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The Moody Blues

STRANGE TIMES

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Strange Times Album
 LIST OF SONGS

  1. ENGLISH SUNSET
  2. HAUNTED
  3. SOONER OR LATER (WALKIN' ON AIR)
  4. WHEREVER YOU ARE
  5. FOOLISH LOVE
  6. LOVE DON'T COME EASY
  7. ALL THAT IS REAL IS YOU
  8. STRANGE TIMES
  9. WORDS YOU SAY
10. MY LITTLE LOVELY
11. FOREVER NOW
12. THE ONE
13. THE SWALLOW
14. NOTHING CHANGES

English Sunset
Justin Hayward

I want to ride the range
Across those skies of black
I want to see for myself
And see me coming back
And when I've gone the distance
I'll be making tracks
For an English sunset

We're on a runaway train
Rolling down the track
And where it's taking us to
Who knows where it's at
But if we hold together
We can make it back
For an English sunset
We want an English sunset

I feel the rhythm of the earth
In my soul tonight
May it never fade away
And I've decided I can live
With humility
And the sad decay
'Cause that's the English way 

[England!]

We keep the faith alive
In everything we do
And at the end of the road
We still keep coming through
And though it's sad and sorry
What else can we do?
It's an English sunset
An English sunset 
[More tea, Vicar?]

I feel the rhythm of the earth
In my soul tonight
May it never fade away
And I've decided they can wait
For the requiem
We take it day by day
'Cause that's the English way
I saw the English sunset  

[England!!]


"English Sunset" was issued on CD with several "Greatest Hits":
Tuesday Afternoon,
Nights in White Satin,
Ride My Seesaw,
The Story in Your Eyes,
The Voice,
and "Your Wildest Dreams"

Haunted
Justin Hayward


I really miss you when the nights are long
And only silence is heard in this world of song
But life goes on
And forever more
I'll be haunted by your love

I see you walking through the gates of home
And then I wake up to find I'm still all alone
I should have known
But forever more
I'll be haunted by your love

Lonely is the river as it tumbles to the ocean
Searching for our future
We can't find our way back home

My only comfort is the love we shared
And as I walk through this world
With sadness everywhere
I've had my share
And forever more
I'll be haunted by your love

And forever more
I'll be haunted by your love

Standing in the doorway
As the sunrise greets the morning
Searching for our future
We can't find our way back home

I really miss you when the nights are long
And only silence is heard in this world of song
But life goes on
And forever more
I'll be haunted by your love

Haunted by your love
Haunted by your love

Sooner or Later (Walking On Air)
Justin Hayward and John Lodge


Walk on the water
Swim with the life tide
Clear away the storm clouds

Mmmmmmmm....

You got to roll with the punches
Shelter from the weather
Have no fear of the darkness
Sooner or later, oh
Sooner or later, oh
We'll be walkin' on air

Live for the moment
'Cause life is worth living
Love will surround you
Sooner or later, oh
Sooner or later, oh
We'll be walkin' on air
We'll be walkin' on air

Love is out there waiting for you
Wearing no disguise
Nothing left behind closed doors
It's right before your eyes

So take a walk in the sunshine
Send a message on your online
Then you can do it in your own time
Sooner or later, oh
Sooner or later, oh

We'll be walkin' on air
Walkin' on air
We'll be walkin' on air

Aahhhhhhhhhhh....

Walk on the water
Shelter from the weather
Clear away the storm clouds
Sooner or later, oh
Sooner or later, oh
Sooner or later, oh
Sooner or later, oh

We'll be walkin' on air
Walkin' on air
We'll be walkin' on air

Wherever You Are
John Lodge


These times have passed and gone
It's time that we moved on
Into a new tomorrow
And leave behind the hurt
The sorrow and the pain
'Cause tonight will never
Pass this way again

Wherever you are
Wherever you go
Wherever you stand
Let your shadow show
Whatever you think
Whatever you do
Whatever you want
Let your feelings show

These times have passed and gone
It's time that we moved on
Into a new tomorrow
And leave behind the hurt
The sorrow and the pain
'Cause tonight will never pass this way again
'Cause tonight will never pass this way again

Just like the winter sun
That hides behind the dawn
Just like the shifting sands
That ride upon the storm

Tonight will never pass this way again
'Cause tonight will never pass this way again
'Cause tonight will never pass this way again
'Cause tonight will never pass this way again

