"The Story In Your Eyes" as written by and Justin Hayward....
I've been thinking about our fortune
And I've decided that we're really not to blame
For the love that's deep inside us now, is still the same
And the sound we make together
Is the music to the story in your eyes
It's been shining down upon you now, I realize

Listen to the tide slowly turning
Wash all our heartaches away
We are part of the fire that is burning
And from the ashes we can build another day
But I'm frightened for your children
And the life that we are living is in vain
And the sunshine we've been waiting for
Will turn to rain

When the final line is over
And it's certain that the curtain's gonna fall
I can hide inside your sweet sweet love
Forever more

Listen to the tide slowly turning
Wash all our heartaches away
We are part of the fire that is burning
And from the ashes we can build another day
But I'm frightened for your children
And the life that we are living is in vain
And the sunshine we've been waiting for
Will turn to rain


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"The Story In Your Eyes" as written by Justin Hayward

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    My OpinionI love the song, always have. It's the most terrifying rock song I know.

    No one is blamed for our fortune tells me our fortune is not good. The love inside us is still the same, but must be more difficult to access. "The sound we make together is the music to the story in your eyes. It's been shining down upon us now I realize." This is the most amazing lyrics I've ever heard. It's as though the band gets their music from their audience or some group of people. Like a reflection of some kind. So the realization of the story comes after it has has been shown to them. This in itself is fine, but it is the story they receive that leaves me horrified.

    The tide is turning. Easy enough. "We're part of the fire that's burning and from the ashes we can build another day." I understand, "we're are part of the fire", cool lyrics, but, who or what are the "ashes". (I'm not sure) Could be taken pessimistically. I've never heard more terrifying lyrics than, "I'm frightened for your children." So how could this song be optimistic? Equally as terrifying are the next lyrics, "And the life we are living is in vein". I cannot say this because any persons life is never in vein. At least not yet. If it becomes this way, there goes the purpose and meaning to life. We would be mindless shells unable to have any kind of effect on anyone or anything. Because all it takes is a genuine smile to positively effect someone's life. Therefore only one friendly gesture or smile means your life is not in vein.

    "I can hide inside your sweet sweet love forevermore." I cannot see anything pessimistic about this line.
    researchedon October 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song kicks butt. You rarely find such a rockin song that has real meaning and significance. And to tell you the truth i am frightened for our children. Now more thatn ever!
    liverdudeon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhat liverdude said basically sums it all up
    savethetrees890on June 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDon't worry about me, I'm 18 and I listen to this music all the time.
    As for the song, 2nd best Moody Blues song, second to Night in White Satin, in my opinion
    MookieBomberon September 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen the final line is over
    And it's certain that the curtain's gonna fall
    I can hide inside your sweet innocent love
    For evermore


    great song ...
    sillybunnyon October 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy thoughts on this song were probably influenced by the cool album artwork. An old man and a boy gaze into some type of jewel probably looking at their fortune.

    The song also waivers between optimism and pessimism. That's kind of how my mind works.

    Optimism:
    We're part of the fire that is burning
    And from the ashes we can build another day

    Pessimism:
    But I'm frightened for your children
    And the life that we are living is in vain
    And the sunshine we've been waiting for
    Will turn to rain.

    Great music and lyrics. A classic!
    norderon March 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"But I'm frightened for your children
    And the life that we are living is in vain
    And the sunshine we've been waiting for
    Will turn to rain. "

    about how i feel about the future of America...not just the economy, but what we consider pop culture nowadays. total crap in my opinion.
    flipsaari2on May 20, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMaybe it's clichéd, but I think it's about the uncertain future of a struggling relationship. The "story in her eyes" is, from the lyricist's perspective, their relationship reflected back at him.

    The verse is an admittance that they are both in love with each other, despite the problems they've been through. And his admittance that he took her for granted, that he didn't realize what the relationship meant to him, or how much he loved her.

    The first half of the chorus is his optimism about the possibilities of the relationship. He wants her to put the past behind them, accept the failure of the prior relationship. But he wants it to begin anew, rising from the ashes, making something new, greater than what came before.

    The second half of the chorus is his pessimism. He's afraid that maybe he's wasting his time, that the relationship is doomed to fail, that the good times they're hoping for will only be more bad times, more failure.

    The final section, in the chorus's last reprise, he accepts that whatever happens, when their relationship finally ends, he can always retreat to the memory of that relationship, and the warmth of knowing that, failed relationship or not, she still loves him.

    It's a very romantic song, saccharine sweet almost, but it gives me a serious case of the waterworks.
    Mikachuon February 18, 2014   Link
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    My OpinionIn the original version of this song the last lyric before the refrain says ' I can hide
    inside YOUR sweet sweet love for evermore."

    The 1971 single hit version has a different last lyric, instead of hide inside your sweet, sweet love; it is I can hide inside HIS sweet, sweet love for evermore.

    When you put that change in the context of what is written about in the song, to
    me, it makes more sense. The last half of the song has a definite apocalyptic feel to
    it as he seemingly is lamenting about the end of the world. He loves the relationship
    he has with his girl but feels that the future is a scary thing.

    He speaks of living life in vain and the sunshine that they are waiting for will turn
    to rain. Dreading the fate of the future, specifically mentioning the children in
    the fade out refrain and in the earlier lyric. "When the final line is over" and the
    certainty of the curtain falling, He is referring to the end of the world where people
    will be brought into account, but in spite of the world crumbling around him,he will
    be secure in the loving relationship, he has with the Lord, who will sustain him forever.
    Hiddenmeaningon January 14, 2016   Link

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