Album: Question Of Balance (1970)
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  • Why do we never get an answer
    When we're knocking at the door
    With a thousand million questions
    About hate and death and war?
    'Cause when we stop and look around us
    There is nothing that we need
    In a world of persecution
    That is burning in its greed

    Why do we never get an answer
    When we're knocking at the door?
    Because the truth is hard to swallow
    That's what the war of love is for

    It's not the way that you say it
    When you do those things to me
    It's more the way that you mean it
    When you tell me what will be
    And when you stop and think about it
    You won't believe it's true
    That all the love you've been giving
    Has all been meant for you

    I'm looking for someone to change my life
    I'm looking for a miracle in my life
    And if you could see what it's done to me
    To lose the love I knew
    Could safely lead me through

    Between the silence of the mountains
    And the crashing of the sea
    There lies a land I once lived in
    And she's waiting there for me
    But in the grey of the morning
    My mind becomes confused
    Between the dead and the sleeping
    And the road that I must choose

    I'm looking for someone to change my life
    I'm looking for a miracle in my life
    And if you could see what it's done to me
    To lose the love I knew
    Could safely lead me to
    The land that I once knew
    To learn as we grow old
    The secrets of our soul
    It's not the way that you say it when you do those things to me
    It's more the way you really mean it when you tell me what will be

    Why do we never get an answer
    When we're knocking at the door
    With a thousand million questions
    About hate and death and war?
    When we stop and look around us
    There is nothing that we need
    In a world of persecution
    That is burning in its greed

    Why do we never get an answer
    When we're knocking at the door? Writer/s: Justin Hayward
    Publisher: T.R.O. INC.
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Comments: 35

