"Glad Tidings" as written by and Van Morrison....
And they'll lay you down low in the easy
And the lips that you kiss will say Christmas
And the miles that you traveled the distance

So believe no lies, dry your eyes and realize
That surprise
La, la, la, la la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
And the businessmen will shake hands and talk in numbers
And the princess will wake up from her slumber
Then all the knights will step forth with their arm bands
And every stranger you meet in the street will make demands
So believe no lies, then dry your eyes and realize
That surprise
La, la, la, la la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

And we'll send you glad tidings from New York
Open up your eyes so you may see
Ask you not to read between the lines
Hope that you will come in right on time
And they'll talk to you while you're in trances
And you'll visualize not taking any chances
But meet them halfway with love, peace and persuasion
And expect them to rise for the occasion
Don't it gratify when you see it materialize
Right in front of your eyes
That surprise

La, la, la, la la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

And we'll send you glad tidings from New York
Open up your eyes so you may see
Ask you not to read between the lines
Hope that you will come in right on time
And they'll lay you down low and easy


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"Glad Tidings" as written by Van Morrison

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    General CommentGreat, catchy song. :D
    woodcock92627on November 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHats off to the The Sopranos producers for cleverly using this song in the final episode of Season 5. Simply brilliant!

    I'm a little suprised actually no one has ever made this comment already.
    christoson March 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSopranos is the shit! I love that show... but what the hell is this song about?
    ThaJew420on January 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite from "Moondance." The album liner gives the 2nd and 3rd lines as:
    "And it looks like you kids will stay Christmas
    It demands that you travel the distance."
    It's about looking forward to a visit, but mostly I love individual lines rather than "understanding" it as a clear story.
    The princess awakens, the knights step forward...
    Don't read between the lines, meet them halfway,
    And expect them to rise for the occasion.

    The melody is both propulsive and soaring, and the word's flash semi-random mythic images. It works for me.
    Hal Bouthamon March 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I first heard this song on the Sopranos and almost cried right there . . . what a great Christmas song. This is what Christmas is about for me. I don't care about the religious stuff or the consumption, but I really like seeing the people you love and feeling like "they'll talk to you when you're in trances"--i.e. they love you and they don't care if you're a little off. All they ask is that you don't read between the lines--i.e. you take their love at face value. That's what I read into it, anyway.
    speedlimitdriveron December 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm a little embarrassed to admit that as a big Van Morrison fan, I heard this for the first time on the Sopranos. Or perhaps this song first took on some meaning when it played during the Sopranos. Either way, superb music choices by the producers and yet more awesome music from Van the man.

    One of my 'life anthems'. A sing along song, always. To me it's about not believing everything people tell you and being careful. 'Believe no lies/and realise' is the clincher for me - it's saying, take on board what people tell you but don't believe everything. It's about not being led astray by people and their ideas, not letting people put you into a hopeful trance,

    'Open up your eyes so you may see
    Ask you not to read between the lines
    Hope that you will come in right on time
    And they'll talk to you while you're in trances
    And you'll visualize not taking any chances
    But meet them halfway with love, peace and persuasion'

    It's saying, believe what you want to and believe what you can, but don't let people persuade you with their shallow arguments.
    megznzon June 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song has quite a few references to lyrics on Astral Weeks.

    'Dry your eyes' & 'You're in trances' are from Madame George.
    'not to read between the lines' is from Sweet Thing.

    Lovely song and I like how it links back to Astral Weeks.
    VelvetNoiseon October 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI wish this formidable song had more meaning than what it is: the negotiation of a contract with an American major in the late 60s... sorry people ;(
    guigaon March 31, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationFor me, this song speaks to seeing our heart's desire manifested in the world! And for anyone who has ever tried ( and succeeded) to manifest something in the field of infinite possibility, it is always a SURPRISE! :-)

    The whole Moondance album is very spiritual, very much on the vanguard of the new age - it was 1970, after all! We "believe no lies" (we know our own inner truth), we "dry our eyes" (we create love and joy instead of fear and pain)... when we "come right in on time" it's because we're just in the flow - everything is the universe is working on our behalf. Beautiful!

    I like the comment above from Hal Boutham that "the words flash semi-random mythic messages"

    "Open up your eyes so you can see" - we have the power to create our reality with our thoughts and what we visualize. We'll see it "materialize right in front of our our eyes".

    Meet the world with "love, peace and persuasion" and EXPECT IT to rise to the occasion!

    Exactly so!

    So what if someone says it's about a contract negotiation! That may be true, but the story has been transformed by the artist into something beautiful and life-affirming with a mythic resonance indeed.
    gabrielle1on April 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI know exactly what this song is about. Yes, it's about finally getting that recording contract, which has been a tightly held wish/dream for many, many years of this singer/songwriter. She had virtually given up hope of any recognition from "the world", but giving it up it was a necessary part of getting it. The expectations had to go to make room for surprises. She has been in a slumber and now must wake up to the demands of touring, performing, recording etc but the long slumber has given her a perspective which only surrender can bring. She can now meet the businessmen halfway wilth love, peace and persuasion. Her dreams have materialised without losing her soul.
    linzeeson January 25, 2015   Link

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