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The Moody Blues

OCTAVE

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Octave Album
 LIST OF SONGS

  1. STEPPIN' IN A SLIDE ZONE
  2. UNDER MOONSHINE
  3. HAD TO FALL IN LOVE
  4. I'LL BE LEVEL WITH YOU
  5. DRIFTWOOD
  6. TOP RANK SUITE
  7. I'M YOUR MAN
  8. SURVIVAL
  9. ONE STEP INTO THE LIGHT
10. THE DAY WE MEET AGAIN

BONUS TRACKS RELEASED ON 2008 REMASTER
BONUS TRACKS 11 - 15


Steppin' In A Slide Zone
John Lodge

I took a ride in a limousine
I took a road I'd never been
I met a stranger by the way
His coat was torn but his eyes were clear

Standing in a slide zone
Steppin' in a slide zone

He told me where a river flows
He showed me how the apple grows
He told me of a magic stream
His face was worn but his eyes were clear

Standing in a slide zone
I could be steppin' in a slide zone
Standing in a slide zone
I could be steppin' through a time zone

He went to find a shooting star
Around the bend that's where they are
I went along just for the ride
Suddenly I began to slide

Standing in a slide zone
I could be steppin' through a time zone

The air raced by there was no sound
We drifted high above the ground
And then he said, "You know this place"
And then a smile lit up his face

Standing in a slide zone
I could be steppin' in a slide zone
Standing in a slide zone
I could be steppin' through a time zone


I turned my head and looked below
And there was something that I know
Suddenly I began to fall
I looked around and tried to call

Standing in a slide zone
He had me steppin' in a time zone
Standing in a slide zone
Falling through a time zone

"Help me please!" I thought I said
Then something happened in my head
Music came from all around
And I knew what I had found

Standing in a slide zone
Falling through a time zone
Steppin' in a slide zone
He had me falling through a time zone

Slide zone
Slide zone....


This was the first hit for the Moodies after their hiatus. The "B" side is "Had to Fall".

Under Moonshine
Ray Thomas

The dawn crept into my room
And stole my dream
Now I'll never know
Just what it means
Or what could have been
Yet still I try to lie
But I'm seen

Under moonshine
That's where I've been
Under moonshine
I'm clearly seen
Under moonshine
That's where I've been
Under moonshine 
I'm clearly seen
Creator of dreams 
That melt with the sun 
I'll tell you the things 
This man has done 
He was a saint 
And sinner rolled in one
But I miss now that he's gone 
I said I sure miss him 
Now that he's gone

Sure I feel the pain
Deep inside I pour like rain
Remember when you smile
Love's in your eyes

[Melt with the sun]

[This man has done]

[Rolled into one]
[Now that he's gone]

[Now that he's gone]

The world keeps turning 
The grass still grows green 
The fruit on my tree is the 
Biggest you've ever seen 
But which way's up? 
You know when you're down 
You've gotta stand tall
With your feet on the ground 
You must stand tall
With your feet on the ground

Or maybe I'm crazy 
And also they say I'm lazy 
But I'll have my days   
When I do as I please   
For you won't see the woods 
While you're a tree
No you'll never see the woods 
While you're a tree

Yes I'm crazy 
Also they say I'm lazy 
But then I'll have my days 
When I do as I please 
You won't see the woods 
While you're a tree 
No you'll never see the woods 
While you're a tree


[Grass still grows green]

[Biggest you've seen]

[Know when you're down]

[Feet on the ground]

[Feet on the ground]

[The dawn]
[Crept into my room and stole my dream]
[Now I'll never know]
[Just what it means]
[Under moonshine]

[Under moonshine]


[The dawn]
[Crept into my room and stole my dream]
[Now I'll never know]
[What it means]
[Under moonshine]

[Under moonshine]


Had To Fall In Love
Justin Hayward

What mattered to me
Was the right to be free
Like I'll be, someday
I'm waiting for my heart to lead the way

The places I've seen
And the roads in between
Make me wonder why
I'm searching for my dreams up in the sky

I heard the call
And in the mirror
I saw the writing on the wall
And I had to fall
In love with you


The face that I've known
Seems so lost and alone
When you're far away
I'm comin' for you, baby, right away

The places I've seen
And the roads in between
Make me wonder why
I'm searching for my dreams up in the sky

I heard the call
And in the mirror
I saw the writing on the wall
And I had to fall
In love with you

What mattered to me
Was the right to be free
Like I'll be someday
I'm waiting for my heart 
To lead the way


A beautiful ballad by Justin Hayward. "B" side to "Steppin' in a Slide Zone"

I'll Be Level With You
Graeme Edge

Little guy
Little hands
Little eyes 
And lots of time
What are you going to be?
What are you going to see
When your eyes are level with mine?

