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Van Morrison — Into The Mystic
Album: Moondance
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8.7

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Total ratings: 3251









Released: 1970
Length: 3:25
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 fold
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 want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And together we will fold
Into the mystic
Come on, girl

Too late to stop now
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 amitoro wrote:
I love his all songs! Wspanialy artysta i jego piosenki. Mam jego wszystkie albumy.
 
Polski, is it not?  :-)) 

Nice song but I'm perplexed how so many think it's spectacular. Hmmmm.
Doesn't get any better and NEVER gets old!  Thank you Van!
 DavidS_UK wrote:
Another tedious whingeing offering from VM, pah!

Of course my rating of 1 is nothing to do with my past, in the late 70s (!), me a rain-drenched despatch rider delivering a big cheque to the aforementioned singer in his mansion in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, asking to use the phone to report completion of the job (standard thing done in those pre-mobile days) only to be told to "go and find a ***ing callbox!". So I have never liked the peasant since.
 
Interesting anecdote.  Was VM in "his cups" during that period? 

Demon alcohol turns otherwise nice people into not so people.    Fame will also make many rather prickly.
I love his all songs! Wspanialy artysta i jego piosenki. Mam jego wszystkie albumy.
what memory's those 70's classic's bring back, and all that was happening.  thanks.  read about in your history books kids.  I visit Vietnam with the Good Samaritan medical missions team every year and can't help but wonder 'why the hell were we ever there doing harm.'  
Spectacular song...
really is a special master
 Dragonfly_Launch wrote:
May the spinning galaxy bless you every time you play this. 

 
Yes. Yes indeed. {#Kiss} {#Hug} {#Notworthy} {#Meditate}
 seabell wrote:
We'd prefer not to see your blue balls, man
 
As you wish.  ; )


 On_The_Beach wrote:

 

We'd prefer not to see your blue balls, man
Cool guy VanMo
I LIKE
As a teen I lived on Mystic Street.  
 DavidS_UK wrote:
Another tedious whingeing offering from VM, pah!

Of course my rating of 1 is nothing to do with my past, in the late 70s (!), me a rain-drenched despatch rider delivering a big cheque to the aforementioned singer in his mansion in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, asking to use the phone to report completion of the job (standard thing done in those pre-mobile days) only to be told to "go and find a ***ing callbox!". So I have never liked the peasant since.

He used to live close to me here...  and sadly, experiences that that are all too common.

Greta artist...  but he's a shit nonetheless.
 

Ahhhhh....I'm imagining myself floating down a shady slow moving river on a summer day. How lovely is this song!
This song is balm for my ear and my soul.
I don't rate a lot of songs 10

I recently joined the vinyl resurgence, which offered my 41 y/o self a chance to buy a brand new TT and records.  My 1st new vinyl purchase (ever actually; always had a collection from my parents and used record shops) was DSOTM, for which I had to show ID b/c of the bad words - HAHA!

I also purchased Moondance (used, in great shape) because there's something special about this ENTIRE album.  And hearing it closer to how it sounded in 1970 is way cool, even if my speakers would have cost as much then as they did in 2018. 

Glorious!
I really like this guy and his band as well. He has some good stuff and some great stuff. Mostly great.
Must say - beautiful transition, Bill.
One of his best songs from a very good album.

However, please consider playing songs from St. Dominic, Veedon Fleece, and Hard Nose the Highway. These are mighty fine albums from his best time frame for making music.   
         
I could have sworn I already made a sarcastic comment about "liking the part where he bleats like a goat" but I guess that must have been on literally any other Van Morrison song... {#Cheesygrin}

It's remarkable how enjoyable this song is despite (or is it because of?) his vocal style.

This was the second song to which I gave a rating of "ten".  (I've been here since 2005, or thereabouts). 

Today, on the "RP Classics" list, "Into the Mystic" was ranked ...

44. Van Morrison - Into The Mystic  (9.119)

 

Of the 2,693 songs I've rated, I've given the pinnacle rating to only thirty others. 

Moments ago, I reviewed those thirty to see if I might find amongst them one unworthy.  There was one which seemed so.  

So, I went over to You Tube and gave it another listen.  My instinct was confirmed.  Patsy Cline is right where she belongs - among Queen, Beethoven, and  Pink Floyd. et al. (but, amazingly, only a little higher than Puddles Pity Party's "Pinball Prison"). 

There's no accounting for taste, and there's no place like "Paradise".

Good health to Bill and Rebecca, and to you, my dear reader and comrade in music, in the New Year, and for many years to come. 


