"Nights in White Satin" is a 1967 single by The Moody Blues, written by Justin Hayward and first featured on the album Days of Future Passed. It is in the key of E minor, and features the Neapolitan chord.
When first released in 1967, the song reached #19 on the UK Singles Chart, a position that might have been higher were it not for its seven-plus minute length. The song was re-released in 1972 after the success of such longer-running dramatic songs as "Hey Jude" and "Layla", and it charted at #2 in November on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Cash Box in the United States, earning a Gold certification for sales of a million copies. However, there are many versions of the single that are listed on the labels at 3:06, but in fact are closer to the later version of 4:26.
The Spoken Word deleted Poem: "Late Lament" is near the end of the original song.
Breathe 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 colors from our sight
Red is grey and yellow white
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion?
Full Moon Rising was filmed by Claude Montes from the West window bedroom of his house. The time was around 05:30 before sunrise. It was actually the setting moon played in reverse. The largest moon closest to the earth by 15%. The choice of the song was sheer coincidence.