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The Moody Blues

THE PRESENT

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The Present Album
 LIST OF SONGS

  1. BLUE WORLD
  2. MEET ME HALFWAY
  3. SITTING AT THE WHEEL
  4. GOING NOWHERE
  5. HOLE IN THE WORLD
  6. UNDER MY FEET
  7. IT'S COLD OUTSIDE OF YOUR HEART
  8. RUNNING WATER
  9. I AM
10. SORRY
BONUS TRACKS RELEASED ON 2008 REMASTER
BONUS TRACKS 11 - 12


Blue World
Justin Hayward

Heart and soul took control
Took control of me
Paid my dues, spread the news
Hands across the sea
Put me down, turned me round
Turned me round to see
Marble halls, open doors
Someone found the key

And it's only what you do
That keeps coming back on you
And it's only what you say
That can give yourself away

Underground, sight and sound
Human symphony
Heard the voice, had no choice
Needed to be free
Fly me high, touch the sky
Left the earth below
Heard the line, saw the sign
Knew which way to go

'Cause it's easier to try
Than to prove it can't be done
And it's easier to stay
Than to turn around and run

It's a blue world
It takes somebody to help somebody
Oh, it's a blue world
It's a new world
It needs somebody to love somebody
Oh, it's a blue world

Heart and soul took control
Took control of me
Paid my dues, spread the news
Hands across the sea
Put me down, turned me round
Turned me round to see
Marble halls, open doors
Someone found the key

'Cause it's easier to try
Than to prove it can't be done
And it's easier to stay
Than to turn around and run

It's a blue world
It takes somebody to help somebody
Oh, it's a blue world
It's a new world
It needs somebody to love somebody
Oh, it's a blue world
It's a blue world
It takes somebody to help somebody
Oh, it's a blue world
It's a new world
It needs somebody to love somebody
Oh, it's a blue world


It's a blue world
It needs somebody to love somebody
Oh, it's a blue world


This is a very smooth and thoughtful song, largely ignored by the mainstream top 40.

Meet Me Halfway
Justin Hayward and John Lodge


Never dreamt I would hope
While I count the miles
Through the wind and the rain
I can see your smile
There ain't no turning back
I can see it in the distance
Got it in my sight

Like a vision, like a face
Coming out of the sky
You were there, not a dream
You were there in my eyes
There ain't no turning back
I can see it in the distance
Touch it through the night
Driving into the light
When I'm on my own
When I'm all alone

Won't you meet me halfway?
Won't you meet me halfway?
Is it a dream?
Is it a dream coming true?
Meet me halfway

Like a vision like a face
Coming out of the sky
You were there, not a dream
You were there in my eyes
There are no words to say
I can see you in the distance
Hear you through the night
Ain't no easy way
When you're on your own
When you're all alone

Won't you meet me halfway?
Won't you meet me halfway?
Is it a dream?
Is it a dream coming true?
Meet me halfway

Won't you meet me halfway?

Won't you meet me halfway?
Won't you meet me halfway?
Won't you meet me halfway?

Sitting At The Wheel
John Lodge


I can hear the music playing
I can hear the word that you're saying
I can see the lovelight in your eyes
What's the use in looking for an answer?
I might find out
It could be a disaster
Hold on to your own time
Don't let go
Don't let go

I'm sitting at the wheel
Watching the river roll, roll on by, baby
Sitting at the wheel
Don't let the river run dry

I can see your face on a piece of tomorrow
I'll hang my dream on a road I can follow
I gotta touch the warmth of your love 
[Keep the warmth of your love]
Not gonna chance a change of direction
Gonna keep on rolling till I find the connection
Hold on to your lifeline
Don't let go
Don't let go

I'm sitting at the wheel
Watching the river roll, roll on by, baby
Sitting at the wheel
Don't let the river run dry
I'm sitting at...
I'm sitting at the wheel

Like a voyeur standing at the edge of time
Looking for a reason
It's got no rhyme
Love took a corner
Shot off for a mile
I'm sitting at the wheel
Rock on, Rocker!


