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The Moody Blues — Procession + The Story In Your Eyes
Album: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
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Released: 1971
Length: 4:25
Plays (last 30 days): 3
I've been thinking about our fortune
And I've decided that we're really not to blame
For the love that's deep inside us now
Is still the same

And the sounds we make together
Is the music to the story in your eyes
It's been shining down upon me now
I realize

Listen to the tide slowly turning
Wash all our heartaches away
We're part of the fire that is burning
And from the ashes we can build another day

But I'm frightened for your children
That the live that we are living is in vain
And the sunshine we've been waiting for
Will turn to rain

Listen to the tide slowly turning
Wash all our heartaches away
We're part of the fire that is burning
And from the ashes we can build another day

But I'm frightened for the children
That the live that we are living is in vain
And the sunshine we've been waiting for
Will turn to rain

When the final line is over
It's certain that the curtain's gonna fall
I can hide inside your sweet sweet love
For ever more
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I did a tour with the Moodys perhaps fifteen years ago or so and it was always a rush. Sharing the stage with one of the favourite bands of my younger years was a hoot.
 kingart wrote:

Yes, I'm still with you, meanderer.  Thanks for asking.  Funny how English works.  You can't say you'll never put two diametric metaphors in the same paragraph unless you write that those metaphors should never be in the same paragraph.  Are you still here, meanderer? 
 
Hi kingart - still here, still enjoying most of the forum posts!!! Glad your diametric conundrum didn't cause any long lasting ill effects

You take care, fellow RP-er 
I did a tour with the band about twenty years ago and it was certainly one of the highlights of my career. Playing those tunes I remembered from high school with the band...
 meanderer wrote:

Except you just did...

Are you OK? Still with us kingart??
 
Yes, I'm still with you, meanderer.  Thanks for asking.  Funny how English works.  You can't say you'll never put two diametric metaphors in the same paragraph unless you write that those metaphors should never be in the same paragraph.  Are you still here, meanderer? 
 jimwilliams wrote:


Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, King Crimson  + ... What a great time to be alive.
 

Darn tootin' skippy.
 BebePassiflora wrote:
One of my favorite bands of all time. 
 

Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, King Crimson  + ... What a great time to be alive.
 meanderer wrote:

Except you just did...

Are you OK? Still with us kingart??
 

Yes, I'm still here.  Thank you for your concern...
One of my favorite bands of all time. 
I really wish the drums weren't so muddy in so much of their work. There's some really good stuff there, but you have to struggle to hear it. It's almost subliminal.
 kingart wrote:

Except maybe that Donnie Osmond part. I'll go to my grave never having put him and the Moody Blues in the same paragraph. 
 
Except you just did...

Are you OK? Still with us kingart??
 rabaak wrote:
You had to be there to understand how revolutionary their music was. The BeeGees, Donny Osmond, Tom Jones, the Carpenters, the Partridge Family, Bread, Helen Ready were all extremely popular and played over the air waves.

I was in high school when this came out. And this song is one of their best.
 
Except maybe that Donnie Osmond part. I'll go to my grave never having put him and the Moody Blues in the same paragraph. 
You had to be there to understand how revolutionary their music was. The BeeGees, Donny Osmond, Tom Jones, the Carpenters, the Partridge Family, Bread, Helen Ready were all extremely popular and played over the air waves.

I was in high school when this came out. And this song is one of their best.
I just reached Standard Orbit.
A genuine evergreen!
Long Live                                                                                                                                Radio Paradise
Rating to me:                                       A solid                                                                 8 - Most Excellent
 cely wrote:
The musical ability of this band is powerful and undeniable, but there's just something lame about the delivery.   
 
Try turning it up..
The musical ability of this band is powerful and undeniable, but there's just something lame about the delivery.   
Their chord changes still stop me in my tracks..
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! finally hall of fame long overdue rip t Thomas
the rock and role hall of fame  finally . truely one of the best bands ever, in  my humble opinion
Straight to 10
 OleSailorSam wrote:

Me 4ever

 
9 -> 10
 lizardking wrote:
 25demayo wrote:
Bumped from 9 to 10
NickDanger wrote:

Me, too.

 
Me three!!

MBs are for sure one of my top 11 favorite "classic rock" groups ever.



 
Me 4ever
One of the 10 best albums of all time.
I Recently pick this album up (on vinyl) one of the best way open an album  (both songs) I have heard!
"No one knows who they were...or what they were doing..."
I love this song but every time the piano near the end starts I keep thinking they are going to break into the Munsters theme song...
meatmike wrote:
I was raised on this $hit...
 
Why so bitter?  It could be worse, you could have been raised on Kid 'n Play.  {#Roflol}
Essential sonically superior stuff for the lucky and blessed among us, to be sure! Still gives me thrills and chills; so many memories too
I was raised on this $hit...
 25demayo wrote:
Bumped from 9 to 10
NickDanger wrote:

Me, too.

