'And your stairway - Reaches up to the moon - And it comes right back - It comes right back to you'


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Michael Hayward uses this entry for VanlÝse in his glossary on the Van Morrison Home Page:

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 bootleg Listen to the Lion). The Danish period of Van's life is also evident in the instrumental track "Scandinavia".

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