Van Morrison

(Straight to Your Heart) Like a Cannonball

Composed by Van Morrison

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True to Van Morrison's celebrated skill at weaving multi-musical hybrids, "(Straight to Your Heart) Like a Cannonball" fuses an impulsive brand of blue-eyed soul to a lively waltz-time jounce with acoustic guitars and airy flute arrangements by a cheery guitar riff. Perhaps invigorated by his recent marriage to jazz singer Janet Planet (who also provides some backing vocal support), as well as the couple's rural digs in both Woodstock, NY, and Marin, CA, Morrison delights in the pastoral, singing the praises of nature as a simple solution to the stresses of life with such carefree lines as "Well you know sometimes it gets so hard/And everything don't seem to rhyme/I take a walk out in my backyard and go/Do do loo do do, do do loo, do do." The chorus continues the breezy sentiment as Morrison draws from the tradition of testifying soul singers, improvising off the lines "We move along/Keep singing our song/Straight to your heart like a cannonball/La la ti da, la la ti da/Doo do loo do/Waiting for the sun to shine," peppering the last extended chorus with his own unique brand of stuttering scat vocal.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Tupelo Honey 1971 Universal Distribution 3:42
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