May the spinning galaxy bless you every time you play this. 
I'm so tempted to rate this song!
9 > 10
Heck, the entire album is a 10.


 djblitz wrote:

Congrats on posting one of the most pretentious ramblings in the history of RP. 

Had nothing to do with your past, eh?  Or EVERYTHING to do with it?  I can't understand your jibber-jabber. 

 
It should be pretty clear that DavidS_UK's disdain for Van Morrison having "nothing to do with his past" was meant as a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic remark; I guess you really couldn't understand his jibber-jabber. 
 DavidS_UK wrote:
Another tedious whingeing offering from VM, pah!

Of course my rating of 1 is nothing to do with my past, in the late 70s (!), me a rain-drenched despatch rider delivering a big cheque to the aforementioned singer in his mansion in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, asking to use the phone to report completion of the job (standard thing done in those pre-mobile days) only to be told to "go and find a ***ing callbox!". So I have never liked the peasant since.

 
Congrats on posting one of the most pretentious ramblings in the history of RP. 

Had nothing to do with your past, eh?  Or EVERYTHING to do with it?  I can't understand your jibber-jabber. 


Forever linked to my wedding and the last song we danced too because I heard it on Radio Paradise years ago for the first time and fell in love with the song.  Thank you Bill, you are truly loved. 

 


I know a woman who was on his security detail for years as he toured. He is a grade-A dingus from what she says. OK, but godamn can this man write and perform a song. So, I don't ever need to meet him, I'm just glad he makes all those records!
 DavidS_UK wrote:
Another tedious whingeing offering from VM, pah!

Of course my rating of 1 is nothing to do with my past, in the late 70s (!), me a rain-drenched despatch rider delivering a big cheque to the aforementioned singer in his mansion in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, asking to use the phone to report completion of the job (standard thing done in those pre-mobile days) only to be told to "go and find a ***ing callbox!". So I have never liked the peasant since.

 
Wait.You were a fetchy-boy delivering a check to Van. And he's the peasant. OK. Get it. Its OK now, isn't it?
Truly one of the best recordings ever made, I think. The peaks hit and sustained on this track continue to radiate their artistic splendor!
 ronjohn wrote:

Funny, I am the opposite. It used to  annoy me, but now I love it. Go figure.

 
And we seem to like a lot of the same music, so yeah.
Another tedious whingeing offering from VM, pah!

Of course my rating of 1 is nothing to do with my past, in the late 70s (!), me a rain-drenched despatch rider delivering a big cheque to the aforementioned singer in his mansion in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, asking to use the phone to report completion of the job (standard thing done in those pre-mobile days) only to be told to "go and find a ***ing callbox!". So I have never liked the peasant since.
I SOOOOOOOO needed this for my soul today. Thank you, Bill & Rebecca!!! 

{#Good-vibes}
my 17 yr old son is now having creative bursts in his basement room, painting scenic oceanic murals while listening to his music, a break from the intense school work he has been doing...and it is such a reward to see his creations and know he is responding to feelings, his need to respond and DO SOMETHING MAN!!! it's great  : )    soon he'll be falling for that special young thing and respond in his way, I tell him about Van's music, this song in particular without trying to force feed him my own brand of fabulous romantic sound, maybe he'll hear it, who knows, right?  : )   LOVE   go figure 
Divine sounds..... heard this live in Belfast a couple of years back - travelled half way round the world for the experience - was sooo worth it!!
9 > 10
My favorite Van tune!
Posted: Jun 09, 2012 - 15:39
 

once again my gypsy soul's been rocked

and again   : )
incredible song
 MayBaby wrote:

Yep. Loved the song for a long, long time but now? AAAAaaaaaaaaa hate it these days.

 
Funny, I am the opposite. It used to  annoy me, but now I love it. Go figure.
 Derecho wrote:
BLAAAAH-to the mystic
That's what I hear anyway.

 
Yep. Loved the song for a long, long time but now? AAAAaaaaaaaaa hate it these days.
One of my top 10 songs ever, and an easy 10.  Please don't make me work out specifically what the other 9 songs are! pxd
 fredriley wrote:

Make that 39, of which this lost little soul is one. Some artists get on your tits, and Morrison is one such. There's no rational reason - his voice grates on these lugholes, is all. No doubt that he's a brilliant artist with zillions of fans, but like Bob Dylan, his voice is like cheesewire in my brain. There is no objective measurement of "musical brilliance" - one listener's Godlike is another's Sucko-barfo, and long may that remain so.

