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Van Morrison song lyrics:
A Period of Transition
(see Discography entry)

  1. You Gotta Make It Through the World
  2. It Fills You Up
  3. The Eternal Kansas City
  4. Joyous Sound
  5. Flamingos Fly
  6. Heavy Connection
  7. Cold Wind in August

Up You Gotta Make It Through the World

Well let them take you for a clown
And they're bound to bring you down
You got to make it through the world if you can
Think they're doing you wrong
But you got here on your own
You got to make it through the world if you can
I said if you can, if you can
You got to make it through the world if you can
I said if you can (oooh), if you can (lord)
You got to make it through the world if you can

Well you know what it's all about
Nobody know you when you're down and out
You got to make it through the world if you can
Well talk about wrong and right
You've got to make up your own mind
You got to make it through the world if you can

I said if you can (if you can) ooh, if you can (if you can)
You got to make it through the world if you can (if you can)
I said if you can (if you can) well if you can (if you can)
You got to make it through the world if you can (if you can)

Yeah let them take you for a clown
It will surely put you down
You got to make it through the world if you can (if you can)
Everybody talk about wrong and right
You got to make up your own mind about it
You got to make it through the world if you can (if you can)

Ooh! if you can (if you can) yeah! if you can (if you can)
You got to make it through the world if you can (if you can)
Yeah! if you can (if you can) if you can (if you can)
You got to make it through the world if you can (if you can)
Yeah i said if you can (if you can) lord if you can (if you can)
You got to make it through the world if you can (if you can)

I said you got to make through the world if you can (if you can)
I said you got to make through the world if you can (if you can)
I said you got to make through the world if you can (if you can)
You got to make it through the world if you can (if you can)

Make it through the world
Make it through the world (if you can)
Make it through the world
Make it through the world (if you can)
Make it through the world
Make it through the world (if you can)

(Transcribed by ear; corrections requested and welcomed!)

Up It Fills You Up

There's something going on
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
There's something going on
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
But you don't know what it is
But you don't know what it is
But you don't have to know
You just take it for what it is (spoken)

Within this melody
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
There's more then you can see
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
There's another realm
There's another world
With kings and queens

Yeah yeah

That's why you got to testify
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
You don't gotta do and die
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
You got to sing with the music and move
You got to turn on the music and groove
Every every every day

You know what I'm talking about (spoken)
It fill you up, it fill you up (spoken)

It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
Yeah!
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
Yeah!
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
Get you rolling in the morning
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
Work out a few kinks
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
It fill you up to the brim Jim
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
Lord have mercy
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now
Come here baby
It fill you up, it fill you up, it fill you up now

(Transcribed by ear; corrections requested and welcomed!)

Up The Eternal Kansas City

Chorus (Choir singing)
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City? (Do you know the way to Kansas City?)
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City? (Do you know the way to Kansas City?)
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City? (Do you know the way to Kansas City?)
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City? (Do you know the way to Kansas City?)
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City? (Do you know the way to Kansas City)?
(Van singing)
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?

Train down to St. Louis
Get me there alright
Over to the city there, you know that one
Where the farmer's daughter digs the farmer's son
Dig your Charlie Parker
Basie and Young
Witherspoon and Jay McShann
They will come
Oooowoooowoooo

Chorus (Van and choir in background)
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?
Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?

Lady Liberty in waiting
You know she lights the way
Her name is Billie, she's a Holiday
And the city is eternal -- hey, can't you see?
It's inside of you and it's inside of me
Oooowoooowoooo

Chorus (Van and choir in background)
You know, you know the way to Kansas City?
You know, you know the way to Kansas City?
You know, you know the way to Kansas City?
You know, you know the way to Kansas City ?
You know...the way to Kansas City
You know...the way to Kansas City
Wild Thing

You know the way to Kansas City (Choir only)
Thank you Man (Van)
You know the way to Kansas City
Sing it (Van)
You know the way to Kansas City (Van and choir)
Hit it (Van)
You know...the way to Kansas City
You know...the way to Kansas City
You know...the way to Kansas City
You know...the way to Kansas City
Baby can't you sing it one time (Van)

(Choir)
You know the way to Kansas City
You know the way to Kansas City
You know the way to Kansas City
You know the way to Kansas City
You know the way to Kansas City
You know the way to Kansas City
You know the way to Kansas City
You know the way to Kansas City

(Transcribed by ear; corrections requested and welcomed!)

