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The Moody Blues

PRELUDE

Album Information

Prelude
 LIST OF SONGS

  1. FLY ME HIGH
  2. I REALLY HAVEN'T GOT THE TIME
  3. LEAVE THIS MAN ALONE
  4. LOVE AND BEAUTY
  5. CITIES
  6. A SIMPLE GAME
  7. GIMME LITTLE SOMETHIN'
  8. PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT
  9. LONG SUMMER DAYS
10. KING AND QUEEN
11. WHAT AM I DOING HERE
12. LATE LAMENT

Fly Me High
Justin Hayward

I'm up to the eyes and I love everyone 
Today I could cry I could reach for the sun 
I'm walking on air and I'm here and I'm there 
I travel the sky but for what I don't care 

Fly me straight and fly me high 
Fly me straight and fly me high 

I'm up and I'm down and I'm gone, I'm around 
I'm driving along with no wheels on the ground 
Hang on to me tight 'cause it doesn't last long 
A few hours more and it'll be gone 

Fly me straight and fly me high 
Fly me straight and fly me high 
I leave you behind on the streets in the gloom 
I'm up here alone and there's plenty of room 
You won't see me, I'll see you, I'm too fast 
Whoops! Here I come, Now I'm gone, now I'm past

Fly me straight and fly me high 
Fly me straight and fly me high 

I'm up to the eyes and I love everyone 
Today I could cry I could reach for the sun 
I'm walking on air and I'm here and I'm there 
I travel the sky but for what I don't care 

Fly me straight and fly me high 
Fly me straight and fly me high


French picture sleeve. This was the first song to feature the "new" Moodies, Justin Hayward and John Lodge

I Really Haven't Got The Time
Mike Pinder

You want me to ride 
In your car outside 
Spend some time with you 
Just an hour or two 

But I really, I really haven't 
I really haven't got the time 
I really, I really haven't 
I really haven't got the time 
I really haven't got the time 

I'm a busy man 
Workin' when I can 
I got no time to lend 
I got no time, time to spend 

Oh no, I really, I really haven't 
I really haven't got the time 
Oh no, I really, I really haven't 
I really haven't got the time 
I really haven't got the time 
Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!

I really; I really haven't 
I really haven't got the time 
Oh no, I really; I really haven't 
I really haven't got the time 
I really haven't got the time 

Workin' nine 'til five 
Got to stay alive 
I've got to stay alive
Find somebody who 
Go find somebody who
Got some time for you 
Who's got the time for you 

But I really 
No, no, no, no, I really haven't 
I really haven't got the time 
Oh no, I really
No, no, no, no, I really haven't 
I really haven't got the time 
I really haven't got the time 
Really haven't got the time 
Really haven't got the time

Leave This Man Alone
Justin Hayward

Ah, leave this man alone
Ah, leave this man alone 

Young girls with long faces 
Come to me at night and stay the night 
Why am I so lonely? 
Tell me is it right?  Is it right?
Leave them, leave them, leave them 
Leave those things alone 
Leave them, leave them, leave them
Leave those things alone 

Someone said I loved you
But I can't think where
I can't think where
You know so much about me 
So don't stand and stare
Stand and stare 
Leave me, leave me, leave me 
Leave my mind alone 
Leave me, leave me, leave me
Leave this man alone 

Ah, ah, leave this man alone 
Ah, ah, leave this 
Ah, ah, leave this man alone 
Ah, ah, leave this 

Someone said I loved you 
But I can't think where 
I can't think where
You know so much about me 
So don't stand and stare
Stand and stare 
Leave me, leave me, leave me
Leave my mind alone 
Leave me, leave me, leave me
Leave this man alone 

Ah, ah, leave this man alone 
Ah, ah, leave this man alone 
Ahhhh

Love and Beauty
Mike Pinder

I look around at other people 
I brush their shoulders at the corner of the street 
But all they notice is their feet 
It wasn't meant this way
Their minds have gone astray 

