It took some time. Van Morrison's title track to his third solo album would not become a charted single until 1977, but this sturdy number certainly stands the test of time. "Moondance" is one of those rare songs that manages to implant itself on the collective consciousness of popular music, passing into the hallowed territory of a standard, a classic. It's breezy jazz, overtly romantic lyrics, and smoldering cool hybrid seem so intrinsic as to blur musical genres and bridge generational gaps to the point where almost any self-respecting wedding band would be remiss in not having a crack at it. Van Morrison combines a sauntering jazz-folk groove with unguardedly romantic phrasing -- brilliantly accented by the swinging cadence of his trademark marble-mouthed delivery: "Well, it's a marvelous night for a moondance/With the stars up above in your eyes/A fantabulous night to make romance/'Neeth the cover of October skies/And all the leaves in the trees are falling/To the sound of the breezes that blow/And I'm trying to please to the calling/Of your heart-strings that play soft and low." Perhaps the song's biggest hook is the playful, sophisticated air of the horn section, blowing breezy-cool lines to match Morrison's autumnal imagery as the track rises up in the bridge to meet the chorus, Morrison letting his voice loosen for the first time as he calls, "And all the night's magic seems to whisper and hush/And all the soft moonlight seems to shine, in you blush." The walking bass line, accenting piano, and acoustic guitars give way to a more rollicking chorus alternating quick turnaround scales with a gentle syncopation as Morrison asks with heavily accented, soulful lines, "Can I just have one more moondance with you, my love/Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love." After tasteful piano and sax solos, the track becomes loose as the jam starts to jive harder, the various instrumental accents getting a little more adventurous, Morrison following suit with a chopped vocal delivery. By the last chorus, Morrison has descended into full-blown scatting, belting stuttered lines as he improvises on the song's final lines before bringing the proceedings to a close.