“Avalon of the Heart” by Van Morrison

Van Morrison’s “Avalon of the Heart” talks about the isle of Avalon based on the Arthur legend which is thought to be in Somerset, England. According to the legend, Avalon happens to be the place where the Excalibur, Arthur’s sword, was forged.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Van Morrison's Avalon of the Heart at Lyrics.org.

The writer implies throughout the song that he is going to make a new start in his life while likening it to the experience of visiting this place. He references the enchanted veil which symbolizes how one has to uncover certain hidden truths of life by finding one’s way through this veil. The writer also cites his journey to a cottage in Glastonbury, near Avalon where a picture of the Last Supper and a chalice is found.

The last three verses reveal how this track is centered on the narrator discovering a new phase of his life considering the legend of Arthur which he seems to cherish.

“Avalon of the Heart” Facts

Writing: Van Morrison
Production: Morrison
Album: 20th studio album of Morrison’s career “Enlightenment”
Year of Release: 1990

Was “Avalon of the Heart” a single-release?


The Arthurian Legend

The Arthurian legend is the main stories surrounding the life of King Arthur. King Arthur is a figure from early-British history who, for all intents and purposes, is fictitious.  The writing of his legend dates back to the 9th century and is set in the 5th-6th centuries.  Originally, his story was based on leading Britain in its successful defense against the Saxons. But as time progressed it has been handled by more authors and became more infused with fantastical elements.  And some of its sub-characters, such as Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table and even Arthur’s sword, Excalibur, have become famous in their own right.

2 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Fictitious figure ? Says who – I believe!

  2. JUSTjudy says:

    Van didn’t like FAKE Christians and neither did Barry McGuire & NEITHER do I !!!!!!! YET GOD saw the sincere good hearts in both Van and Barry and reached out to them and they BOTH responded to The Lord with gratitude, devotion and songs <3 !!!!!!!! We are in end times & the massive apostasy is here, BUT GOD LOVES Van & Barry and so do I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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