" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison
and included on his 1970 album, Moondance
. It was a concert highlight for several years and was included as one of the songs on Morrison's 1974 acclaimed live album, It's Too Late to Stop Now
It was also performed by Morrison with The Band
in the 1978 film by Martin Scorsese
entitled The Last Waltz
which commemorates The Band's last concert appearance together before disbanding in 1976.
Recording and composition
"Caravan" was originally recorded on July 30, 1969 at Mastertone Studios in New York City
with Lewis Merenstein
The theme of the song is about gypsy life and the radio which are both images of harmony. Van Morrison also based the song on real memories while living in a rural house in Woodstock
, New York
, where the nearest house was far down the road.
He described why he included the reference to radio in the song:<blockquote> I could hear the radio like it was in the same room. I don't know how to explain it. There was some story about an underground passage under the house I was living in, rumours from kids and stuff and I was beginning to think it was true. How can you hear someone's radio from a mile away, as if it was playing in your own house? So I had
to put that into the song, It was a must.