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Van Morrison's song lyrics go from stage to page

AMANDA FERGUSON

VAN Morrison's classic song lyrics are to be immortalised in a new book spanning his half-century in the music business.

Publisher Faber and Faber will release Lit Up Inside, a collection of the Belfast musician's lyrics.

The song lyrics to be included in the hardback and special edition in October are a closely guarded secret for now, but it's hard to imagine such a tome without Cleaning Windows, Moondance, Into The Mystic, In The Garden and Brown Eyed Girl.

The book has been edited by Morrison and Eamonn Hughes, who will also write the introduction. Crime writer Ian Rankin will write the foreword.

Morrison said: "The lyrics in this book span 50 years of writing and as such are representative of my creative journey." Stuart Bailie, chief executive of the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, said: "Van Morrison sees the world like no other artist and so his lyrics are beyond compare.

"A lot of his songs are about repetition and that awesome, incantatory style of delivery, but even so I'm sure a lot of it will hold up in print.

"Songs like Sense Of Wonder, On Hyndford Street, much of Astral Weeks and Veedon Fleece, gems like And It Stoned Me.

"Centuries from now, people will still be in awe of the Morrison canon."

Lee Brackstone, creative director of the Faber Social imprint, said he was thrilled to be publishing such beautiful words from such a talented songwriter.

"Van Morrison is a colossally important, inspiring and influential figure in the music world and his place as one of a handful of truly iconic 20th century artists is secure," he said.

"Publication of Lit Up Inside reminds us of his place in a broader seam of Irish creativity; the collective consciousness of his literary forbears, the likes of WB Yeats, William Blake, Patrick Kavanagh, Joseph Campbell, the poetry of the Blues and Robbie Burns.

"The words on the page are a joy in themselves and it is a great honour that his lyrics will be immortalised in a Faber volume."

 

INTO THE MYSTIC

We were born before the wind

Also younger than the sun

Ere the bonnie boat was won

As we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry

Smell the sea and feel the sky

Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

 

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