Van Morrison “The Days Before Rock and Roll” This song came out in 1990 on his “Enlightenment” CD. This unusual song is not played much in the StatesL. LYRICS BELOW Justin, gentler than a man I am down on my knees At the wireless knobs I am down on my knees At those wireless knobs Telefunken, Telefunken And I’m searching for Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Athlone, Budapest, AFN, Hilversum, Helvetia In the days before rock ‘n’ roll In the days before rock ‘n’ roll In the days before rock ‘n’ roll When we let, then we bet On Lester Piggott when we met We let the goldfish go In the days before rock ‘n’ roll Fats did not come in Without those wireless knobs Fats did not come in Without those wireless knobs Elvis did not come in Without those wireless knobs Nor Fats, nor Elvis Nor Sonny, nor Lightning Nor Muddy, nor John Lee In the days before rock ‘n’ roll In the days before rock ‘n’ roll When we let and we bet On Lester Piggott 10/1 And we let the goldfish go Down the stream Before rock ‘n’ roll We went over the wavebands We’d get Luxembourg, Luxembourg and Athlone AFM stars of Jazz Come in, come in, come in, Ray Charles Come in, the high priest In the days before rock ‘n’ roll In the days before rock ‘n’ roll When we let and we bet On Lester Piggott 10 to 1 And we let the goldfish go And then the killer came along The killer, Jerry Lee Lewis A whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on, Great balls of fire Little Richard Justin, gentler than a man Justin, Justin, where is Justin now? What’s

24 Responses to “Van Morrison “The Days Before Rock and Roll””

  • jh8856:

    His combination of words and rhythm are surely unique. Wonderful

  • chris hunter:

    Hey, I backed a Lester Piggott mount once and it got up at 6/1. The horse was called Kuantan at it won in Singapore 1970 after I returned from my tour in Vietnam. Van’s the man!

  • MrBubba1800:

    My olde Telefunkin picked it all up from around the entire world; it still does. Short-Wave….

  • ClusterVisionMach2:

    Imagine: the “pirate” radio-rock’n roll-subculture-swinging-London 60’s etc. – was all staged to divide society, to split it up into fatherless children with mothers-alone-low-income depressed people of Europe – we have today, in 2013. Well, I like Van the man, too, but evidence for my suggestion is delivered in extended social engineering literature of Eustace Mullins, Dr. John Coleman, Edward Bernays etc. about mind control and distracting humans from truth. Peace.

  • zbestwun2001:

    Great way to break into broadcasting. My father was VP/GM of a FM station here in L.A. in the 60’s. Back then FM had basically no commercials. Good for the listener bad for business. No FM station in L.A. had enough listeners to even achieve ratings. My dad and his crew of 4 announcers to that station for nothing to the first FM station to get ratings.

    You’re so right, FM is in no way or form the same as it was at it’s conception.

    Thanks for your comment…
    ZB

  • MrAzman345:

    It was because of the “pirate” late night FM stations that I became interested in R&R. I got a job at one of those stations as my introduction to broadcasting. Since it was late night programming and FM stations weren’t like they are today, we could play our own music. I played a lot of “Van the Man” and got to like his music intensely. It was great fun and I have been a fan of this musical genius ever since. I have noticed that most of the best music comes from the Celts. Good stuff!

  • meckoat:

    mesmeric song from a great poet,”paul durcan”

  • R. R. Rubin:

    Justin, gentler than a man
    I am down on my knees
    At the wireless knobs
    I am down on my knees
    At those wireless knobs
    Telefunken, Telefunken
    And I’m searching for
    Luxembourg, Luxembourg,
    Athlone, Budapest, AFN,
    Hilversum, Helvetia
    In the days before rock ‘n’ roll

  • elmatadorinfernal:

    they all made it began

  • killerscakes:

    Hey, my ancestrel people hail from the SW corner of Luxembourg.

  • Billy Graham:

    one of the best songs ever – period
    its a very deep song

  • Billy Graham:

    i agree – its very very deep

  • Eoinposse:

    Paul Durkan is one of the best rappers ever, even if it’s only for this song.

  • MrVanman51:

    here in the states, reminds me of a m radio before fm…….

  • Timothy Holman:

    Yes. “stateside” folks get the connection (if they take the time to educated themselves about what Van is talking about) but on a more personal level there is the time when each of us discovered rock n roll like the Velvet Underground said “her life was saved by rock n roll.” In my time, and you can bet my folks didn’t listen to or like rock n roll, it was with a small transistor radio. (Then again I wasn’t “stateside” but an American kid living overseas but I was shaped by rock n roll.)

  • R. R. Rubin:

    Wilson Pickett said:
    – “In the midnight hour, that’s
    When my love comes tumbling down”
    Solomon Burke said:
    – “If you need me, why don’t you call me”
    James Brown said:
    – “When you’re tired of what you got, try me”
    Gene Chandler said:
    – “There’s a rainbow in my soul”

  • zbestwun2001:

    Thanks!

  • pirate259:

    Many people ask “who is/was Justin”? This is a reference to the pioneer Irish businessman Ronan O’rahilly who brought Pirate Radio to UK/Europe via Radio Caroline.The words “climb aboard” refer to him getting the station underway back in the 1960’s when,in the UK there was no rock and roll played on the radio.

  • autouniondkw102:

    This is the first time I have heard this song … my father used to say/ sing the first part many years ago. I had to go to my collection of 1950’s TELEFUNKEN valve radios to see if the station orders where the same as in the song! The stations where slightly different on my 1958 TELEFUNKEN radiogram though. A fun song, worth a listen. Thanks.

  • R. R. Rubin:

    everyone should view VM’s “Real Real Gone” for some of the R&B vocalists who influenced Van the Man

  • dlp155:

    This is one of the Greatest songs I have ever heard. Truly soulful!

  • zbestwun2001:

    if you want i’ll send you the mp3 file or the entire video. just email me here and remind me..

  • tatties12345:

    Thanks, superb I have been racking my brains for years over this brilliant song, I bought it on a single and think it was the b side, reminds me of my youth, taped it and played it over and over in my triumph dolomite driving in the west end great memories, cheers.

  • plutoniumtangent:

    Holy cow, I remember listening to this in the car all the time with my mom and dad when I was really little… Been looking for it ever since. The only words I could remember were “Luxembourg” and ” Fats” and I finally managed to find it using google : D

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