"Back On Top" as written by and Van Morrison....
You came to see me when the moon was new
Saw you standin' in the pouring rain
Left my message on the window pain
Back on the street again
Back on the beat again
I'm back on the top again

Saw me climbing to the top of the hill
You saw me meeting with the fools on the hill
Learned my lesson and I had my fill
Learnt it all in vain
Went through it all again
Now I'm back on the top again

Always strivin', always climbing way beyond my will
Same old sensation, isolation at the top of the bill
Always seeming, like I'm moving but I'm really going slow
What do you do when you get to the top and there's nowhere to go

Just how I get there will be anybody's guess
With all the so called trappings of success
Left all the deadbeats on the top of the hill
Too busy raisin' Cain
I'm back on the street again
I'm back on the top again

Always strivin', always climbing way beyond my will
It's the same old sensation, isolation at the top of the hill
Always seeming, like I'm moving but I'm really going slow
You'll find out when you get to the top that there's nowhere to go

How you get there will be anybody's guess
With all the so called trappings of success
Left all the deadbeats on the top of the hill
Too busy raisin' Cain
I'm back on the street again
I'm back on the top again

Back on my feet again
I'm back on the street again
I'm back on the top again


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"Back on Top" as written by Van Morrison

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    General CommentI think "fools on the hill" is a reference to The Beatles. Van Morrison released Brown Eyed Girl in 1967, the same year The Beatles released the tune The Fool on the Hill. They both made the billboard top 100 that year.
    musicfan5on April 15, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation"Back On Top" from Van's highly regarded album on the same name from 1999. It sounds like Van knew the album would be a great success based on this song and album title.

    He had his share of disappointments from the late 70s through the 80s and 90s, with the occasional good album, but this album is like a 2nd "Moondance" - every song is great.

    Still, in typical Van fashion things are not all sunshine and rainbows: the bridge goes

    "Always strivin', always climbing way beyond my will
    Same old sensation, isolation at the top of the bill
    Always seeming, like I'm moving but I'm really going slow
    What do you do when you get to the top and there's nowhere to go"

    As great as it is to be back on top, its lonely up there and there is nowhere to go.
    Stevenuccjon December 22, 2014   Link

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