Casual Analysis of Tuesday Afternoon Lyrics by the Moody Blues

What does Tuesday Afternoon by the Moody Blues mean? The day after Monday? I don't think so.

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Who cares about Tuesday Afternoon?

Who cares about a song written in 1967? Who? I do. I can't explain exactly why, this song came out a couple years before I was born. I figure maybe it was played a lot while I was in my Mom's womb, so I heard it second hand, through embryonic fluid. Truly though, if you've never heard of the Moody Blues, go to a swimming pool, with speakers underwater (they exist, I've been there) and have them crank "Tuesday Afternoon".

What is it about Tuesday Afternoon? It's just another day in the week. Just another day, ho hum, who cares? Of course, as artists' are apt to point out, that's the point, it's just another day. A regular day, a glorious thank the Great Spirit I'm alive! Day!

The lyrics of Tuesday Afternoon:

Tuesday Afternoon
by the Moody Blues


Tuesday afternoon,
I'm just beginning to see, now I'm on my way
It doesn't matter to me, chasing the clouds away.

Something, calls to me,
The trees are drawing me near, I've got to find out why?
Those gentle voices I hear, explain it all with a sigh.

I'm looking at myself reflections of my mind,
It's just the kind of day to leave myself behind.
So gently swaying through the fairyland of love,
If you'll just come with me you'll see the beauty of

Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, afternoon,
I'm just beginning to see, now I'm on my way.
It doesn't matter to me, chasing the clouds away.
Something, calls to me,
The trees are drawing me near, I've got to find out why

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Justin Hayward wrote the song originally, sitting on his British lawn in his sneakers with his guitar. Truly this is one of those rare moments in life, just sitting there, sublimely, when the sun hits this homo sapiens sapiens just right. The words come out, and ordinary life is exalted to an extraordinary level.

Hayward explains "the trees are drawing near" which is really the way many of us feel when we get outside for awhile, leaving the fluorescent lights and the cubicle behind.

He goes on to sing "I'm looking at myself reflections of my mind,
It's just the kind of day to leave myself behind."

Truly any of us, with a withering whisp of creativity left in us, can feel that emotion. Looking at yourself with that kind of revere, just enough to forget about yourself, and your existence long enough to only recognize your breathing. Certain songs lend themselves to existentialism, many Moody Blues songs do, and certainly Tuesday Afternoon is no different.

On a good day, the sun breaks through the clouds and shines on us like waverly beams of delicious goodness. Our bellies are full, our friends are around. Music is in the air and art is in front of our minds. It's just another day, but it's the best day, it's Tuesday Afternoon.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Ben, I'm going to show my age here by admitting the Moody Blues have been my favorite band for the last forty years. I've seen these guys in concert maybe 20 times--they are the only band I have not missed when they come around. I buy everything these folks put out. Put an alternate cover on a CD and I'll buy it again. Call me an old fogey? Okay. Call me square? Sure. I still like 'em.

One of the interesting things about this song is that Justin Hayward was a teenager when he wrote this. Imagine sitting in a field with a guitar as a 19-year old, and finding this inside you. It is an amazing thing to think about. How many creators (musical or otherwise) create something so lasting when they were so young?

One of the great tragedies of rock and roll is that the Moody Blues are not yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They deserve it.

Thanks for your tribute.

Mike


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Mike, I completely peg you for a Moody Blues guy, and I am correct and it feels good. If there's a heaven, they play a lot of Moody Blues. I've seen a fair number of bands, but never the Moody Blues, you are a lucky man. I didn't know Hayward was only 19 when he wrote this, that's great, thanks for the fact. I will think of it whenever I hear this song on another epic hot and sunny day in the future. By the way, I haven't been much in the mood to write lately, but seeing you pump out another sports piece I thought, shit if Mike can write about the Jayhawks or whomever again, I can express something! So here comes the Moodies!! Thanks for reading man.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Thanks, Ben. I'm enough of a fan that I came back for to write another comment. You know, it is basketball season and I am trying to write the basketball stuff when I think someone will want to read it, but I'm itching to get back to other things, too. You make me wanna do another hub about the Moodies, so we'll see. I wrote a hub awhile back about one of their albums, and I might do something like that again.

Gotta go put on another CD.

Have a good evening.

Mike


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks man, I know it's March madness, I'm more a lousy defensive player and a lousy shooter than a fan. I'm not a big sports fan but I appreciate the more unusual fan like yourself. I'm off to hunt down your Moodies hub, cool.

Best

Ben


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blackmarx 6 years ago from Rice Lake, WI

I can dig it man.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

I like your orangotan profile pic hombre, I feel like that often, ha!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Great stuff :-))


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Oops! Considering it's Friday I think I read this a few days too late! But it was good, nonetheless, Ben! Thanks!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

The Moody Blues are great. Thank you for your lovely hub.


