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500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Van Morrison, 'Into the Mystic'
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474/500

474. Van Morrison, 'Into the Mystic'

Writer: Morrison
Producer: Morrison
Released: March '70, Warner Bros.
Non-Single

"Into the Mystic" is one of Morrison's warmest ballads, an Otis Redding-style reverie with acoustic guitar and horns. The lyrics are truly mysterious: "People say, 'What does this mean?' " said Morrison. "A lot of times I have no idea what I mean. That's what I like about rock & roll — the concept. Like Little Richard — what does he mean? You can't take him apart; that's rock & roll to me."

Appears on: Moondance (Warner Bros.)

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