“And It Stoned Me” was recorded in summer 1969 at Warner Publishing Studio in New York City.
As Morrison biographer Ritchie Yorke described it, the song remembered “how it was when you were a kid and just got stoned from nature and you didn’t need anything else”. Morrison, in 1985, related the song to a quasi-mystical experience he had as a child:
I suppose I was about twelve years old. We used to go to a place called Ballystockart to fish. We stopped in the village on the way up to this place and I went to this little stone house, and there was an old man there with dark weather-beaten skin, and we asked him if he had any water. He gave us some water which he said he’d got from the stream. We drank some and everything seemed to stop for me. Time stood still. For five minutes everything was really quiet and I was in this ‘other dimension’. That’s what the song is about.
During this song Morrison sings: “…Stoned me just like Jelly Roll. And it stoned me.” That lyric is thought to be a reference to jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton, whose recordings Morrison listened to with his father as he was growing up.
Van Morrison – vocals, guitar
John Klingberg – bass guitar
Jeff Labes – piano
Gary Mallaber – drums
John Platania – guitar
Jack Schroer – alto saxophone
Collin Tilton – tenor saxophone