolating and, well, lonely. It would be hard to let someone get too close. And then the Crowd Will Catch You line. If you fall from the 22nd storey, the crowd will catch you. The singer (in this case Van) will catch you. Don't worry, just step right up, like you're the graceful ballerina you know you're not and ring that bell. Because that's how someone will get close to your 22 storey block, which cannot be anywhere nearly as beautiful as a ballerina as it's a block, but it's okay. You can pretend that you are a ballerina.
    MindChildon May 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI'm almost positive that he says "grab it, catch it" instead of "crowd will catch you." It's a little mumbled on the album version, but on the Hollywood Bowl version it's clearly that.

    It also fits a little better in context: "Grab it, catch it, fly it, sigh it."
    WeezeRingon May 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentANother iffy song. the girl has become some sort of performer(actress, singer, stripper, prostitute). She also may have a drug addiction. As hinted to by Young Lovers innocence is over. Van and her are grown and at least somewhat more mature. He begins to see that life isnt really pretty and happy at all. He still loves her deeply but she has changed. But he is trying to make things work. Where will this lead?
    johnpauljones86on May 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song, written for Janet Planet, his soon to be wife.
    They were about to embark on married life and making a living was impinging on their happiness -
    "Here come the man and he say, he say the show must go on
    vasnmoGoon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsurely this is one of the most underrated songs of all time, an unsung classic - my dads favourite van morrison song, i wouldnt say it was mine but its brilliant - im going to see him in november 07 in norwich and i cannot flippin wait
    cartlidgeon October 04, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionWell, I may be wrong, but the "keep on pushing" line made me consider the possibility that the ballerina is Van himself. That would explain being worried about the show going on.
    stormvilleon March 26, 2012   Link

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