 
Me three!!

MBs are for sure one of my top 11 favorite "classic rock" groups ever.


 25demayo wrote:
Bumped from 9 to 10

 
Me, too.
They were — they're still playing, are — one of the hottest, smartest, most passionate bands ever. 
Bumped from 9 to 10
 RCinSoCal wrote:
VERY nice segue from Good Bad & Ugly!

 
Totally!  Bill knows how to do segues...
From Wikpedia:

Procession - Recorded January–March 1971
The Story In Your Eyes - Recorded 4 November 1970

I think it's awesome that all those older songs have recording dates.  You never see that on current songs, you just get "2012" or "2005" if you're lucky.  It shows a certain craftsmanship that the engineers took the time to record all that info and make sure it was passed down.

And we can see in the news when that main track was recorded that the US was nearing mid-term elections, some Kon-Tiki adventurers spending months aboard a raft in the South Pacific (La Balsa) were sighted and rescued near Brisbane, London was abuzz with speculation about Jack The Ripper, and of course the US was trying to figure out how to pull out of Vietnam.  And Jane Fonda was arrested for drug smuggling after bringing pills into the US from Canada.  Interesting to think so much was going on around the world when this track was being cut... I guess it kind of taints the magic of it but it also gives the music some context in world history & news.
Timeless IMHO
John Lodges driving bass and Justin Hayward's guitar and vocals send me into the stratosphere every time with this beauty...
 ojibwe wrote:

Suzanne.

Dumbass.
 

 
Sorry for my indesscressionnnn , you perfect soul you.  
Some comments spread the light and joy of life, others...
music is an art form..this is no exception.  I happen to admire this piece {#Sunny}
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Since Susan Vega , this set has been a crapfest. This included
 
Suzanne.

Dumbass.
 
Since Susan Vega , this set has been a crapfest. This included
 passsion8 wrote:
The earnestness in the vocals combined with strumming guitars and plaintive choral backing made a compelling call to the heart of my once-13 year old soul. Still does.

Music is memory with a melody. The only unchangeable thing that you can keep.

 
i love this comment. and i agree completely.
First listen, pretty shit and up its own arse. 
 DJ_Wahaba wrote:
Get this: a glass of Uranium glass found in an attic of a grandmother

Nice.  And pray tell where is grandma these days?  {#Roflol}

Sorry...just thought I'd throw that out there.  Despite the name the glass is minutely radioactive.  You probably emit more than it does.  Cool effect, though, eh? 

As for this timeless classic by the Moody's....they should be getting more credit from musical historians and such than they do.  In their time they certainly garnered my attention...at least....for a time.  The Moody's, ELP (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) and the like represented a genre I that captured my interest before the likes of the Allman Bro's and such yanked the focus away.  They still represent a favorite niche in my memory,though.  Good stuff. 

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 

Get this: a glass of Uranium glass found in an attic of a grandmother
 markybx wrote:
And if you play with uranium ore, you may end up looking like the guy on the left.

  
I have actually played with Uranium ore, (U238) I do not glow in the dark since it is relatively inert, we should envy the guy on the left, if he enjoys a half life of 4 billion years.
Or not.

..... a very BIG 9.
And if you play with uranium ore, you may end up looking like the guy on the left.
Reminds me of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds.  Unsurprisingly of course. 
The earnestness in the vocals combined with strumming guitars and plaintive choral backing made a compelling call to the heart of my once-13 year old soul. Still does.

Music is memory with a melody. The only unchangeable thing that you can keep.
Brilliant. Defies categorization
 
Morricone to the Moody's - nice Bill!{#Wink}
Wow, haven't heard the moodies in a long time, one of favorite bands when this came out. This brings back good memories (middle school days)
 rsfc_carp wrote:

Music in the cafés at night and revolution in the air.

 
Love the reply from someone who lives in Lafayette. Could he be the reincarnate of the famous Marquis of the same name?
a timeless message, love this song... I just might have to play it for the kids tonight 
VERY nice segue from Good Bad & Ugly!
The game was  fixed,  maybe you can only from Phoenix thing  reverse engineer it.
Again... you introduce me to a great, great track !!!!

..... again. 
 Baby_M wrote:

It's a good story prompt—and one of my all-time favorite album covers.

 
What's the story - I'm quite intrigued
 rharvey658 wrote:
Why these guys are not in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame is beyond me.  I've read all the reasons and excuses, but don't believe them.

 
That is insane! 

At least Guns N' Roses and a dozen people I've never heard of made it!
 Krispian wrote:
In my grade 4 class, the teacher held a contest where we were asked to write a story based on that album cover, and I won!

