No religion

August 31st, 2010

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We didn’t know no better
And they said it could be worse
Some people thought it was a blessing
Other people think that it’s a curse

It’s a choice between fact and fiction
And the whole world has gone astray
That’s why there’s no religion
No religion, no religion here today

And there’s no straight answers
Of what this thing called love is all about
Some say it’s unconditional
Other people just remain in doubt

Well, I cleaned up my diction
I had nothing left to say
Except there’s no religion
No religion, no religion here today

And they ask what hate is
It’s just the other side of love
Some people want to give their enemies
Everything they think that they deserve

Some say, why don’t you love your neighbors
Go ahead, turn the other cheek
But there’s nobody on this planet
That can ever be so meek

And I can’t bleed for you
You have to do it your own way
And there’s no religion
No religion, no religion here today

And they ask what hate is
It’s the other side of love
Some people want to give their enemies
Everything they think that they deserve

Others say, why don’t you love your neighbors
Go ahead and turn the other cheek
But have you ever met anybody
Who’s ever been that meek?

And it’s so cruel to expect
The savior to save the day
And there’s no religion
No religion, no religion here today

And there’s no mystery
And there’s nothing hidden
And there’s no religion here today

And there’s no mystery
And there’s nothing hidden
And there’s no religion here today
And there’s no religion
No religion, no religion here today

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Jon Wilde: There was much speculation about your religious beliefs in the ’80s. Did that unduly bother you?

Van Morrison: Well, what happened is that people would take things I at face value and say, “Oh, he’s being a dilettante”. What it’s really about is that, if you study knowledge, then you really have to study knowledge. You don’t just study one thing. You can’t just say, “OK, I’m going, to study Hinduism:’ If you’re going to study knowledge then you have to study the whole field. You need to get an overview and you have to look at the whole picture. That’s what people are getting at when they say that my music was about the mystical or that it was about searching for something. That’s how it’s been interpreted. But, when one studies knowledge, one gets influenced by things. Again, the songs come out of things that you’re being influenced by at the time you’re studying. For me, that’s what that ’80s phase is.

Jon Wilde: It wasn’t a search for anything specific? Truth? God?

Van Morrison: No, it was just looking for knowledge, looking for light. It was never about one thing, one religion. It was about finding out about myself. Trying to find some peace of mind, some light. If anything, it was more about the journey itself than reaching some kind of destination. That’s where the music was at.

Uncut Interview With Van Morrison by Jon Wilde (Published in July 2005)

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