2. This is the first time a professional lyricist has been used by Van. Don Black wrote the lyrics for Track 2 Every Time I See a River.
3. Some have commented on the use of four drummers – Liam Bradley, Robbie Ruggiero, Paul Robinson and Van Morrison.
4. Track 11 Going Down to Bangor contains lots of Bangor references. There’s Napoleon’s Nose (a feature on Cavehill), Cavehill, Pickie Pool, a charabanc, mountains of the Mourne and Donaghadee.
6. This is the second album he has used trombone on. The first was his last studio album Born to Sing. This time trombone is played by Laurence Cottle on several songs.
7. As with Going Down to Bangor, Track 9 In Tiburon namechecks a lot of local colour. Tiburon is a town near San Francisco, in Marin County where Van lived after his move from Woodstock in the late 1960s. He mentions Chet Baker, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Neal Cassady (from On the Road), Cast Your Fate To The Wind by Vince Guaraldi, ‘looking out on the Golden Gate’, the No-Name Bar, etc.
9. In Tiburon also includes the Irish slang word “culchies” which means “unsophisticated country person”.
11. On Track 7 Holy Guardian Angel, Van samples an old African American spiritual for the lyrics Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, nobody knows my sorrow.
12. Van performs one cover on the album. This is the Track 8 Share Your Love With Me written by Alfred Braggs & Don Robey. Van originally recorded it for a Bobby Bland tribute album which never happened. Van’s admiration of Bobby Bland goes back a long way with his band Them recording Turn On Your Love Light and Van’s live version of Ain’t Nothing You Can Do. Van’s version here is a little bit countrified.
14. Lyrically there are few silly things here as on many Van albums. Lines like “whoops I beg your pardon”, “bring me my bucket and spade” and “I was Mr Nice Guy too long” stand out.
15. Pat Corley noticed a typo error in the lyrics booklet for In Tiburon. It mentions the ‘Hungry Eye’ club but it should have read ‘The Hungry i” with a small letter “i”. There has plenty of debate about what the letter “I” stood for, some claiming “id” and others ‘intellectual’ (but they couldn’t afford the paint to finish the sign).
17. Track 9 In Tiburon (Spanish for shark) also mentions the City Lights Bookstore. City Lights published the American edition of Van’s book of lyrics Lit Up Inside.
19. The title track Keep Me Singing seems to reference a few Sam Cooke songs with lyrics like “my change to come” and “Let the good times roll”. Sam Cooke is directly mentioned continuing Van’s long tradition of name-checking key people from the arts who have influenced him.
21. Track 10 is Look Beyond The Hill. It was originally an instrumental called Yo and was a B-Side to one of Van's singles but he has revisited it and added lyrics just like he did on his last studio album with Close Enough for Jazz.