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1970 {May 24th} "Question" by the Moody Blues peaked at #2 {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's Official Top 50 Singles* chart, the week it was the #2, the #1 record for that week was "Back Home" by the England World Cup Squad'70'...
    As noted above, "Question" reached #21 on U.S.A.'s Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    Between 1964 and 1988 the Birmingham, England quintet had fourteen records on the UK Singles chart, three made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Go Now!", for one week on January 28th, 1965...
    Besides "Question" and "Go Now!", their third Top 10 record was "Nights In White Satin", it reached #9 in 1972, and in America it peaked at #2 {for 2 weeks}, the two weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash...
    * And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the U.K. Singles' Top 10 on May 24th, 1970:
    #3. "Yellow River" by Christie
    #4. "Spirit In The Sky" by Norman Greenbaum
    #5. "Honey Come Back" by Glen Campbell
    #6. "Up The Ladder To The Roof" by The Supremes
    #7. "House Of The Rising Sun" by Frijid Pink
    #8. "I Don't Believe In If Anymore" by Roger Whittaker
    #9. "Daughter Of Darkness" by Tom Jones
    #10. "Brontosaurus" by The Move
  • Humberto Veras from Recife - BrazilI love this song, since I listened to 1972 when I get this album.
    "I'm looking for someone to change my life.
    I'm looking for a miracle in my life.
    And if you could see what it's done to me
    To lose the love I knew
    Could safely lead me through."
    This is beautiful. It makes me think on so: what he was done wrong and then he asks for a new chance to change everything. He takes to think in a relationship that gave wrong and it can for help and a new opportunity. I find fantastic that part of the music. He is being honest enough to recognize a mistake and to try to correct.
  • John from South CarolinaHave always enjoyed this tune, 'Question" and the lyrics and the meaning of "hate and death and war" questioning the wars, like Viet-nam and others being fought around the globe. Hayward's writing really hit the spot, from even a British subject at the time and ever since... because everybody is "still at war somewhere out there!" There's a segment of the Glen Campbell Show on CBS performing a "great rendition" rather classically! Check it out! But! The Justin Hayward/Moody Blues is "outstanding." Holding it's own as another great Classic for the times! Live at Albert Hall performance with orchestral ac-compliment! Interesting how this "Anti-War Song" has remained a "Classic" for all times!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 26th 1970, "Question" by the Moody Blues entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #94; and on June 7th it peaked at #21 (for 4 weeks) and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on June 13th, 1970 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on the Dutch Top 40 chart...
    Between 1964 and 1988 the group had twenty-two Top 100 hits; with three making the Top 10 and "Nights In White Satin" was their biggest hit, it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) on October 29th, 1972...
    The two weeks that "Nights In White Satin" was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash.
  • Daniel from Redding, CtThis song is sampled by Goodie Mob on their song "Power".
  • Davina from Phenix City, AlWow!! ~ really I'm on 29 yrs. old , I've listened to The Moody Blues since a young age. My mother, aunt and grandmother loved them so over the years. Funny, have you ever sang the words to a song but never really listen to what it's saying?? ~ I now understand, because I listened! They are speaking of God in most of their music. ~ listen to Story in Your Eyes, speaks about his 2nd coming. ~ Dear Diary, "they don't notice there's people like me", "they don't know what there playing, no way of knowing what the game is." ~ really people it's not hard, listen.
  • Joe from Grants Pass, OrEveryone in the band contributed on this MASTERPIECE; kinda kike Tuesday Afternoon...
  • Peter from Poway, CaAm I alone in the thought that this song could also represent one's love being taken for granted ('....and when you stop and think about it, you won't believe it's true/that all the love you've been giving has all been meant for you...')?
  • Steve from Whittier, CaMr.Ed when it came out in 1970, would have, but was a bit young, but some years later, I got the same record. Original; label, Threshold Record [Deram/British London], 4:55 timing, different mix, AND YES, same song as the one you've had since its chart run--"Candle of Life".Glad to see Gigi agrees with me on my previous posting this being two seperate songs.
  • Mr. Ed from Los Angeles, CaI bought the 45 when it came out and the B-side had "Candle of Life" from "To Our Children's Children's Children", which turned me on to that great album as well.
  • Donna from Maryland, MdThanks to the others here for the insight! Learning that this was two songs combined helps me appreciate the song even more. What is so amazing about the song: its juxtaposition of two emotions (agitation and humility?) emerge as one: frustration that I think we all feel daily. Frustration about the impact of actions/decisions made by others on our lives, and frustration about the need for aour own ations/decisions in our lives. I agree with what Dennis below wrote. The song humanizes talented and perhaps legendary musicians for the rest of us when their emotions are bared in songs. Not an every day song, but one of the best.
  • Gigi from St. Louis, MoThis was really two separate songs combined to make Question. the first part you can tell had to do with everyone in the usa questioning the war in vietnam and the second the quentessential meanining of love and to finding the balance of love in our lives. between the silence of the mountains and the crashing of the sea there lies a land i once lived in and she's waiting there for me. I'm looking for someone to change my life I'm looking for a miracle in my life. ahhhhhh how beautiful is that!!!!!! romantic sigh!!!!
  • Steve from Whittier, CaThat middle section "It's not the way.." IMHO the most memorable part sounds tacked a la "Layla". BTW I did a weird edit down take on this on Windows Movie Maker under AMERICAN CHEERLEADER cover images. [Now how's that for a good use for a current teen girls magazine, merge it with a Moody Blues 1970s song! And that is what I did.]
  • Elaine Medina from Loveland, CoThe actual instrument that was used on this song that gave that amazing sound was Mike Pinder on the Mellotron not the Moog Synthesizer as some may believe. Some may think the two different parts of the song are incongruous but really they are not incongruous. Given that our quest and desire in life is to understand the motives of why people do the things they do both corporately or individually - the Question remains...Why do you do that????? Why do you go to war, why do you cause death, why do you personally treat me this way? All are The people can do these harmful things to one another.
  • Jesse from Madison, WiAll the songs were remixed to some degree on This Is... This particular tune displays (as did many of their songs) fantastic usage of the then fairly new Moog synthesizer. It made its way into many of their biggest hits. The Moodies were just privy to mix it in there and use it as an INSTRUMENT and NOT an effect. Synth-haters often rip on bands that use them but don't really realize that synthesizers were used in hundreds of hit songs of the '60s, '70s and '80s, and beyond. The Moodies made a believer out of me!
  • Steve from Coralville, IaI believe the single version can be found on the 1974 double album compilation "This Is the Moody Blues" (but I can only speak for the vinyl, never heard it on CD). Also, there's an alternate version on the 2006 SACD release of "A Question of Balance" which sounds a lot like the single version, but it goes back into the quiet part again, and then ends haphazardly.
  • Danny from Bronx, NyThe song was released as a single a few months before the album came out. The single mix was a little different from the album mix. Apparently, the feeling was that the mix on the album was the "final product", and so radio stations stopped playing the original single mix. That's why the version you hear now is different from that on the 45. Frankly, I remember liking the single version better.
  • Donald from Louisville, KyCrystal is correct. Justin also said more or less the same thing in Guitar Player magazine. To be specific, the key is not only "C", but the guitar is tuned in "Open C". From low to high that's CGCGCE. The G and high E strings are untouched. The B is tuned up to C. The three lower strings are tuned down to CGC. The chords are straightforward and easy in this tuning. The strumming takes some practice.
  • Schmange from Sheffield, United KingdomDoes anybody know why there are two different versions? One has a double echo towards the end of the song on the big brass section. It wasn't on the original 45 released in the 70's, but I constantly hear this different 'echo' version on the radio. It's almost like somebody at the record company decided to add it in or something years later to put more energy into the song. (failed miserably and totally destroyed the best part of the song)
  • Michael from Kissimmee, FlMay I offer a different opinion as to the meaning of the verses that open and close this Moodies masterpiece? At the great risk of sounding like I'm proselytizing (which, I promise, I never do) it sounds to me like someone trying to explain why God (and man) never seem to answer all the questions of youth. I refer to the lines "Why do we never get an answer" and "with a thousand million questions about hate and death and war?" The line goes on to state that there is really nothing in life that (most) of us really need; rather most "needs" are merely wants. It goes on to mention a world burning in greed, which explains why many in this world do not have their true needs met. At least that's my opinion.
  • John from Manchester, NhGoing over the lyrics, I have to wonder: Is this song about mourning for someone who has died?
  • Janice from Nyc, United StatesJustin and John and Graeme's version of the moodies still goes strong! they are great live!
  • Jay from Boca Raton, FlHey, I'm trying to put a few Moody Blues CD cover pictures on my screen saver @ work. I'm very incompetent when it comes to working with computer usage. Please email me if you know what to do;

