Why Must I Always Explain

Van Morrison

About Why Must I Always Explain

"Why Must I Always Explain?" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1991 album, Hymns to the Silence. He used the same melody as on his 1971 song, "Tupelo Honey". He has often performed it live in his concerts over the years and occasionally has segued from one song to the next.


Year:
1991
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Have to toe the line, I've got to make the most
Spent all the years going, from pillar to post
Now I'm standing on the outside and I'm waitin' in the rain
Tell me why must I always explain

Bared my soul to the crowd eh but oh what the cost
Most of them laughed out loud like nothings been lost
There were hypocrites and parasites and people that drain
Tell me why must I always explain

Why, why must I always explain
Over and over, over again
It's just a job you know and it's no sweet Lorraine
Tell me why must I always explain 

Well I get up in the morning and I get my brief
I go out and stare at the world in complete disbelief
It's not righteous indignation that makes me complain
It's the fact that I always have to explain

I can't be everywhere at once, there's always somebody to see
And I never turned out to be the person that you wanted me to be
And I tell you who I am, time and time and time again
Tell me why must I always explain

Well it's out on the highway and it's on with the show
Always telling people things they're too lazy to know
It can make you crazy, yeah it can drive you insane
Tell me why must I always explain.

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Van Morrison

Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists. more »

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10 facts about this song

Artist History
"Why Must I Always Explain" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison, known for his unique blend of folk, blues, jazz, and soul.
Album Details
The song is from his 21st studio album, "Hymns to the Silence," released in 1991.
Song Explanation
The song has been interpreted as a response to the incessant questioning by the media and his fans about his songs' meanings, reflecting Morrison's frustration with this constant scrutiny.
Prominent Lyrics
One of the most significant lines in the song, "It's not right, you're always complaining," could imply Morrison's dissatisfaction with the ongoing criticism towards his work.
Chart Success
Despite its deep introspective themes, the song gained commercial success, reflecting the artist's ability to convey complex feelings through his songs.
Musical Composition
The song displays Morrison's uniquely rhythmic vocal phrasing, combining bluesy intonations with an expressive rock-n-roll sound.
Common Themes
Like many of Morrison's works, "Why Must I Always Explain?" explores themes of fame and its critiques.
Critical Response
Critics have praised the song for presenting Morrison's struggle with fame and public scrutiny in a raw and relatable way.
Live Performances
This song is a staple at Van Morrison's live performances due to its meaningful lyrics and catchy rhythm.
Song Inspiration
While not explicitly stated, it is speculated that Morrison's experiences with being in the public eye heavily influenced the creation of this song.

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