Van Morrison – 5 wonderful live versions of “And The Healing Has Begun”

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And we’ll walk down the avenue again
And we’ll sing all the songs from way back when
And we’ll walk down the avenue again and the healing has begun

And we’ll walk down the avenue in style
And we’ll walk down the avenue and we’ll smile
And we’ll say “baby, ain’t it all worthwhile?” when the healing has begun

“It starts just like ‘Cyprus Avenue’, no coincidence as the line about ‘songs from way back when’ hints, and with a walk down the avenue (of dreams), to the sound of a haunted violin. A song of full, blazing sex as well as revelation. The healing here is like that in Arthurian myth, the wounded King restored through the action of the Holy Grail, but it is also through as graphic a seduction, almost, as the original live version of “Gloria”
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

This beauty was recorded at the Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California in spring 1979. He has performed it live 274 times according to the brilliant website ivan.vanomatic.de.

Here are 5 lovely versions..

Live At The Oasis Centre – Putting The Boot In – Swindon – 1999:

I want you to put on your pretty summer dress
You can wear your Easter bonnet and all the rest
And I want to make love to you yes, yes, yes, when the healing has begun

Louder, when the healing has begun
So good
Whoo
All right, whoo
Yeah
Aah
Whoo

Ross On Wye, England, 24-08-2001:

When you hear the music ringin’ in your soul
And you feel it in your heart and it grows and grows
And it came from the backstreet rock and roll and the healing has begun
That’s where we come from, man
I want you to put on your old summer red dress
Put on your Easter bonnet and all the rest
And I want to make love to you yes, yes and the healing has begun, ow

I can’t stand myself
We’re gonna make music underneath the stars
We’re gonna play to the violin and the two guitars
And we’ll sit there for playing in our for hours and hours and hours and hours
And hours and hours and hours and hours, when the healing has begun
And hours and hours and hours and hours, when the healing has begun

Live At Musikhalle Hamburg – Germany – 2003:

Wait a minute, wait
Listen, listen, listen
Listen, I didn’t know you stayed up so late
I want you to know I just got home from a, from a gig
And I saw you standing on the street
Just let me move on up here to this windowsill a little bit, here
Yeah, I got some sherry
A drop of port
Yeah, I want you to come on in behind, behind this door here
Oh, let’s just move on up this, this letter-box
Why don’t we just go up in your front room?
Let’s just sit down and take tea
I’ll just move over there a little bit now
Yeah, I’m gonna play this Muddy Waters record you got there
Oh, if you just open up a little bit
And let me come on in one some backstreet jellyroll

Live at Princess Theater – Torquay – Late Show – 2004:

We’re gonna stay out all night long
And then we’re gonna go out and roam across the field
Baby you know how I feel when the healing has begun

When the healing, when the healing has begun
When the healing, when the healing has begun
We’re gonna dance, we’re gonna stay out all night long
We’re gonna dance to the rock and roll
When the healing when the healing has begun
Has begun
Now you just
Let me ease on a little bit
Well, dig this
Backstreet jellyroll
When the healing, when the healing has begun
Yeah, when the healing has begun, and the healing, and the healing

Forest Hills Stadium, Queens. NY. June 19, 2015:

-Egil

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