‘Every Time I See A River’, written by Van Morrison with lyrics by Don Black, also features Van on electric guitar, is the second single taken from Van Morrison’s 36th studio album, ‘Keep Me Singing’, which reached the number 4 spot in the UK official album charts and was met with widespread critical acclaim upon its release….
(Phil Lynott, Maria Osmond and Van Morrison, London, 1980)
That jukebox in the corner blasting out my favorite song/ The nights are getting warmer, it won’t be long/ Won’t be long ’til summer comes/ Now that the boys are here again ...
The Boys Are Back In Town, Thin Lizzy
The metrical elasticity of these lines and their easy sensation of transport, poetic lift-off, has a lot to do with Van Morrison.
For Philip, as for Bruce Springsteen (from whose “Kitty’s Back” the guitar riff of “The Boys Are Back in Town” was apparently nicked or adapted), Van’s Astral Weeks was a wellspring, and his street-bardic gabble a pure energy.
“The Boys Are Back in Town” shares a three-in-a-row rhyme scheme with “Madame George”—you could put Van’s lines, actually, right into Philip’s song without disturbing the meter or even (much) the meaning: ‘And outside they’re making all the stops/ The kids out in the street collecting bottle-tops/ Gone for cigarettes and matches in the shops …’
‘It was surprising to see him appear onstage like a grimy Cinderella in a purple stage suit: a spangled bolero jacket, sausage pants with contrasting lacing up the crotch, a green top with a scoop neck that produced what can only be called cleavage. God, you thought, where did he get this thing? Who drugged him, knocked him out, dragged him into a costume store and put this on him and said, well here you are, you look great, Van , you just look terrific.”