Van Morrison: 5 Wonderful Versions of “Vanlose Stairway”

Send me your picture
Send me your pillow
Send it through Krishna
On the Vanlose Stairway

..A larger point to be made with “Vanlose Stairway” is that no matter what words Morrison is singing, it is the music and singing itself that offers a glimpse at the soul — the true inspiration of the term soul music. And Morrison is nothing if not a soul singer. The lyrics just happen to add to the soul-stirring music. It does not matter that most people have no idea what Vanlose refers to, especially given that Morrison does not pronounce it correctly. But the descending three chords of the verse — played by a horn section and turnaround uplifting chorus — hit the listener on a gut level, especially on the powerful live recording of the song on A Night in San Francisco (1994), which truly transcends anything mere words could communicate.
-Bill Janovitz (allmusic.com)

Vanlose Stairway is track 7 on his 1982 album, Beautiful Vision. It has been performed 729 times live (289 times as part of a medley) according to ivan.vanomatic.de (great website btw).

Send me your bible
Send me your Gita
I want to reach you
On the Vanlose Stairway

Grugahalle, Essen on April 4, 1982:

And your stairway
Reaches up to the moon
And it comes right back
It comes right back to you

Nouveau Palace De Festival Cannes, France; January 26, 1984:




Send me some loving
Send me some kissing
You know what I’m missing
On the Vanlose Stairway

Van Morrison and the Danish Radio Big Band
19 February 1990, London, Barbican Center:

On the Vanlose Stairway
Right there, hold it

And your stairway
Reaches up to the moon
And it comes right back
And it comes right back to you

Van Morrison & The Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra
Live at Helsingor Jazz Festival – August 5, 1995:

Send me your bible child
Send me your Gita

Live At LSO St. Luke’s, London, England, 10th February 2008:


-Egil

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