Mystic of the east, mystic from the streets
Mystic with no brief, back here on the street
Mystic out of reach, can't find no reason to speak
I just got in too deep for the mystic of the east

I was deep in the heart of down
Deep in the heart of down
Deep in the heart of down
Deep in the heart

Mystic with no peace, back here in the east
Fed up to the teeth, mystic of the east

I was deep in the heart of down
Deep in the heart of down
Deep in the heart of down
Deep in the heart

Mystic out of reach, can't seem to find my brief
Gone with the wild geese and I've had it up to the teeth
Mystic of the east, back here on the streets
Mystic with no brief, I can't find any reason to speak

Mystic of the east, east, east, east
Back here on the street, back on the street
Back on the street, mystic of the east
Back here on the street, mystic of the east





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    My InterpretationThis song is from Van's most recent album (2012) and is typically biographical of his roots in and around Hyndford Street in east Belfast. I think the song title describes himself - Mystic of the East - intensely private, enigmatic and yet proud of his humble upbringing. His website supports and endorses this by having a page dedicated to the Van Morrison Trail at vanmorrison.com/… and the booklet is punctuated by all the various landmarks in the immediate vicinity of his parents home with excerpts from songs and photographs of key locations.

    The song is unashamedly personal and reflective of that area which by and large hasn't changed significantly over the past 50 years. His 'Healing Game' album of 1997 is all about east Belfast and the surrounding environment. The expected customary Ulsterism is there in the song too, "Fed up to the teeth", which is characteristic of many of his songs over the decades. I live just a few hundred yards from the "Trail" and finally after all these years it is being developed as a tourist attraction for fans of Van all over the world.

    robertcousinson December 09, 2014   Link

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