Song Lyric Sunday – Into The Mystic

I’ve been waiting to share probably my most favorite Van Morrison song with you and this is the week! Jim Adams, our host of Song Lyric Sunday, prompted us with the elements. Air, Fire, Earth and Water. I have gone with water and Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic”. It has a beautiful poetic verse and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

This is about a sailor at sea thinking about returning to his lover, who is back on land. Normally a foghorn signals danger, but in this case it means he is close to home and his love.

There is room for interpretation beyond the superficial meaning. It might be interpreted as expressing an understanding that life is finite (the ship sailing on its round trip) and must be lived to its fullest (“I want to rock your Gypsy soul”), and an acceptance of its inevitable end (“We will magnificently float into the mystic, when the foghorn blows I will be coming home”). When you have seen the world and loved someone, you should have no reason to fear the end because you have lived your life to the fullest.

The original title was “Into the Misty.”
According to Morrison, he couldn’t decide whether the first line should be “We were born before the wind” or “We were borne before the wind.”
This was played in the 1989 Mary Stuart Masterson movie Immediate Family. She played a woman who was young and pregnant and planning to give her baby to Glenn Close and James Woods, who couldn’t have a baby of their own.

According to a BBC survey, because of this song’s cooling, soothing vibe, this is one of the most popular songs for surgeons to listen to whilst performing operations.

Courtesy of Songfacts

Lyrics

We were borne 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 foghorn blows
I will be coming home
And when the foghorn 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 flow into the mystic

When that fog horn blows
You know I will be coming home
And when that fog horn whistle blows
I got 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 together we will flow into the mystic

Come on, girl
Too late to stop now

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Van Morrison
Brand New Day lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

  27 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Into The Mystic

  1. July 11, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Beautiful instrumental accompaniment to Van’s voice. Gorgeous song!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 11, 2020 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks Lisa. I just love the lyrics to this song 🥰

  2. July 12, 2020 at 2:03 am

    This is my favorite Van Morrison song too!

    • July 12, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Isn’t it great? I can’t get enough of Van the Man! ☺️

  3. July 12, 2020 at 2:55 am

    Excellent choice, Christine! My second fav Van Morrison song… after “Someone Like You.” 🙂

    • July 12, 2020 at 8:04 am

      Ah yes, I love that one too and of course Tupelo Honey … and the list goes on and on 🥰

  4. July 12, 2020 at 3:03 am

    A great song choice and one of Van Morrison’s best.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 12, 2020 at 8:20 am

      Thank you. It’s a timeless song sounding as good today as ever 🙂

  5. July 12, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Absolutely a great song , if I was a surgeon I’d have to operate in silence, I get carried away by good music I would definitely not work with mind on the job! 😵💜💜

  6. July 12, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Beautiful song, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      July 12, 2020 at 8:22 am

      Thanks Punam 🥰

      • July 12, 2020 at 11:36 am

        You are welcome, dear. 😘

  7. July 12, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Very nice

    • Christine Bolton
      July 12, 2020 at 8:22 am

      Thank you Jude 🥰

      • July 12, 2020 at 8:42 am

        My pleasure Christine 🌷

  8. July 12, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Jack and I are loving this Christine <3

    • Christine Bolton
      July 12, 2020 at 8:24 am

      It’s a special song Mel. Enjoy it! 🥰

  9. July 12, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Nice share. I’ll have to check it out when I need calming

    • Christine Bolton
      July 12, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Its a beautiful song ☺️

  10. July 12, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Van had a thing about gypsies and they are mentioned in several of his songs. This is really a lovely song, thanks for sharing it Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      July 12, 2020 at 9:34 am

      Yes, its an Irish thing I guess. Thanks so much Jim 🙂

  11. July 12, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Excellent choice this week, Christine! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      July 12, 2020 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Lisa! It is a fave ☺️

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