"Alan Watts Blues" as written by and Van Morrison....
Well I'm taking some time with my quiet friend
Well I'm takin' some time on my own.
Well I'm makin' some plans for my getaway
There'll be blue skies shining up above
When I'm cloud hidden
Cloud hidden
Whereabouts unknown

Well I've got to get out of the rat-race now
I'm tired of the ways of mice and men
And the empires all turning into rust again.
Out of everything nothing remains the same
That's why I'm cloud hidden
Cloud hidden
Whereabouts unknown

Sittin' up on the mountain-top in my solitude
Where the morning fog comes rollin' in
Just might do me some good.

Well I'm waiting in the clearing with my motor on
Well it's time to get back to the town again
Where the air is sweet and fresh in the countryside
Well it won't be long before I get back here again.


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"Alan Watts Blues" as written by Van Morrison

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    General CommentThe combination of Alan Watts's words and Van Morrison's music is inevitably going to lead to some kind of spiritual healing from the disillusionment associated with the submission of the soul to the powers that rule.
    A_Raging_Bullon February 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song convey the disolutionment with attempts to make the world a better place. The voice has decided to leave hectic society and go to a place where he can find peace and solitude. Great song and lyrics.
    bubbaon April 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song convey the disolutionment with attempts to make the world a better place. The voice has decided to leave hectic society and go to a place where he can find peace and solitude. Great song and lyrics.
    bubbaon April 28, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI happened across this passage in a book (Nature, Man and Woman) by Alan Watts the other day, which I'd say clearly pertains to the song. It is a quote of a poem by Chia Tao called 'Searching for the Hermit in Vain'

    I asked the boy beneath the pines.
    He said, "The Master's gone alone
    Herb-picking somewhere on the mount,
    Cloud-hidden, whereabouts unknown.

    I believe this may have been the inspiration for the song, in terms of modern man's search for something more real than the town and the empires that keep turning to rust (all the surface chatter of life).

    Even when he says he's heading back to town, he states how he know's he'll be back to the countryside again soon. Like the hermit on the mount who cannot be found by the seeker,
    Morrison is heading off into the depths of the Real. And like the seeker, we cannot expect to find the hermit and recieve our teaching; we too have to venture into the clouds.
    trippinbtmon March 08, 2009   Link

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