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I've Been Working

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Released  November 15, 1970
Genre  Funk, Rock
Label  Warner Bros. Records
Recorded  June - September 1970
Length  3:25
Writer(s)  Van Morrison

"I've Been Working" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison appearing on the album His Band and the Street Choir, released in 1970. The song was first an outtake from Morrison's well received album Astral Weeks of 1968. Other versions of "I've Been Working" were recorded for Morrison's next album Moondance.


Appearance on other albums

  • A live performance appeared on Morrison's 1974 live album, It's Too Late to Stop Now.
  • The song appears on the 1981 video Van Morrison in Ireland recorded in 1979.
  • "I've Been Working" also appears on the 1994 live album A Night in San Francisco.
  • Other performances

  • Morrison performed the song in April 1973 for the television program Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.
  • In the media

    "I've Been Working" was featured in the 1973 movie, Blume in Love.

    Personnel on original release

  • Van Morrison - guitar, vocal
  • Keith Johnson - trumpet, organ
  • John Klingberg - bass guitar
  • John Platania - guitar
  • Jack Schroer - alto and baritone saxophones
  • Dahaud Shaar (David Shaw) - drums
  • Covers

  • Bob Seger covered this song on his album Back in '72, and later performed it on his successful live album Live Bullet in 1976.
  • Bo Diddley's 1974 album, Big Bad Bo had a cover by Diddley of "I've Been Working".
  • "I've Been Working" was the final track on the 1974 album More Orphan Than Not, by Orphan.
  • The song was also covered by Guitar Shorty in 2004, on his album Watch Your Back.
  • Gov't Mule often works the song into its signature song "Mule" during live performances.
  • References

    I've Been Working Wikipedia