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Blue Money (Van Morrison song)

For the 1972 film, see Blue Money (film).
"Blue Money"
A-side "Blue Money"
B-side "Sweet Thing" (US)
"Call Me Up in Dreamland" (Europe)
Released 1971
Recorded 1970
Genre R&B[1]
Length 3:40
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Van Morrison
Producer Van Morrison
Van Morrison singles chronology

"Blue Money"
"Call Me Up in Dreamland"

His Band and the Street Choir track listing
"I'll Be Your Lover, Too"
"Blue Money"
"Virgo Clowns"

"Blue Money" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was the second of two Top Forty hits from his 1970 album, His Band and the Street Choir (the other being "Domino"), reaching #23 on the US charts. The US single featured "Sweet Thing", from the album Astral Weeks, as the B-side. It was released as a single in the UK in June 1971 with a different B-side, "Call Me Up in Dreamland". The song became Morrison's third best selling single of the 1970s, remaining on the charts for three months.[2]

In a 1972 Rolling Stone interview with John Grissim Jr., Morrison commented about the popularity of "Blue Money" in cities like Boston and New York: "Out here I get asked to play 'Blue Money' all the time. All the kids love it, the kids in the street. It's their favorite number."[3]

Critical response

Robert Christgau, writing in the Village Voice in 1971, described "Blue Money" and "Domino" as "superb examples of Morrison's loose, allusive white r&b."[1] Writer M. Mark described it as "a pun-filled song about time and cash."[4] Biographer Brian Hinton compared the song's sound to Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames—"boozy horns and a nonsensical chorus."[5]


Cristina covered "Blue Money" on her 1984 album, Sleep It Off and The Flying Pickets included an a cappella version as the title track on their 1991 album, Blue Money.


The Street Choir:

  • Larry Goldsmith
  • Janet Planet
  • Andrew Robinson
  • Ellen Schroer
  • Dahaud Shaar
  • Martha Velez


Chart (1971)[6] Peak
U.S. Pop Singles 23



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