"Meaning of Loneliness" as written by and Van Morrison....
Lost in a strange city
Nowhere to turn
Far cry from the streets that
I came from
It can get lonely
When you're travelling 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 know the meaning of loneliness

I have to say a word about solitude
For the soul it sometimes they say can be good
I'm partial to it myself I must confess
Nobody knows the meaning of loneliness

Well there's Sarte 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 on 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 blessed
Nobody knows the meaning of loneliness

Bright lights, big city nowhere to run
Far cry from the streets where I was born
I've been doing some travelling
Sometimes the road gets hard
But you can also be lonely
Standing in your own backyard

No, no, no, no, no, no, nobody knows
The meaning of loneliness
No, no, no, no, nobody knows
The meaning of lonelinss
Nobody knows the meaning of loneliness


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"Meaning of Loneliness" as written by Van Morrison

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    My InterpretationThis song is a bit of a dirge and certainly not the most melodic thing Van has ever done but there is enough in it to suggest it is part biographical and part applicable to most of our lives. Note the contrast throughout to the so called 'celebrity' lifestyle and the back streets that he came from. Some might say "slap it into him for being such a grump" and if he behaved differently he may not be as lonely but I think that misses the penetrative substance and meaning of the song. One line says, "It takes more than a lifetime just to get to know yourself" suggests we have still a bit to go on the journey of life in finding out about ourselves. I don't think this is a depressing song as it expresses the sentiment that no matter how fulfilling your life may appear to be "you can also be lonely standing in your own backyard".
    robertcousinson November 21, 2014   Link

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