The Moody Blues (Sur la Mer)

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The Album

Exploring the The Moody Blues (Sur la Mer): A Journey Through Thr Moody Blues’ Musical Odyssey

Released in 1988, “Sur La Mer” stands as a serene and introspective chapter in The Moody Blues’ illustrious discography. Amidst the tumultuous landscape of late ’80s music, the album offered listeners a tranquil respite, inviting them to embark on a sonic voyage across tranquil seas and reflective shores.

At its core, “Sur La Mer” embodies The Moody Blues’ signature blend of lush melodies, philosophical lyrics, and orchestral arrangements. From the opening track, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” with its ethereal harmonies and evocative guitar work, to the dreamy balladry of “The River of Endless Love,” the album weaves a tapestry of emotions that resonate deeply with listeners.

One of the album’s standout tracks, “No More Lies,” showcases the band’s knack for crafting compelling narratives and exploring themes of love, longing, and self-discovery. With its haunting melody and poignant lyrics, the song serves as a poignant reminder of the power of honesty and authenticity in human relationships.

Another highlight of “Sur La Mer” is the enchanting instrumental piece, “Celtic Sonant.” Drawing inspiration from Celtic folk music, the track immerses listeners in a hypnotic blend of flute, guitar, and strings, evoking images of misty moors and ancient landscapes.

Throughout the album, The Moody Blues’ trademark harmonies and lush production are complemented by the ethereal vocals of lead singer Justin Hayward, whose emotive delivery imbues each song with a sense of longing and introspection. Whether exploring the depths of the human psyche or contemplating the mysteries of the universe, Hayward’s vocals serve as a guiding light, leading listeners on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment.

“Sur La Mer” also showcases The Moody Blues’ adventurous spirit and willingness to experiment with new sounds and textures. Tracks like “Vintage Wine” and “Breaking Point” incorporate elements of synth-pop and electronic music, adding a contemporary edge to the band’s timeless sound.

Conclusion

Despite its departure from the progressive rock stylings of their earlier work, “Sur La Mer” remains a cherished gem in The Moody Blues’ catalog, beloved by fans for its introspective lyrics, lush instrumentation, and timeless melodies. As the band continues to captivate audiences around the world with their enchanting blend of rock, pop, and orchestral music, “Sur La Mer” stands as a testament to their enduring legacy and boundless creativity. With each listen, the album invites listeners to set sail on a voyage of self-discovery and exploration, navigating the tranquil seas of the human soul with The Moody Blues as their guide.

Track Listing

  1. I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
  2. Want to Be with You
  3. River of Endless Love
  4. No More Lies
  5. Here Comes the Weekend
  6. Vintage Wine
  7. Breaking Point
  8. Miracle
  9. Love Is on the Run
  10. Deep
  11. Sur la Mer

I Know You’re Out There Somewhere

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Lyrics

I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere, somewhere
I know I’ll find you somehow
And somehow I’ll return again to you

The mist is lifting slowly
I can see the way ahead
And I’ve left behind the empty streets
That once inspired my life
And the strength of the emotion
Is like thunder in the air
‘Cause the promise that we made each other
Haunts me to the end
I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere, somewhere
I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere you can hear my voice
I know I’ll find you somehow
Somehow, somehow
I know I’ll find you somehow
And somehow I’ll return again to you

The secret of your beauty
And the mystery of your soul
I’ve been searching for in everyone I meet
And the times I’ve been mistaken
It’s impossible to say
And the grass is growing
Underneath our feet
I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere, somewhere
I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere you can hear my voice
I know I’ll find you somehow
Somehow, somehow
I know I’ll find you somehow

And somehow I’ll return again to you
You see, I know you’re out there somewhere
Oh yes, I know you’re out there somewhere

You see, I know I’ll find you somehow
Oh yes, I know I’ll find you somehow

The words that I remember
From my childhood still are true
That there’s none so blind
As those who will not see

And to those who lack the courage
And say it’s dangerous to try
Well they just don’t know
That love eternal will not be denied
I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere, somewhere
I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere you can hear my voice
I know I’ll find you somehow
Somehow, somehow
I know I’ll find you somehow
And somehow I’ll return again to you

Yes I know it’s going to happen
(I know it’s going to happen)
I can feel you getting near
(I feel you getting near)
And soon we’ll be returning
To the fountain of our youth
And if you wake up wondering
(If you wake up wondering)
In the darkness I’ll be there
(You know I’ll be there)
My arms will close around you
And protect you with the truth
I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere, somewhere
I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere you can hear my voice
I know I’ll find you somehow
Somehow, somehow
I know I’ll find you somehow
And somehow I’ll return again to you

Reference

Sur la Mer – Wikipedia