It’s difficult to not pick favourite members in a band like The Moody Blues; during their “Core Seven” albums, between 1967 and 1972, all five members wrote and sang (or in drummer Graeme Edge’s case, recited) their own material. I’ve always preferred the smooth voice and romantic songs of guitarist Justin Hayward, and this song is a Hayward composition from my favourite Moody Blues’ album, 1969’s space-themed To Our Children’s Children’s Children. It’s simple and low key, a simple arrangement with acoustic guitars and gentle vocals, and it’s reprised later in the album as ‘I Never Thought I’d Live To Be A Million’.
It seemed like an appropriate week to choose this song, as I just added the 100th artist page to this website this week – an artist, who incidentally, has a completely different fan demographic than The Moody Blues, and who was only 16% of her way to 100 when she released her first album.
I never thought i’d live to be a hundred
I never thought i’d get to do
The things that all those other sons do
And they do
I never thought i’d ever have my freedom
An age ago my maker was refusing me
The pleasure of the view