“It was to do with the fact that 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, or whatever you call it… I can’t remember what the word is in America. 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.”Justin Hayward (307)

New Horizons

“There’s a song called “New Horizons,” which was at a really tough time in my life. I’d not long lost my father. There was quite a lot of death around me, and I was having to cope with that and work out how you handle that and what you do and how you can get through it. It’s very poignant to me.”Justin Hayward (307)

Nights In White Satin

“My songs form a kind of biography or diary of my life as they are people I have loved and people I only knew in my heart, places I have seen only for a moment and places I have lived all my life. I never saw a city until I was 13 – I was lucky! ‘Nights in White Satin’ – about an audience in Glastonbury, a flat in Bayswater and the ecstasy of an hour of love.”Justin Hayward (357)
“It’s from the heart. I didn’t think too much about it at the time but I think it’s a series of reflections and thoughts about our life and my life at that particular moment. I do write letters and I don’t send them, never meaning to send them. I find it’s a cathartic way of getting some things off my my chest. I look at them the next day. I do think that what you want to be you will be in the end. I’ve realised this later. This was a 19 year old boy writing these lyrics so it’s it comes from that dimension.”Justin Hayward (1292)

You (Recorded by Justin Hayward and John Lodge)

“I don’t believe you have to pigeonhole everything that you think or say; it’s the decision that you make after you think about everything… it’s what you do with it, that’s what ‘You’ is really all about.”John Lodge (358)

Who Are You Now (Recorded by Justin Hayward and John Lodge)

“‘Who Are You Now’ is a definite statement in as much as it must have happened to everybody — they’d like to know who somebody was or they’d like to see somebody they knew ten years ago, first love, etc.”John Lodge (358)