Who Sang In the Days Before Rock ’n’ Roll? Van Morrison

Van Morrison Enlightenment cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Jazz Rock Pop
Style: Blues Rock/Folk Rock
length: 8:13
producer: Van Morrison
mixer: Mick Glossop
bass: Steve Pearce
organ: Georgie Fame
trombone: Malcolm Griffiths
strings arranger: Fiachra Trench
electric piano: Georgie Fame
brass arranger: Fiachra Trench
choir vocals arranger: Fiachra Trench
drums (drum set): Dave Early
concertmaster: Gavyn Wright
spoken vocals: Paul Durcan
saxophone: Steve Gregory and Dave Bishop
background vocals: Georgie Fame
synthesizer arranger: Neil Drinkwater
keyboard arranger: Neil Drinkwater
keyboard: Alex Gifford
Lyrics
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 Justin doing now?
Just, where is Justin now?
Come aboard

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Real Real Gone
  • 2 Enlightenment
  • 3 So Quiet in Here
  • 4 Avalon of the Heart
  • 5 See Me Through
  • 6 Youth of 1,000 Summers
  • 7 In the Days Before Rock ’n’ Roll
  • 8 Start All Over Again
  • 9 She’s My Baby
  • 10 Memories

  • Release information
    label: Polydor
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 042284710022
    script: Latin