Van Morrison – The Great Deception(in Song)

Hard Nose the Highway is the seventh studio album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). The album contains the single “Warm Love,” a fan favourite. All songs written by Van Morrison, unless otherwise noted.

The title song, “Hard Nose the Highway” is explained by Morrison as: “the theme running through the whole song is ‘Seen some hard times’ which I have ‘Drawn some fine lines’ which I definitely have, and ‘No time for shoe shines’ when you’re trying to make a living.”[5]

“Wild Children” is actually about the post-war children growing up in other countries and getting their images—from American anti-heroes such as those portrayed by James Dean, Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger and playwright Tennessee Williams.[6]

“The Great Deception” is according to biographer, Richie Yorke: “One of the most stinging indictments from any observer, let alone a rock artist, of the tragic hypocrisy of so many participants in the sub-culture, in particular the big-time rock stars of this era.”

Side one
“Snow in San Anselmo” – 4:33
“Warm Love” – 3:22
“Hard Nose the Highway” – 5:12
“Wild Children” – 4:19
“The Great Deception” – 4:50
Side two
“Bein’ Green” (Joe Raposo) – 4:20
“Autumn Song” – 10:34
“Purple Heather”

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