Days Of Future Passed is now regarded as one of the most important rock albums, an album that was a first for many reasons. Aside from being the Moody Blues’ first concept album, it is also one of the first concept albums to ever exist, and is also one of the first cases of progressive music. It’s a rather strange orchestral piece that is centered around the life of every day man and one that I find extremely compelling, especially in the lyrical department. Musically, it moves smoothly and confidently from the moment the sun rises to the moment the moon is back up in the sky again. But lyrically, it’s delicate and serves as plenty of food for thought, really adding some definition to the tunes. It’s hard not to over think it yet something about it makes me actually want to over think it. Sometimes, maybe that’s exactly the point.
“The Day Begins”
“Cold hearted orb that rules the night / Removes colors from our sights / Red is grey and yellow – white / But we decide which is right / And which is an illusion”
Is it easier to see truths during the day light hours or does it all indeed come out at night when everyone is asleep? You get to choose.
“Dawn Is A Feeling”
“You’re here today / No future fears / This day will last / A thousand years / If you want it to”
Live in the moment and enjoy what you have. Happiness can last if you make it.
“Lunch Break: Peak Hour”
“I see it all through my window it seems / Never failing like millions of bees / Pull out the drawer, no time to be won / Only to do, what can be done?”
This line was particularly difficult for me to get a grip on but one that I can relate to once I put a meaning to it. What I’ve applied to it is the feeling of not having any time because you’re so preoccupied with work, school, family, whatever it may be. Sometimes we become so absorbed in our duties and we move like bees, fast and frantic. As for this “drawer”, we know that drawers are meant to store things. And unfortunately, this drawer doesn’t have what we’re looking for, which is more time. This leaves us to wonder if anything can really be done about it, or if that’s just how we are.
“Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)”
“I’m looking at myself reflections of my mind / It’s just the kind of day to leave myself behind / So gently swaying through the fairyland of love / If you’ll just come with me you’ll see the beauty of / Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon”
Most people probably wouldn’t think anything significant about a Tuesday afternoon. But this one is probably one of my favorites on the record among the rest because of this clever little idea of the positives of life that are portrayed in these short lines. The narrator is in a fairytale sort of mind set, where he’s seeing himself in his mind, possibly in a dream or on some sort of psychedelic drugs, hence the next line about how he wants to “leave myself behind”. Either way, he’s clearly just relaxed and enjoying life on a Tuesday afternoon, which is a random day of the week to be talking about. Tuesday isn’t anything remarkable or special, but what I like about it is the idea of enjoying every part of every day, no matter how uneventful it may seem.
“Evening: The Sun Set, Twilight Time”
“A nightingale plays a dark mellow phrase / Of notes that are rich and so true / An aerial display by the firefly brigade / Dancing to tunes no one knew”
It’s not exactly night time but it’s not exactly still day time either, and one thing that sticks out in particular in these lines is the use of animal behavior to mirror our own. The nightingale is starting to slow down and the fireflies are turning on their lights, showcasing how we as humans also do these things when nighttime approaches. It’s not the most intricate thing ever written, but it is cute and I enjoy the imagery that is being depicted.
“Nights In White Satin”
“Just what you want to be, you will be in the end”
We all need this type of reassurance.