I Know You're Out There Somewhere

Album: Sur La Mer (1988)
Charted: 52 30
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  • This is a sequel of sorts to The Moody Blues' 1986 hit "Your Wildest Dreams." Both songs were written by the group's guitarist, Justin Hayward," who told as that the success of "Dreams" showed him that such subject matter had universal appeal and was far from frivolous. As for the inspiration, he said: "They both were about at least one particular person. I wouldn't say it was all about one person, but at least one particular person. And my advice to anybody who wants to go back is that you can never go home. And best to leave the past as the past."
  • Justin Hayward received the 1988 Ivor Novello Award for Composer of the Year for writing this song.
  • Justin Hayward said this song was his personal favorite of all the songs he'd written. He said, "I love performing it. Wherever we go, people like it. It wasn't a massive hit, but people know it. It wasn't a massive hit because it's about 6 minutes long and no one did a successful edit on it. That's probably the one that gives me the most pleasure."
  • In an interview with Paul Harris, Justin Hayward said this song is about trying to find out what happened to your first love: "I think it just was one of those things where everyone wants to know what happened to the first person they ever really loved. Best not to find out. Best to leave it as a nice memory."
  • To keep musical continuity, Hayward used many of the same elements on "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" that he incorporated into "Your Wildest Dreams," a process that isn't so hard when using a synthesizer. In his 2016 Songfacts interview, he said: "I did the keyboard and the guitar and the LinnDrum for 'Wildest Dreams,' which was finished first, and for 'I Know You're Out There Somewhere' I decided to use the same keyboard sound and bass sound that I'd got on a Yamaha DX7 and continue that theme. It's identical tempo and everything."
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Comments: 15

  • M from North CarolinaThis song played during the closing credits of an obscure English movie called "A Summer Story" from 1988. Obscure to almost everyone, but it's my favorite all time movie. It's about a first love, and it breaks my heart every time I see it. This song embodies everything this movie was about. I know it's a stretch, but if you ever get the opportunity to see this movie, watch it. If you don't cry, you're just not human. Anyway, my son bought me the hard to find DVD of this movie, but I Know You're Out There Somewhere is nowhere to be heard on the DVD. Licensing issue I guess. But it fits perfectly. Please see this movie.
  • Sam from Tooele, UtTruly a wonderful song. It is soulful and yet optimistic. The first love we experience leaves a tremendous imprint on our lives. In my case Kristin was indeed a powerful influence on who I am today. Even though she broke my heart in 10,000 pieces she will always be my first love.
  • Art from Valencia, CaThe model in the video is Janet Spencer-Turner
  • Abe from Waynesville, NcDoes anyone know who plays the girl in the video?
  • Gigi from St. Louis, Mo Believe it or not this is my favorite song to play full blast whilst driving. It cheers me up and helps me calm down from the stresses of traffic and I'm bouncing to the rhythm and singing out loud the words i know by heart (by now I play it almost daily) people driving by probably think I've gone mad ha ha but really this is a great song and I agree with the others that said when wondering about what happened to your first love, that maybe holding on to the sweet memories is perhaps better than being dissapointed by finding out otherwise. (he he I know from experience) lol
  • Zappy from Geelong, AustraliaA great song no doubt but I still have a great fondness for "Living in a land of make beleive" from Seventh Sojourn, my favoite MB album
  • David from Erie , PaOne of my all-time favorite Moody Blues songs. Everytime I hear it, it takes me back to the late 80's early 90's and my first REAL true love. Lisa Howell was one of a kind, and I never was able to fill the void created by her leaving. I still hold small hope that one day, I'll see her again. One mystery about this song still baffles me. Why the omission of the lines "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."
  • Ken from Louisville, KyIn concert, the Moodys will use searchlights to scan the audience during the chorus, as to depict looking for that lost love.
  • Jan from Amsterdam, NetherlandsI saw three times now. The first occasion, mid 90's, after the break the started to play in the dark. The audience couldn't see them and they started "I know you're out there somewehere". Chickenskin! The first start of the show was "Lovely to see you again". I've seen them recently, the ladys that took over from Ray Thomas did a nice job, made some nice extra arrangements. Ray's musical contribution wasn't great, but I miss his mighty voice. The voices of John and especially Justin are even better than in the past. If there is anything, they could have some real 'words to say say to me', not only the same lines to put in every occasion again.
    But the music has new elements every time again, fantastic! I do have all there albums, even the ones solo from Ray Thomas and Mike Pinder, the songs sung by Justin Hayward; and I can't get enough of it.
  • Kevin from Memphis , Tnthe video is the second half of the story started in the video for "Your Wildest Dreams"
    (please see my note there for details)
  • Eddie from Philadelphia, WaThis song is my sissy song. I love it. Depending on where I hear it, I sometimes tear up and I'm a pretty macho dude. I associate it with my first REAL love(we met in college) and I'll always have a hole in my heart for her. I'm very happily married now with children, but I'll never forget JC. The lyrics convey all your feelings for a lost love. The music is haunting. And I remember us on a road trip years ago and we heard this on the radio and she was belting it out. Almost like a scene out of a movie. And oh yeah, it was the only girl that ever broke up with me(and we were engaged), so that kind of helps draw out the emotions.
  • John from Flin Flon, CanadaI saw the band in Winnipeg on July 13th. Awesome show. The band was tight, harmonies were right on. Go see them.
  • Lenore from Vancouver, CanadaI was at the concert in Vancouver, BC on July 8, 2007. What a thrill to see The Moody Blues in person.

    The intricate, smooth & silky music of The Moody Blues was jarred and marred by the over drumming of the second drummer whose 'solo' and intrusive style distracted from the sutble beauty of the music and harmonies of the group.

    I admire the ability of Graeme Edge to blend and belong and was sorely disappointed that I couldn't appreciate his drumming. He, in fact, seemed just as rattled as I was by the crashing style of 'the other guy'.
  • Walt from Allentown, PaOf course some of the Moodies were missing. It's called retirement. Keep in mind that this band has been around since 1964 and age is starting to take it's toll, even though they continue to tour and put on great shows to a very loyal fan base.
    Walt, Allentown, PA
  • Jim from Denver, CoI saw the Moody Blue's concert in Denver on 2-26-07 and was somewhat disappointed. When I saw them
    prior to this, they were accompanied by an orchestra,which was sorely missed. The orchestrated music was taped and was not up to expedtations. A few band members that were missing,the flutist and the keyboard player were
    substituted by two talented ladies, but their
    harmony didn't go well with the rest of the band.
    What happened to the rest of the band?
    I did not find the "Lost Chord" that night.

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