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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 anymore.

'Cos 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 anymore.

'Cos I love you, yes I love you,
Oh how I love you, oh how I love you.
'Cos 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



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    Michael FiskFeb 9, 2013 at 2:15 am
    One of the founding songs of classic rock-yet it wasn't a hit right away. When it did hit, it was a favorite theme of many a high school prom. The closing poem from the "long version" was written by drummer Graeme Edge and spoken by keyboardist Michael Pinder, a bookend with a poem at the opening of the classic album "Days of Future Passed."
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    Richard FranksJan 24, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    Band member Justin Hayward wrote the song at age 19 in Swindon, and titled the song after a friend gave him a gift of satin bedsheets. The song itself was a tale of a yearning love from afar.
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    UnregisteredJun 21, 2012 at 6:38 am
    The singer has been forsaken by one they still love - the song is a lament on how broken they are over the lost love and how much they still love the one who has left them. I don't see it as a lot of non-sequiturs at all. Each verse makes perfect sense if you view it as the lament. This person is remembering with great sadness the love they used to share - the nights on white satin sheets, etc. Now the forsaken lover tries to understand, even while burdened by sad memories of the love they've lost.
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    UnregisteredApr 15, 2012 at 11:53 am
    I think that if you take every verse by itself, you can find a meaning in each. Together, however, the song is merely a lot of non-sequiturs. Which is okay, i guess (the beautiful music encourages forgiveness), but makes trying to find a single or overall meaning, meaningless.

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