He is a miserable bar steward on stage, I'm reliably told, barely acknowledging the audience (who've paid big bucks to attend) and never doing encores, but the faithful know that they're going to get that treatment and seem to actively appreciate it, much as some folk enjoy going to restaurants where the waiters are surly and insulting.

 
Fred, you obviously haven't heard me sing. I'm pretty sure I'd make Van sound like a Viennese choir boy.
Van's best.
I can see the Moon dancing.
 kingart wrote:
SWEEEEET. So...soulful. Who hears Otis Redding?
 
Me. In the saxes. Now that you say it.
{#Good-vibes}
As Giulgud reportedly said of Olivier: A very fine actor, but ohh, all that shouting.
Love the music, but like Coldplay, the voice ruins it.
BLAAAAH-to the mystic
That's what I hear anyway.
 fredriley wrote:

Make that 39, of which this lost little soul is one. Some artists get on your tits, and Morrison is one such. There's no rational reason - his voice grates on these lugholes, is all. No doubt that he's a brilliant artist with zillions of fans, but like Bob Dylan, his voice is like cheesewire in my brain. There is no objective measurement of "musical brilliance" - one listener's Godlike is another's Sucko-barfo, and long may that remain so.

He is a miserable bar steward on stage, I'm reliably told, barely acknowledging the audience (who've paid big bucks to attend) and never doing encores, but the faithful know that they're going to get that treatment and seem to actively appreciate it, much as some folk enjoy going to restaurants where the waiters are surly and insulting.

 
You don't sound like a lost soul.
Nice!
 calypsus_1 wrote:
 

 
MEDIC!!!
. . . Cancel that, he's just sleeping.

Van Morrison and daughter Shana Morrison by Art Siegel.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/artolog/

Van and Shana Morrison.

Last night at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco." ..one more time again....I want to go there one more time again...Be still in haunts of ancient peace."

Van Morrison, piano, vocals, Shana Morrison, vocals, Alistair White, euphonium.This photo was taken on November 22, 2013 using na Canon EOS REBEL T3i.

Copyright All rights reserved

 


My all-time favorite Van the Man song.{#Roflol}
Just tuned in 3 songs ago... you're killing me with kindness! great set. Thanks Bill
 kingart wrote:
SWEEEEET. So...soulful. Who hears Otis Redding? 

 
He wishes he could sing as well or as soulfully as Otis Redding did.
 gjr wrote:
this is one of the few truly "perfect" songs


those 35 sad, lost little souls that gave this a 1.  i just don't understand - is it hatred or just blissful ignorance of musical brilliance?

 
Make that 39, of which this lost little soul is one. Some artists get on your tits, and Morrison is one such. There's no rational reason - his voice grates on these lugholes, is all. No doubt that he's a brilliant artist with zillions of fans, but like Bob Dylan, his voice is like cheesewire in my brain. There is no objective measurement of "musical brilliance" - one listener's Godlike is another's Sucko-barfo, and long may that remain so.

He is a miserable bar steward on stage, I'm reliably told, barely acknowledging the audience (who've paid big bucks to attend) and never doing encores, but the faithful know that they're going to get that treatment and seem to actively appreciate it, much as some folk enjoy going to restaurants where the waiters are surly and insulting.
Dislike VM generally but this is a classic. Baseline like Elvis' version of Gentle on my Mind. Just need to find a cover with someone else singing it ;)
{#Roflol}love love love Van
 stunix wrote:
this, BEG and Moondance we can keep, the rest of his bad hyped shite can go /dev/null

rated 1 because I worked for him and hate him.

  
Do you imagine you would get along well with every other artist putting out music you like?  I've read the stories about him too, but this is a "10" all day!
Ah, saw Van live in Belfast last year, he did an Into the Mystic~Vanlose Stairway combo which was stunningly and masterfully unforgettable
 stunix wrote:
this, BEG and Moondance we can keep, the rest of his bad hyped shite can go /dev/null

rated 1 because I worked for him and hate him.

 
it takes so much energy to hate......such a waste of your energy........too bad for you.
this, BEG and Moondance we can keep, the rest of his bad hyped shite can go /dev/null

rated 1 because I worked for him and hate him.
this always takes me to special place in my mind - no worries.. {#Music}
This is it.  This is the song.  The song that makes one feel alive.
{#Cool} gjr wrote:
this is one of the few truly "perfect" songs


those 35 sad, lost little souls that gave this a 1.  i just don't understand - is it hatred or just blissful ignorance of musical brilliance?

 
Totally agree, Ireland still has some great things to be proud of. thanks Van the Man.
God love the Irish.

