Full Force Gale
Van Morrison Lyrics


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Like a full force gale
I was lifted up again
I was lifted up again by the Lord

No matter where I roam
I will find my way back home
I will always return to the Lord
In the gentle evening breeze
By the whispering shady trees
I will find my sanctuary in the Lord

I was headed for a fall
Then I saw the writing on the wall

Like a full force gale
I was lifted up again
I was lifted up again by the Lord

I was headed for a fall
Then I looked up and saw the writing on the wall

In the gentle evening breeze
By the whispering shady trees
I will find my sanctuary in the Lord

And no matter where I roam
I will find my way back home
I will always return to the Lord

Like a full force
Like a full force gale
I was lifted up again
I was lifted up again by the Lord

I was lifted up again, lifted up
I said I was lifted up, by the Lord




Lifted up again, lifted up again, lifted up again
By the Lord

Overall Meaning

Van Morrison's gospel-tinged song "Full Force Gale" is an introspective and spiritual piece that speaks to the idea of finding solace and upliftment in times of struggle or uncertainty through faith. The opening lines, "Like a full force gale, I was lifted up again, I was lifted up again by the Lord" suggest that the singer has been propelled to new heights, and that this is something he attributes to a divine or spiritual force. The repetition of the phrase "lifted up" throughout the song reinforces this idea of transcendence, and the use of natural imagery, such as the "gentle evening breeze" and the "whispering shady trees," gives the song a sense of peacefulness and communion with nature, while also underscoring the singer's sense of connectedness to something greater than himself.


The second verse of the song, which opens with the lines "I was headed for a fall, then I saw the writing on the wall," signals a turning point for the singer, where he was on the verge of a crisis, but was able to find guidance and direction through his faith. The line "I will always return to the Lord" suggests a sense of constancy and commitment to this higher power, and the poignancy of the closing lines, where the singer repeats the phrase "lifted up again" three times, seems to express a sense of awe or wonder at the transformative power of spiritual faith.


Line by Line Meaning

Like a full force gale
Just like a strong wind that forces everything to move along with it, I was completely engulfed by a powerful feeling


I was lifted up again
I was given a renewed spirit and a sense of purpose


I was lifted up again by the Lord
I attribute my upliftment to the divine power of the Lord


No matter where I roam
Regardless of the physical distance I travel, I will not lose sight of my true purpose


I will find my way back home
I will always find my way towards the things that bring me joy and contentment


I will always return to the Lord
I know that my faith will guide me towards my true calling in life


In the gentle evening breeze
During peaceful moments when the busy world around me begins to quiet down


By the whispering shady trees
I find peace and comfort taking shelter under the shade of the trees that sway with the breeze


I will find my sanctuary in the Lord
The Lord is my place of refuge during times of stress and pain


I was headed for a fall
I was facing a difficult situation which I may not have been able to overcome


Then I saw the writing on the wall
I became aware of the possible consequences of my actions and realized the need to change my ways


And no matter where I roam
Irrespective of the paths I take in life


Like a full force
With the unstoppable power and fervor of the wind


Like a full force gale
My spirit is reinvigorated and I am unstoppable in my pursuit of happiness


I was lifted up again, lifted up
I experienced an internal transformation that energized me to new heights


I said I was lifted up, by the Lord
I attribute this transformation to the higher power, the Lord


Lifted up again, lifted up again, lifted up again
I have been uplifted from difficult situations multiple times, by the grace of the Lord


By the Lord
Everything that I have achieved is due to the love and support of the divine




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Written by: VAN MORRISON

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