Carrying a Torch

"Carrying a Torch"
Song by Van Morrison from the album Hymns to the Silence
Released 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Folk-rock
Length 4:26
Label Polydor Records
Writer(s) Van Morrison
Composer(s) Van Morrison
Producer(s) Van Morrison
Hymns to the Silence track listing
"Be Thou My Vision"
"Carrying a Torch"
"Green Mansions"
"Carrying a Torch"
Single by Tom Jones and Van Morrison
from the album Carrying a Torch
A-side "Carrying a Torch"
B-side "Walk Tall (Valley Of The Shadows)"
Released March 1991[1]
Genre Celtic, Folk-rock
Length 3:50
Label Dover
Writer(s) Van Morrison
Producer(s) Van Morrison
Tom Jones chronology
"Couldn't Say Goodbye"
"Carrying a Torch"
"I'm Not Feeling It Anymore"

"Carrying a Torch" is a popular song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and released on his 1991 double album, Hymns to the Silence. It was also included on his 2015 album "Duets: Re-working the Catalogue" with Clare Teal.

Rolling Stone magazine reviewer Elysa Gardner praised the song, saying that it "has the makings of a classic, with a stately chorus and shining verses that tie the flesh to the spirit: 'You're the keeper of the flame/And you burn so bright/Baby why don't we re-connect/Move into the light'."[2]

Cover versions

Tom Jones also recorded the song, together with Van Morrison, on his album Carrying a Torch (released the same year, in March). Their version of the song was released as a single and charted at #57 in 1991 in the UK. This collaboration came about when Morrison showed his newly written song "Carrying a Torch" to Jones, who was "so impressed that he invited Morrison to play on his new record" (Johnny Rogan). Morrison wrote, played on and produced four tracks that appeared on Jones' album.[3]

Bob Dylan has also performed the song occasionally at his concerts.[4]

Personnel on original release


  1. "BBC Wales - Music - Tom Jones - Tom Jones discography". Retrieved 2014-03-25.
  2. Gardner, Elysa (1991-10-17). "Van Morrison: Hymns to the Silence : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  3. Rogan, No Surrender, p.401
  4. "Bob Dylan-Bob Links-Reviews-11/09/02". Retrieved 2009-10-16.


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