Late Lament

Well, I’ve done one for the morning, so how about one for the night? After listening to The Moody Blues’ Nights In White Satin on ladybluerose, I was reminded of my favorite part of the Days Of Future Past album it came from – Late Lament, written by Graeme Edge and spoken by Mike Pinder.

When I went searching for it on YouTube, I was actually surprised at the many versions that had been posted for it. Here are two of the best:

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 colors from our sight.
Red is grey and yellow white,
But we decide which is right.
And which is an illusion?

That bit has always reminded me of the last line from a truly great short story:

“Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.“

Arthur C. Clarke – “The Nine Billion Names of God”

I want ice water.

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10 thoughts on “Late Lament

    • True enough, but the meaning isn’t so dark in the context of the album. 😀

      Red is grey and yellow white,
      But we decide which is right.
      And which is an illusion?

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