Glossary of Terms and References

OR VAN, "place" seems to be a particularly powerful source of creative inspiration; many of his most deeply felt songs include references to specific places from his Belfast past. The song "On Hyndford Street" is a particularly good example, with its stream-of-conciousness invocation of the ghost of boyhood haunts.

Click on any of the links at left for a brief explanation of specific references. Or click on the red-highlighted section of the map below for an interactive tour of Van Morrison's East Belfast.

Belfast map

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