Cyprus Avenue

Album: Astral Weeks (1968)
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Songfacts®:

  • Van Morrison grew up at 125 Hyndford Street in Belfast in a modest home with no bathroom (they used an outhouse). It was the working-class part of town, with a row of warehouses. Cyprus Avenue, a few blocks away, was a place for the wealthy and Van aspired to one day live there.

    Morrison used to walk up and down Cyprus Avenue when he wanted some time with his thoughts; this song expresses that state of tranquility he would find himself in along these walks.
  • A beloved song among hardcore fans, Morrison often closed concerts in the '70s with "Cyprus Avenue."
  • In 1991, Morrison released a song called "On Hyndford Street," which also reflects on his childhood. Cyprus Avenue gets a mention in those lyrics:

    Picking apples from the side of the tracks
    That spilled over from the gardens of the houses on Cyprus Avenue
  • On his 70th birthday, Morrison played two shows on Cyprus Avenue, but he didn't play this song at either performance.

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