The Moody Blues Question

The Moody Blues Question
The Moody Blues Question Authority

Moody Blues Question

The Moody Blues are a Rock band from England who are still rocking after all these years. In 1970 Beatlemania was still a worldwide phenomenon but the Moody Blues came along with a different music and a sound which really spoke to me. The Vietnam War was starting to become very unpopular and the song “Question” said some of the things that people were starting to talk about openly. It was one of several songs that became anti-war anthems of the era. But for me the song always meant way more than that.

I was raised by two Army parents who were in the system and mostly just did whatever the powers that be told them. The Army, the government, doctors, bosses, teachers, priests, whoever. Unless something or someone threatened their children, they did as told or expected. I should have turned out just like them, right? But I didn’t.

My parents gave me permission to read anything I wanted, and I devoured books, and ideas. And like Robert Frost, I took the less travelled path. I still question authority today. And I still think about the first time I heard The Moody Blues singing “Question” while I drove up Texas Street in San Diego, with speakers blaring. They inspired me to create shirts and merchandise with a slogan of that era, “Question Authority,” which I am featuring here.

So turn up the speakers and enjoy a Rock and Roll classic while shopping.

I hope you enjoy the music and the merchandise!

Photo is Koozie with the Moody Blues Logo, available at MoodyBluesToday.com

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Listen to the Moody Blues Sing Question!
~ Music Video of The Original Version of Question

Just want to play the song over and over? Here it is in all its glory…

The Moody Blues “Question” Lyrics

The Lyrics are Still Very Timely Today,
Don’t You Think?

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?
‘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.

Written by Justin Hayward
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, T.R.O. INC.

A Question of Balance,
Remastered from the Original Album
A Question of Balance, the Whole Album

 A Question Of BalanceMoody Blues

The Moody Blues Question
~Remastered from the Original 1970 Masterpiece! I really love the cover art on this album. It is so symbolic of the song and the era.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Question Authority Graphic © Heather Burns
?Authority Keychain

 ? Authority KeychainMoody Blues

?Authority Shirt
Question Authority by NotNormal

 ?Authority Tee ShirtsMoody Blues

Babies Question Authority Too
Unless it’s Made Clear to Them That They Can’t

 ? Authority Baby ShirtMoody Blues

Question Authority in Cold Weather
? Authority Sweatshirt

 

 ? Authority SweatshirtMoody Blues

 

The Very Best of the Moody Blues
Moody Blues Album

All the best Moody Blues Music they ever made!

 The Best Of The Moody BluesMoody Blues

Amazon description: First of a series, 2008 reissue of Moody Blues first seven albums, each with bonus content. From their first landmark album release, Days Of Future Passed, with creative members Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals) and John Lodge (bass, vocals) coming on board plus the classics ‘Nights In White Satin’ and ‘Tuesday Afternoon’ finding instant success with radio and record buyers, their appeal became instantaneously widespread worldwide. Each release in this set of their first seven evolutionary albums includes a varying number of special mixes or versions of songs that are also represented in their final form on the respective albums from their highly spectacular career.

Lovely to See You
Moody Blues Concert on Blu-ray

Not surprisingly, I have been to 5 Moody Blues’ concerts in my life. They often start their shows with this song. I saw them a few years ago in California at the Hollywood Bowl and they still sounded great!
 The Moody Blues: Lovely to See You – Live [Blu-ray]Moody Blues

Here’s what Amazon says: Recorded live at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on June 11 during their 2005 World tour, this rare live recording is pure Moody Blues. With the Moodies’ unique brand of music that has kept them at the top of their profession for 40 years, and has maintained them as one of the biggest live touring acts of all-time, this is a truly sparkling performance from one of the world’s greatest and best-loved rock bands.

Featuring Justin Hayward on electric, acoustic Guitar and vocals; John Lodge on bass, acoustic Guitar and vocals; and Graeme Edge on Drums and percussion, the rock legends magically perform selections from their incredible roster of musical masterpieces. The Moodies are also joined by their friends and colleagues Norda Mullen on flute and guitar, Gordon Marshall on Drums and percussion, Paul Bliss on Keyboards, and Bernie Barlow on backing vocals and Keyboards, making it a magical night to remember.

Songs: Lovely to See You, Tuesday Afternoon, Lean on Mea (Tonight), The Actor, Steppin’ in a Slide Zone, The Voice, Talking out of Turn, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, The Story in Our Eyes, Forever Autumn, Your Wildest Dreams, Isn’t Life Strange, The Other Side of Life, December Snow, Higher and Higher, Are You Sitting Comfortably, I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock n Roll Band), Nights in White Satin, Question and Ride My See-Saw.

The Moody Blues Seventh Sojourn
Still Questioning

 Seventh Sojourn (Digitally Remastered)Moody Blues

I love every album they have ever produced and I have most, if not all of them. So I would have a hard time picking just one as my favorite, but if pressed, this would be the one. A masterpiece, truly!

Who can forget “Lost in a Lost World”
or “I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band?”

 

 

List of Moody Blues Albums

The Magnificent Moodies (1965)This used to be called Go Now, and featured their first hit by the same name.
Days of Future Passed (1967)
In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)
On the Threshold of a Dream (1969)
To Our Children’s Children’s Children (1969)
A Question of Balance (1970)
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971)
Seventh Sojourn (1972)
Octave (1978)
Long Distance Voyager (1981)
The Present (1983)
The Other Side of Life (1986)
Sur la Mer (1988)
Keys of the Kingdom (1991)
Strange Times (1999)
December (2003)
There are several albums featuring live performances too, like the one above at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and one of my faves, the concert at Red Rocks, in Boulder, Colorado.

Click here to buy any of them: Moody Blues Albums

Do You Question Authority?

“Question” is without a doubt a song that started my questioning the status quo and things that others take for granted. It’s 45 years later and I still question authority. I think everyone should. Where does your authority to do that come from? Why should I listen to you? What is your agenda? What are you selling? Who paid for the research? Who benefits? Who profits? All good questions. Never stop asking. And never stop questioning.

 

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