"Orangefield" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and released on his 1989 album Avalon Sunset. The song takes place on "a golden Autumn day" and is named for the school for boys (now Orangefield High School) that Morrison attended during his youth in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
|Single by Van Morrison|
|from the album Avalon Sunset|
|B-side||"These Are the Days"|
|Van Morrison singles chronology|
|Avalon Sunset track listing|
The song was also a minor hit in the Netherlands, charting at number 70.
Recording and composition
Brian Hinton gave his interpretation of the song and lyrics as: "In 'Orangefield' we're back in the territory of Astral Weeks in both historical and psychic terms ... she was the apple of his eye—both fruitful (like the name of his school) and Eve tempting him to sin—and her beauty becomes like the sun, or God."
Another biographer, Clinton Heylin defined the song: "Certainly in 'Orangefield', another installment in Morrison's perennial paean to a 'lost love in Belfast', the words say very little but the mood is persuasive. Back in touch with the spirit of yesteryear, he walks through the old park remembering 'a golden autumn day' [when] you came my way in Orangefield."
"Orangefield" was one of the songs performed on the 1990 video Van Morrison The Concert.
- Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p.18
- "Dutch singles history:Van Morrison". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
- Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p.525
- Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p.279
- Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p.428
- Bailie, Stuart (3 February 2008). "By George, He's Done It". BBC. Retrieved 16 August 2010.