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The Eternal Kansas City

"The Eternal Kansas City"
Single by Van Morrison
from the album A Period of Transition
A-side "The Eternal Kansas City"
B-side "Joyous Sound"
Released 1977
Recorded Autumn 1976/early winter 1977
Genre Folk rock, R&B, gospel
Length 5:26
Label Warner Brothers
Writer(s) Van Morrison
Producer(s) Van Morrison
Van Morrison singles chronology
"The Eternal Kansas City"
"Joyous Sound"
A Period of Transition track listing
"It Fills You Up"
"The Eternal Kansas City"
"Joyous Sound"

"The Eternal Kansas City" is a song by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was the key song on the 1977 album A Period of Transition,[1] and was his first single released since "Gloria" in 1974.

Biographer Howard DeWitt believes that the song makes the listener feel as if in a church, because of the "mystical choir", featured at the beginning of the song: "Excuse me do you know the way to Kansas City?". "Then an almost jump arrangement makes 'The Eternal Kansas City' an excellent rhythm and blues influenced song."[2]

Johnny Rogan describes the song as "The only song on the album where there was evidence of Morrison's mysterious majesty, it blended the lily-white sound of Anita Kerr Singers with strong gospel overtones."[3]

Dr John on the song

Dr John, arranger and musician on A Period of Transition, describes the song as being:

The song that Van got the whole album hooked up around. It was a real deep thing for him to focus on. It goes from a real ethereal voice sound to a jazz introduction and then into a kind of chunky R&B.[1]



  1. ^ a b Hinton. Celtic Crossroads. p. 198. 
  2. ^ DeWitt. The Mystic's Music. p.103
  3. ^ Rogan. No Surrender. p.309


  • Hinton, Brian (1997). Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison, Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074-169-X
  • DeWitt, Howard A. (1983). Van Morrison: The Mystic's Music, Horizon Books, ISBN 0-938840-02-9
  • Rogan, Johnny (2006). Van Morrison: No Surrender, London:Vintage Books ISBN 978-0-09-943183-1
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