"Cyprus Avenue" as written by and Van Morrison....
Well, I'm caught one more time
Up on Cyprus Avenue
Caught one more time
Up on Cyprus Avenue

And I'm conquered in a car seat
Not a thing that I can do
I may go crazy
Before that mansion on the hill
I may go crazy
Before that mansion on the hill
But my heart keeps beating faster
And my feet can't keep still
And all the little girls rhyme something
On the way back home from school
And all the little girls rhyme something
On the way back home from school
And the leaves fall one by one
And call the autumn time a fool
Yeah, my t-tongue gets tied
Every, every, every time I try to speak
My tongue gets tied
Every time I try to speak
And my inside shakes just like a leaf on a tree
I think I'll go on by the river with my cherry, cherry wine
I believe I'll go walking by the railroad with my cherry, cherry wine
If I pass the rumbling station where the lonesome engine drivers pine
Wait a minute, yonder come my lady
Rainbow ribbons in her hair
Yonder come my lady
Rainbow ribbons in her hair
Six white horses and a carriage
She's returning from the fair
Baby, baby, baby

Well, I'm caught one more time
Up on Cyprus Avenue
Caught one more time
Up on Cyprus Avenue

And I'm conquered in a car seat
And I'm looking straight at you
Way up on, way up on, way up on, way up on, way up on, way up on, way up on
The avenue of trees
Keep walking down
In the wind and rain, darling
You keep walking down when the sun shone through the trees
Nobody, no, no, no, no, nobody stops me from loving you baby
So young and bold, fourteen-year old
Baby, baby, baby


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"Cyprus Avenue" as written by Van Morrison

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's about the narrator being in love, yes, but he's not fourteen: the girl is, and he's much older. He's "conquered in a car seat," sweating, delerious, driven mad by his strong but forbidden love for her, while she's oblivious to him, making up rhymes with her friends. His insides are shaking because he loves her so powerfully and irrationally. His insides shake, his heart beats, his feet tap, and there's nothing he can do about it. He loves her for her youth and it's that very youth that prevents him from having her.
    southerlywindon October 21, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYouthful exhiliration, intoxication, optimism, euphoria.

    btw - Van and his family lived on Hyndford Street in East Belfast from 1945 until 1961. Cypress Avenue was a step into unaccustomed wealth for Van, as is intimated several times in his various lyrics
    vasnmoGoon March 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAgree that the girl is 14 and the narrator isn't. But I don't think he realised this until today. Perhaps their relationship to date has been conducted in clubs and bars and he imagined that his "lady" was a young woman or older teenager at least. But now here he is sitting in a traffic jam, when his daydream is interrupted by the sight of his "lady" ... in a school uniform. Oops.
    donutslikefannyson March 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDifferent sound this time. More leisurely. He seems to enjoying a stroll down Cypress Avenue, the biggest richest street in town (if your from new orleans, think st. charles-ish) and hes ''walking down''. he seems to have somehow made a step up in the world. As hes peacefully strolling he lets us know whats going on. He and girl hooked up. She picks him up and wants to go driving but hed prefer to walk down the street with her. So he got his wish. But will the happiness last? End of Side 1
    johnpauljones86on May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about van being in love when he was 14!
    willardon October 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaha. I like that.
    _ellieon February 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a gorgeous love song... I love the:
    And wait a minute, yonder comes my lady
    Rainbow ribbons in her hair
    Yonder comes my lady
    Rainbow ribbons in her hair
    Six white horses and a carriage
    She's returning from the fair

    Truly a sound that belonged to Van, and only the Van, of 1969
    Wonderboy2kon February 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow about the harpsicord on this - not many rosk songs use harpsicord and double bass for percussion

    harbour.sfu.ca/~hayward/van/reviews/…

    Rick: I noticed on Astral Weeks that some of the songs and some of the images seem to have been carried on from your earlier work. "Cypress Avenue," for instance, has a lot in common with "Little Girl" from your "Here Comes the Night" album.

    Van: Yeah,it's a similar thing.
    vasnmoGoon March 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe feeling I get in this song is that he's caught in a traffic jam and is getting impatient, but then he starts to notice little things that he wouldn't if he was driving at a normal speed, like the little girls coming home from school, and starts to enjoy himself.
    Wrapidon May 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInteresting that the "six white horses" (innocence) on this song becomes the "horse white as snow" (heroin) on "Slim Slow Slider."
    stormvilleon April 04, 2012   Link

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