The Moon and the Moody Blues

9 Oct

Over the past few nights, the moon has been full and bright to the point that it causes slight shadows. A few times, I have gone out and just looked at it. I took out the trash and spent a few extra moments in the driveway. I also walked onto the deck just to stare at the sky. The moonlight was almost blinding, and, both nights, low clouds floated by to give it that haunted look.

The moon has always fascinated me, and I have often taken time to look at it. Of course, the face is there. However, it is more than that. It is the closest celestial body, and it stands guard over the night. There are times when it makes the night darker and more mysterious. There are times, like the past few nights, when it makes the night lighter and brings clarity to a time of hiding.

Each time I study the moon, the same words make their way through my mind. They are not words that I put together. They are not words from some dusty poetry book. They are words from an album that I first heard a long time ago. The Moody Blues created Days of Future Passed and included the following verses.Moody Blues

The album begins with:

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?
Pinprick holes in a colourless sky,
Let insipid figures of light pass by,
The mighty light of ten thousand suns,
Challenges infinity and is soon gone.
Night time, to some a brief interlude,
To others the fear of solitude.
Brave Helios wake up your steeds,
Bring the warmth the countryside needs.

The album closes with:

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?

I am not sure when I first heard the album, but these words have been with me since. There are other poems and songs about the moon, but that full and bright moon always brings these verses from the back of my mind. Like the night, the moon illuminates them and brings them from the hidden recesses of my memory.

6 Responses to “The Moon and the Moody Blues”

  1. Andrew Petcher October 9, 2014 at 20:04 #

    I was a big fan of the Moody Blues, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour was my favourite. I always thought of them as a UK band and didn’t realise they had a US following!

    • Rick October 9, 2014 at 20:48 #

      I have a sad Moody Blues story. They had a concert in Nashville that I bought tickets for. I went to the concert and realized that it was the night before. I have been mad at myself ever since.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong October 10, 2014 at 01:23 #

    That album has really stood the test of time. But moon to me is always “Bad Moon Rising.” CCR forever.

    • Rick October 10, 2014 at 03:15 #

      I’m also a fan of Bark at the Moon by Black Sabbath.

  3. John S October 11, 2014 at 00:34 #

    Best moon album must be Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon”

    • Rick October 11, 2014 at 03:31 #

      Awesome moon album. One of the all time greats.

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