Van the Man

9 Sep
Lit Up Inside by  Van Morrison

Lit Up Inside by Van Morrison

The big news for devotees of Van Morrison is that he has deigned to authorize a book of his lyrics entitled “Lit Up Inside’ to be published by City Lights.
The two hundred page tome will include one-third of the lyrics Morrison has written over the course of his career.

Speaking about the book , Van explains,”The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as such are representative of my creative journey.”

One of my favorite Morrison songs (of recent vintage):

Meaning of Loneliness

Lost in a strange city, nowhere to turn

Far cry from the streets that I came from

It can get lonely when you’re traveling hard

But you can even be lonely standing in your own backyard

Nobody knows the existential dread

Of the things that go on inside someone else’s head

Whether it be trivial or something that Dante said

But, baby, nobody knows the meaning of loneliness

No matter how well you know someone you can only ever guess

How can you ever really know somebody else?

It takes more than a lifetime just to get to know yourself

Nobody knows the meaning of loneliness

I have to say a word about solitude

For the soul it, sometimes they say, can be good

And I’m partial to it myself, well, I must confess

Nobody knows the meaning of loneliness

Well, there’s Sartre and Camus, Nietzsche and Hesse

If you dig deep enough you gonna end up in distress

And no one escapes having to live life under duress

And no one escapes the meaning of loneliness

Well, they say keep it simple when it gets to be a mess

And fame and fortune never brought anyone happiness

I must be lucky, some of my friends think that I’m really


(Chorus elided)

Ever since I heard a song called Here Comes the Night by a then unknown group called Them I have been transfixed by Irish singer George Ivan (“Van”) Morrison. Forty something recordings later (some of which are truly classics), Morrison is still a commanding entertainer who has managed to stay true to his roots, inspired by soulful American singers such as Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Mose Allison and Lead Belly, labeling his music as “Caledonia soul.” Infamously, Morrison became the first living inductee not to attend his own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pretty cool.huh?

Currently reading No Future for You: Salvos from The Baffler
by John Summers,Chris Lehmann,Thomas Frank

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