Tuesday, July 25
Here He Comes - a story of Van and George (dumb, dumb George)
I love it! The song is a van morrison track from the 2nd disc of the many times repackaged "Bang Sessions." Sometimes known as Bang Masters, sometimes known as Brown Eyed Beginnings, etc, etc, etc. This track, along with about 30 other strange one minute songs like Ring Worm, Chickee Coo, Dumb Dumb George, Jump and Thump, make up the whole second disc.
Van's George (the one in the songs) owned the label van was recording for (Bang) and was responsible for releasing an album of van's material without his knowledge. George was attempting to capitalize on a) the chart success of Brown Eyed Girl and b) the hippie movement (the album was called "Blowin Your Mind" and the cover featured a psychedelic van morrison). Van was pissed. And to get out of his 2 disc record contract he turned in the 2nd album of nonsensical songs. One of those songs is called "Blowin Yer Nose" and in the song he pretends to call the operator and rag on his own album. "Hey! Operator. I have a new album out and it's groovy. It's called.... it's called.. blowin' yer nose."
Van writes off all of his work at Bang as crap, but despite that there are some bad ass songs all on that first disc. Joe Harper's Saturday Morning, Madam George (later slowed waaay down for Astral Weeks), It's All Right, Beside You (same idea as Madam George), and the acoustic version of The Smile You Smile are all top notch tracks. Some of the best music ever created.
Here are the lyrics to ringworm:
I can see
by the look on your face
that you've got ringworm.
I'm very sorry but,
I have to tell you that
you've got ringworm.
It's a very common disease.
Actually, you're very luck to have
'cause you may have
had somethin' else.
You've got ringworm.
Oooh-oooh, oooh, oooh-oooh, oooh, oooh-oooh....