"Saint Dominic's Preview" as written by and Van Morrison....
Shammy 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

No one's making no commitments
To anybody but themselves
Talkin' behind closed doorways
Tryin' to get outside, get outside of empty shells

And for every cross cuttin' country corner, country corner
For every Hank Williams railroad train that cried
And all the chains, badges, flags and emblems
And every strain on 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 meanwhile 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
Out in the street
Look at the man
Turn around
Come back, come back
Turn around
Look at the man
Says hold on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Says hold me in
Saint Dominic's Preview


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

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  • +1
    General CommentWhy 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 CommentI 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 Commentby 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 CommentUnbelievable 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 CommentA 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 CommentNo regredior ? - No regret,in Piaf's words,'non,je ne regrette rien'
    lunaspieon July 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes, 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 CommentNo comment as to St Dominic - Who? Why?
    nagromnaion April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNo comment as to St Dominic - Who? Why?
    nagromnaion April 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere 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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