Song of the Day #4,067: ‘Nights in White Satin’ – The Moody Blues

The final inductee in the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class is the English prog rock band The Moody Blues. They were first eligible in 1989 but went un-nominated until last year’s successful bid.

I know next to nothing about The Moody Blues, which is why today’s SOTD is the first song of theirs I’ve posted after more than 4,000 Songs of the Day. This song, ‘Nights in White Satin,’ is their biggest hit and the only one I recall ever hearing.

The Moodys started out in 1964 as an R&B band before shifting gears a few years later to write Days of Future Past, a full-blown progressive rock concept album. ‘Nights in White Satin’ was the album’s standout track, though it took quite a while to really catch on with audiences.

The band remained in that vein, influencing many other prog rock bands along the way, until the mid-80s, when they took another stylistic shift. Working with a new producer and employing synthesizers to better fit the mid-80s pop landscape, they released The Other Side of Life, featuring the hit single ‘Your Wildest Dreams.’

And here’s where I further reveal my ignorance. Of course I know ‘Your Wildest Dreams’… that’s a glorious song that hits my yacht rock sweet spot. I had no idea until just now that it was by The Moody Blues.

That concludes our look at the 2018 inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Stay tuned sometime in the next few months for a look at the class of 2017.

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

‘Cause I love you
Yes, I love you
Oh, 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
Ah, how I love you
Ah, how I love you

[Flute solo: Ray Thomas]

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

‘Cause I love you
Yes, I love you
Oh, how I love you
Oh, how I love you

‘Cause I love you
Yes, I love you
Oh, how I love you
Oh, how I love you

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,067: ‘Nights in White Satin’ – The Moody Blues

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I never got into The Moody Blues. In high school, and I believe just a bit before the release of “Your Wildest Dreams,” there was an odd, pretentious guy in our friend group who was a HUGE Moody Blues fan. I actually have a memory of being at his house one day when he played a heavy dose of Moody Blues music. I found it to be just as pretentious as he was.

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