I can feel the music playing 
I can hear the word that you're saying 
I can see the lovelife in your eyes 
Ain't no use in looking for an answer
I might find out
That it could be a disaster
Hold on to your own time
Don't let go
Don't let go

I'm sitting at the wheel
Watching the river roll
Roll on by, baby
Sitting at the wheel
Don't let the river run dry
I sitting at...
I'm sitting at the wheel


I'm sitting at the wheel
Watching the river roll 
Roll on by, baby
Sitting at the wheel
Don't let the river run dry

I'm sitting at the wheel
Watching the river roll
Rock and roll on by
Sitting at the wheel 
I'm just sitting
I'm sitting at the wheel
I'm sitting at the wheel

I'm sitting at the wheel
Watching the river roll by
Rock and Roll on by
Sitting at the wheel
I'm just sitting
Sitting at the wheel

If you're sitting at the wheel
Watch this rocker roll by


Although one of the best Rock'n'Roll songs by John Lodge, this song was not given wide airplay when it was released. A dance version (Steven Greenberg remix) single is found on the Universal Masters Collection and is one of the newly released BONUS TRACKS

Going Nowhere
Graeme Edge


Once more I've loved, I've laughed and I've lost
Now I'm alone left counting the cost
Once more sweet child of middling years
Basted again in bitter-sweet tears
I will survive solitude
But come alive
I'll love anew

Somebody tell me you love me
Somebody tell me you care
I've got a heart full of giving
Going nowhere
Going nowhere

Daylight will come and steal the night sights
Starlight on black replaced with gray lights
Now I must go out and set my best pace
Running all day in the human race
But now I know the good news
Before you win, you have to lose

Somebody tell me you love me
Somebody tell me you care
I've got a heart full of giving
Going nowhere
Going nowhere

How much longer must I travel on?
Looking for someone to help me sing my song
How much longer will it be?
I need to find someone
For the love
From me
[I need someone to help me, help me!]

Somebody tell me you love me
Somebody tell me you care
I've got a heart full of giving
Going nowhere, going nowhere

Hole In The World
John Lodge


~~ Instrumental ~~



Under My Feet
John Lodge


It's a hard life
Never let yourself get down
You may never get back
You may never ever turn it round
You may say it took you by surprise
Never ending
Never changing
I didn't see through your disguise
It took my breath away

Under my feet
The earth shook
Under my feet
The earth just fell away
Under my feet
Gave way

Did you never, ever want to take a chance?
Never thought the time would come round
Quite so fast
Would you walk right through that wall
And keep on walking till you couldn't stand 
On your feet no more
But you came and took me by surprise
When you stole up on me
I didn't see through your disguise
It took my breath away

Under my feet
The earth shook
Under my feet
The earth just fell away
Under my feet gave way

Where were you
When I needed you? [When I needed you?]
Where were you
When I needed you? [when I wanted you?]
Where were you?
Where were you?
I'm holding on

Under my feet
The earth shook
Under my feet
The earth just fell away
Under my feet gave way

Under my feet
Under my feet
The earth shook
Right under my feet
The earth gave way

It's Cold Outside Of Your Heart
Justin Hayward


The harder I try
Seems the further I fall
The deeper my love seems to be
And I know that I
Never doubted at all
That someone was waiting for me

Then out of the blue
It was over
And how did you think I would survive?
'Cause it's cold outside
Yes it's cold outside of your heart
'Cause it's cold outside
Yes it's cold outside of your heart

I never thought it could happen to me
Like the one that gets you
That you just don't see
And now I don't want to be free
I thought it was always to be
That someone was waiting for me

The longer the shadows
Become in my life
The colder the breeze seems to be
The days roll on by
Still I can't quite believe
That someone's not waiting for me

The flame of desire
Is still burning
The warmth of your body close to mine

Yes, it's cold outside
Yes, it's cold outside of your heart
Yes, it's cold outside
Yes, it's cold outside of your heart

