Van Morrison - Into The Mystic

Today's Hump Day Retro Closet track is one of my favorite tunes of all time. Into the Mystic off Van Morrison's 1970 release Moondance, was not even released as a single as the record company did not feel it worthy.

It was covered by Johnny Rivers and was a top-40 hit for him. But Morrison's original version is so much better and contains the true essence of the song. As a lyricist, Morrison is often less interested in using words for meaning than for sound and Into the Mystic is perfect example of that. The exact lyrics have been debated for years; but it's not the words of the song, but the mood it induces that makes this one of my favorites.


Anonymous | September 4, 2009 at 8:12 AM

I'm with of my all-time favorites....the groove puts you in a relaxing place, the guitar and piano add the colors of the wind and the strings bring it all together...the horns are a bonus that puts a smile on your face...add Morrison's unique voice and it creates one of the perfect songs ever recorded.

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