I'll be level with you
I don't know what I would do
If I had to face the things 
That you've got coming down the line
If I had to face the things 
That you've got coming down the line

Lots of luck
Lots of health
Lots of wealth 
And little pain
That's what I want for you 
But there's little I can do
To put you on the gravy train

I'll be level with you
You'll always end up coming through
But you'll find yourself 
Lost in space now and again
But you'll find yourself 
Lost in space now and again

But you have to have a world you can live in
Not a world where all the hope is gone
And as long as we are here together
We'll try to build a home for the free

Filled with pity, not pain
That's loving and sane
Not divided by hate
And living in spite
Until it's too late

Life is here
Love will come 
In the end 
Give it time
There's wonders still to do 
And I know you'll find it's true
That yours will be bigger than mine

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
Tell me 'bout what you're doing 
From time to time

Driftwood
Justin Hayward

Just like the driftwood of a dream
Left on the seashore of sleep
Just like the words that wouldn't rhyme
Lost in the desert of time

Time waits for no one at all
No, not even you
You thought you'd seen it all before
You really thought you knew

I don't remember what was said
In the confusion that night
I only know what's on my mind
What's in the future we will decide

Time waits for no one at all
No, not even you
You thought you'd seen it all before
You really thought you knew
Driftwood
Another beautiful ballad by Justin Hayward. Spanish picture sleeve shown here.
I've shattered the illusion
Of fortune and of fame
But darling, now I know you
Life could never be the same

Oh no, don't leave me driftwood
On the shore

Time waits for no one, my love
No, not even you
You thought you'd seen it all before
You really thought you knew

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

Oh no, don't leave me driftwood
On the shore
Oh, no don't, don't leave me driftwood
On the shore
No, don't leave me driftwood
On the shore
[Here I am]
[Staring out to sea]
[Wondering if you'll ever]
[Come back to me]









[Here I am]
[Staring out to sea]
[I'm waking up]
[I'm reaching up]
[Getting up from this game]








Top Rank Suite
Justin Hayward

Rain on the river
Turns the torrent to a flood
Swim or you'll never rise above
Two lonely people
Can mend a broken heart
Love and you'll never fall apart

But can you tell me why?
They made a good bowl of chili at the jazz club
They played a good game of football in Mucron
They got everyone off at the Top Rank, babe 
If you could ever get into their suite 
Avenue Tombola and Social
We just drove right on by
We was on our way to the big time, baby
To the great gold record in the sky
[Can - you]
[tell - me]
[Can you tell me]
[why?]
[Can - you]
[tell - me]
[Can you tell me]
[Why?]
Sun in the morning
Brings a flower from a bud
Hail to the giver
Of life and love
Two lonely people
Can mend a broken heart
Love you'll never fall apart

But can you tell me why?
They made a good bowl of chili at the jazz club
They played a good game of football in Mucron
They got everyone off at the Top Rank babe
If you could ever get into their suite
Avenue Tombola and Social
We just cruised right on by
We was on our way to the big time, baby
To the great gold record in the sky
[Can - you]
[tell - me]
[Can you tell me]
[why?]
[Can - you]
[tell - me]
[Can you tell me]
[Why?]
Can you tell me whhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy?

[Can - you - tell - me, tell - me - why]
[tell me why]
The Great Gold Record in the sky....

I'm Your Man
Ray Thomas

Here I go again
Finding it so hard to explain
The way I feel when I hold you near

Still it hurts when you cry
Maybe you think love has passed you by
Don't you know I need you so?
But I guess you need to know

I'm just a man, that's all I am
I'm just a man that's yours
I'm yours, you know I'm yours

Life keeps changing key
I'll look to you, please look back at me
See I'm changing every day
Reaching out for happy days

But I'm just a man, that's all I am
I'm just a man, I'm yours
I'm yours, simply yours

Life keeps changing key
I'll look to you, please turn and look at me
You'll see I'm changing every day
In my search for happy days

But then I'm just a man
That's all I am
I'm just a man, I'm yours
That's yours, simply yours

See me as I am, for I'm just a man
I'm just a man but I'm yours
Oh I'm yours, I'm simply yours

Survival
John Lodge

Shadows of night 
Falling over my head
People walking
Passing me by
Shadows of dreams 
Falling out of the blue
People talkin'
What can I do?

