Half a mile from the county fair
And the rain came pourin' down
Me and Billy standin' there
With a silver half a crown

Hands are full of a fishin' rod
And the tackle on our backs
We just stood there gettin' wet
With our backs against the fence

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Hope it don't rain all day

And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like Jelly Roll
And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin' home
And it stoned me

Then the rain let up and the sun came up
And we were gettin' dry
Almost let a pick-up truck nearly pass us by
So we jumped right in and the driver grinned

And he dropped us up the road
Yeah, we looked at the swim and we jumped right in
Not to mention fishing poles

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Let it run all over me

And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like Jelly Roll
And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin' home
And it stoned me

On the way back home we sang a song
But our throats were getting dry
Then we saw the man from across the road
With the sunshine in his eyes

Well he lived all alone in his own little home
With a great big gallon jar
There were bottles too, one for me and you
And he said Hey! There you are

Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Oh, the water
Get it myself from the mountain stream

And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like Jelly Roll
And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin' home
And it stoned me

And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like Jelly Roll
And it stoned me
And it stoned me to my soul
Stoned me just like goin' home
And it stoned me


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And It Stoned Me Lyrics as written by Van Morrison

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    to show the greatness of Van. One day in my high school math class i was sitting next to my 'gangsta' friend( you know the type) and i sang to myself out of boredom: Half a mile from the county fair And the rain keep pourin' down Me and Billy standin' there With a silver half a crown Hands are full of a fishin' rod And the tackle on our backs We just stood there gettin' wet With our backs against the fence and he suddenly belted out OOH the water hope it dont rain all day. And i looked, shocked, at him and then in unison we sang aloud And it stoned me, and the rest of the chorus to a round of applause from our class. Crazy huh? well to me it was. Van is the Man.

    johnpauljones86on May 03, 2004   Link
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    Much could be said about this song and, yes, I think it as an ode to Nature and the simple moments of life -- as are many other Van songs. While the Jelly Roll Morton is a good guess -- the reality is that Jelly Roll is a classic blues reference to getting, well, laid! Jelly. Roll. No further explanation necessary! I do have to say that when my friends and I first heard the song we wondered why he was so jazzed up by a donut!! :-)

    VanHipon May 06, 2004   Link
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    He uses "jelly roll" for both, interchangeably. On "He Ain't Give You None", it's obviously talking about sex. But in "On Hyndford Street" he talks about the blues singer. So it depends on the context. Of course, it could certainly be that Morton got the nickname for the obvious reason, so I guess it comes back to sex, no matter which way you look at it.

    Kafzielon May 20, 2004   Link
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    i don't get this song....someone help me!!!!!!!!!!!

    woodcock92627on June 24, 2003   Link
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    i think this song is just a basic story-telling song and the underlying message is to appreciate simple things, like water, and the beauty and benefits it can bring to your life. i really don't get the jelly roll part tho...

    punkrockisfreedomon July 05, 2003   Link
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    Jelly Roll Morton was a famous blues singer and a major influence in Van's music. His music was so good that it 'stoned' Van.

    majiion April 20, 2004   Link
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    As crazy as im sure this sounds, this is the truth. Van and his friends/family would go up to a small lake on top of a mountain to fish. Him and his dad one time went and met an old man with weather worn skin. They asked him for some water and he filled up each of their bottles with what the man said he got straight from the stream that ran behind his house. When van drank the water he was stoned off nature for around 5 minnutes. like i said, CRAZY, but its the honest to god truth unless the man himself lied aobut it. I got this little tid bit from an interview he did with rolling stone as soon as moondance was released. Crazy....

    lunchbox90857on November 05, 2004   Link
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    As crazy as im sure this sounds, this is the truth. Van and his friends/family would go up to a small lake on top of a mountain to fish. Him and his dad one time went and met an old man with weather worn skin. They asked him for some water and he filled up each of their bottles with what the man said he got straight from the stream that ran behind his house. When van drank the water he was stoned off nature for around 5 minnutes. like i said, CRAZY, but its the honest to god truth unless the man himself lied aobut it. I got this little tid bit from an interview he did with rolling stone as soon as moondance was released. Crazy....

    lunchbox90857on November 05, 2004   Link
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    The Jerry Garcia Band does an awesome cover of this

    Guyuteon December 16, 2005   Link
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    johnpaul, thats an awesome fuckin story...i love when people of any kind of "clique" can break out of it whenever they feel like it....shows that some people actually are well rounded and not simple minded

    mattduczon February 01, 2006   Link

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