It's a big world to face all alone
And I'm begging you now just to come on home
'Cause I, I don't want to be free
I thought it was always to be
That someone was waiting for me

You know that it's you I need
You see I refuse to believe
That someone's not waiting for me

Running Water
Justin Hayward


Time hurries on
Look and it's gone
The changing of the autumn tide
The hopes that live
The dreams that died
If I could have you by my side
I'd give it all away

You, you and I
We must hold on
We must try
To reach beyond that far off cloud
Along the road we're travelling now
If I could only show you how
I need you there with me

Oh, running water
Don't care what people say
We live to love another day
Oh, running water
Don't throw your love away
We live to love another day


Time hurries on
Turn around and it is gone
If only we could hold that dream
If only life was what it seemed
I know my darling what you mean
I've seen it slip away

Oh, running water
Don't care what people say
We live to love another day
Oh, running water
Don't throw your love away
We live to love another day

I Am
Ray Thomas


Salt water never grew roses
Seems roses can't grow in the sea
A river can fashion a valley
From a thousand sweet drinking streams


I AM 
I AM 
I am the son 
Yes, I am 
I am the son 
Yes, I am the son of love! 
I AM!

[Built in the image of the Father]
[From the outside looking in]

[But inside is a different place]

[Due to my earthbound skin, I am!]


Born in the times when eyes could see
What's written in the stars
Freedom was ever
And ever was never far
 
I AM!! [I am!]

Sorry
Ray Thomas


Just look at me now
Because I'm tired of yelling
Look at me now
It's only me I'm selling
I'm not willing to trade
My life to make a sale
You turn me around
You're puttin' me down
Look at me now

I'm hanging out my heart to dry
For the last time
I'll tell you the reason why
It's for the last time

Laid back uptown turnaround people lie
Laid back uptown turnaround people wear disguises
"Sorry" a word they only use too late
"Sorry" is a word that only ever means forgive my yesterdays
Sorry...

Laid-back uptown turnaround people lie
Laid-back uptown turnaround people wear disguises
And "sorry", that's a word they can only use too late
"Sorry" is a word that only ever means forgive my yesterdays
Sorry...

Here I am, loving you
You're laying there so quietly
I can feel your breath upon my skin
Afterglow came suddenly
With you it always did

I'm hanging out my heart to dry [Look at me now]
For the last time
I'll tell you the reason why [Look at me now]
It's for the last time
Laid-back uptown turnaround people lie [Look at me now]
Laid-back uptown turnaround people wear disguises [Look at me now]

They say "Sorry"
That's a word they only use too late
"Sorry" is a word that only ever means "forgive my yesterdays"
Sorry

Uptown people lie
Laid-back uptown turnaround people wear disguises
They say "Sorry"
That's a word they only use too late
"Sorry" is a word that only ever means forgive...
Sorry



BONUS TRACKS RELEASED ON 2008 REMASTER


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Album Information:
Released: August 28 (UK), Sept 2 (US), 1985 by Decca Records
Producer: Pip Williams for Handle Artists
Recorded and mixed by Greg Jackman
Recorded at Strawberry Studios South
Mixed at RAK Studios

Sleeve Design and Illustrations: The Studio
(With all respect for Maxfield Parrish)
Sleeve Co-ordination: David Wedgbury

Original CD released between April - November 1986
Booklet Design and Illustrations: The Studio
(With all respect for Maxfield Parrish)
Booklet Co-ordination: David Wedgbury
Compact Disc Design: Cliff O'Sullivan

Singles:
Jul 1983 - Sitting at the Wheel / Going Nowhere (US)
Aug 12, 1983 - Blue World / Going Nowhere (UK)
Aug 19, 1983 - Sitting At The Wheel / Sorry (UK)
Oct 1983 - Blue World / Sorry (US)
Mar 1984 Running Water / Under My Feet (US)
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