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, mmm mmm
And when the fog horn blows
I want to hear it
I don't have to fear it

I wanna rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
Then magnificently we will float
Into the mystic

When that fog horn blows
You know I will be coming home
And when that fog horn whistle blows
I gotta hear it
I don't have to fear it

And I wanna rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And together we will float
Into the mystic
Come on girl

Will they stop now

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"Into the Mystic" as written by Van Morrison

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  • +4
    General Comment:To me the greatest Van song of all time. To me in ranks up there with Stairway. Although sadly the song, along with van, is the most underrated song of all time. I think Van is so great, especially in his 68-74 years he was on fire. Im shocked that he never became the superstar he should have been. You know his work was and is better than most of the dribble on the radio (no offense to anyone in particular). im just saying he is probably tied with bob dylan as the greatest songwriter in rock history. does anyone agree? i also agree with jazzy and corissa. Van is the Man.
    johnpauljones86on May 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:I wish that someone would comment on this song. Because at the moment it is my favorite song. I listen to it repetitively and I know there has to be a reason. The part " I want to rock your gypsy soul" shakes me. I guess I don't even understand what the phrase "into the mystic" means.. It's just taken me to different levels.
    jazzy09on March 23, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:This song is awe-inspiring. If I am ever having a bad day, I just put this song on and turn it up! It instantly makes me feel so much better just to sing at the top of my lungs. It just makes everything seem like it's going to be ok. My dad used to play this for me when I was little. I think it was the first Van Morrison song I ever heard. What a way to start! Now, years later I am hooked to Van!
    DixieGirl1852on July 12, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I think theres a very whimsical meaning to this song. I don't think that he's being literal by any means. 'Into the mystic' I think is another way to phrase 'falling into love'. I associate his use of 'Mystic' as the unknown. I love this song too. I want it to be my first dance when I get married next year.
    corissaon June 12, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:i agree with most ppl here that van is a genius. his music is so insanely fucking awesome that words simply cannot describe it.

    into the mystic is, essentially, a tribute to the ocean and the sailor, a relationship as old as man himself. a true seafarer appreciates the mystery and magic of the ocean. this sentiment is seen in lines such as

    "Hark, now hear the sailors cry
    Smell the sea and feel the sky
    Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic."

    "the mystic" is obviously a reference to the ocean, and van keeps this as his central thematic pillar.

    another dominant discourse in the song is the the thoughts and feelings of the sailor himself. upon return from a voyage, he is rewarded with a reunion with his girl, but still longs for the sea. he wishes to take her with him, so that he can merge both of his loves:

    "And when that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home
    And when thst fog horn whistle blows I got to hear it
    I don't have to fear it
    I want to rock your gypsy soul
    Just like way back in the days of old
    And together we will float into the mystic
    Come on girl..."

    well, thats how i interpret the song, and as a seafarer myself, this song has a speacial meaning to me, and is perhaps my fav van song. and thus my fav all time song haha.

    van, ur the man.
    oz_van_fanon September 16, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:great songs and poetry are greater than the sum of their parts. They also launch our consciousness to expand beyond narrow and shallow fixed beliefs. "Into the mystic" give us a sense of eternity and the mystical experience of life. A metaphysical metaphor if there ever was one. \ born before the wind /younger than the sun what doe that do for your consciousness? your sense of spirit? "the bonny boat was won" _ the body perhaps? The mystics ode to Life love and death
    Lyre heart (above)is also on to something.
    Smell the sea and feel the sky
    Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic
    the fog horn (death calling ) I don't have to fear it
    CAlling me home back into the fold ....
    the richness of Van's deep sense of spirit!- A genius ...perhaps; inspired Infinitely
    I wanna rock your Gypsy Soul
    ....Together we will flow into the mystic
    tantrashamanon February 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Truly one of the greatest songs of all time, in my small opinion. I love it dearly, have listened to it hundreds and hundreds of times over the past twenty-five years, and still have absolutely no idea whatsoever what the heck it all means. But it means something to me, something I'm not sure I can verbalize, because it changes as I do. I like it that way.

    What a masterpiece.
    gkaiseron July 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:first off, word to songmeanings being back
    van said that he wasn't even sure of the lyrics to this song. it could be "misty" instead of "mystic" at one point of the song. Also "younger than the sun" could be "...son", "born" in the first line could be "borne", and "Ere the bonny boat was won" could be "...one". At this point Van was writing lyrics placing the sound above content. This song was meant to be interpreted as the listener chooses to.
    majiion April 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion:Mystic River, River Misty, Mists, Ocean, Love, Life, Death...

    its about all of the above, none of the above. that's (IMHO) how songwriting works... something is a trigger, one image becomes another, a feeling, a sense of a distant memory... lost in time and mist.

    that's the mystic. we go there in many ways, and at many times. for me, the surface imagery, the scene that i go to when i hear this song, is definitely on a tiny boat floating along, bobbing along on calm waters, through a white mist that makes any notion of where we are, where we came from, or where we're going fairly irrelevant. thankfully irrelevant.

    but behind that scene is definitely the slow journey of life itself, as we head off into the unknowable white horizon of... the mystic.

    what is remarkable about this telling of that tale is the calm confidence with which Van Morrison takes us along on this peaceful voyage to the unknowable, infinite beyond.
    dcbaon December 09, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I love this song. My husband used to listen to I a lot & now I am making a memorial DVD of his life & using this song. He passed away just recently, only 38. I find this song so powerful, so moving, & a perfect song match for him. He loved the water- Into the mystic, the fog horn blows & going home. I find comfort in it that he is at peace. a nod to our love as well, that we will oneday meet again & together float into the mystic.
    Onlythegooddieyoungon May 21, 2010   Link

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