Nights In White Satin Lyrics - Moody Blues

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Nights in white satin, never reaching the end,
Letters I've written, never meaning to send.
Beauty I'd always missed with these eyes before.
Just what the truth is, I can't say anymore.

'Cos I love you, yes I love you, oh how I love you.

Gazing at people, some hand in hand,
Just what I'm going through they can't understand.
Some try to tell me, thoughts they cannot defend,
Just what you want to be, you will be in the end.

And I love you, yes I love you,
Oh how I love you, oh how I love you.

Nights in white satin, never reaching the end,
Letters I've written, never meaning to send.
Beauty I've always missed, with these eyes before.
Just what the truth is, I can't say anymore.

'Cos I love you, yes I love you,
Oh how I love you, oh how I love you.
'Cos I love you, yes I love you,
Oh how I love you, oh how I love you.

Breath deep
The gathering gloom
Watch lights fade
From every room
Bedsitter people
Look back and lament
Another day's useless
ENERGY spent

Impassioned lovers
Wrestle as one
Lonely man cries for love
And has none
New mother picks up
And suckles her son
Senior citizens
Wish they were young

Cold hearted orb
That rules the night
Removes the colours
From our sight
Red is gray and
Yellow white
But we decide
Which is right
Which is an Illusion

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Gay Theme | Reviewer: Phil McCraken | 8/28/14

I love this song, and MBs in general, because it's melancholy, and I have a serious streak of melancholia that I thoroughly enjoy, from time to time. However, there can be no doubt that this is a Gay song. I'm not Gay (swear to God), but even I could figure this one out. "The love that dare not speak its name." This is definitely a Gay dude who is still in the closet, and can not full the love he desires. It's sucks to be him (no pun intended).

so well said & agreed! | Reviewer: Janice | 1/13/13

I agree with the first review, just think he discribed it to a T, everything he said really made scence on the verses. Made me think about the song more and what it was about after reading the reviews of what other people's thoughts of the song.

my take | Reviewer: art | 6/27/12

i think of knights in white satin as fallen soldiers who have died and left their loves behind. never reaching the end of the lives they should have had. satin lines the caskets, letters never meaning to send of love and loss. it speaks to what they have been going through and what they have seen and done. beauty they have seen and taken for granted.

Impossible love | Reviewer: Sweetmaggie | 6/24/12

I'm a girl, and this song is definately about a woman, but it doesn't matter to me. This week I found out my true love, my biggedt crush, was gay. I was exhausted, sad, depressed and in the middle of my exams... But in the evening I lie on my bed and played this song several times and it felt so great to sing along. Everytime I hear it I start crying. I love this song; it's so passionate.

Nights in White Satin | Reviewer: Rooney | 6/23/12

A secret member of the ku klux klan, (a knight in white satin) Falling in love with a sensuous African American seeing her unrivaled beauty one he has never forseen or was foretold. The truth that he had accepted as a given and always believed is challenged when he falls in love with her alluring grace, kohl eyes and shimmering dark skin. He's unable to walk with this beauty hand in hand, she is considered an outcast upon the land. He loves this beauty from afar, hearing peoples racist bigotry which they can't explain or defend. So what they want to be, they will be, in the end. Racist to their final demise. But the knight in white satin will love you, always love you....forever go on loving you.

Love Needed Yet Denied | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/23/12

Not only is this about unrequited love,
It's about rejection for not measuring up. The lover in the song is
desperate for love, but only personal achievement-which he is incapable of-
will bring it. Nobody in this crummy world gets love because they need it.

Which is an illusion | Reviewer: mjazer | 2/20/12

Nights in white satin is totally a song about the unrequited pining for a love that may never be. Look at the lyrics and listen to the melody. Feel the impassioned longing. Have you never wanted someone so badly it hurts? Lying in the dark beneath your satin sheets caught somewhere between sleep and consciousness thinking about how you could tell her and how she may respond but yet knowing that it could never be... Seeing other couples, happy in their lives together which only makes YOUR life that much more miserable... Wondering how long it may be before YOU can know such a happiness... All the while knowing that she truly loves another. This song is certainly about a woman. No other being could evoke pain so strongly.

Love and death | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/19/12

Unrequited love: Perhaps while the lover was alive, the love interest was an on again/off again thing. While he was alive, he begged her to leave a relationship she was in. The gal knew she loved him, wanted to be with him and understood he was her soulmate. She just didn't have the courage to cut off the other relationship and was confused. Her lover dies and she never gets to explain how she fully feels about him. She is now left in terrible guilt and grief. She continues on in this life, but waits for the days until she can see her secret lover again. All the while she thinks, "oh how I love you."

oh. there's no k. | Reviewer: Miss Understood | 10/19/11

I always thought it was KNIGHTS in White Satin, and referred to pristinely dressed crusaders, Sir Lancelot, or perhaps the KKK.

Either way, I hate this song. And who the hell puts the term "Senior Citizens" in a rock n roll ballad?

Its about his cat! | Reviewer: pbebble | 10/1/11

Great song.
I like paired with Procol Harem's Whiter Shade Of Pale

Obviously his cat had clawed his sheets.
Here is the reference: In the dark all cats are grey.

John Heywood's book of proverbs (1546) as 'When all candles be out, all cats be gray.'

knights in white satin | Reviewer: roberta hartley | 9/4/11

justin always sings from his soul...its obvious to me that this is a song about one of his past lives...the story is this for those of you dying to know...he was an english knight or? andfell in love with a princess who took care of him and his friend with food and drink when they passed by her castle by the irish sea...she would sit on her rocks and wait for him......he didn't notice her beauty until she blossomed several years later when he returned alone one spring day...she was bringing him food and water and fell off her horse...he held her and they kissed twice ... he promised her he would marry her when he returned again...he wrote her many letters in his absence but fearing her father,never sent them...she wrote of er love for him also but the father took them all...on a tues. with his best man dressed in white satin shirts,he went to claim her as his bride but the father hid her away and he had to return to the cold empty home he had left and was brokenhearted

Nights in White Satin | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/30/11

At Lisa - I made the 'gay' connection to 'Nights in White Satin', too. A long and very personal story there, and one I'd rather not go into. The song never fails to chill me (in the best way possible!) every time I hear it, and take me back to that point in my life.

Possibilities... | Reviewer: Lisa | 5/25/11

Here's a possible interpretation of the song:
It's about a man who is going through a personal crisis because he's fallen in love with his best friend, but he never thought of himself as gay before. Read the lyrics with this in mind and it really fits!

Why I'm guessing it's gay, as opposed to straight, is based on the lines:
"Some try to tell me, thoughts they cannot defend,
Just what you want to be, you will be in the end."
As in, he told a few friends about it, and they advised him that he could simply "choose" to be straight if he wanted to.

It's one of my favourite songs, but the lyrics always mystified me until I thought of this interpretation.

Nights in White Satin | Reviewer: anonymous | 5/14/11

Love songs are as old as humankind, but I have never heard a melody that evokes the longing and passion of this song. The pulsating beat, the anguished chorus and flute solo usher feelings that require no explanation.

Best Song Ever! | Reviewer: Roxanna | 3/3/11

In my opinion, even if this song was released by other groups, obviously it was not a hit by them as this seems to be the only version that has stood the test of time and the only one I have ever heard. This song is the best song ever written and can touch me in a way no other song ever has. I loved it in 1967, and I love it now and forever.

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