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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  • +9
    General CommentTo 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 03, 2004   Link
  • +6
    General CommentThis 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 13, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI 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
  • +5
    General CommentA long life friend passed away this September 11, 2014. Into the mystic was the song played. I didn't know the musical line up of songs or speakers etc. when "Into The Mystic" began to play- I took out my cell phone out and began secretly recording the funeral. All I can say, this was one of the best songs I've ever heard playing at a funeral- gave me shivers.... I don't know meaning of the song- but the part of going HOME and not fearing it. Said so much to me.. I do believe it is a song of living life until death departure.
    This funeral and my brothers funeral- had best songs ever played- my brothers song were "Wish you were here" and "Shine on you Crazy Diamond". Both By- Pink Floyd..
    Joviaon September 15, 2014   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI wonder if oz_van_fan isn't onto something, that is, the ocean as theme, but then, when Van wrote this he was a young man, recently hooked up with a lady, hanging out in Mystic, Quebec, near the border, off the road that most Quebecers take when going down to Hianisport... so it could be his ocean is a sea of love.
    Others who were born before the wind, and who floated magnificently were the pre-flood Atlanteans, some of whom may have set up shop in Celtic myth.
    Fog horns blow for danger, warning and crossing the bar - dying, when one lets a sould or spirit fly into the mystic.
    Dying - so young - and in love? Well there is the childhood TB and there is also dying to love (as in towards or going towards) a euphemism for coming (as in sex).
    From breldems - born to be king - or high born - like one who can trace Astral connections back in time to , say , Atlantis ...
    TO trippinbtm - the boat and the girl are Janet Planet - see the back of the album for notes. She moves him.
    Lyre_Hearton August 14, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General Commentgreat 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
  • +4
    My OpinionMystic 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
  • +3
    General Commentfirst 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
  • +3
    General Commenti 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 CommentI 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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