"Nights In White Satin" as written by and Justin Hayward....
Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I've written
Never meaning to send

Beauty I'd always missed 
With these eyes before
Just what the truth is
I can't say any more

'Cause I love you 
Yes I love you
Oh how I love you

Gazing at people, some hand in hand
Just what I'm going through they can't understand
Some try to tell me, thoughts they cannot defend
Just what you want to be, you will be in the end

And I love you
Yes I love you
Oh how I love you
Oh how I love you

Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I've written
Never meaning to send

Beauty I've always missed 
With these eyes before
Just what the truth is
I can't say any more

'Cause I love you 
Yes I love you
Oh how I love you
Oh how I love you
'Cause I love you 
Yes I love you
Oh how I love you
Oh how I love you


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"Nights in White Satin" as written by Justin Hayward

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  • +70
    General CommentI seemed to have ruined this comment section with my newfound power to give anyone as many likes or dislikes as I want.
    GeoJoe1000on July 18, 2014   Link
  • +9
    General Comment this song shows how our world is full of meaningless illusions, and how people are looking for something more meaningful in life. he says in the beginning of the song, that he doesn't know what is going on with this one that he loves so much, and he doesn't know if he should go ahead and be with her, it might be too big of a risk...wow this sums up my life
    amberl0396on May 26, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentOK. How many people grew up listening to this on the radio, not getting the album or seeing it in print and thinking for a long time that it was "Knights in White Satin"?
    groupingon June 29, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAlso, how many people appreciate the orchestral sections, which give this piece the extra element of drama?

    I must admit, the spoken section at the end is a bit excessive.
    groupingon July 03, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentloving the flute solo, just fucking loving it
    stevethegreaton May 08, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNot a big deal, but; these lyrics ain't exactly right. First, in the first stanza he says "The beauty <.I'd> always missed" not "I've". Second, in the refrain, "And I love you, yes I love you.. he says"Oh, how I love you." which places infinitely more meaning to his feelings of love.The refrain explains his feelings and perceptions about his life as it is presently (stated in the stanzas). Nights in white satin "never ending" is laying awake in bed not being able to stop thinking about your lover. Unsent letters are a result of not being able to put your thoughts in order and express what your feeling, though trying many times; none seem to convey your heart. Suddenly seeing previously unseen beauty is a clear sign of love entering your life as well as not knowing the truth anymore because your world is upside down. etc. etc. The poem at the end is his worldly perception before enduring another Night in White Satin. Actually a VERY good love song that is right on the mark!!
    Squakoon June 04, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJustin Hayward wrote "Nights" when he was about 19. He wrote the song as he was going through a rather difficult breakup with a girl. At the same time, though, he'd met the woman who would eventually become his wife (and still is to this day.) He's often said that the song came out of the despair and excitement he was feeling at the time; one relationship ending, and another beginning. As for the title? Well, a woman he knew (he's never said whether she was the one he was breaking up with at the time...) had given him some white satin sheets. While he says they're very romantic and all, they didn't really work well when he had a day's growth of stubble on his chin! (He hated them, in fact!)
    He also has said that the song took about as long to write as it took to play. He was up very late one night in his apartment, apparently fretting over his relationship situation, and, as he's put it, "...the song just came out."
    libragrl4musicon July 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can't say what Hayward meant these lyrics to say, since i dont know him or much about him, but i can say what they mean to me. I think this song captures perfectly the tension for someone who's held firm to beliefs or principles or thoughts for most of their life, only to have them challenged by falling deeply in love with someone else. Suddenly, everything you thought you knew to be right seems wrong, and what was black-and-white becomes "an illusion". You're plunged into confusion as to what's over the top, what's good, what's bad...whether or not to send the letter you've got written in front of you on your desk. Every definition and value judgement you've had- beauty, goodnes, virtue- has been challenged by love.
    The question: how now do you define those things you're confused about?
    The songwriter's decision is to allow he and his lover to determine the definition within the illusion. And i guess the reason this song brings back bitter memories is that i chose otherwise.
    ladyofshalotton September 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwhen looking at this song you need to take it in the context of the album as a whole. Days of Future Passed, is an album that charts a mans life across a day. Additionally, you'll find listening to the entire album that the spoken stanza at the end of the song is only a part a poem spoken in the opening song of the album, a mere reprise (more on this later). In the process of talking of a man's life they finally reach the end, the "night", the white satin spoken of is not a bed sheet as some might think, it is in fact the lining of the coffin in which we lay at the end of life, an ending that goes on "never reaching an end". This song is actually the long lament of a man looking back on his life, regretting things he didn't do, chances he didn't take, particularly of never making known his love for woman he once knew. Now, back to that bit about the spoken lament at the end, the final five lines are the same that start the album, symbolizing that our endings are the same as our beginings, or to put it another way, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust". For anyone who only knows the song, I recommend that at least once in your life, you take the time to take it all in, in full context of the entire album start to finish. It helps to put it all in perspective.
    xsailor367on September 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActualy the poem at the end of the song was originaly its own track called 'Late Lament'.
    Jae_Don September 05, 2002   Link

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