At this point, I would like to pick up from where we ended back in March and continue to discuss with you our favorite Moody Blues lyrics, album by album. We left off where the Moody Blues left off, taking a break from the pressures of touring and being Moody Blues. They felt a great need to give themselves breathing space, the freedom to play with other musicians, and the opportunity to put their personal lives in order. It is not hard to see that they were feeling stale in their little cocoon and needed to explore outside of it. They have said it was the best thing they ever did, because they came back to the band feeling refreshed.
Their comeback album was, of course, Octave, which was released in 1978 to much fanfare from the record company, and understandably so, since THE MOODY BLUES WERE BACK!! WHOOO-HOOO!!!
Now it's time to discuss the lyrics on the album. Although not often cited as a favorite album by Moodies fans, it does contain a number of classic songs and a lot of beautiful music and lyrics as only the Moody Blues can write them. Here are my favorite lyrics from Octave:
From I'll Be Level With You: The one thing I hope you will do is tell me about what you're doing from time to time.
I really like Graeme's lyrics here since he is talking to his young son. I find it so touching that he cares so much for his son but yet he knows that when his son is grown, he will have his own life and he is just hoping that his son will remember him and just be in contact with him from time to time. So many parents go through this when their children are grown. It is a lyric obviously straight from Graeme's heart and his personal experience and I find it very moving.
From I'm Your Man: Life keeps changing key, I look to you please look back at me, see I'm changing every day, reaching out for happy days.
This is kind of an obscure lyric from Ray, but one that is, like Graeme's lyrics above, obviously very personal and heartfelt. He's obviously trying to make sense of a close relationship and feels it slipping away, yet keeps hoping for happier times. Very poignant.
From Driftwood: I've shattered the illusion of fortune and of fame, I'm waking up, I'm reaching up, I'm getting up from this game.
Justin has seen through the smoke screen of all the trappings of money and celebrity. He is seeing things from a different perspective now and he's "waking up" and "reaching up" for something more real and true. To me, he's telling us that he has experienced these successes, but they do not hold the key to real happiness.
Now, would you please share your favorite lyrics with us from Octave and tell us why they are so special to you!