Moondance chords by Van Morrison


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Moondance | Chords + Lyrics

Intro

| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |

Verse 1

| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
Well, it’s a marvelous night for a Moondance with the stars up above in your eyes.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
A fantabulous night to make romance, ‘neath the cover of October skies.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
And all the leaves on the trees are falling, to the sound of the breezes that blow.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 |
You know I’m tryin’ to please to the calling, of your heartstrings that play soft and low.

Chorus 1

| Dm7 | Am7 | Dm7 | Am7 |
You know the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush.
| Dm7 | Am7 | Dm7 | E7#9 |
You know the soft moonlight seems to shine, in your blush.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 |
Can I just have one more Moondance with you, my love?
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 E7#9 |
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love?

Verse 2

| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
Well, I wanna make love to you tonight, I can’t wait ’til the mornin’ has come.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 |
You know, I know now the time is just right, and straight into my arms you will run.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
And when you come, my heart will be waiting, to make sure that you’re never alone.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 |
There and then all my dreams will come true, dear, there and then I will make you my own.

Chorus 2

| Dm7 | Am7 | Dm7 | Am7 |
And every time I touch you, you just tremble inside.
| Dm7 | Am7 | Dm7 | E7#9 |
And I know how much you want me, that you can’t hide.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 |
Can I just have one more Moondance with you, my love?
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 E7#9 |
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love?

Solo

||: Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 :|| x8
| Dm7 | Am7 | Dm7 | Am7 |
| Dm7 | Am7 | Dm7 | E7#9 |
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 |
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 E7#9 |

Verse 3

| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 |
Well, it’s a marvelous night for a Moondance, with the stars up above in your eyes.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 |
A fantabulous night to make romance, ‘neath the cover of October skies.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
And all the leaves on the trees are falling, to the sound of the breezes that blow.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
You know I’m trying to please to the calling, of your heartstrings that play soft and low.

Chorus 3

| Dm7 | Am7 | Dm7 | Am7 |
You know the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush.
| Dm7 | Am7 | Dm7 | E7#9 |
You know the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush.
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 |
Can I just have one more Moondance with you, my love?
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7 E7#9 |
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love? One more Moon

Outro

| Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
Dance with you. In the moonlight, on a
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
magic night. La, la, la, la, la, in the
| Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Am7/C Bm7 |
Moonlight, on a magic night. Can’t
| Am7 G7 | F7 Em7 | Dm7 N.C | Ammaj9 |
I just have one more, more dance with you, my love?


Moondance’s chords and progressions

A perfect route into more jazzy harmony we find in Van Morrison‘s Moondance, complete with a modal interchange.

The verse chords paint a landscape of Dorian as Am7Bm7 can only be chords II – III. There is a variation that sounds almost like a C chord but really is an Am7/C. On the piano, we’d call this an inversion.

When this happens varies throughout the verses, see chords and lyrics above for details.

The chorus, which some people divide up in two sections calling it a pre-chorus or a bridge first, changes to Aeolian since Am7Dm7 can only be VI – II.

The E7#9 is sometimes played by keyboard players as other altered chords like E7#5, or E7#9#5. Do experiment in your own time with what you feel sounds best.

The second half of the chorus is back to A Dorian as we play Am7Bm7 again. No Am7/C now.

Finally, the outro has these descending chords:

| Am7 G7 | F7 Em7 | Dm7 N.C | Ammaj9 |

Some people like to play an E7#9 instead of resting. The final Ammaj9 is similar to Ain’t No Sunshine’s final chord (second guitar).

Once you played Moondance’s chords exactly as described above, start varying them as that’s the point when playing jazz.