Finding The Written Works of Graeme Edge, including an audio excerpt of it to listen for free of him reading the Final Lament is a joy and celebration!
This morning I am posting especially early so we can enjoy the full day with the music of the Moody Blues.
Before beginning, grab a cup of hot coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, and/or diet coke and enjoy!
With all of the uncertainty in the world I’ve been sharing with friends recently the expression, Breathe Deep. And in doing so have been discovering having to explain.
It is a reference from the classic Nights in White Satin song by The Moody Blues, as I know it from the original album version at the end when it goes into a poem, of the Final Lament. It was written by drummer Graeme Edge.
The Written Works Of Graeme Edge
“The written works of Graeme Edge. With additional anecdotes on the background to the motivation of many of Graeme’s best known lyrics and poetry. The Moody Blues most famous albums are represented here, along with solo works, in one written volume.”
The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
How wonderful that in the opening of Nights In White Satin it talks of letter writing!
Nights in White Satin (The Night)
The Moody Blues
“Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I’ve written
Never meaning to send…”
The song, Nights in White Satin, is from the classic Days of Future Passed album by The Moody Blues. Although it was released in 1967, I always think of it being from the 1970’s which makes perfect sense when reading in Wikipedia, “when reissued in 1972, in the United States the single hit number two – for two weeks … and hit number one…”
Over the years growing up I recall becoming much more aware of it while in High School and later especially away at College. When it came on the radio, FM, everyone would attempt to recite the poem, Final Lament at the end of it – or at least try to know all the words.
Also, in the past few years, I’ve been slowly rebuilding “missed” vinyl albums. The record player I have now lets me not only play records on it, but also transfer to digital.
Now about that Audio Excerpt from The Written Works Of Graeme Edge
In the Audio Excerpt at Amazon, I was referencing it from The written works of Graeme Edge.
When you listen to it, he recalls writing it and reads both The Day Begins and Late Lament. I’m including these images of the lyrics to read along.
From Wikipedia –
“The spoken-word poem heard near the six-minute mark of the album version of the song is called “Late Lament”. Drummer Graeme Edge wrote the verses, which were recited by keyboardist Mike Pinder. On Days of Future Passed, the poem’s last five lines bracket the album and also appear at the end of track 1 (“The Day Begins“).”
Nights in White Satin Album Version and Single Version...
Wikipedia shows an album version of 7:38, single version #1 of 3:06, and single version #2 at 4:26. Somehow I had forgotten there being a “shorter version”.
“The London Festival Orchestra provided the orchestral accompaniment for the introduction, the final rendition of the chorus, and the “final lament” section, all of which were in the original album version. “
An observation and realization, I’m having from writing this post, comes from in seeing such a huge view count on the single shorter version, I can see how someone may not be familiar with the long version with the poem Late Lament that follow afterward in it.
Attribution & Thank you to the following who I am referencing today
The written works of Graeme Edge, Amazon
The Moody Blues Days Of Future Passed at webwriter.f2s.com
The Night: Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues  [Full Version Remastered]
69 + Million Views of The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin
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