  • Musicmama from New York, NyTo Stefanie of Rock Hill, SC: Your comment is very interesting. I have always had the feeling that "Question" was two seperate songs. The "first" song consists of the first stanza and that excellent guitar work that opens the track. It's clearly about war, and, as Justin Hayward said, the questions people had about it. As such, it's one of the Moodies' edgier segments. But the "second" song seems to question a particular love relationship. The music becomes more expansive--rather winsome yet melancholy. But I'm not sure the two "songs" add up to a coherent piece. Also, this piece shares what, to me, is the Moody Blues' more exasperating qualities: The music has a kind of artistic/intellectual quality to it, sort of like what poet Arthur Rimbaud called "le derangement des senses." This practically begs for mind-expanding lyrics that leave the listener in a different state of mind from the one he or she brought to the song. The lyrics don't have to make linear sense: In fact, with this type of music, they shouldn't. But the two "songs" just don't add up to something complete, or at least whole. At least this song is, if not successful, at least interesting.
  • Blue from Prunedale, CaHayward states many places including Legend Of A Band that he was working on two songs that ended up fitting together. He mentioned as well that the lyrics in part were to do with the Vietnam war and the view of it by the American populas.

    The band's name by the way according to Graeme Edge was originally the M and B 5 after Mitchell and Butler's brewery. But when the brewery didn't want to sponser them and they were finding success, they dropped the 5 and he suggested Moody Blues in keeping with th initals.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI'm 15 and I really like this song and this album. So far I have listened to this album, days of future passed and to our children's children's children. I'm planning on listening to "Every good boy deserves flavour." Those are the albums my parents have. Man if I had a band I could only wish to write a song like this. With the great harmonies and meaning...
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesBy the mid-1990s, when the Moody Blues issued a definitive 'best of' collection, Justin Hayward could regularly be heard in interviews desribing this song as a 'morning after the sixties anthem'. Perhaps as well as being a statement about the Vietnam war, perhaps the theme is also looking back, questioning what happened to the age of affluence that preceded the era in which the song was recorded?
  • Dennis from Anchorage, AkWhen I was a kid this was one of my absolute favorite songs but I couldn't afford to buy records. When it came on the radio (not very often after the summer when it was a hit) I would go crazy. I remember once running to get my sister so she could listen to it with me. Later when I actually was old enough to make a little money my highest priorities were guitar strings and Moody Blues records. This song stays in my heart as one of the best ever by anyone. Some might be tempted to dis it for really just being a hodge-podge of two completely different songs, but I think that works because the two different songs so clearly show two facets of the same person, and are both sincere. I mean really, who goes through a whole day thinking about only one thing?
  • Quintin from Norwalk, CtYeah, when I was in High School in the late 70's and early 80's(I graduated in 82) the 60's were retro so everyone was diggin up all these old 60's groups and one I discovered was The Moody Blues! I like their stuff!! GREAT harmonies in their songs too! Lots of "Awwwwww-Awwwwww-Awwwww-Awwwwww-Awwwwww-Awwwwwww-Awwwwww-Awwwww-Awwwwwww-Awwwww-- Ahhhhh--Ahhh-Ah Boo doo do doo doo doo doo doo do doo doo do doo doo doo doo doo doo..."(the boo doo's are the baseline:-) in "Question"
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScThanks Crystal that's what I thought.
  • Crystal from Proctorville, OhQuestion did start out as two separate songs, both in the key of "C". One very fast and up tempo and the other soft and slow. After not being able to complete either song, Justin Hayward merged the two songs into one for the album
    I have attended about 25 Moody Blues concerts and this is the story Justin told himself on stage at one of the concerts.
  • Kyle from St.lois, MoI think this song is about Two different things. One is the Vietnam war, the other is the question to go back to the one that he used to love and wether or not going back to her will be the right thing to do. It could either be the best thing he ever did or it could just end up a dissaster. But thats just what I get from the song.
  • Brian from Meriden, CtI always loved the Moody Blues. And their name. Now that's a cool band-name. I got turned onto their sound actually by my Dad. (Yes, I did have a life - just have a cool dad.) He had the Seventh Sojourn album and played it for me just after I had gotten really interested in the Beatles at around age 12, 13. This is one of the best and sincere progressive bands of all time. No pomp and pretense here. Early on they were quite an all-out r&b band too, typified by 1965's "Go Now."
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScI heard that "Question" was actually two songs that werw put together to form one song.
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcWith the album A Question of Balance the band concentrated on songs that, unlike those on recent albums, were not too difficult to reproduce on tour.
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