"Higher And Higher" as written by and Graeme Edge....
Blasting, billowing, bursting forth
With the power of ten billion butterfly sneezes
Man with his flaming pyre
Has conquered the wayward breezes

Climbing to tranquility
Far above the cloud
Conceiving the heavens
Clear of misty shroud

Higher and higher
Now we've learned to play with fire
Go higher and higher and higher

Vast vision must improve our sight
Perhaps at last we'll see and end
To our homes endless blight
And the beginning of the free

Climb to tranquility
Finding its real worth
Conceiving the heavens
Florishing on earth

Higher and higher
Now we've learned to play with fire
Go higher and higher and higher


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"Higher and Higher" as written by Graeme Edge

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    General CommentAwesome song written and mostly sung by the drummer. In 2005 when they played Radio City he came onstage with the Rockettes and did the kick with them during this song.
    kfe2on January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMan takes to the heavens. Less poetically said, the first shuttle launch.
    mindhuntresson August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Real Question Mr. Edge (the drummer) is asking here is: "Will landing on the moon just be the first of many revalutions that lead to a better world?", and "Will this change the way we think?"
    The answer is up for your interpritation...
    Dr Roberton September 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song (and the album, To Our Childrens Children) was recorded in 1969...WAY before the shuttle, Mindhuntress! However, you are close. At a concert several years ago I heard Graham Edge state that this song was written immediately after Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. The lines "Blasting, billowing, bursting forth" and "Man with his flaming pyre" refer to the Saturn V rocket that took Apollo to the moon. Of course, one might also give this song double meaning, as the Moodies (and Mike Pinder in particular) had done their fair share of experimenting with LSD and other hallucinogens, so "Higher and Higher" might also be referring to the use of drugs to achieve higher consciousness. The line "now we've learned to play with fire" can refer BOTH to rockets (and the astronauts OR nukes they carry) and hallucinogens. That is just my opinion, of course, perhaps the Moodies never conceived of this song being related to LSD. (And perhaps the Beatles really had no idea "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" might be interpreted as referring to LSD. Yeah, right.)
    imagodocon October 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe ROCKETTES!?!?! Oh lord, I love the Moodies but that is just pathetic. I've heard them do this song, but I'm really glad I missed that. It just doesn't fit!
    imagodocon October 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentimagodoc Your correct as far as Saturn V but the rest no. Not denying that they expermented with drugs. Just that space program of the 60s and it's implications was all the rush needed to inspire this song and the album. I know I grow during that time.
    terrorpodon September 04, 2012   Link

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