Breathe Deep, The Moody Blues & The Written Works of Graeme Edge

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!

Breathe Deep

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 paperback came out in 2012. Options over at Amazon include  Kindle, Audible Audiobook (showing $0.00 Prime Membership), and Paperback. 
In addition, I am including more regarding the Audio excerpt further below.

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…”
This site, webwriter.f2s.com has done a really nice job of listing the lyrics for each of the songs. In fact the site shares it is “devoted to the literal words of the Moody Blues”.
Clickable image screenshot of The Moody Blues Days Of Future Passed List of Songs, from http://www.webwriter.f2s.com/moody/lyrics/dofp.html

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.

In remembering this album it brings to mind I still miss letting go of my college vinyl record collection over fifteen years ago. In thinking about it, I don’t think I ever owned this album; however, if I still had my crate of vinyl records from college, I would have dug them out to look through to see if I had it.  The good news is that from writing today’s blog post, I have located this album on eBay. It is of a 1967 Deram label, Original 1st Press of the album, THE MOODY BLUES Days Of Future Passed LP. The album cover looks like the one on the image showing the play list image I’m including from webwriter.f2s.com.

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. “

This Full Version Remastered is 9:07 and is the version I remember.

This is a shorter version with over 69 Million views as of April 28, 2020. 

And on this final one, it is also a short version; the video quality looks a little sharper.

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. 

Before closing, I hope you have enjoyed. It continues to amaze me how things IRL (In Real Life) make their way into the blog, inspiring topics. I’ll be printing off today’s post and sending a print each to two of my buddies I was telling about the expression.
Join me tomorrow for my Wednesday blog post. In the meantime, here’s to making time to remember to breathe deep.
 

Anchors Aweigh,  

Helen


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

Wikipedia Nights in White Satin; Days of Future Passed

The Night: Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues [1967] [Full Version Remastered]

69 + Million Views of  The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin

The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin [HQ/1080p]

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