Foolish Love
Justin Hayward


We ran through the summer fields
Between the earth and sky
Little did we realise
We were flying you and I

We sang to the stars above
We praised the earth below
You fell into my arms that night
And I've never let you go

It was beautiful, glorious
We were riding on a wave
With foolish hearts, and foolish love
We would give ourselves away

Remember how we cried out loud
Heard angry voices shout
I love you as I loved you then
No danger and no doubt

It was beautiful, glorious
We were riding on a wave
With foolish hearts, and foolish love
We would give ourselves away

And now as we look behind
To see the road of life
Turning to the ones we love
Salvation is in sight

'Cause it was beautiful, glorious
We were riding on a wave
With foolish hearts, and foolish love
We would give ourselves away

Remember how we cried out loud
Heard angry voices shout
I love you as I loved you then
No danger and no doubt

Love Don't Come Easy
John Lodge


The way you looked at me tonight
I've never seen that look
In your eyes before
But then again
I don't think I've ever looked
Had the time to spare
The will to share with you

What have I missed
What have I done
I'm gonna turn back the tide
Like it's just begun
Time changes
Time changes
Time changes for the better

After all we've been through
Love don't come easy for me

The way you looked into my eyes
I could see the hurt
I saw through your disguise
Just give me time
I can make it up to you
Let me heal the pain
I'm scared of losing you

What have I missed
Where have I gone wrong
If I could turn back the time
So we've just begun

Time changes
Time changes
Time changes for the better

After all we've been through
Love don't come easy for me
For me

What have I missed
What have I done
I'm gonna turn back the tide
So we've just begun

Time changes
Time changes
Time changes for the better

After all we've been through
Love don't come easy for me
Love don't come easy
After all we've been through
Love don't come easy for me
Love don't come easy

All That Is Real Is You
Justin Hayward


All the world over I've searched for a dream
I've found out that life is not what it seems
I've seen all the wonders the world has to give
But all that is real is you

All of the silver and all of the gold
Seems worthless to me
Lifeless and cold
I've known all the treasure
A man can possess
But all that is real is you

So bring me back home
My love, my love
Oh how I need you
Take me back home
My love, my love
Oh how I love you

Even the place where my heart used to fly
The warm summer breeze
The wild seabirds cry
All are illusions and all just a dream
'Cause all that is real is you

So bring me back home
My love, my love
Oh how I need you
Take me back home
My love, my love
Oh how I love you.

All the world over I've searched for a dream
I've found out that life is not what it seems
I've seen all the wonders the world has to give
But all that is real is you

'Cause all that is real is you

Strange Times
Justin Hayward and John Lodge


Long time ago
Back in the mist of time
Back when the crystal waters flowed
There was a world
So strange and so beautiful
All life would flourish and would grow

Years went by
Time just fell away
Love was worshipped like the sun
But as we arrive at the house of the water sign
We're living in strange times
Strange times, strange times

What do we need?
What do we hunger for?
Who holds the secrets, who will know?

Temples of greed
In ruins on the river bed
Wastelands that lived before the snow

Time stands still as we race through the universe
On our way to the sun
And as we arrive at the house of the water sign
We're living in strange times
Strange times, strange times

It's you and I forever
We won't be afraid
Even if the stars are falling down, down, down, down, down
Falling down

Time stands still as we race through the universe
On our way to the sun
And as we arrive at the house of the water sign
We're living in strange times
Strange times, strange times

Strange times, strange times
Strange times, strange times

Words You Say
John Lodge


Words you say to me
I listen in sympathy
But I don't know what it is
That makes me ignore you

I hear you every night
I listen but the words
Don't seem right
My mind seems somewhere else
What else can I tell you?
I don't know what to do
I'm losing you

Something I can't control
You are in my heart and soul
I don't want to wake up now
I don't want to wake up now
I don't want to wake up now
I don't want to wake up now

Words you say to me
I'm living in fantasy
If I don't know what it is
I simply ignore you

I hear you every night
I listen but the time is never right
My life is so confused
What more can I tell you?

