Into the Mystic

 

Rock Your Gypsy Soul

 

Certain songs are a brilliant blend of melody, lyric, voice, and pacing, Into the Mystic, written by Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and featured on his 1970 album Moondance, is one of those very special songs.

I got to thinking about this song when I heard it on the car radio. It’s one of those songs I feel compelled to stay and listen to right through to the end, even though I’ve reached my destination, even though I’ve heard it countless times. It is really a remarkably beautiful song.

A ‘Rolling Stone’ review by Greil Marcus and Lester Bangs described the importance of the song on the album Moondance this way: “Into the Mystic’ is the heart of Moondance, the music unfolds with a classic sense of timing, guitar strums fading into watery notes on a piano, the bass counting off the pace.

The lines of the song and Morrison’s delivery of them are gorgeous: ‘I want to rock your gypsy soul/Just like in the days of old/And magnificently we will fold/Into the mystic. 

Another review described it as “a song of such elemental beauty and grace as to stand as arguably the quintessential Morrison moment.”

 According to a survey made by BBC, the song with its soothing calm and medium-paced tempo is among the most popular songs that doctors listen to while operating.

-Terra

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Into the Mystic Lyrics

We were born before the wind

Also younger than the sun

Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic

 

Hark, now hear the sailors cry

Smell the sea and feel the sky

Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

 

And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home

And when the fog horn blows I want to hear it

I don’t have to fear it

 

And I want to rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And magnificently we will flow into the mystic

When that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home

And when that fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it

I don’t have to fear it

 

And I want to rock your gypsy soul

Just like way back in the days of old

And together we will flow into the mystic

Come on girl… Too late to stop now…