Lit Up Inside: Selected Lyrics by Van MorrisonVan Morrison is one of a handful of truly iconic twentieth century artists. Along with Bob Dylan, he was one of the first contemporary lyricists to infuse a serious poetic sensibility into popular music. A colossal influence on a wide range of fellow musicians, he has been a singular beacon of artistic integrity, soulful conviction and musical excellence.
One of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, Morrison has been following his muse in an uncompromising way since the early Sixties. He has explored soul, jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, rock and roll, Celtic folk, pop balladry and more, forging a distinctive amalgam that has Morrison’s unvarnished passion at its core. He has referred to his music as “Caledonia soul,” reflecting his deep immersion in American roots music and Ulster-Scots.
This personal selection of what Morrison himself has judged to be his most important and enduring lyrical work will stand as a landmark public statement from an otherwise intensely private artist, an intimate and very intentional view onto what Morrison himself esteems as his creative contribution.
The introduction by Eamonn Hughes, of Queen’s University, Belfast, gives a career-long overview of the creative influences Morrison has absorbed and channeled through the years, and the forewords by poet David Meltzer and novelist Ian Rankin provide an appreciation of the writer’s craft demonstrated in Morrison’s evocative, timeless lyrics.
A must for any fan, and a solid introduction to this singular, iconic talent.
Tupelo Honey has always existed and Van Morrison was merely the vessel and the earthly vehicle for it.–Bob Dylan
I know of no music that is more lucid, feelable, hearable, seeable, touchable, no music you can experience more intensely than this. Not just moments, but extended . . . periods of experience which convey the feel of what films could be: a form or perception which no longer burls itself blindly on meanings and definitions, but allows the sensuous to take over and grow . . . where indeed something does become indescribable.–Wim Wenders, filmmaker
No other Irish poets-writing either in verse or in music--have come within a Hondas roar of Patrick Kavanagh and Van Morrison--Paul Durcan
Van Morrison, aka Van the Man, is a famous Irish singer, songwriter, and musician. He began his professional musical career in 1958 and is still active to this day. He can play guitar, harmonica, saxophone, keyboard, drums, tamourine, and ukulele. His music genres range from rock to country to gospel to blues. He has received 6 Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rockand Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songerwriters Hall of Fame.
The 15 Best Van Morrison Songs
Support was provided by Matt Dusk. The Canadian crooner took to the stage with his orchestra and wowed the audience with his smooth tones. Despite being 27, Matt has a voice that is beyond his years. Picking songs that are often better suited to older performers, his confidence and ability won over a crowd who were perhaps more used to the original versions. Van Morrison arrived on stage with the minimum of fuss at the surprisingly early time of 8. Van has a reputation these days for being awkward, so it may have contributed to the lack of enthusiasm that greeted him — slight cheering and a round of applause! There seemed to be no connection between Van Morrison and his fans.
Down the Road is the twenty-ninth studio album by Northern Irish singer Van Morrison see in music. The album charted at 6 in the UK and 26 in the US, while consistently charting in the top 20 across Europe. The album was originally recorded with singer and pianist Linda Gail Lewis within a month of the release of You Win Again. It was originally entitled Choppin' Wood ,  but Morrison re-recorded it, removing Linda Gail Lewis' contributions to the songs and deleting other songs from the album. Morrison recorded another nine songs to the album in late and retitled it Down the Road.
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I've been searching a long time For someone exactly like you I've been traveling all around the world Waiting for you to come through. Someone like you Make it all worth while Someone like you Keeps me satisfied Someone exactly like you. I've been traveling a hard road Baby, looking for someone exactly like you I've been carrying my heavy load Waiting for the light to come shining through. Someone like you Make it all worth while Someone like you Make me satisfied Someone exactly like you. I've been doing some soul searching To find out where you're at I've been up and down the highway In all kinds of foreign land.