Truth

“Just what the Truth is, I can’t say anymore….”

 

It probably does not have quite the same meaning these days as it did when Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) sang it back in 1967 but it’s too good a line to ignore.

If we walk around with our eyes partially or fully closed, or out of focus, never removing the blinkers from our eyes and being unwilling to see things clearly from as many perspectives as possible so as to see the complete picture and not just one side, it will be near impossibly hard for any of us to determine just what the whole truth IS  (and possibly risk the discomfort of learning that our truth only ever fit a small part of the big picture, if that).

(Side note: It was only while researching for this post i realised that the song was not called: Knights in White Satin! – that was my ‘truth’ of this song for 50 years!   You live and learn. 😉 )

It’s a classic song, whether you are listening for the first time or the thousandth time, sit back and relax for 7 minutes… i’ve included a bonus – the Late Lament some may not have heard from the original album track.

Lyrics to ‘Nights in White Satin’ and ‘Late Lament’ (which rarely got played and was not included in the single release).

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.

Cause 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.

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.

.

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.

9 comments

  1. That was a great song. We know a guy that hangs out with them. Another invite we turned down! We have to stop being such homebodies!

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  2. I don’t know if any of us can ever see ALL of the truth. It’s a big world and there’s plenty of it that I will never understand and haven’t even tried to understand. But I think I have a reasonably good grip on the truth surrounding me, in my own piece of world.

    As I said — I doubt anyone anywhere ever has understood everything or could — or would even want to. But I think within the parameters of this life, I’m doing pretty well. So far. So good.

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    • We’re doing well if we can spot half of the deception that we once believed was ‘gospel’. Knowing all of the truth all of the time? That’s for the Gods, not us mere mortals 🙂

      The big trouble in the world these days is that two people see the ‘same’ thing and one sees truth and the other sees lie.

      Just what the truth is most can’t say anymore….

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  3. Glad you did Laura 🙂 Definitely worth a rerun now and then. Just glorious!
    I agree – it is a very haunting melody, and so 60’s to have a flute solo! 😉
    A love song that also tells of a heart breaking. I imagine whoever he wrote that for was pretty impressed – if she ever found out that he did?

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