 
It's a good story prompt—and one of my all-time favorite album covers.
 coloradojohn wrote:
I remember calling my local DJ to ask & confirm who did this smoking number...and I was off, on my search that took me around Earth!

 

One of my most favorite Moodies
I remember calling my local DJ to ask & confirm who did this smoking number...and I was off, on my search that took me around Earth!
 hempmandan wrote:
Why was 1971 such a great year for music?
 
 
Music in the cafés at night and revolution in the air.


 hempmandan wrote:
Why was 1971 such a great year for music?
 
 
Baby boom demographics.

Economies on steroids.

The Vietnam War and nuclear weapons.

I am sure I missed a few. 
 hempmandan wrote:
Why was 1971 such a great year for music?
 
 
Um, it wasn't, 1967 was better.
Of course IMHO. 
Why was 1971 such a great year for music?
 
Oh boy does this bring back good memories. Recently out of the USCG and soon going back to school in NYC in 1971. Still have the same good old friends, too.
 rharvey658 wrote:
Why these guys are not in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame is beyond me.  I've read all the reasons and excuses, but don't believe them.

 
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is really a hollow distinction - it's essentially Jann Wenner's personal list.  There doesn't seem to be any real logic or reasoning and it's not really a large committee of peers voting like The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences allegedly is. Still, considering some of the other inductees, it's odd that The Moody Blues are not there; apparently Wenner doesn't care for them.
Sometimes this thing can come on and just blow me away, and best of all, it links me with all the other times it ROCKED MY WORLD...
Sheer brilliance. This song never gets old. 
The Moody Blues SHOULD be in the RnR Hall Of Fame.

HUGE influence on Progressive Rock.
 coloradojohn wrote:
Hard to beat the amazing guitars and bass on this one; was an easy call to get up and air-guitar jam at a million parties of the 70s and 80s!

 
I hate posting twice in a row, but yeah THAT BASS.
Mellotrons...heh...cool
chills...
Why these guys are not in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame is beyond me.  I've read all the reasons and excuses, but don't believe them.
Hard to beat the amazing guitars and bass on this one; was an easy call to get up and air-guitar jam at a million parties of the 70s and 80s!
Great bass on this track. 
 skipperadam wrote:
Ahh, it's been so long since I heard the Procession track alongside  Story.  This will always be a huge memory as I won my high school battle of the bands by playing this my senior year.
 
Hmmm, looks like a Les Paul, A Tele, and a Fender bass?
Not bad for a highschool band!  ; )
The blank slate that was my mind at the time I bought this LP and listened to it for the first time was taken on an unforgettable journey that is indelibly etched in my past, present, and future. Images of where I was, what I was doing and who I was with at the time dance through my mind with fondness. Music IS forever!
Ahh, it's been so long since I heard the Procession track alongside  Story.  This will always be a huge memory as I won my high school battle of the bands by playing this my senior year. High School Band
It has been too easy over the years to forget how many great songs the Moodys did.
another one 
 Krispian wrote:
In my grade 4 class, the teacher held a contest where we were asked to write a story based on that album cover, and I won!

 
what a cute memory :-)
very nice!
In my grade 4 class, the teacher held a contest where we were asked to write a story based on that album cover, and I won!
Nice to hear something other than 'Nights In White Satin'.
From the ashes we can build another day ...
 oldman wrote:
Ah memories.....
I can still hear my mom, banging on the door and yelling at the top of her lungs "Turn it down!!!"

Now, of course, my wife and kids do that.
some things never change.

 

 
I used headphones back then to block out my mom/family.
Now I use them to block out my boss/co-workers.
Indeed, some things never change! :-)

Especially the enjoyment of listening to this excellent band!

--just another old man
Ah memories.....
I can still hear my mom, banging on the door and yelling at the top of her lungs "Turn it down!!!"

Now, of course, my wife and kids do that.
some things never change.

 
THIS WAS CRUCIAL! My wild life would probably have resembled the one my parents had in mind for me had it not been for this great group...their philosophies, experiences, and emotions, set forth with such masterful tunesmithery, served to enlighten and liberate me! 
I saw these guys a year or two ago.. they look a little older, but sound great.  Justin Hayward's voice hasn't changed a bit!  This was hippy-album-of -the-month when it came out in 1971.  Well.. psuedo-hippy, anyway!  My friends and I were just blown away by it, and it's great to bring back those memories.
These should always be played together.
Bbq days with Kevin and Kate . 
Love it. Kevin long gone but always reminds me of you.
 
Yes !

Loving this.
Very under-rated guitar player, Mr. Hayward!!
One of my faves from them. Thanks, Bill.
Justin Hayward.
Classic....Long time no hear.
Excellent! Nice to hear more Bloody Moo's here on RP.