"Sweet Thing" is one of the songs included on Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison's 1968 acclaimed second album Astral Weeks. It was on the first side of the album, that was under the heading: In the Beginning. The song was later used in 1971 as the American B-side to Morrison's single "Blue Money".
"Sweet Thing" was recorded during the last Astral Weeks session on October 15, 1968 at Century Sound Studios in New York City with Lewis Merenstein as producer.
It was written after Morrison had met his future wife Janet while on tour in the US in 1966 and during the year of separation after he returned to Belfast. It is the only song on the album that looks forward instead of backward:
Van Morrison described the song to Ritchie Yorke: "Sweet Thing" is another romantic song. It contemplates gardens and things like that...wet with rain. It's a romantic love ballad not about anybody in particular but about a feeling.
It was listed as No. 415 on the All Time 885 Greatest Songs compiled in 2004 by WXPN from listener's votes.
Sweet Thing" is the only song from Astral Weeks included on the 1990 compilation album The Best of Van Morrison. It was also featured on Morrison's album...