"Question" as written by and Justin Hayward....
Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war?
'Cause when we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need
In a world of persecution
That is burning in its greed

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door?
Because the truth is hard to swallow
That's what the war of love is for

It's not the way that you say it
When you do those things to me
It's more the way that you mean it
When you tell me what will be
And when you stop and think about it
You won't believe it's true
That all the love you've been giving
Has all been meant for you

I'm looking for someone to change my life
I'm looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it's done to me
To lose the love I knew
Could safely lead me through

Between the silence of the mountains
And the crashing of the sea
There lies a land I once lived in
And she's waiting there for me
But in the grey of the morning
My mind becomes confused
Between the dead and the sleeping
And the road that I must choose

I'm looking for someone to change my life
I'm looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it's done to me
To lose the love I knew
Could safely lead me to
The land that I once knew
To learn as we grow old
The secrets of our soul
It's not the way that you say it when you do those things to me
It's more the way you really mean it when you tell me what will be

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door
With a thousand million questions
About hate and death and war?
When we stop and look around us
There is nothing that we need
In a world of persecution
That is burning in its greed

Why do we never get an answer
When we're knocking at the door?


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"Question" as written by Justin Hayward

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  • +2
    My InterpretationA lot of people are thinking this is about a romantic relationship. I don't think so. Especially in the context of the album. He's using love in the same sense as in 1 Corinthians 13. The line, "All the love you've been giving has all been meant for you" is similar to the Beatles, "In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make". He's trying to come to grips with what seems like chaos in the world and embracing love. But he also implies that he's experienced this before, "You'd safely lead me to the land that I once knew". He's implying that this chaos is an illusion and we're on a path to rediscovering something that's always been here with us, unconditional love.
    joshson July 15, 2011   Link
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    Song FactMoody Blues guitarist/vocalist Justin Hayward wrote this song, which reflected the thoughts of many young people who were questioning the war in Vietnam. He told us: "We'd achieved great success in the United States and we were playing a lot of student venues and colleges, and the student audience was our audience. We were mixing with these people and seeing how different the problems were for them and the issues in being a member of the greatest nation on earth: the United States. How different they were from British people. I was just expressing my frustration around that, around the problems of anti-war and things that really concerned them, and for their own future that they may be conscripted. How that would morally be a dilemma for them and that kind of stuff. So it did really come out of that. And my own particular anger at what was happening. After a decade of peace and love, it still seemed we hadn't made a difference in 1970. I suppose that was the theme of the song. And then the slow part of the song is really a reflection of that and not feeling defeated, but almost a quiet reflection of it, and mixing with a bit of a love song, as well." (Here's the full Justin Hayward interview.)


    This was the opening track on the Question Of Balance album, and was going to be the title track. It was recorded several months earlier than the other tracks on the album and its title was shortened from "Question Of Balance" to "Question."


    in the liner notes of the 1997 remastered CD, Justin Hayward wrote: "Sometime before we taped the album, we (documented) 'Question,' which was a song that I didn't have on Friday night for a session (the next day). But, by the morning, I had it and it was recorded very quickly." Hayward adds that it was "Recorded live, with no overdubbing or double-tracking, just a bit of echo."


    In the UK, this became the group's biggest hit for their classic lineup. Before John Lodge and Justin Hayward joined the group in 1966, they had a #1 UK hit with "Go Now."


    The song is a concert mainstay of The Moody Blues, which is fine with Justin Hayward, who tells us he never loses the emotion for it when he performs the tune. It's also a song that has remained relevant. Says Hayward: "There's no doubt that it still resonates, the lyrics reflect whichever generation you're in. Whatever time you're in, people are experiencing those emotions. And I find that people identify with it at any age."


    Fish, who is the ex-lead singer of the UK rock group Marillion, recorded a cover version on his 1995 LP Songs From The Mirror.
    ValHarrison November 26, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHmm, a break-up song, eh? I never quite thought of it that way, but I can see how others might.

    I think it's maybe a little different that that. I think it's about living in the real world (which is fast, hectic, sometimes violent, etc.) but WANTING to slow things down to appreciate the love of another. Possibly the song is about the search for that time/place (i.e. utopia) but never being able to find it.

    Musically the song takes that same journey. Real life rushing by... finally some time for love (when the songs slows down).... then the hectic real life comes crashing back again.
    Digi-Gon June 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always liked the Moody Blues music and lyrics; but that guy that sings falsetto is kind of irritating.
    norderon March 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBasically the whole Question of Balance Album is about how people rush through life too fast, forgetting to stop and smell the proverbial roses, forgetting to love. I don't see why this song should be any different.
    Reaper2ron June 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis appears to be about the question of "Is there a God?" The chorus puts it right out there.
    Poetic_Mystiqueon September 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAm i the only one who feels this is from the perspective of a soldier on the battlefront thinking about his life and lovelife in general and all the chaos surrounding him?
    adidas30385on October 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSometimes, I find it difficult to know the true intentions of the writer. But I think, whether intended or not, one of the greater spiritual truths has been clearly laid bare here.

    Note the reference to "secrets of our soul". Apply this to the message: "all the love you've been giving has all been meant for you".

    The true power of love is staggering. We acknowledge God's desire that we love one another, but the ultimate goals achieved through this love is more abstract and hidden. It is impossible to truly love someone with first seeking to understand them. Anything less is really a "selfish love". True love is the pursuit of eternity and for our own personal benefit--it reflects God's designated path for our spiritual enlighenment.
    rodan5on March 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFalling in love. I love this song. I listened to it a lot when I was planning my wedding--it relieves the stress of being in love.
    CandyKane7on May 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never thought of it like this when I listened to it, but looking at the lyrics it sounds like a break-up song.

    It mentions losing the love, and looking for someone. It sounds like he lost the wall of love that was sheltering him from the bad in the world, and now is questioning it.
    chubon October 03, 2004   Link

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