Don't turn and walk away
Don't leave this way
Something I can't control
You are in my heart and soul

I don't want to wake up now
I don't want to wake up now
I don't want to wake up now

My Little Lovely
Ray Thomas


Fairy tales sometimes come true
Use fairy dust and pixie glue
Then all the love will stick to you
My little lovely

Always believe and never doubt
That wizards cast their spells about
There's such a lot you won't lose count
If you look closely

Ripples are like dreams
Searching for the shore
Poured together make oceans roar
Night visions make spirits soar
So choose one wisely

Not all angels can grow wings
They seem to soar by other means
You can fly although it seems
A little slowly

Fairy tales sometimes come true
Use fairy dust and pixie glue
Then all the love will stick to you
My little lovely

Ripples are like dreams
Searching for the shore
Poured together make oceans roar
Night visions make spirits soar
My little lovely

Forever Now
John Lodge


If we could live forever
Where would our dreams lead us to
Living in a world of ever
Changing expectation

If it could be
If it could be
It would be forever now

If we could be here forever
Where in this world would heaven be
As we race across the universe
In search of confirmation

Why can't it be
Why can't it be
Why can't it be forever now

There's no way out
There is no return
There's no way back
There's no way to learn
The final act
The curtain falls
On the stage
On the stage

Standing at the crossroads
Waiting for the new millennium

For if it could be
If it could be
It would be forever now

If we could live forever
Where would our dreams lead us to
Living in a children's world
Of simple fascination

If it could be, If it could be
It would be forever now

If it could be, If it could be
It would be forever now

For if it could be
If it could be
It would be forever now

If it could be, If it could be
It would be forever now

The One
Justin Hayward and John Lodge


No surprise
Hey, that you wanna be the one again

No surprise
You wanna be the one

Heard you had a story to tell
Sold your soul in a kiss and tell
Sliding down on a helter skelter ride
Into yesterday

No way out, the price of fame
Once it's told, will you be the same?
Rolling down on a roller coaster ride
We'll be waiting for you

No surprise
Hey that you wanna be the one again
No surprise
No surprise
Hey that you wanna be the one
No surprise
You wanna be the one

Shock the world with your fall from grace
Glory days gone without a trace
No surprise you're a face without a name
But we all still love you

No surprise
Hey that you wanna be the one again
No surprise
No surprise
Hey that you wanna be the one
No surprise
You wanna be the one

Ahhhhhhhh.......

It's time to tell you
We're faithful and true
Take us back to the days
When we could dream
'Cause it makes us happy

No surprise
Hey that you wanna be the one again
No surprise
No surprise
Hey that you wanna be the one
No surprise
No surprise
Hey that you wanna be the one again
No surprise
No surprise
Hey that you wanna be the one
No surprise
No surprise
Hey that you wanna be the one

The Swallow
Justin Hayward


Time goes by
Seems like the blink of an eye
It's so crazy
What can we do?

It's so strange
Life in the really slow lane
Take it easy
That's what we'll do
Just me and you

In the wide outside
See the swallow as he glides
Like a spiral up to freedom

We're all right
Maybe get lucky tonight
Only lovers feel like we do

We take our time
Leave all our worries behind
No more mind games
Simple and true
That's what we'll do

In the wide outside
See the swallow as he glides
Like a spiral up to freedom

Time goes by
Seems like the blink of an eye
It's so crazy
What can we do?

It's so strange
Life in the really slow lane
Take it easy
That's what we'll do
Just me and you
That's what we'll do
Just me and you
That's what we'll do

Nothing Changes
Graeme Edge


The dark cloak of winter's war Left a future still unsure Sitting in a class Of the future's past We saw a list of dates And we knew we would last To see them all 1984 was a year to fear Hope was dead A police state here Halley's comet was to fly by And we would see a shining In the night sky Now 2001 is soon to come And just as soon Will have come and gone Nothing changes Standing at the crossroads Of what is, will be, and was The obvious eludes us Not because the zeroes line up We should change our way of thought More, if we do not The way ahead Is dangerously fraught And if we did the things We all know to be right Left would be the childish fears Of danger in the night We, each of us are fine For we have all heard the word But grouped together Babel's triumph stampedes The thoughtless herd Nothing changes

Nothing changes
And nothing stays the same
And life is still
A simple game

Album Information:
Released on CD: Aug 17, 1999 by Universal Records, Inc
Produced by The Moody Blues
Programming, Keyboards, Orchestrations: Danilo Madonia
Recorded at Studio Mulinetti, Recco, Italy (Engineer: Alberto Parodi)
Mixed at Metropolis Studios London (Engineer: Stephen Tayler) and Studio Mulinetti (Engineer: Danilo Madonia and Alberto Parodi)
Mastering: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine, USA

Design and Art Direction: Where For Art?
Band Photography: Brian Aris

Singles:
Aug 17, 1999 English Sunset/Haunted
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