Ivory Tower (Van Morrison song)

"Ivory Tower" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1986 album, No Guru, No Method, No Teacher. The song was also released as a single with the B-side "A New Kind of Man", from his previous album A Sense of Wonder. It charted at #21 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1986.

"Ivory Tower"
Single by Van Morrison
from the album No Guru, No Method, No Teacher
A-side"Ivory Tower"
B-side"A New Kind of Man"
GenreCeltic, Folk rock
LabelMercury Records
Songwriter(s)Van Morrison
Producer(s)Van Morrison
Van Morrison singles chronology
"Tore Down a la Rimbaud"
"Ivory Tower"
"Got to Go Back"

Clinton Heylin writes this about the song "A chorus about how tough 'It really must be/ To be me, to see like me, to feel like me' threatens the spirituality self-effacing mood he had previously maintained."[1] Biographer John Collis takes the same viewpoint by saying "Ivory Tower, totally breaks the mold - it's an r'n'b shaker just like those produced by the Van Morrison of old, though now he suffers from self pity: "Don't you know the price I have to pay/Just to do everything I have to do..."[2]

Personnel on original release


  1. Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p.395
  2. Collis, Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, p166


  • Heylin, Clinton (2003). Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, Chicago Review Press ISBN 1-55652-542-7
  • Collis, John (1996). Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, Little Brown and Company, ISBN 0-306-80811-0
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