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The Moody Blues — Nights in White Satin
Album: Days of Future Passed
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Released: 1967
Length: 7:11
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Nights in white satin, never reaching the end,
Letters I've written, never meaning to send.
Beauty I'd always missed with these eyes before.
Just what the truth is, I can't say anymore.

'Cos I love you, yes I love you, oh how I love you.

Gazing at people, some hand in hand,
Just what I'm going through they can't understand.
Some try to tell me, thoughts they cannot defend,
Just what you want to be, you will be in the end.

And I love you, yes I love you,
Oh how I love you, oh how I love you.

Nights in white satin, never reaching the end,
Letters I've written, never meaning to send.
Beauty I've always missed, with these eyes before.
Just what the truth is, I can't say anymore.

'Cos I love you, yes I love you,
Oh how I love you, oh how I love you.
'Cos I love you, yes I love you,
Oh how I love you, oh how I love you.

Breath deep
The gathering gloom
Watch lights fade
From every room
Bedsitter people
Look back and lament
Another day's useless
Energy spent

Impassioned lovers
Wrestle as one
Lonely man cries for love
And has none
New mother picks up
And suckles her son
Senior citizens
Wish they were young

Cold hearted orb
That rules the night
Removes the colours
From our sight
Red is gray and
Yellow white
But we decide
Which is right
And
Which is an Illusion
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One of the greatest pop records ever made. A triumph.
I love this!.. Wow, it's like an anthem.. Such a great album.. 
Love your comments Bill, gives me a good chuckle everytime! 
PLEASE PLAY MORE TUNES FROM THIS ALBUM!!!   THANK YOU!!!
The most impressive part of this song to me is trying to write a verse that sounds like Shakespeare, and pulling it off brilliantly. 
I love that RP always plays the full version, that cinematic ending gets me every time
GODLIKE!!!  ICONIC!!!
Cinematic grandeur, hallucinogenic clarity, sensuous philosophy.
 fishercat wrote:

Seriously, I think this song kept them out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for years. Prog rock at its progiest


You say that as if there's something wrong with Prog rock, whereas for me the best of Prog is the summit of the art of rock music.  Not all of it, of course.  I do have some taste 
 fishercat wrote:

I like to listen to Tuesday Afternoon followed by Ruby Tuesday, of course I listen to Monday Monday first. 



Ruby Tuesday Afternoon is a good name for a musical.  kinda like Hello Dolly Llama.
 h8rhater wrote:

oh look. crap post.


'Riccardo Cabeza', eh?  i see what you did there.
 fishercat wrote:

Seriously, I think this song kept them out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for years. Prog rock at its progiest


The so-called "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" is a complete joke.  I try to ignore it, as best I can.  

(But this song is the Moody Blues -- it adds to the catalog; it does not diminish it.)

This song came on a lot when I was a kid in the back seat of long car journeys. TIL it is Nights in White Satin, not Knights in White Satin which was my child brain always thought it was
Since the last post was so dismal, I thought I would freshen up the blog. This song is so awesome!!! For those that got have this as the soundtrack of their childhood on AM radio, it was really blissful when it came on
A lot of kissing was done slow dancing to this back in the early 70's
-good times at the Marco Forster Jr High school dances 
Another song that takes me to a specific place and time in my life. This song would occasionally come on the classic rock station that was always playing in the locomotive shop where I once worked. Wasn't a fan of the song back then, and only slightly nostalgic for it today. "Paint It Black" was our favorite, given that painting things black was a common task in a locomotive shop. Not much in the way of white satin within our soot and grease covered confines...
Seriously, I think this song kept them out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for years. Prog rock at its progiest
I like to listen to Tuesday Afternoon followed by Ruby Tuesday, of course I listen to Monday Monday first. 
Quality.
I wore out the vinyl by age 15.
 
Like to play Conquistador and Lucky Man in the same mix.
 ThePoose wrote:

When I was 19, I connected this song to the deep love I felt for my first real (intimate) girlfriend,
and for the last 41 years, hearing Nights in White Satin always evokes her face—and that love—in my mind and heart.

She never knew any of this.

Sigh.


The definition of "unrequited".
Sad to hear of the death of Graeme Edge. RIP
Haven't heard this in awhile. It's good to hear this melody. A gem.
When I was young pup and heard the line "senior citizens wish they were young", it was the first time I had ever considered older people may not enjoy being old.

