Shammy [chamois] cleaning all the windows,
Singing songs about Edith Piaf's soul.
And I hear blue strains of "no regredior"
Across the street from Cathedral Notre Dame.

Meanwhile back in San Francisco
We're trying hard to make this whole thing blend,
As we sit upon this jagged
Storey block, with you my friend.

And it's a long way to Buffalo.
It's a long way to Belfast city too.
And I'm hoping the choice won't blow the hoist
Cause this town, they bit off more than they can chew.

As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview

All the orange boxes are scattered.
Against the Safeway's supermarket in the rain.
And everybody feels so determined
Not to feel anyone else's pain.

(You know that) No one's making no commitments
To anybody but themselves,
Hidin' behind closed doorways,
Tryin' to get outside, outside of empty shells

And for every cross-cuttin' country corner,
For every Hank Williams railroad train that cried,
And all the chains, badges, flags and emblems
And every strain on every brain and every eye (?)

As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview.

And the restaurant tables are completely covered.
The record company has paid out for the wine.
You got everything in the world you ever wanted
Right about now your face should wear a smile.

That's the way it all should happen
When you're in, when you're in the state you're in;
You've got your pen and notebook ready,
I think it's about time, time for us to begin.

And we're over in a 52nd Street apartment,
Socializing with the wino few,
Just to be hip and get wet with the jet set.
But they're flying too high to see my point of view.

As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview.

See them freedom marching,
Out on the street, freedom marching.
Saint Dominic's Preview.



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"Saint Dominic's Preview" as written by Van Morrison

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  • +1
    General Comment:Why is noone commenting on these great great works? Maybe noone is listening to them. It's a shame.
    johnpauljones86on May 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:I always read the last verse as "I used to be hip, and do it, with the jet set ..." It seemed to fit in much better with the theme of dissolusionment with the trappings of stardom (and the eternal reaching for the Creator)
    ZipperHeadon December 25, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:by the way this song is about when van was in cali, he foudn out about a worship devoted to praying to for peace in Ireland, a very tough thing then and now.
    lunchbox90857on January 24, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Unbelievable imagery - worked in Cali in 1980s, was worked to death, saw the Safeway supermarket etc.. So burnt out went to Paris on break - back in Dublin listened to this -
    "And I hear blue strains of "no regredior"
    Across the street from Cathedral Notre Dame.
    Meanwhile back in San Francisco
    We're trying hard to make this whole thing blend"

    supernatural psychic predictions
    vasnmoGoon March 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:A theme of dissolusionment also with the political situation in Northern-Ireland, which was terrible at the time - “chains, badges, flags and emblems” – refers to - Flags And Emblems Act of 1954 in Northern-Ireland forbade nationalists from outward display of Irish symbols e.g flag of Southern-Ireland.

    It was most couragous of van to write/sing this, as it would be viewed as treachery by his peers in Northern-Ireland - a man before his time, as always.
    vasnmoGoon February 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:No regredior ? - No regret,in Piaf's words,'non,je ne regrette rien'
    lunaspieon July 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Yes, indeed "Non, je ne regrette rien' as in Piaf.
    Van was quiet a poet - not so much lately I regrette!
    vasnmoGoon August 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:No comment as to St Dominic - Who? Why?
    nagromnaion April 03, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:No comment as to St Dominic - Who? Why?
    nagromnaion April 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:There is a St. Dominic's Church in San Fran, where Van lived at the time - attended by people from all wlaks of life. As ever with Van, the allusion is subtle and mysterious.
    vasnmoGoon September 29, 2008   Link

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