Label: Parrot - PA 61005,Parrot - ARL 6801 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Blues Rock, Garage Rock
It was the opening tune for the band's first album, The Angry Young Them that was released in June It charted at No. InVan Morrison explained to a Belfast reporter how the song had just happened during the first recording session for the album and the band was just "busking" around. The lyrics I sing at the end were just words from a song I had been writing at the time.
And then I thought of the bright lights in the children's eyes Tommy Scott who was acting producer of Them sessions after Bert Berns returned to America described how "Mystic Eyes" came about in the studio as being originally conceived as an instrumental: "after blowing his harmonica for about seven minutes, Van suddenly burst into this The Jealous Sea - (I Wont) Hold My Breath lyric.
Greil Marcus said about hearing "Mystic Eyes" for the first time: "I'd never heard anything like that. A piece of music that was supposedly made for airplay, with this long instrumental introduction that was really the whole song.
Van wrote it after watching children frolicking among the tombstones of an ancient cemetery, and the vocal consisted in essence of Van chanting virtually demonic incantations over a mad tempo and the harsh chords of a biting guitar. A Mystic Eyes - Them - Here Comes The Night was included on the 4-disc version of the documentary on Mystic Eyes - Them - Here Comes The Night Petty, entitled Runnin' Down a Dream.
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