The Day Begins

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"The Day Begins" is the opening track from the Moody Blues 1967 album Days of Future Passed. The song (as well as the entire album) was one of the first in a new symphonic sound from the group. Prior to this, they primarily performed American style rhythm & blues songs, especially with their 1964 hit single "Go Now", which also appeared on their 1965 debut album The Magnificent Moodies. Days of Future Passed is a concept album ultimately telling the story of an everyman's day from Dawn to Night, with "The Day Begins" opening the album. Rather than representing a time of the day, "The Day Begins" acts more as an overture for the album, and features excerpts from "Dawn Is a Feeling", "Another Morning", "Forever Afternoon" (better known as "Tuesday Afternoon"), and "Nights in White Satin." "The Day Begins" was arranged by Peter Knight and performed by the London Festival Orchestra. The original LP of Days of Future Passed credited "The Day Begins" to Redwave/Knight ("Redwave" being a name used to represent the members of the Moody Blues themselves). 


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Cold hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colors from our sight
Red is gray and yellow white
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion

Pinprick holes in a colorless sky
Let insipid figures of light pass by
The mighty light of ten thousand suns
Challenges infinity and is soon gone

Nighttime to some, a brief interlude
To others the fear of solitude
Brave Helios, wake up your steeds
Bring the warmth the countryside needs

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The Moody Blues are an English rock band. Among their innovations was a fusion with classical music, most notably in their 1967 album Days of Future Passed. more »

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