Now that I am older, while I may desire to physically feel like I was younger, I don't really have a wish to be young again.  I enjoy wisdom.
I love that orchestra at the beginning and the end
Breath deep
The gathering gloom
Watch lights fade
From every room
Bedwetting people
Look back and lament

my inner 11 yr old at work...
 Edweirdo wrote:

Absolutely.  Though this is an orchestra.

It's both.

From the Wikipedia entry:

The London Festival Orchestra provided the orchestral accompaniment for the introduction, the final rendition of the chorus, and the "final lament" section, all of which were in the original album version. The "orchestral" sounds in the main body of the song were actually produced by Mike Pinder's Mellotron keyboard device,[7] which would come to define the "Moody (Blues)'s signature sound".[8]

The song is written in the key of E minor[9] and features the Neapolitan chord (F).





In 1979 I saw the Moody Blues on my wedding night! I still have the album and even with my vast collection it still makes the rotation. Truly groundbreaking. 

The wife? Not so much.
Omg cheesy back in the day. Now cheesy in a fun sing along way
 KCayenne wrote:
OH BROTHER! This song is SO over-wrought with cheese. It always reminds me of a Renaissance movie soundtrack. MORE GONG!!!!

   I know exactly what you're saying, and yet I still love it. 
(Overwrought is kinda their thing, but in a good way.)
I'm a died-in-the-wool progrock head ... but I've never really embraced the Moody Blues.  Nevertheless, this song rates the Most Excellent score from me. 
 grantura wrote:
Love the Mellotron.
 
Absolutely.  Though this is an orchestra.
The Moodies on the Simpsons
This song is magic! Thanks Bill for the "forever" playlist! and keeping it multi dimensional!
Consign this song to oblivion
One needs to listen to this album very closely to hear how they fused the band and a live orchestra songs together.  They alternate from one to another and the engineer did an amazing job.  All using analog tape.  If you have a really good turntable & system you can hear the very light tape hiss.  Analog at it's best.  -John
 Riccardo_Cabeza wrote:
oh look. more dismal 60's crap.

 
Yes, I agree.  These types of songs make you think and reflect way too much.  Hoping Bill plays something from the Archie's soon!
 Riccardo_Cabeza wrote:
oh look. more dismal 60's crap.

 
oh look. crap post.
This song truly brought me to tears when I first heard it (and still does) for this melancholy man.
Love the Mellotron.
One of my favorite songs until Bronx Tale kind of ruined it for me. That song has no business in a scene where people are being beat up!
oh look. more dismal 60's crap.
The ultimate LSD album of the mid '60's

Godlike! This one holds a special place for me for 2 reasons, neither of which I'll explain here, and both of which allow me to listen to this overplayed (?) track happily anytime I hear it.

Long Live RP!

(8.2 rating? wow, that seems a bit low)


Shame on you Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame.
 dwlangham wrote:
This is truly godlike and the furtherest thing from pretentious crap.

Sorry. I had to try to write that with a straight face. 
 
There are some things beyond the ken of mortal man.
 lethias wrote:
Reading the comments it seems that many people just overplayed this song. I listen it few times a year and still as good as the day I heard it first time. Truly magnificent .{#Cheers}

 
Absolutely.  Still get goosebumps when I hear the opening notes.
Reading the comments it seems that many people just overplayed this song. I listen it few times a year and still as good as the day I heard it first time. Truly magnificent .{#Cheers}
Truly awesome in its own way, and amusing to remember, but I don't really need to hear it anymore. So many new and excellent things to encounter instead...
genius
So BORING complete waste of time ....... Sorry!
zzzzzz....
I had the original mint Deramic Sound System LP until my mother gave it away to a charity shop while I was away at university. Words were had.
BWWOOOONNNNNNNNGG !!!  {#Cheesygrin}
OK.  I want Steven Wilson to produce and mix this......   probably from scratch.   Silly me.  

But it is still iconic, path-breaking and just a terrific song all by itself.  Heard this for the first time in the late 60s; played the album to death while working and exploring the Canadian Rocky mountains in the mid-1970s. 
 alcal74 wrote:
This song = Terrible B-movie soundtrack.

 
Get a life...
 alcal74 wrote:
This song = Terrible B-movie soundtrack.

 
You say that like it's something bad ...
 coloradojohn wrote:
It IS a bit precious, as many songs were in that era, but — these guys were different, and we all just knew it was an Immortal Classic!

 
"Precious"?!?  Condescend much? 

