Van Morrison: 5 Great Live Versions of His Brilliant “Warm Love”

Look at the ivy on the cold clinging wall
Look at the flowers and the green grass so tall
It’s not a matter of when push comes to shove
It’s just an hour on the wings of a dove

The great song was included on his 1973 album Hard Nose the Highway. It was first performed live May 21, 1973 (Odyssey Room, Sunnyvale, CA, USA), and last time VM played it in concert was December 5, 2017 (Europe Hotel, Belfast). It has been performed 82 times live, mostly in 1973, 1974 & 2017.

Here are 5 great versions…

Winterland, San Francisco, CA – Feb 2, 1974

I dig it when you’re fancy dressed up in lace
I dig it when you have a smile on your face
This inspiration’s got to be on the flow
This invitation’s got to see it and know

Orphanage, San Francisco, CA – July 29, 1974

It’s just warm love
It’s just warm love
And it’s ever present everywhere
And it’s ever present everywhere
That warm love

Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ – Oct 6, 1979

To the country I’m going
Lay and laugh in the sun
You can bring, bring your guitar along
We’ll sing some songs, we’ll have some fun

Nordforum, Malmø, Sweden – July 6, 1990

Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey – Sept 10, 2017