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

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

Breath 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 gray and
Yellow white
But we decide
Which is right
And
Which is an Illusion


Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by JD396

Nights In White Satin song meanings
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  • +12
    General Comment

    Justin 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
  • +11
    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 27, 2002   Link
  • +7
    General Comment

    OK. 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
  • +7
    General Comment

    when 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
  • +4
    General Comment

    I 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
  • +4
    My Interpretation

    My Interpretation starts from the line "Just what you want to be, you will be in the end" and he goes on to say how much he loves her

    To me the song is all about letting go of the one you love so she can have her own life when you realise that your attachment will prevent her from having that life

    The songs starts with the double entendre, "Nights in white satin, never reaching the end" then the "Letters I've written, never meaning to send" are his Knights in White Satin. These Knights would have told her what he can't say anymore, just what the truth is, because he really does love her

    The rest of the song fits the pattern. Couples can't understand what he is going through, friends tell him he shouldn't have let her go, and he realises he never realised her beauty

    hawleybeachon June 11, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Also, 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 Comment

    It's about a relationship that's passed. A love that's no longer in his life, and the trials one goes through when the love is not resiprecated.

    The song title conjures a fantasy of romantic nights in bed with pristine white sheets.

    The narrator sings about this love, this fantasy or memory he has for another. Writing letters, tormenting himself over her. He watches other in love, and no one can understand his hurt, his pain.

    "...Letters I've written Never meaning to send..."

    "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"

    Other try to tell him to get over it, and this causes rifts with 'some'. He doesn't know why he cannot move on, but it's how he feels and it's who he is now.

    richtestanion March 12, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Not 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 Comment

    Regarding the comment by grouping, it's interesting, on the album cover is a cartoonish picture of a small Knight in white so your conception is not entirely unintended. This is a great song. When it first came out it was like nothing I'd ever heard. Justin Hayward's voice has such a pleading, wistfull quality, really moving!

    liverdudeon June 26, 2003   Link

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