If they could lift their eyes they'd see 
There's people smiling just like me and I'll agree 
It's not their fault because it's raining 
It's all work and no play, it's just another day 

[Love] Love and beauty [Love]
[Love] Love and beauty [Love]
Should be everybody's duty 
To welcome every man as a friend 

I wish that I could change the world 
For every boy there'd be a girl for him to know 
And maybe people would look up 
Then they might realise they're not the only ones alive 

[Love] Love and beauty [Love]
[Love] Love and beauty [Love]
[Love] Love and beauty [Love]
Should be everybody's duty 
To welcome every man as a friend 

[Love] Love and beauty [Love]
[Love] Love and beauty [Love]

Cities
Justin Hayward

Neon, the city's sun 
Taxis like beetles run, and I see 
Pavements with yellow lines 
Grey walls and big bold signs with darkness 
Up above, all around 
In the sky, on the ground 
This is what, I have found 
Cities, cities 

Here the flowers don't grow 
Here the river's just a sewer 
People who move below 
Buildings with smells and noise and darkness 
Up above, all around 
In the sky, on the ground
This is what, I have found 
Cities, cities 

Not for me 
No, no I don't believe you 
It's not the place to be 
No, no I won't believe you 

Here the flowers don't grow 
Here the river's just a sewer
People who move below 
Buildings with smells and noise and darkness 
Up above, all around 
In the sky, on the ground 
This is what I have found 
Cities, cities, cities 


German picture sleeve. This song was the "B" side of Nights in White Satin in 1967, but did not make it to an album until 20 years later.

A Simple Game
Mike Pinder

As time goes by you will see 
That we're going to be free 
You and me, we'll touch the sky 
Can you see in your mind's eye?
That we are one 
We're all the same 
And life is just a simple game 

There, by your side, I will be 
When this crazy world is free 
Free from doubt 
When it finds out 
Exactly what we're meant to be 
That we are one 
We're all the same 
And life is just a simple game 

Thoughts of another day 
Flashing through my head 
Thinking how life could be 
All of the things that our great men have said 
Be what we want to be 
What we deserve to be 
What we are meant to be 

As time goes by, you will see 
That we're going to be free 
You and me, we'll touch the sky 
Can you see in your mind's eye?
That we are one 
We're all the same 
And life is just a simple game 

We're gonna be free 
Oohhh, gonna be free 
Gonna be free 
Free, gonna be free, gonna be free, Oohhh 

Gimme Little Somethin'
John Lodge

My life is not as easy as you say 
My life is not anything but as the day 
My life is surrounded by the things of the day that have gone 
My world is built on everything that I want can be won 

Gimme' a little somethin' to help me on my way 
Gimme' a little somethin' to help me on my way 

My heart is not as cold as you can say 
My heart is not anything but as the day 
My heart is warmed by the way that you love and are gone 
My life is founded on the thoughts that we two are just one 

Gimme' a little somethin' to help me on my way 
Gimme' a little somethin' to help me on my way 


Gimme' a little somethin' to help me on my way 
Gimme' a little somethin' to help me on my way 
Gimme' a little somethin' to help me on my way 

Please Think About It
Mike Pinder

There in your eyes, I see 
That you want to be free
There by your side, I'll be 
If you still want me 

Please think about it 
I need your love, I'm no good without it [Think about it...]
Please think about it 
Give me your love, I can't live without it 

Oh no, never leave my side 
Baby please decide 
I'm in love with you 
I hope you want me too 
Don't go, say there's nothing wrong 
Stay where you belong 
I'll be good to you 
That's all I wanna do 

Please think about it
I need your love, I'm no good without it
Please think about it
Give me your love, I can't live without it 

Oh no, never leave my side 
Baby please decide 
I'm in love with you 
I hope you want me, too 
Don't go, Say there's nothing wrong 
Stay where you belong 
I'll be good to you 
That's all I wanna do 
So, if you have to go 
I won't stand in your way 
But, if you decide to stay 
I will be your guide 

Please think about it
I need your love, I'm no good without it
Please think about it
Give me your love, I can't live without it 
Oh no, don't go 

Long Summer Days
Justin Hayward

Long summer days, I keep thinking 
What to do with my time 
So many ways, I keep sinking 
What's to do with my time?

