Back On Top
Van Morrison Lyrics


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You came to see me when the moon was new
Saw you standin' in the pouring rain
Left my message on the window pain
Back on the street again
Back on the beat again
I'm back on the top again

Saw me climbing to the top of the hill
You saw me meeting with the fools on the hill
Learned my lesson and I had my fill
Learnt it all in vain
Went through it all again
Now I'm back on the top again

Always strivin', always climbing way beyond my will
Same old sensation, isolation at the top of the bill
Always seeming, like I'm moving but I'm really going slow
What do you do when you get to the top and there's nowhere to go

Just how I get there will be anybody's guess
With all the so called trappings of success
Left all the deadbeats on the top of the hill
Too busy raisin' Cain
I'm back on the street again
I'm back on the top again

Always strivin', always climbing way beyond my will
It's the same old sensation, isolation at the top of the hill
Always seeming, like I'm moving but I'm really going slow
You'll find out when you get to the top that there's nowhere to go

How you get there will be anybody's guess
With all the so called trappings of success
Left all the deadbeats on the top of the hill
Too busy raisin' Cain
I'm back on the street again
I'm back on the top again

Back on my feet again




I'm back on the street again
I'm back on the top again

Overall Meaning

In Van Morrison's "Back on Top," the singer reflects on his journey to success, which he describes as a lonely and difficult climb. He addresses a lover who was with him during his struggles and has now reappeared in his life. Morrison implies that he has achieved a measure of success but finds that it is not all he expected. He sings, "Always seemin', like I'm moving but I'm really going slow. What do you do when you get to the top and there's nowhere to go?" He acknowledges that his success has come with a price and that he has lost friends along the way. He sings, "Left all the deadbeats on the top of the hill. Too busy raisin' Cain."


The song's chorus, "Back on the street again, Back on the beat again, I'm back on the top again," underscores that success is not permanent, and one must continue to strive to maintain it. Morrison suggests that he is willing to do what it takes to stay on top, even as he questions whether it is worth it. Ultimately, the song reflects on the complexity of the journey to success, which can be both rewarding and isolating.


Line by Line Meaning

You came to see me when the moon was new
You came to support me when I was beginning anew


Saw you standin' in the pouring rain
I noticed you standing in the rain to be there for me


Left my message on the window pain
I left a message for you to read and connect with me


Back on the street again
I'm back on my journey, trying to make a name for myself again


Back on the beat again
I'm back to making music, creating something new again


I'm back on the top again
I have made it to the top of my industry once more.


Saw me climbing to the top of the hill
You witnessed the hard work that led me to become successful once again


You saw me meeting with the fools on the hill
You saw me surrounding myself with individuals who don't have my best interests at heart


Learned my lesson and I had my fill
I learned from my mistakes and was no longer willing to associate with negative people


Learnt it all in vain
I gained nothing from associating with negative people


Went through it all again
I had to go through this experience again to learn from my mistakes


Now I'm back on the top again
I've made it back to the top of my industry once again


Always strivin', always climbing way beyond my will
I am always pushing myself beyond my limits to achieve greatness


Same old sensation, isolation at the top of the bill
I still feel lonely even after achieving success


Always seeming, like I'm moving but I'm really going slow
It may seem like I'm making progress, but my journey is a slow one


What do you do when you get to the top and there's nowhere to go
I'm questioning what to do now that I've achieved my goals and have nothing left to strive for


Just how I get there will be anybody's guess
How I will achieve success again is uncertain


With all the so called trappings of success
Despite the perks of being successful, it's not all it's cracked up to be


Left all the deadbeats on the top of the hill
I've left those who brought me down in the past behind me


Too busy raisin' Cain
I'm too busy living life to the fullest and enjoying my success to be bothered by negativity


Back on my feet again
I'm back to living my life and moving forward


I'm back on the street again
I'm back to working hard to achieve my goals


I'm back on the top again
I've made it back to the top once again




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Written by: VAN MORRISON

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RonSommers Guitar

Van Morrison is like a freight train. Slow, steady, reliable. He's chuggin along behind the scenes and every so often he blows his horn to let everyone know he's still there...putting out great tunes....

Steve Bowman

Hey, good call. That's Van the Man

Mary Denton

thank you van for allowing your music to be appreciated by your fans. I've never heard this one...I will definitely buy it. Play you in my car because I drive a lot. THANK YOU for your great work.

William Goldrick

I love this tune it has such a great groove i loved listening to this in the morning before work on my old pioneer stereo blasting.the sax and harmonica and vocals are in the pocket yes van you are always at the top of the hill

William Goldrick

i could listen to this song over and over the groove is lethal nice work van and the the band whoo eee.

Tom Geelen

I always come back to this song. It was one of the songs which was the staple of our summer holiday trips. It brought a smile of joy on my face when I was little, and now 15 years later is still does. 

Joel Jonsson

Just for The record, hes always been on top. From The start.

Martin Frederiksen

used to listen to this album with my father in the car as a kid. Love Van the man and his music to this day.

William Goldrick

vocals are magnificent and drummer and harmonica are spot on do it van

CreatingExcellence

God blessed Van and all of us with his talent

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