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Into the Mystic  Van Morrison

by Van Morrison
from the album "Moondance"
Chords & Lyrics Transposed by
Ryan Harding
With thanks to Andrew Jerrim
Jake Cockcroft, Martin Morrey
and Joey Albert for their
valuable contributions
[Eb] We were born before the wind
[Eb] Also younger than the sun
[Bb] 'Ere the bonny boat was won
[Bb] As we sailed into th[Eb]e mystic
[Eb] Hark, now, hear the sailor's cry
[Eb] Smell the sea and feel the sky
[Bb] Let your soul and spirit fly
[Bb] Into the [Eb]mystic.
[Gm] When that foghorn blows[Ab], I will be [Eb]comin' home, Mmm hmm hm
[Gm] When that foghorn bl[Ab]ows, I wanna h[Bb]ear it, I don't have to fear it
[Bb] And [Eb]I wanna rock you gypsy soul
[Eb] Just like way back in the days of old
[Bb] And magnificently we will float
[Bb] Into the [Eb]mystic
[Gm] When that foghorn bl[Am]ows,[Eb] you know I will be comin' home
[Gm] [Ab] And when that foghorn whistle blows,[Bb] I've gotta hear it, I don't have
to fear it
[Eb] And I wanna rock your gypsy soul
[Eb] Just like way back in the days of old
[Bb] And together we will float
[Bb] Into the [Eb]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.

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