Van the Man, U2, and the "English of Irish descent like Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney and John Lennon 
 bluelunatique wrote:
When they say "classic" they're talking about stuff like this! This is the good stuff, gang!
 
Ask a 13 year old Snoop Dog and Rihanna fan...
Camper Van Morrison
 kingart wrote:
Dancing with what's her name at 3 a.m. on Beacon Street on a freezing winter post-party a.m. 
But apparently, I can't remember that well….

 
Hey , I used to go out with her .
Small world . 
{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss} Mr Morrison at his very best
When they say "classic" they're talking about stuff like this! This is the good stuff, gang!
 Lardobait wrote:
{#Angel} Doesn't get any better......
 
Yer not wrong
gave it a 2; ever since Brown-Eyed Girl, I just don't like his voice, and the horns blow.
M-E-M-O-R-I-E-S. Dancing with what's her name at 3 a.m. on Beacon Street on a freezing winter post-party a.m. 
But apparently, I can't remember that well….
Maybe my all time favorite song. What a touch he has! It's only shortcoming is it’s too short!
 idiot_wind wrote:
Astral Weeks...Astral Weeks...please play some Astral Weeks! iLifedtter reit
Getstyttegrr
 
Haters
LOVE IT!!!
{#Angel} Doesn't get any better......
a true 10
this is one of the few truly "perfect" songs


those 35 sad, lost little souls that gave this a 1.  i just don't understand - is it hatred or just blissful ignorance of musical brilliance?
If only he would ever, ever play this as an encore, just once. just saying'.


  
We disagree a lot about music on this site, but it's special when you hear a song and you know just about everyone else listening to it feels the same way as you do - a kind of harmonic convergence - to use a term my hippie parents would have uttered at some time or another.

A very fine version by the Allman's:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOwBDlcasZ8

 

 


Wonderful song 
HELL YEAH!!!!!
There is just something very spiritual about much of his music. It is often so simple, I don't know how he does it, it just captures something at the core. Maybe it is just the chord structure with the brass.
 lemmoth wrote:
Not a massive Van fan but................this is a wonderful timeless classic.

 

Same here.  I could always take or leave Van, but this song is incredibly sublime.
Astral Weeks...Astral Weeks...please play some Astral Weeks! I
Not a massive Van fan but................this is a wonderful timeless classic.
I want to rock your gypsy soul • Just like way back in the days of old


Amazing bass line
just fantastic.  great horns, great rhythm.
 coloradojohn wrote:
There is no rating system designed to deal with this gem, and in fact, any one that did would still have to try to take into account the IMPACT ASPECT of it, and that is way, way off the scale.  I mean, just crank up the woofies and the super-tweets on this and sit back and see if it doesn't make you feel something from something much bigger than Van or sound or anything visible...and so We Sail Into The Mystic...

 
Spot on, man!
...boosted to a 10 ---- because
The volume gets cranked on this one!!!!
 JIan wrote:

I would have to agree with that, BazH.  

 
This, and "Mystic Eyes"--a completely different kettle of fish. 
 kingart wrote:
SWEEEEET. So...soulful. Who hears Otis Redding? 
 

No but I do hear the bay

 but it always works, just like otis. 
Even after hearing this song hundreds of times, it still has a magical feel to it whenever it comes on.
SWEEEEET. So...soulful. Who hears Otis Redding? 
 BazH wrote:
Probably my fav. Van song.
 
I would have to agree with that, BazH.  
Probably my fav. Van song.
Sing it, my brother.
How perfect to hear this today, a white Christmas, after kicking through weightless diamond skydust in a string of neighborhood parks...juniper, spruce, red pines adding their scent to the ionized breeze...sighing rapturous at the sight, smell, and chill of the cloudbank dumping its magic along The Great Divide...
So very meaningful both lyrically and melodically.
I rate this 11.
yes to the 14,  loved the scene in " immediate family" where the woman and young gal where dancing to this, and reminicing where they first heard it and what it meant to them,
 fletch wrote:
James Joyce, with a voice. I am so grateful to him, for his meaningful, profound and mystical music that works at all levels.
 
bumping this comment, because...yes. Gloriously yes.
This song stones me everytime.
Just heavenly
Awesome song...
It's a 10 kind of day!
 oldsaxon wrote:

It gets my 14...
 
Too low for me.
 wlpendley wrote:
I agree with Coloradojohn - This song deserves at least a "14" on any 10-point scale.  :-)
 
It gets my 14...
my grandparents loved this song.


{#Notworthy}