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Enlightenment (Van Morrison song)

Single by Van Morrison
from the album Enlightenment
A-side "Enlightenment"
B-side "Avalon of the Heart"
Released September 1990
Recorded October 1989
Genre Celtic, Folk-rock
Length 4:04
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Van Morrison
Producer(s) Van Morrison
Van Morrison singles chronology
"In The Days Before Rock 'N' Roll"
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
Enlightenment track listing
"Real Real Gone"
"So Quiet in Here"

"Enlightenment" is a single written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1990 album Enlightenment.

Biographer Brian Hinton comments "'Enlightenment' is actually the opposite of what it sounds: it is full of doubt, not affirmation. 'I'm meditating and still I'm suffering.' He seems to be saying everything is a state of mind, you can choose to live in heaven or hell."[1]

In a Rolling Stone review, John Swenson writes that the album Enlightenment is a sequel to Avalon Sunset and enables Morrison to have a new start (musically and spiritually). "Morrison is so pleased with his new start that he can even poke fun at his quest on the title track. 'I'm in the here and now and I'm meditating/And still I'm suffering but that's my problem,' he sings. 'Enlightenment, don't know what it is' – and he doesn't sound disturbed at all."[2]


  • Appearance on other albums 1
  • Personnel on original release 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Appearance on other albums

Personnel on original release


  1. ^ Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p.293
  2. ^


  • Hinton, Brian (1997). Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison, Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074-169-X

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