Into the mystic

Van Morrison

                We were born before the wind
        Also younger than the sun
        'Ere the bonny boat was won
        As we sailed into the mystic
        Hark, now, hear the sailor's cry
        Smell the sea and feel the sky
        Let your soul and spirit fly
        Into the mystic.
         When that foghorn blows,  I will be comin' home, Mmm hmm hm
         When that foghorn blows, I wanna hear it, I don't have to fear it
        And I  wanna rock you gypsy soul
        Just like way back in the days of old
        And magnificently we will float
        Into the mystic
         When that foghorn blows,  you know I will be comin' home
         And when that foghorn whistle blows,   I've 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!
Original chord fingerings:
Van appears to have used a capo on the 3rd fret so the Eb is played as C, Bb is
played as G, Ab as F and Gm as Em:
E A D G B e
Eb chord: 0 3 2 0 1 0
Bb chord: 3 2 0 0 0 3
Ab chord: 1 3 3 2 1 1
Gm chord: 0 2 2 0 0 0
Optional chord fingerings: (without capo)
E A D G B e
Eb chord: 6 6 8 8 8 6
Bb chord: 6 8 8 7 6 6
Gm chord: 3 3 5 5 4 3
Ab chord: 4 6 6 5 4 4
If playing the C, G, Em, F shapes with a capo, the fills become easier to play.
For example the intro can be played by playing the C-shape Eb major and hammer-
ing onto the 4th string (D string), then using the 3rd fret on the same string
to play the final note of the fill. I personally tend to use the 2nd and 3rd
frets on the treble-e string (string 1) to play the fill leading into the lines
"When that foghorn blows...". Experiment with it.
As with nearly all of Van's songs, the timing of the lyrics seems free-form and
doesn't tie in with obvious beats in the rhythm. What's important is that you
sing a word when you feel it's right, so don't worry if you end up playing the
chord above one word when you're singing another. You will probably want to
add a few treble notes to some of the chords to match the original tune
(especially the G minor chords). Unfortunately, most of us don't have two sax
players on hand when we need them, so those gorgeous sax solos will be missing.
That's life I'm afraid.

Ab Am Bb Eb Gm
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