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The Moody Blues

A QUESTION OF BALANCE

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A Question Of Balance
 LIST OF SONGS

  1. QUESTION
  2. HOW IS IT (WE ARE HERE)
  3. AND THE TIDE RUSHES IN
  4. DON'T YOU FEEL SMALL
  5. TORTOISE AND HARE
  6. IT'S UP TO YOU
  7. MINSTREL'S SONG
  8. DAWNING IS THE DAY
  9. MELANCHOLY MAN
10. THE BALANCE

BONUS TRACKS RELEASED ON 2006 SACD
SACD BONUS TRACKS 11 - 16


Question
Justin Hayward

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door?
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war

It's when we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need
In a world of persecution
That is burning in its greed


Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door?
Because the truth is hard to swallow
That's what the war of love is for


It's not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me
It's more the way that you mean it
When you tell me what will be

And when you stop and think about it
You won't believe it's true
That all the love you've been giving
Has all been meant for you

I'm looking for someone to change my life
I'm looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it's done to me
To lose the the love I knew
Could safely lead me through

Between the silence of the mountains
And the crashing of the sea
There lies a land I once lived in
And she's waiting there for me.

But in the grey of the morning
My mind becomes confused
Between the dead and the sleeping
And the road that I must choose

I'm looking for someone to change my life
I'm looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it's done to me
To lose the the love I knew
Could safely lead me to
The land that I once knew
To learn as we grow old
The secrets of our souls

It's not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me
It's more the way you really mean it
When you tell me what will be


Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door?
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war

It's when we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need
In a world of persecution
That is burning in its greed

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door?


The single for Question was released in April, 1970, four months before the album was released. The "B" side, Candle of Life is found on To Our Children's Children's Children

How Is It (We Are Here)
Mike Pinder

How is it we are here
On this path we walk?
In this world of pointless fear
Filled with empty talk

Descending from the apes 
As scientist-priests all think
Will they save us in the end?
We're trembling on the brink

Men's mighty mine-machines
Digging in the ground
Stealing rare minerals 
Where they can be found
Concrete caves with iron doors
Bury it again
While a starving, frightened world 
Fills the sea with grain

Her love is like a fire burning inside
Her love is so much higher it can't be denied
She sends us her glory
It's always been there
Her love's all around us
It's there for you and me to share


Men's mighty mine-machines 
Digging in the ground
Stealing rare minerals 
Where they can be found
Concrete caves with iron doors
Bury it again
While a starving, frightened world 
Fills the sea with grain

How is it we are here?
How is it we are here?
How is it we are here?

And The Tide Rushes In
Ray Thomas

I've been searching for my dream
A hundred times today
I build them up, you knock them down
Like they were made of clay

Then the tide rushes in
And washes my castles away
Then I'm really not so sure
When side of the bed I should lay
I should lay...


You keep looking for someone
To tell your troubles to
I'll sit down and lend an ear
Yet I hear nothing new

Then the tide rushes in
And washes my castles away
Then I'm really not so sure
When side of the bed I should lay
I should lay...

Blackbird sitting in a tree
Observing what's below
Acorns falling to the ground
He'll stay and watch them grow

Don't You Feel Small
Graeme Edge

Ask the mirror on the wall
Who's the biggest fool of all?
Bet you feel small
It happens to us all

See the world
Ask what it's for
Understanding, nothing more
Don't you feel small?
It happens to us all

Time is now to spread your voice
Time's to come there'll be no choice
Why do you feel small?
It happens to us all

Look at progress, then count the cost
We'll spoil the seas
With the rivers we've lost


See the writing on the wall
Hear the mirror's warning call
That's why you feel small
It happens to us all

Ask the mirror on the wall
Who's the biggest fool of all
Bet you feel small
It happens to us all

Tortoise And Hare
John Lodge

You know he's moving fast
But he's still going slow
He's ahead in the race
And there is not far to go
And your load is so heavy
And your legs want to rest
It's all right
It's all right
It's all right

You think he's way up in front
But he's so far behind
He's asleep in the grass
And he's run out of time
While your load was so heavy
You never wanted to stop
It's all right
It's all right
It's all right

Your friend is heavy
But he was ready
And never stopped for a while
While you were sleeping
He went on keeping 
The final line in his mind
It's all right
It's all right
It's all right


It's all right
It's all right
It's all right

Your friend is heavy
But he was ready
And never stopped for a while
While you were sleeping
He went on keeping 
The final line in his mind.
It's all right
It's all right
It's all right

It's all right
It's all right
It's all right

It's all right
It's all right
It's all right...

It's Up To You
Justin Hayward

When the breeze between us calls
Love comes and lingers into our lives
And the leaves begin to fall
You point your finger at me

I love you (yeah)
I love you

In the sadness of your smile 
Love is an island way out to sea
But it seems so long ago 
We have been ready trying to be free

And it's up to you
Why won't you say?
Make our lives turn out this way

If they knew
That we have got nothing to lose
No reason to hide from what's true

In the world of me and you
All is forgotten when we're inside
And the words that pass us by
I am not listening, all of it's lies

And it's up to you
Why won't you say?
Make our lives turn out this way

If they knew
That we have got nothing to lose
No reason to hide from what's true
That we have got nothing to lose...

