Don't be musically flat please and go listen the whole album not only the famous song... the album Days Of Future Passed it's where it comes this masterpiece. You will understand the song much better listening the song in the album context. I promise you. The album Days Of Future Passed is a masterpiece, milestone, very influential towards progressive music.
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This was written by Justin Hayward, who joined the band the previous year after Denny Laine left the group. He got the idea for the song after someone gave him a set of white satin sheets, and wrote it in his bed-sit at Bayswater. Haywood told the Daily Express Saturday magazine May 3, 2008: "I wrote our most famous song, 'Nights in White Satin' when I was 19. It was a series of random thoughts and was quite autobiographical. It was a very emotional time as I was at the end of one big love affair and the start of another. A lot of that came out in the song." http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1871
Fell in love with the Moody Blues during the late 60s. They were a hometown group of mine. Their music is, and always will be, the theme music to my youth. Played in places from UK to Germany to Hong Kong and so many others, always relaxed me and made me feel good.
A superbly crafted and performed ballad. They don't write songs like this anymore.
The version I just heard omitted the closing poem, Late Lament:
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 colours from our sight.
Red is grey and yellow white.
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?
This, "Nights in White Satin," was the first of the Moody Blues I ever heard back in the 60s and have been fan since then. I do wish they would never die. I believe, as one critic said, "If there is music in heaven I would bet the Moody Blues will perform it." AMEN!