Bright Side of the Road

Van Morrison

About Bright Side of the Road

"Bright Side of the Road" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1979 album Into the Music. It was also one of the outtakes that made up the 1998 compilation album, The Philosopher's Stone. As a single "Bright Side of the Road" was released in September 1979 and charted at #48 in the Netherlands, #63 in the UK and just outside the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA at #110.


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1996
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From the dark end of the street
To the bright side of the road
We'll be lovers once again
On the bright side of the road

Little darlin', come with me
Won't you help me share my load
From the dark end of the street
To the bright side of the road

Into this life we're born
Baby sometimes, sometimes we don't know why
And time seems to go by so fast
In the twinkling of an eye

Let's enjoy it while we can (let's enjoy it while we can)
Won't you help me share my load (help me share my load)
From the dark end of the street
To the bright side of the road

Into this life we're born
Baby sometimes, sometimes we don't know why
And time seems to go by so fast
In the twinkling of an eye

Let's enjoy it while we can (let's enjoy it while we can)
Help me sing my song (help me sing my song)
Little darling come alone
To the bright side of the road

On the dark end of the street (on the dark end of the street)
To the bright side of the road (to the bright side of the road)
Little darling come alone
On the bright side of the road
On the dark end of the street (on the dark end of the street)
To the bright side of the road (to the bright sight of the road)
We'll be lovers once again
On the bright side of the road
Yeah, we'll be, we'll be lovers once again
On the bright side of the road

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Van Morrison

Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists. more »

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10 facts about this song

Song Release
"Bright Side of the Road" was released in 1979, as a single from Van Morrison's ninth studio album "Into the Music."
Chart Performance
It peaked at number 63 on the UK Singles Chart, and even though it didn't chart in the US, it remains one of Morrison's most popular songs.
Musical Style
The song features a dialect of rhythms, with Morrison's insistent piano driving a cheerful, uptempo beat blended with R&B, folk-rock, and jazz elements.
Band/Backing Vocals
The backing vocals on the song were provided by Katie Kissoon and Herbie Armstrong. They brought in a Motown-like doo-wop style to the song that was somewhat new to Morrison's music.
Cultural Impact
The song has been used in several movies and advertisements over the years due to its positive and uplifting message, including movies like "Fever Pitch" and "Analyze That."
Live Performance Memes
"Bright Side of the Road" became a concert staple for Van Morrison, often played during encores with extended improvisations.
Music Video
A music video was produced for this song, which was relatively rare in the late 70s. The video features Morrison performing the song in a park-like setting.
Song Interpretation
Critics and fans have long interpreted the song as a note of optimism and a joyous antidote to life's struggles. It offers an upbeat message of perseverance despite life's harsh realities.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by numerous artists from different genres, including a notable version by Irish singer Fionn Regan.
Recognition
Despite not being a chart-topper, "Bright Side of the Road" is considered one of Van Morrison's definitive tracks. In 2003, a BBC audience voted it number 45 on the list of the best 100 songs of all time.

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