Moondance (4:31)

Cover of The Best of Van Morrison

From The Best of Van Morrison and 44 other releases

“Moondance” is a popular song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and is the title song on his 1970 album Moondance. It was not released as a single until 1977.

The song is played mostly acoustic, anchored by electric bass, with accompaniment by piano, guitar, saxophone, and flute with the instruments played with a soft jazz swing. It’s a song about autumn, the composer’s favorite season. Towards the end of the song, Morrison imitates a saxophone.

“Moondance” is the most frequently played song by Morrison in concert, as it is the only song known to have been played over 1,000 times.

Morrison on the writing of the song

With “Moondance” I wrote the melody first. I played the melody on a soprano sax and I knew I had a song so I wrote lyrics to go with the melody. That’s the way I wrote that one. I don’t really have any words to particularly describe the song, sophisticated is probably the word I’m looking for. For me, “Moondance” is a sophisticated song. Frank Sinatra wouldn’t be out of place singing that.

In the media

“Moondance” is one of the moon-themed songs used in An American Werewolf in London, a comedy-horror film released in 1981.

This song is featured in the 2007 movie, August Rush as performed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers with Robin Williams playing harmonica and also features an instrumental version by Chris Botti.

“Moondance” is one of the songs featured on the compilation album Michael Parkinson: My Life In Music, which is a 2-disc CD of Michael Parkinson’s favorite songs.

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  • QuiveringGroove

    I might be wrong, but that doesn't sound like Van Morrison.

    27 Mar 6:02am Reply
  • adventureba

    <3

    19 Mar 5:12am Reply
  • marjo47

    Good song.

    15 Mar 5:22pm Reply
  • BillFair

    Judging from the earlier comments, LastFM got this changed.. Most certainly Van Morrison today!

    3 Mar 9:14pm Reply
  • stevemainwaring

    Classic

    3 Mar 9:07pm Reply
  • bohemian_chic

    ♫♪•*¨* ♥♫♪•*¨* ♥♫♪•*¨* ♥

    8 Feb 11:04pm Reply
  • headey

    6:43 fabulous female Spanish/Brazilian sexy jazz version plaYing for me today. …....... BTW if you want lastfm to change the version playing you need to shout on the forum pages. Unsurprisingly staff aren't scouring track pages for shouts.

    5 Feb 2:49am Reply
  • Roy1968Wood

    I'm hearing the song from the album and it is certainly Van Morrison

    1 Feb 4:43am Reply
  • Gracielied

    Did Van Morrison have a gender reassignment? Cool song, just not what it says. Again, what is lol???

    12 Jan 9:05pm Reply
  • zufi57

    Wassendasfuernscheiss??????

    10 Jan 5:09pm Reply
  • Kayla_Gomes

    Love it <3

    1 Jan 3:12am Reply
  • megansdream

    This ain't Van - my cat sings better "!! Love the song though not the VOICE !!!

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • billyspiller

    I think I prefer this version, can't stand Van's wailing voice!

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bethy0543

    VAN IS A MAN, FOLKS. WHAT IS GOING ON, LAST.FM?????????????

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LeRiverHawk

    ...one of my favorite songs; when I anticipate listening to it I certainly do not await to hear a self promoting FEMALE lounge singer! FIX THIS, ok - I say please.

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • BklynBruzer

    This is, like, emphatically not Van Morrison.

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • herownlagoon

    Last.fm, you need to get your act together.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • da4cu4

    Thanks to last.fm radio I'm hearing it again now. Yes, female swedish jazz singer. But also yes, it is Moondance, albeit very slow. But it is the Van Morrison tune.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • da4cu4

    Female Swedish vocalist. It's a pity the track is so badly tagged.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • imaginaryangie

    That's not Van! I feel like I walked into a hotel bar! No me gusta! :P

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
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