So many things I think about
When I look far away
Things I know, things I wonder
Things I'd like to say
The more we think we know about
The greater the unknown
We suspend our disbelief
And we are not alone

Mystic rhythms capture my thoughts
Carry them away
Mysteries of night escape the light of day
Mystic rhythms under northern lights
Oh, the African sun
Primitive things stir the hearts of everyone

We sometimes catch a window
A glimpse of what's beyond
Was it just imagination
Stringing us along?
More things than are dreamed about
Unseen and unexplained
We suspend our disbelief
We are entertained

Mystic rhythms capture my thoughts
Carry them away
Nature seems to spin
A supernatural way
Mystic rhythms under city lights
Or a canopy of stars
We feel the powers
And we wonder what they are

(Oh, oh, oh)

Mystic rhythms capture my thoughts
Carry them away
Mysteries of night escape the light of day
Mystic rhythms under northern lights
Or a canopy of stars
We feel the push and pull
Of restless rhythms from afar

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  • +2
    General CommentWhen i first heard this song, i hated it, and i thought it was horrid...yet the more I listened to it, the more I liked it, until it became one of my favorite rush songs to fall asleep to.
    MasterDuncan03on July 06, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst off, anyone who hasn't seen the music video should check it out. It's pretty cool stuff. This song is so epic and spacey sounding it sends chills down my spine. There's awesome drums, guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals, I really don't see why anyone could really hate the song unless they hate Rush...
    The lyrics escape me quite a bit... I can never quite put my finger on what it all means in collaboration. It certainly makes me think about our existence as human-beings and the secrets of the universe that our primative minds can barely tap into. There is a bit of talk about instinctual behavior in this song. Stuff like animals leaving an area before disasters and people having gut feelings that end up saving their lives have always amazed me.
    The only part of the song that I have even the slightest idea of its meaning is the third paragraph/stanza. I believe that it speaks of science fiction connecting to science. For example, we recieve so little information about life on other planets (and its far from sentient life), and yet we create so many fantasies and stories about interplanetary aliens and space travel, etc. At one point, the scientific proof that drove us to continue on has been overshadowed by what we have created out of our imaginations. idea is probably completely wrong though.

    *I truly feel like a mystic whilst listening to this rythmn.*
    Bonesawon July 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLove the beat, the lyrics, the music. And as subdivided indicated, this song can take you places mentally. Cool, great song!
    MSM Hobbeson December 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI too disliked this song at first, but it grew on me.
    floydfan87on December 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the best, most lyrically and musically put together Rush songs of all time. We're all connected to more primitive things, no matter what century we're in.
    everyday_gloryon July 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat lyrics. We can indications of a higher power in even the little things we observe all around us, whether it be nature or the manmade "city lights".
    earthshineon January 17, 2007   Link
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    you really think this is the worst song Rush has ever made?...not only is this classic rush..Power Windows is probably top 3 Rush Albums of all time...7 great songs out of 8...a truly amazing piece of work and Mystic Rythms is one of he best on the my friend need to listen to it again and again and even again...then listen to Middletown Dreams, Marathon, Manhattan Project, Emotion Detector, Territories and Grand Designs...this is a beautiful album...good luck
    magicalrushon March 14, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is awesome and I think that its about when you go to certain places put you in the perfect mood and you start wondering about everything.
    subdividedon October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlooks like its about universal motion and how everything kinda works in "rythms" and patterns..........or the guest for greater knowledge......or the working of existence..........i'm not sure
    Wobbly toeon July 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is song is, in fact, an excellent song i just noticed its kind of an "acquired taste" piece of music though. Once you listen to it a few times it'll start to grow on you.
    Makonu2on August 04, 2008   Link

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