Minstrel's Song
John Lodge

Words, a simple song
A minstrel sings
A way of life in his eyes

Hear the morning call of waking birds
When they are singing, bringing
Love -- Love -- Love

Everywhere love is all around
Everywhere love is all around

Now the winter's gone
Cold wind has blown
The endless stream in our lives

Where the minstrel sings
This simple song
He's always bringing, singing,
Love -- Love -- Love

Everywhere love is all around
Everywhere love is all around

Listen to the one
Who sings of love
Follow our friend
Our wandering friend

Listen to the one
Who sings of love
Everywhere love is around
Around -- Around -- Around

Hear the nations sing
Our minstrel's song
As he walks by in their lives
Soon the spring will come
And everyone 
Will all be singing, bringing
Love -- Love -- Love

Everywhere love is all around
Everywhere love is all around

Listen to the one
Who sings of love
Follow our friend
Our wandering friend
Listen to the one
Who sings of love
Everywhere love is around, around

Listen to the one
Who sings of love
Follow our friend
Our wandering friend
Listen to the one
Who sings of love
Everywhere love is around
Around -- Around
Around -- Around
Around -- Around....

Dawning Is The Day
Justin Hayward

Rise, let us see you
Dawning is the day
Miss, misty meadow
You will find your way

Wake up in the morning to yourself 
And leave this crazy life behind you
Listen, we're trying to find you

Flow to the sea
You know where to go
But still we are free
No one tells the wind which way to blow

Wake up in the morning to yourself
Open your eyes and start to be you
Listen, we think we can see you

Baby, there's no price upon your head
Sing it, shout it
Now the angry words have all been said
Do it, don't doubt it


So rise, let us see you
Dawning is the day
Miss, misty meadow
You will find your way

Wake up in the morning to yourself
Open your head and look around you
Listen, we think we have found you

Listen, we think we have found you
Listen, we think we have found you
Listen, we think we have found you
Listen, we think we have found you
Listen, we think we have found you
Listen, we think we can see you...

Melancholy Man
Mike Pinder

I'm a melancholy man
That's what I am
All the world surrounds me
And my feet are on the ground

I'm a very lonely man
Doing what I can
All the world astounds me 
And I think I understand
That we're going 
To keep growing
Wait and see

When all the stars are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground
And angry voices carry on the wind
A beam of light will fill your head
And you'll remember what's been said
By all the good men this world's ever known

Another man is what you'll see
Who looks like you and looks like me
And yet somehow, he will not feel the same

His life caught up in misery
He doesn't think like you and me
'Cause he can't see what you and I can see


When all the stars are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground
And angry voices carry on the wind
A beam of light will fill your head
And you'll remember what's been said
By all the good men this world's ever known

Another man is what you'll see
Who looks like you and looks like me
And yet somehow, he will not feel the same

His life caught up in misery
He doesn't think like you and me
'Cause he can't see what you and I can see


This is the French picture sleeve; the picture is the same as on the insert found in the Question of Balance album. The "B" side, Candle of Life is found on To Our Children's Children's Children. Release date is February 1971.

I'm a melancholy man
That's what I am
All the world surrounds me
And my feet are on the ground  

I'm a very lonely man
Doing what I can
All the world astounds me 
And I think I understand

[When all the stars are falling down]
[Into the sea and on the ground]
[And angry voices carry]
[On the wind]

[A beam of light will fill your head]
[And you'll remember what's been said]
[By all the good men this world's ever known]

That we're going
To keep growing
Wait and see....

When all the stars are falling down
Into the sea and on the ground
And angry voices carry on the wind

A beam of light will fill your head
And you'll remember what's been said
By all the good men this world's ever known  


Another man is what you'll see
Who looks like you and looks like me
And yet somehow, he will not feel the same

His life caught up in misery
He doesn't think like you and me
'Cause he can't see what you and I can see


[I'm a melancholy man]
[That's what I am]
[All the world surrounds me]

[I'm a very lonely man]
[Doing what I can]
[All the world astounds me]
[and I think I understand]

[That we'll go to keep growing]
[Just you wait and see]
[Believe me, believe me]

[I'm a melancholy man]
[Just doing the best I can]

The Balance
Graeme Edge and Ray Thomas

After he had journeyed
And his feet were sore
And he was tired
He came upon an orange grove
And he rested

And he lay in the cool
And while he rested 
He took to himself an orange 
And tasted it
And it was good

And he felt the earth to his spine
And he asked
And he saw the tree above him
And the stars
And the veins in the leaf
And the light
And the balance

And he saw magnificent perfection
Whereon, he thought of himself in balance
And he knew he was

Just open your eyes
And realise 
The way it's always been
Just open your mind
And you will find
The way it's always been
Just open your heart
And that's a start

And he thought of those he angered For he was not a violent man And he thought of those he hurt For he was not a cruel man And he thought of those he frightened For he was not an evil man And he understood... He understood himself Upon this he saw That when he was of anger Or knew hurt Or felt fear It was because he was not understanding And he learned   ~~Compassion~~ And with his eye of compassion He saw his enemies like unto himself And he learned   ~~Love~~ Then, he was answered
Just open your eyes And realise The way it's always been Just open your mind And you will find The way it's always been Just open your heart And that's a start Just open your eyes And realise The way it's always been Just open your mind And you will find The way it's always been Just open your heart And that's a start



BONUS TRACKS RELEASED ON 2006 SACD


Click for SACD BONUS TRACKS 11 - 16


Album Information:
Released: August 7, 1970 by Decca Records
Producer: Tony Clarke
Engineers: Derek Varnals/Adrian Martins/Robin Thompson
Cover painting: Phil Travers
All Photos: David Rohl
Photo Montage: Mike Goss/David Rohl

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

Singles:
Apr 24, 1970 Question/Candle of Life
Aug 1970 (French) Melancholy Man/Candle of Life
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