Take me back, I don't mind 
Take me back, I've got time 
Take me back, and let me start again 

Time hurries by, I keep thinking 
What's to do in our time 
Don't let it by, just keep thinking 
What's to do in our time?

Take me back, I don't mind 
Take me back, I've got time 
Take me back, and let me start again 

Utopia's within our sight 
Don't kick it or we lose it 
Though you think the world's too fast 
It's that way 'cause we choose it 
Automation is the cry 
Our minds have been forgotten 
To understand me, you must try 
My thoughts are turning rotten 

Oh, please, please 
Don't mess it up now for me 
Please, please 
Don't sit there and condemn me 
Please, please, please 

Long summer days, I keep thinking 
What's to do with my time 
So many ways, I keep sinking 
What's to do with my time?

Take me back, I don't mind 
Take me back, I've got time 
Take me back, and let me start again 
Ah, ah, ah, ah long summer days 

King And Queen
Justin Hayward

It's like awaking from a dream 
All I remember is a lullaby 
I couldn't tell you where I've been 
A thousand images just flutter by 

Takin' my time in a white limousine 
If I was the King, she'd be my Queen 

And my thoughts are growing louder 
And my mind has lost its way 
And the flames are getting higher everyday 

My mind is back behind my eyes 
And there before me sits a butterfly 
And as I watch, she gently cries 
Can there be anyone who'll pity her? 
How many faces have all of you been? 
If I was the King, she'd be my Queen 

And my thoughts are getting louder 
And my mind has lost its way 
And the flames are getting higher everyday 

My mind is back behind my eyes 
And there before me sits a butterfly 
And as I watch, she gently cries 
Can there be anyone who'll pity her? 
How many faces have all of you been? 
If I was the King, she'd be my Queen 

And my thoughts are getting louder 
And my mind has lost its way 
And the flames are getting higher ev'ry day 
And the flames are getting higher ev'ry day 
And the flames are getting higher ev'ry day 

What Am I Doing Here
Justin Hayward

Pale the young squire who goes to fight 
To die at his master's side 
Living is just a dream inside 
You ask me why he cried:
What am I doin' here?
What am I doin' here?

Beautiful princess, fair and pale 
Stares out across the sea 
Alone in her castle dark and grey 
Her love she'll never see 
What am I doin' here?
What am I doin' here?

Tenderly bury the fair young dead 
Place a wooden cross at his head 
All the words you can say have been said 
It's for you my tears are shed 

What can be done, you won't believe 
Listen and you may see 
Everyone's dream is deep within 
Find it and you'll be free 
What am I doin' here?
What am I doin' here?

Tenderly bury the fair young dead 
Place a wooden cross at his head 
All the words you can say have been said 
It's for you my tears are shed 

Tenderly bury the fair young dead 
Place a wooden cross at his head 
All the words you can say have been said 
It's for you my tears are shed 

Late Lament
Graeme Edge and Peter Knight

Breathe 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 grey and yellow, white
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion

Album Information:
CD Released October 26, 1987 by Decca Record Company
Producer: Tony Clarke
Accompaniment for "Late Lament": The London Festival Orchestra
Arranged and conducted by Peter Knight
Compilation, research and co-ordination: John Tracy for Decca International
Cover design: Shoot That Tiger!

Singles:
May  5, 1967 Fly Me High/Really Haven't Got the Time
Sep 22, 1967 Love And Beauty/Leave this Man Alone
Nov 10, 1967 Nights in White Satin/Cities
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