Video of the day: Van Morrison – Cyprus Avenue

From Wikipedia:

Cyprus Avenue” is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1968 album Astral Weeks. In performance it was a concert highlight and closer for years to come and would end with Morrison’s command, “It’s too late to stop now!” as he stalked from the stage. A dynamic 10 minute version with the usual stop-start ending was included on his 1974 live album, It’s Too Late To Stop Now.

“Cyprus Avenue” is one of 3 killer songs (“Madame George” & “The Way Young Lovers Do” being the other two) from this majestic album – “Astral weeks”.

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


The album version is perfect, but there are very strong live performances available… the obvious one being from his excellent album “It’s Too Late To Stop Now!”.

Here is even a better version from “Fillmore East 9/23/70” (starting at 2:06):

0:00:00 – Bill Graham on Van
0:00:48 – These Dreams Of You
0:02:06 – Cyprus Avenue
0:10:29 – Extended Applause / Bill Graham Outro

Brilliant, and is “Too LATE to stop now!”… indeed.

I just have to include the album version as well: