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The Moody Blues

LONG DISTANCE VOYAGER

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Long Distance Voyager Album
 LIST OF SONGS

  1. THE VOICE
  2. TALKING OUT OF TURN
  3. GEMINI DREAM
  4. IN MY WORLD
  5. MEANWHILE
  6. 22,000 DAYS
  7. NERVOUS
  8. PAINTED SMILE
  9. REFLECTIVE SMILE
10. VETERAN COSMIC ROCKER

BONUS TRACKS RELEASED ON 2008 REMASTER
BONUS TRACK 11


The Voice
Justin Hayward

Won't you take me back to school?
I need to learn the golden rule
Won't you lay it on the line?
I need to hear it just one more time
Oh, won't you tell me again
Oh, can you feel it?
Oh, won't you tell me again tonight

Each and every heart it seems
Is bounded by a world of dreams
Each and every rising sun
Is greeted by a lonely one
Oh, won't you tell me again
Oh, xan you feel it?
Oh, won't you tell me again tonight
Tonight

'Cause out on the ocean of life my love
There's so many storms we must rise above
Can you hear the spirit calling?
As it's carried across the waves
You're already falling
It's calling you back to face the music
And the song that is coming through
You're already falling
The one that it's calling is you

Make a promise, take a vow
And trust your feelings, it's easy now
Understand the voice within
And feel the change already beginning
Oh, won't you tell me again
Oh, can you feel it?
Oh, won't you tell me again tonight


Oh, won't you tell me again
Oh, can you feel it?
Oh, won't you tell me again tonight
Tonight

And how many words have I got to say?
And how many times will it be this way?
With your arms around the future
And your back up against the past
You're already falling
It's calling you on to face the music
And the song that is coming through
You're already falling
The one that it's calling is you

Each and every heart it seems
Is bounded by a world of dreams
Each and every rising sun
Is greeted by a lonely, lonely one
Won't you tell me again
Oh, can you feel it?
Oh, won't you tell me again tonight

Oh, won't you tell me again
Oh, can you feel it?
Oh, won't you tell me again tonight
Tonight

Oh, can you feel it?
Tonight

Oh, won't you tell me again tonight
Tonight


A song with universal appeal, "The Voice" signaled a move from Rock'N'Roll toward Pop Rock.

Talking Out Of Turn
John Lodge

When I took a little loving from you
Oh, I never thought about the hurting inside
But I took a little more than I should
Oh why, can't explain that I ever would ever
Let you slip through my fingers
Let you escape like yesterday
I would appreciate you knowing
I thought your love had come to stay

Talking out of turn
Shot to pieces
When will I learn?
Talking out of turn
Shot to pieces
When will I learn?

But I took a little more of you each day
When I didn't see that I was breaking you apart
With angry words of love I didn't mean
Oh why, can't believe that I would ever
Talk myself out of tomorrow
Talked like a fool to yesterday
And as the evening loses colour
Your love began to fade away [Fade Away...]

Talking out of turn
Shot to pieces
When will I learn?
Talking out of turn
Shot to pieces
When will I learn?

Talking out of turn
Talking out of turn

If I upset you
I didn't mean to hurt you
I didn't mean to make you cry
I don't need an alibi
To start me talking out of turn


When I took a little loving from you
Oh, I can't believe that I would ever
Let you slip through my fingers
Let you escape like yesterday
I would appreciate you knowing
I thought your love had come to stay

Talking out of turn
Shot to pieces
When will I learn?

Talking out of turn
Shot to pieces
When will I learn?


Talking out of turn
Shot to pieces
When will I learn?

Talk, talk, talk, talking out of turn
Talk, talk, talk, talking out of turn



This ballad by bassist John Lodge is backed with "Veteran Cosmic Rocker".

Gemini Dream
Justin Hayward and John Lodge

Long time, no see
Short time for you and me
So fine, so good
We're on the road
Like you knew we would

First night, so long
State of mind
What can go wrong?
We're here, the time is right
To rock 'n' roll
Right through the n-n-night

Make it work out
Make it work
Make it work out
Make it work out
For each other tonight

Stage fright, candle light
You can let go
Tonight's the night
Came back for you
Glad to see
That you came, too

There's a place, a Gemini dream
There's no escaping from the love we have seen
So come with me, turn night to day
You're gonna wake up
You know you're gonna wake up in a Gemini dream

Turned round to see
Where we've been
And what we believe
In life, love
Take a chance
See it through
You'll be glad
That you came, too

There's a place a Gemini dream
There's no escaping from the love we have seen
So come with me, turn night to day
You're gonna wake up
You know you're gonna wake up in a Gemini dream

Long time, no see
The lights go up
For you and me
We're here
The time is right
To rock 'n' roll
Right through the n-n-night

Living it
Believing it
Wanting it
Make it work out
Make it work
Make it work out
Make it work out
For each other tonight

Long time no see
Short time for you and me
So fine, so far, so good
We're on the road
Like you knew we would


The fast beat and catchy tune helped make "Gemini Dream" a huge hit in 1981.

In My World
Justin Hayward

In my world
It's heaven on earth when you're close to me
I could see
That moment of truth when you spoke to me
In my world
It's never too late, we can both be free
In my world
It's heaven on earth when you're near

If you knew
The changes I feel that you put me through
And you do
I see in your eyes that you really do
And it's true
It happened so fast that it must be true
In my world
It's heaven on earth when you're near

And I'm only just beginning
To believe what you have done
How you turned it upside down
This world of mine
And it seems while I was looking
It was right in front of me
All the time

In my world
It's heaven on earth when you're close to me
I could see
That moment of truth when you spoke to me
In my world
It's never too late we can both be free
In my world
It's heaven on earth when you're near

'Cause I'm only just beginning
To believe what you have done
How you turned it upside down
This world of mine
And it seems while I was looking
It was right in front of me
All the time

If you knew
The changes I feel that you put me through
And you do
I see in your eyes that you really do
And it's true
It happened so fast that it must be true
In my world
It's heaven on earth when you're near

Meanwhile
Justin Hayward

Just in a simple conversation
You can hear the feeling change
Like a river running down
Down to the sea

And if you need an explanation
I defy you to explain
But something's not the same
And it's bothering me

I think I see where I went wrong
I think I see what's going on

Meanwhile and far away
As the night draws in
He's holding her right now
I can feel it all begin

Meanwhile and far away
When the day is done
I ride away, my friend
Into the setting sun
And the river's running down
Down to the sea

I let love slip right through my fingers
And I watched it drift away
But still I had to say
What was written for me

I thought I'd end up as the hero
Thought the glory would be mine
Very soon I was to find
It wasn't to be

'Cause in this part I've got to play
It doesn't quite turn out that way

Meanwhile and far away
As the night draws in
He's holding her right now
I can feel it, I can feel it all begin

Meanwhile and far away
When the day is done
I ride away, my friend
Into the setting sun

And the river's running down
Down to the sea

22,000 Days
Graeme Edge

Even though I know it's only me 
And my dreams
That drive me so 
Let me go, please
Let me go onto tomorrow
One day at a time
Now I know the only foe is time

22,000 days 
22,000 days 
It's not a lot
It's all you've got 
22,000 days

22,000 nights 
22,000 nights
It's all you know
So start the show and this time
This time, feel the flow 
And get it right!

Now the time when I first saw you 
Is over and gone
Then I knew my life with you would go on
Knowing you so much longer
I've a changing mind 
Change for you
You have changed to mine

22,000 days 
22,000 days 
It's not a lot
It's all you've got 
22,000 days

22,000 nights 
22,000 nights
It's all you know
So start the show and this time
This time, feel the flow 
And get it right!

Everybody knows
It always shows
Wasting time's an aggravation
No time for confrontation
You want to take a lot
By love, by law or stealth
Time's the only real wealth 
You have got


Even though I know it's only me 
And my dreams
That drive me so 
Let me go, please
Let me go into tomorrow
One day at a time
Now I know the only foe is time

22,000 days 
I've got 22,000 days 
It's not a lot
It's all you've got 
22,000 days

We've got 22,000 nights 
22,000 nights
It's all you know
So start the show 
22,000 days

22,000 days 
22,000 days 
It's not a lot,
It's all you got 
22,000 days

22,000 nights
22,000 nights, 
It's all you know
So start the show 
22,000 ways


Timely tune by Graeme Edge; the B side of The Voice. Picture sleeve is from Holland.

Nervous
John Lodge

Why I am so nervous?
Please explain to me
Why I can't sleep
I close my eyes to shelter
In the dark I try to hide
If you leave me on my own
I'm worried I could lose my way

In my mind's confusion
I see you everywhere
But we don't speak
I try so hard to touch you
But you're always out of reach
If you walked right by
Would I see in it your eye?
Would you turn away?

Seems to me
I've been a long time
On this road
Has there been a sign
Another way
And I've passed it by?

I don't know what it is that drives me on
Gotta keep movin'
Gotta keep movin' on

Bring it on home
Let's bring it on home, your love
Bring it on home
Let's bring it on home, your love
Bring it on home
Let's bring it on home, your love
Down parallel lines
Don't question faith
Don't answer lies

Tell me why I'm nervous
Please explain to me
Why I can't sleep
Please explain to me
Why you're always out of reach
If the water ran dry
Would I see it in your eye?
Would you walk away?

It seems to me I've been a long time on this road
And I wonder why
Has there been a sign that points another way
And I've passed it by?
I don't know what it is that drives me on
Gotta keep movin'
Gotta keep movin' on



Bring it on home 
Let's bring it on home, your love
Bring it on home 
Let's bring it on home, your love
Bring it on home 
Let's bring it on home, your love
Down parallel lines
Don't question faith
Don't answer lies

You know you gotta keep movin'
Bring it on home 
Let's bring it on home, your love
Bring it on home 
Let's bring it on home, your love

[Straight lines before my eyes...]

[Straight lines before my eyes...]

[Straight lines before my eyes...]






[Straight lines before my eyes...]

[Straight lines before my eyes...]


Painted Smile
Ray Thomas

I can sing
I can dance
Just give me a chance
To do my turn for you
There's a chance I'll slip
But with stiff upper lip
I'll sing a song for you
Laughter is free
But it's so hard to be a jester
All the time
And no one's believing
I'm the same when I'm bleeding
And I hurt all the time deep inside

I've shed a tear for the lying
While everyday trying 
To paint this smile for you
Backflips, cartwheelings
Somersault feelings
What is there left to do?
Laughter is free
But it's so hard for me
A jester all the time
No one's believing
I'm the same when I'm bleeding
And I hurt all the time deep inside

Roll up, roll up
Enjoy the show
Pick me up, wind me up, put me down
You'll see me go
And this painted smile
May miss for a while
Then come back and steal your show

I sing, I dance
Give me a chance to do my turn for you
With backflips, cartwheelings,
Somersault feelings
What's there left to do?
Laughter is free
But it's so hard to be a jester
All the time
No one's believing
I'm the same when I'm bleeding
And I hurt all the time deep inside

Laughter is free
But it's so hard to be a jester
All the time
No one's believing
I'm the same when I'm bleeding
And I hurt all the time deep inside



Reflective Smile
Ray Thomas
Your painted smile hides you, still
While you search yourself within
Yesterday and tomorrow's found
Fused as one upon solid ground
As all around the milling crowd
Confuse themselves with raging sounds
And their love's forgetfulness...abounds

So be thankful for your greasepaint, clown
If Loneliness wears the crown
Of the Veteran Cosmic Rocker

Veteran Cosmic Rocker
Ray Thomas
[I'll have a Scotch and Coke please, Mother *]
The lights go down
The stage is set
The man in the wings breaks out in sweat
A backstage joker spiked his coke
While the dressing room was full of smoke
A crowd of fools got him high
He's afraid he's gonna die
He's the apple of their eye...

He steps into the remaining light
The crowd go wild
He's outta sight
Arms held high in the sign of peace
His manager signed a one night lease
The house is full, getting high
He's afraid he's gonna die
He's the apple of their eye
He struts, he strolls
His love is rock 'n' roll
He's the Veteran Cosmic Rocker



He steps into the remaining light
The crowd go wild, he's out of sight
Arms held high in the sign of peace
His manager's signed a one night lease
The crowd are full getting high
He's afraid he's gonna die
He's the apple of their eye
He struts, he strolls
His life is rock 'n' roll
He's the Veteran Cosmic Rocker

He's afraid that he will die...


[* Ray spoke this line to his roadie, whom he called "Mother"]



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Album Information:
Released: May 15, 1981 by Decca Records
Producer: Pip Williams for Handle Artists
Recorded and mixed by Greg Jackman with Norman Goodman
String arrangements by Pip Williams, performed by the New World Philharmonic
Recorded at Threshold Studios
Mixed at RAK Studios
Mastered by Melvyn Abrahams at Strawberry Mastering

Cover painting courtesy of the Arts Union Glasgow
Sleeve concept: The Moody Blues
Sleeve Design and Artwork: Cream

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

Singles:
May 1981 Gemini Dream/Painted Smile
Aug 1981 The Voice/22,000 Days
Nov 1981 Talking Out Of Turn/Veteran Cosmic Rocker
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