Ugh, keep working on that re-boot.

This is truly godlike and the furtherest thing from pretentious crap.

Sorry. I had to try to write that with a straight face. 
 
Probably the best song I've ever heard{#Kiss}
 rdo wrote:
Great song.  Merry Xmas Rpeeps.  I am still here and have not yet gone completely off the rails.  Thanks for all the kind words of support!  ;-)
 
Thanks for the wishes — even if I am a few months late.

So are you voting in all the primaries?  

Up here in Canuckistan, we're all rootin' for Trump!  Trump for president!  

That way when he does become POTUS, your brightest and best come streaming north.   
More gongs please!
This song = Terrible B-movie soundtrack.
I'd forgotten how much I disliked this portentous bit of claptrap.
Great song.  Merry Xmas Rpeeps.  I am still here and have not yet gone completely off the rails.  Thanks for all the kind words of support!  ;-)
 25demayo wrote:
79% of those that have voted rate this song anywhere between Excellent and Godlike

 Play it again Bill



 
The godlike category was invented for this song I believe. 
Why not 11?
 junebaby65 wrote:
Isn't that a Mellotron in the background?  That was part of the late 60's sound for many bands. 

 
It seems like they used that mellotron on just about every song they recorded - and it was rarely "in the background".  Fortunately, they showed a little more restraint with it in this recording.
Gets better every time I hear it and I loved it from the start.
 TerryS wrote:
 


 

Awwwwwwwwwwwww yeah!  Thanks!
 swtobias508 wrote:
Loved this as a kid, listening to it on a transistor radio late at night, it was magical. 30+ years later I pray for it end.  Now It seems so very pretentious and over the top. Absolutely hate it.....
 
Hardly pretentious I'd say it's wonderful as is the whole album
Loved this as a kid, listening to it on a transistor radio late at night, it was magical. 30+ years later I pray for it end.  Now It seems so very pretentious and over the top. Absolutely hate it.....
 

 bb_matt wrote:

Exactly what I thought. Make it stop already! :)

  79% of those that have voted rate this song anywhere between Excellent and Godlike

 Play it again Bill


 hayduke2 wrote:

Cheers to that z!

always loved that deep voiced recital at the end  ( and of course  " BWONNNNNNNG!!!"   the gong ; )

 
Songs that begin and/or end with gongs are cool. See Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and James Brown's "My Thang" for further examples.
Knights in white satin - where's me half coconuts?
One of the greatest ever!
 ScottN wrote:
hasn't aged well...boring.

 
Exactly what I thought. Make it stop already! :)
Isn't that a Mellotron in the background?  That was part of the late 60's sound for many bands. 
hasn't aged well...boring.
Still love it. Just wish it had some re-mastered love… 
Heard it again today and downgraded to 1. Holy crap this is self-indulgent garbage.
 ziakut wrote:
Overblown drama...lends itself to very pretentious content. In this case with the Moody Blues...it works. I like the production and over use of strings and the stately, dramatic "breathe deep" reading...It's all part of a time gone completely from mainstream music. Never such a concept or vision is created today in this sterile, "buy one song from the artist not the album on iTunes", formulaic music society. Long story short...yes it's a bit campy and over the top...but I'll take it.

 
Cheers to that z!

always loved that deep voiced recital at the end  ( and of course  " BWONNNNNNNG!!!"   the gong ; )
Guess we ALL know this song... I would like to hear some less known tunes, e.g. In My World from their 1981 album "Long Distance Voyager"!
a classic!
Outstanding 
Amen to that. Long overdue! They probably won't get around to it until the last band member dies.
 
buddy wrote:
When in the hell is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gonna get their head out of their ass and induct these guys?  I mean....ABBA??

 


OH BROTHER! This song is SO over-wrought with cheese. It always reminds me of a Renaissance movie soundtrack. MORE GONG!!!!
Jesus this is the song that will not end.
Love this song... Instant memories of hot summers whilst at school.... {#Music}
if you can find it (not on youtube at the moment), there was a Simpsons episode where the Moody Blues recited a version of the poem at this song's end to reprimand Homer and Ned Flanders. I can't hear the Moody Blues w/o thinking of that scene. Season 9 or 10 where the two guys go to Vegas, get drunk and marry 2nd wives.

Great song. Crappy poem though. 
Oh sure judging from it's 8+ rating you know exactly what you're talking about goofball.  Unlistenable?  try removing the ear wax! {#Ass}

bstevens1951 wrote:
Please Bill promise never again. Wretched excess of 1968 unlistenable today.