Up Joyous Sound

How sweet that joyous sound
Whenever we meet, whenever we meet
How sweet that joyous sound
Whenever we meet again

I think you know it well
Whenever we meet, whenever we meet
I think you know it well
Whenever we meet again

Just let it in and let it out, yeah
Then you will begin to know without a doubt

That grace will follow us
Wherever we go, wherever we go
That grace will follow us
Until we meet again
Hey!

Oh yeah
Uhuhuhuh

Just let it in and let it out
Oh yeah now
And you will begin to know without a doubt
That grace will follow us
Wherever we go, wherever we go
That grace will follow us
Until we meet again

(Van and choir)
How sweet that joyous sound
Whenever we meet, whenever we meet
How sweet that joyous sound
Whenever we meet again
Oh! Whenever we meet
Whenever we meet
Whenever we meet again
Oh! Whenever we meet
Whenever we meet
Whenever we meet again
Oh! Whenever we meet
Whenever we meet
Whenever we meet again

Aaaaggggaaiinnn

(Transcribed by ear; corrections requested and welcomed!)

Up Flamingos Fly

Go for a ride
In the still of the night
And morning brings forth
All this wonderful delight
Couldn't have made it more plain
When I heard that soft refrain
And I heard you gently sigh

Wanna take you where flamingos fly, flamingos fly
Way over yonder in the clear blue sky
That's where flamingos fly

Lie in the dark
With the sound of the nightingale
Listen for a lark
I will tell you a tale
Breeze is blowin', blowin' outside
Wanna take that moonlight ride
When I hear you gently sigh

Wanna take you where flamingos fly, flamingos fly
Way over yonder in the clear blue sky
That's where flamingos fly

Well we're here and we're waiting
For that morning light to shine
And I'm looking at you looking at me looking right back at you
And I'm anticipating
Sounds along the way
Looking at you looking at me looking right back at you, hey

I'll follow the road
That will take me, take me right back home
And carry that load
Where the deer and the provincial angels roam
Happiness touches, touches me now
I know where it came from and how
When I hear you gently sigh

Wanna take you where flamingos fly, flamingos fly
Way over yonder in the clear blue sky
That's where flamingos fly, flamingos fly
Way over the rooftops of the houses
I heard it one time, I heard it one time in a lullaby
I heard it one time, I heard it one time in a lullaby
Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere way over the rooftops of the houses
Heard it one time in a lullaby
Heard it one time, heard it one time in a lullaby

(fade)

(Transcribed by ear; corrections requested and welcomed!)

Up Heavy Connection

In the land of a thousand dances
I dance with you
I was out I was taking my chances
When dreams came true
When you came into my dream
Like from a whisper to a scream

And it's a real heavy connection
It's just a real heavy connection
It's a real heavy connection
Lalalala......

I remember when I got your message in Amsterdam
I was going through my letters
And found a picture-postcard of the Reeperbahn
When you came into the room
Not too late and not too soon

And it's a real heavy connection
And it's a real heavy connection
And it's a real heavy connection
Lalalala......

And you came into my dreams
From a whisper to a scream

And it's a real heavy connection
And it's a real heavy connection
It's just a real heavy connection
Lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala

And it's a real heavy connection
And it's a real heavy connection
And it's a real heavy connection
Lalalala.....
Baby, baby, baby
I can't stop this rainbow
Touching my soul
I can't stop this rainbow
In my soul
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby

(Transcribed by ear; corrections requested and welcomed!)

Up Cold Wind In August

I waited for you
You waited for me
That it seemed like, seemed like a mighty long time

Baby I had to have you
Oh, I had to have you
Come rain, rain or shine

It was a cold wind in August
Shivers up and down my spine
I was standin' in your garden
In the California pine

I was standing shivering
I've got the fever in the rain
But I can't come on back to see you
Again and again and again

I said I, I had to have you
Baby I had to have you
Come rain, come rain or shine

It was a cold wind in August
Shivers up and down my spine
And I was standing in your garden

In the California pine
California pine

(instrumental)

It was a cold wind in August
Shivers up and down my spine
I was standin' in your garden
In the California pine
In the California pine It was a cold wind in August
I was pushed on through September
Oh pushin' through September
In the rain
Pushin' through, pushin' through September
In the rain

Ooh
It was a cold wind in August
Shivers up and down my spine
I was standin' standin' in your garden
In the California pine

(Transcribed by ear; corrections requested and welcomed!)

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