"Slim Slow Slider" as written by and Van Morrison....
Slim slow slider
Horse you ride
Is white as snow
Slim slow slider
Horse you ride
Is white as snow
Tell it everywhere you go
Saw you walking
Down by the Ladbroke Grove this morning
Saw you walking
Down by the Ladbroke Grove this morning
Catching pebbles for some sandy beach
You're out of reach
Saw you early this morning
With your brand new boy and your Cadillac
Saw you early this morning
With your brand new boy and your Cadillac
You're gone for something
And I know you won't be back
I know you're dying, baby
And I know you know it, too
I know you're dying
And I know you know it, too
Every time I see you
I just don't know what to do


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"Slim Slow Slider" as written by Van Morrison

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  • +4
    My InterpretationYou can spend alot of time trying to tie specific meanings to the songs on Astral Weeks, pinning places and metaphors together, trying to create a narrative storyline and ahcieve a definite understanding. Fact is though, youre never going to achieve a satisfactory result because Morrison wrote some of these peices as a 'stream of consiousness' not 'even thinking about what he wrote' (Ritchie Yorke, Van Morrison Biographer) whilst others were 'composites...of conversations...movies, newspapers, books' and are 'totally fictional' (Van Morrison, NPR Interview).

    I think a better approach to understanding the works is to ditch the narrative, like you would when reading a non-linear books (Ulysses for example). Feel the words, feel the music, and derive your meaning from that. Approach it a bit the way you would a dream - things are not what they seem, but they are exactly what they feel (to each person individually).

    "The songs are poetic stories, so the meaning is the same as always–timeless and unchanging. The songs are works of fiction that will inherently have a different meaning for different people. People take from it whatever their disposition to take from it is." (Van Morrison, to Randy Lewis).
    minamayon March 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOh, for fuck's sake johnpauljones86, why does every bloody song on this flamin' website have to be about smack? Use your imagination, son- perhaps the horse is a metaphor for the girl's pride. Junk isn't everything, mate.
    alfiebabyon May 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Earthly bliss is transient as is earthly life itself, and we are helpless to do anything about it. Astral Weeks' last note is a cacophony of Morrison slapping the body of his guitar, Davis snapping his bass strings, and Payne forcing stray, ugly notes out of his sax. Suddenly, everything is in shards."
    Wonderboy2kon December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSadness. It seems that she has in fact a drug addiction( i believe heroin specifically because of the white horse, metaphor, and the fact that ireland had a very bad heroin problem). Not only that she has left Van for a richer man( who also happens to own the stereotypical love-gone-bad mobile, the Cadillac). Maybe shes been revealed to be shallow and only interested in money and was lying the whole time. or maybe wants the richer man to pay for her drug habit.? who can say. but the last lines are the most disturbing of the album. He reveals that she is dying. Is she dying on the inside, by becoming more and more unloving and interested in greed (remember the avarice from the first song?!?! a ha, is that the connection? ((Avarice- love of money,greed))? or is she dying physically, from the heroin or something else? we never know . but what we do know is that he is still in love with her dispite it all and her pain is still his pain. This album is to me one of the single greatest works in modern music. if not the best. It has a quality unique to Van and only Van of 1968.
    johnpauljones86on May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, Ireland has a very bad heroin problem? 1- it's no worse than most countries. 2- Ladbroke Grove? That's in London, boyo. Get your fucking facts straight before you start wanking off, mate.
    alfiebabyon May 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor the record, "every bloody song on this flamin' website" is not about smack. in fact, very few are.
    evanreyeson June 26, 2006   Link

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