|Michael Hayward uses
this entry for VanlÝse in his glossary on the Van Morrison
VanlÝse is a middleclass neighbourhood in Copenhagen,
Denmark, containing a mixture of row houses (as would be found on Hyndford
Street), apartment buildings, gardens, commons, shopping streets and a
subwaystation. The first historical mention of VanlÝse is from 1198
(Huanlosae) - the name means a pasture of Archangelica Officinalis.
During the 1970s Van was dating a Danish girl (Steve
Turner's Too Late to Stop Now gives her name as Ulla Munch), who
lived in the VanlÝse district. The stairway referred to in the song title
is reportedly a stairway near the VanlÝse subway stop. It was also during
this period that Van formed a relationship with the Danish Radio Big Band,
with whom he has performed on a number of occations (recorded on the
to the Lion). The Danish period of Van's life is also evident in
the instrumental track "Scandinavia".
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