 


Please Bill promise never again. Wretched excess of 1968 unlistenable today.
I thought Bill only played this on Tuesday afternoons. 
Mythic !
{#Clap} 
first album i ever bought...so many years ago
Breathe deep the gathering gloom
Watch lights fade from every room
Bedsitter people look back and lament
Another day's useless energy spent.

Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
Lonely man cries for love and has none.
New mother picks up and suckles her son,
Senior citizens wish they were young.

Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colors from our sight.
Red is grey and yellow white,
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?
 Cynaera wrote:

{#Lol}  (Where is the "knee-slapping banana" icon?)  The song is "NIGHTS (as in the opposite of DAYS) in White Satin."  Anyway, totally off-topic - white satin in the sun takes on a rainbow of colors, like beta-tape. If nothing else, it would confuse the hell out of the opponent ("Wait a minute - you're wearing MY colors!  Now you're not!  Now you are!")

I still love the Moody Blues, and I still turn up their songs when I hear them. I am an old fogey with absolutely no musical knowledge. Lock me in a room and slide my meals under the door.

 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
I was done w/ this song back in the 70's.
One of the local radio personalities recites the poem at the end in a heavy drunk Irish brogue.  Hilarious.

Sorry, I know it's a "you-had-to-be-there" thing, so forgive me.  But try to imagine ...
This short sample motivates me to break out the original and listen to the whole thing.  "Just what you want to be, you'll be in the end..."  How many times in my life have I ruminated over that thought? Many.
always fine!!! great, timeless song!!!
Overblown drama...lends itself to very pretentious content. In this case with the Moody Blues...it works. I like the production and over use of strings and the stately, dramatic "breathe deep" reading...It's all part of a time gone completely from mainstream music. Never such a concept or vision is created today in this sterile, "buy one song from the artist not the album on iTunes", formulaic music society. Long story short...yes it's a bit campy and over the top...but I'll take it.
 fuzzy wrote:
This post apparently contained an image that was dragged into the post editor. Sorry, but any text contained in the post after this point has been lost.
When in the hell is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gonna get their head out of their ass and induct these guys?  I mean....ABBA??
a tiny bit before my time, can take it or leave it, liked it more when I first heard this than now in my late 40s
not terrible.
This was one of those tunes that turned me away from pop way way back in late 60's. It's still one of my favs. It was one of the first songs I heard while listening to Radio Caroline. The BBC would never play anything good except on Saturday's "Allan Freeman Show" but Caroline even predated that. What ever happened to Radio Caroline? Oh well, RP a damned fine successor though.
Ah, the 60s and the psychedelic drugs before they became problematic... This song is a 10, but "Tuesday Afternoon" is a 12..
And all this time I thought it was "Knights" in White Satin. I'd like to say this changes everything, but I'm still sooooo tired of this song.
"Breath deep...the gathering gloom..."  — accompanied by mellotron and gong.
If I could give this song an 11 I would. Was all downhill after this album.
 rotten wrote:
Mike Pinder Era Moody Blues were great. Wish they would remix this album without the awful orchestral parts.
 
Interesting, as I was thinking along the same lines. I've found the 'Let it Be, Naked' album released without all the schlopp to be spectacular. I'd like to hear this track re-mastered without all the "stuff" and see how it stands up.
 macbags wrote:
U2 is equal to moody blues::?    8.1?
I DON'T THINK SO.
 
I do.
 ZiegZeon wrote:

The whole "Rock and Roll" Hall of Fame is a joke. The owner won't let Rush in simply because HE doesn't like Rush.
 

that's not it.  He can't speak Canadian!  give it up for Cleveland, land of Smoke on the Water/Cuyahoga.  Gotta love dem Buckeyes! ;)
This song evokes so much emotion and so many remembrances it is both beautiful and bittersweet simultaneously.
U2 is equal to moody blues::?    8.1?
I DON'T THINK SO.
These guys played recently in Minneapolis.  Justin Hayward still sounds exactly the same..
 Bozo wrote:
One of the great omissions in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Yes, Chicago, Hall and Oates, Jethro Tull, and Emerson Lake and Palmer.  Not these guys, yet Leonard Cohen?  Puh-leez!!!
 
The whole "Rock and Roll" Hall of Fame is a joke. The owner won't let Rush in simply because HE doesn't like Rush.