Into the mystic is one of those iconic songs that I thought would be nearly impossible to play. Some songs just have that weight that make them seem as if they can’t be reproduced. When I finally decided to investigate how the song could be played, I was more than pleasantly surprised over how easy it was.
The first time I played this song in public was for the Irish Hooley tour I developed for Discover Sarasota Tours in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. I was trying to find Irish folk songs to play during the tour, but since I cannot stand the song “Toorah Lura Lura”, I added this one into the mix instead, as well as “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2, “Danny Boy”, The Scotsman, and When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. The tour also features about an hours worth of really funny Irish jokes. If you want to go on this year’s tour, get your tickets for March 13 or March 15 at Discover Sarasota Tours. You can also come here me play it with the Wandering Soul Band at the Leap Day Hootenanny tomorrow.
Still, I find this to be one of the most romantic songs I’ve ever encountered. I cannot say that I have personally ever been so deeply in love that I have been able to truly feel what it is like to be submerged in the mystic, but I’m still hopeful that it will one day come. In the meantime, it’s a really fun song to perform, and I think the poem is cute when done with an Irish accent.
There’s a place where lovers go
at the leading of their hearts
where all things come together
yet remain as separate parts.
In the portrait of life, the cacophony of sounds
falls right into harmony
and the deeper they fall in love
the more life is created artfully.
A person on their own
can create an eventful life,
but they celebrate victories alone
just as they suffer strife.
But when people come together
and hearts become as one
suffering isn’t as lonely
and celebrating is a lot more fun.
For those who have found such a soul
to make life more artistic,
only they can know of the joy that abides
when you sail into the mystic.
Here’s my version of the song…