Van Morrison – Wild Night

I first heard this song in the eighties when I bought the Tupelo Honey album. This song and the title track caught my attention immediately. This song is very radio friendly. It was released in 1971 and peaked at #28 in the Billboard 100.

John Mellencamp also released a version in 1994 and the song peaked at #3 in the Billboard 100. John did a good job but this is my go-to version.

From Songfacts.

It’s one of his few songs with mass appeal, and proof that he could write a terrific Pop song whenever he desired. Morrison, however, generally shied away from couplets like “Come on out and dance, come on out, make romance” in favor of more esoteric offerings, which earned him a devoted following and critical praise from those willing to conquer his catalog.

Ted Templeman, who would later produce another Van (Halen), produced the Tupelo Honey album with Morrison. Musicians to perform on this track include Ronnie Montrose on electric guitar, John McFee on pedal steel guitar, Jack Schroer on saxophone and Luis Gasca on trumpet.

 Wild Night
As you brush your shoes
Stand before the mirror
And you comb your hair
Grab your coat and hat
And you walk, wet streets
Tryin’ to remember
All the wild night breezes
In your mem’ry ever

And ev’rything looks so complete
When you’re walkin’ out on the street
And the wind catches your feet
Sends you flyin’, cryin’

Ooo-woo-wee!
Wild night is calling, alright
Oooo-ooo-wee!
Wild night is calling

And all the girls walk by
Dressed up for each other
And the boys do the boogie-woogie
On the corner of the street

And the people, passin’ by
Stare in wild wonder
And the inside juke-box
Roars out just like thunder

And ev’rything looks so complete
When you walk out on the street
And the wind catches your feet
And sends you flyin’, cryin’

Woo-woo-wee!
Wild night is calling
Alright

Ooo-ooo-wee!
Wild night is calling, alright

The wild night is calling
The wild night is calling

Come on out and dance
Whoa, come on out and make romance
Yes, indeed

Come on out and dance
Come on out, make romance

[Instrumental & horn solo]

The wild night is calling, alright
The wild night is calling

Come on out an dance
Yeah, come on out ‘n make romance

Come on out and dance, alright
Come on out, n’ make romance.

 

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

2 thoughts on “Van Morrison – Wild Night”

  1. I would say I like John’s version better, but I’m a fan of Mellencamp and I probably also heard his version first. If I ever did hear Van’s prior to Mellencamp’s, it was infrequently and didn’t really “settle” with me. I think more often than not, the first version you hear of a song is the one you come to like, original or not

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