Where do I go from here?
Where do I go from here?

I could give you any dream and watch it grow
I could take you for a ride but you would know?
I could tell you every answer that I know
It wouldn't be much though
It wouldn't be anything you didn't know

But survival
Nothing more than survival
Survival
Nothing more than survival

Shadows of days 
Hanging endless in time
Slowly fading
Passing us by
Shadows of worlds 
Disappearing from view
People asking
What could we do?

Where do I go from here?
Where do I go from here?

If I gave you every dream, would they grow?
If I took you for a ride, would you know?
If I told you every answer that I know
It wouldn't be much though
It wouldn't be anything you didn't know

But survival 
Nothing more 
Than survival


Survival   
With nothing more 
Than survival 

Survival 
Nothing more 
Than survival 

Survival 
With nothing more 
Than survival

Survival  
With nothing more 
Than survival 

Survival 
With nothing more 
Than survival

Survival   
With nothing more 
Than survival 

Survival 
With nothing more 
Than survival 

Survival 
With nothing more 
Than survival

Survival 
With nothing more 
Than survival 


[In your love I have all]
[That I need for survival]










[With your love]
[I have all that I need for Survival]






[With your love]
[I have all that I need for Survival]


[With your love]
[I have all that I need for Survival]






[With your love]
[I have all that I need for Survival]

One Step Into The Light
Mike Pinder

One step into the light
One step away from night
It's the hardest step you're gonna take
The ship to take you there
Is waiting at the head
Of the stairs that lead up through your opened mind

Above the dark despair
Shines a light that we can share
Close your eyes and look up in between your brows
Then slowly breathing in
Feel the life force streaming in
Hold it there, then send it back to him

All the old things are returning
Cosmic circles ever turning
All the truth we've been yearning for
Life is our saviour
Saviour
Save your
Save your soul

The river of living breath
Is flowing through the sun
He was there before the earth began
The world will drag on you
Use his love to pull you through
Find the mission of your life
And start to be

All the old things are returning
Cosmic circles ever turning
All the truth we've been yearning for
Life is our saviour
Saviour
Save your
Save your soul

There's one thing I can do
Play my Mellotron for you
Try to blow away your city blues
Your dreams are not unfound
Get your feet back on the ground
The truth will set us free, we cannot lose
We cannot lose 
We just have to choose

The Day We Meet Again
Justin Hayward

The day we meet again
I'll be waiting there
I'll be waiting there for you
'Cause the years have been so lonely
Like a dog without a home
It's dangerous when you find out
You've been drinking on your own

The day we meet again
We will walk in peace
Through the garden down the road
Where the mist of time is lifting
See it rising in the air
Like the shadow I was chasing
When I looked it wasn't there
Oh, no

But just in case you're wondering
What was really on my mind
It wasn't what you took, my love
It's what you left behind

And just in case you're wondering
Will it really be the same?
Will it really be the same?
You know we're only living for
The day we meet again

So hold on
And don't let go
Time, it heals
You know, I know

The day we meet again
I'll be waiting there
I'll be waiting there for you
'Cause the years have been so lonely
Like a dog without a home
It's dangerous when you find out
You've been drinking on your own

The day we meet again
We will walk in peace
Through the garden down the road
Where the mist of time is lifting
See it rising in the air
Like the shadow I was chasing
When I looked, oh no,  it wasn't there
Oh no, it wasn't there
It wasn't there

Hold on baby, don't let go
It wasn't there, oh no
Hold on baby, don't let go



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Album Information:
Released: June 1978 by Decca Records
Producer: Tony Clarke
Recording Engineers: Gerry Ladinsky, Chris Brunt, Richard Kaplan, Peter Carlsen, Dennis Hansen

TOP RANK SUITE: Saxes arranged and Played by R.A. Martin
DRIFTWOOD: Horns and Sax Solo arranged and played by R.A. Martin
UNDERMOONSHINE/I'M YOUR MAN: Strings arranged and conducted by Dr. Terry James
SURVIVAL: Strings arranged and conducted by Jimmy Haskett

Photograph by: David Alexander
Cover Coordination: Richard Roth

Original CD released between April - November 1986
Compact Disc Design: Cliff O'Sullivan

Singles:
May 1978 Steppin' in a Slide Zone/I'll be Level with You
Oct 6, 1978 Driftwood/I'm Your Man
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