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cheaptrick 6 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Hi Ben.I'm"Busier than a one legged man in an as kicking contest"getting Nomad ready for my annual pilgrimage lol,only enough time to read a few Hubs but you are one of my favorites and the Moody Blues are my second favorite band right behind Pink Floyd so here i am.Excellent Hub"Dude"lol

Mike,your Definitely not square.The old fogey thing gets hold of all of us.Welcome to the club bro.

BTW,you missed Seventh Sojourn in your album list Ben.

Thanks

Dean


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

De Greek

Ann

Hello

Thanks for all your encouragement! I appreciate it!


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Very well done hub.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

cheaptrick: thanks for taking the time. I hope your sojourn is a great adventure (and not a pain in the neck) I'm flattered that you took the time. My brother btw, is still doing well recovering in Florida, which if my memory serves me correct, we had a dialogue about before? Anyway, glad he's getting in touch with good folks down your way. I'm wondering if Nomad is your dog, Winnebago or your special someone? Between you and Mike, I'm realizing too that I need to explore the Moodies' albums further, thanks man!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thank you for your kind words entertianmetplus!


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JannyC 6 years ago

You know you maybe have something there on it being tranfered through the embryonic fluid. Cause My mom saw the exorsist when she was carrying me and I have never seen that movie but Its like I know that movie and it scares me to death. Trama from within the womb tragic.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Ben, I love the Moody Blues also. Great hub.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Hi Ben - I didn't need to play the video because the entire tune was playing in my head as I read your hub. I love "Tuesday Afternoon" and just about everything the Moody Blues wrote. I did see them in concert at Carnegie Hall a long time ago (I was just out of diapers of course). Thanks for the memories! thumbs up


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks for the comment Janny. The Exorcist was a tough one for me too, although I don't know if my Mom saw it when I was in the womb, I saw it when I was a boy and it scared me for many years! The Moody Blues on the other hand, the complete opposite, a pure mellow.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks for commenting Pamela.


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cheaptrick 6 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Hi Ben.Just popped in for a minute[HP is Like a Drug addiction]and read about your brother.Critical time is when he takes the first step back into the world.TONs of support,TONs of Real compliments[no BS]and he'll be fine.

This comment is redundant cause I'm sure you already know that!

Anything I can do to help out Ben,just say the word

Dean


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Wow GL seeing the Moody Blues at Carnegie Hall (or just about any musical group) must have been really something. I know what you mean about not playing the video, it's one of those songs constantly on replay in my mind too...


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Dean, I appreciate it. I have an old school friend down in Florida I thought of pointing him to in case he gets in a corner but I'm afraid, as much as I love that old friend, he might inadvertently be a bad influence. So if things ever get sticky for my brother I might take you up on it. Thanks for your kindness.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hiya, I just had to comment, as one of my favourite records of all time is , nights in white satin, by the Moody Blues. I think it must have been playing all the time i was a toddler or something, because it always relaxes me, and if I am stressed, I put it on and calm down! so it seems there are many closet Moody Blues fans on here! ha ha cheers nell


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Cheers Nell! I feel the same way, the Moodies can really mellow me out, something about those harmonies and their musicianship.


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whcobb 6 years ago from Fort Campbell, KY

As usual Ben... Good hub... I can't say that I have listened to Moody Blues much but after this, I will Youtube them and listen to some of their songs... Hopefully, can see a few live performances on there. It's been a while since I got a chance to read many hubs because of my change of mission here but I have finally gotten back to the internet. I will be going home for R&R leave in a few days and probably will not be on the net much there either because of the birth of my 2nd daughter but I will get back as much as I can because I really enjoy reading your articles... Enjoy the clicks bro as always. Be good man.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Big Bill, we get worried about you when you disappear for awhile. I haven't been writing or reading as much either lately, been trying to find some more employment. Good to hear from you though, and congratulations on your second daughter!


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whcobb 6 years ago from Fort Campbell, KY

Thanks... More employment? What exactly do you do for a living? I may have missed that somewhere. I'm always here just not always online... Have trouble with that sometimes especially when you are re-missioned to do something that should've been done 3-4 years ago before we decided to draw down troop levels here in Iraq. It seems like we are taking a step back with what we are doing. You see, when we are supposed to be doing less, we are doing more... We have built a new firebase and have taken a larger role in various activities here.... It's horrible. So, now, we go back to pretty much Year 1 of the war here and it feels like we are starting from scratch... Limited electricity and no access to home except for the 12 hours in which we get to come back to the main base here at FOB Sykes, just north of Mosul in Tal Afar, Iraq.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Yeah Bill I used to be a Private Investigator/Process Server but I gave that up to move back to my homestate of Wisconsin. I tried giving my art and writing career a go for awhile here but haven't been able to make the money I hoped I might. So now I've been scrambling to try and get just about anything, seems like I'm getting more call backs as I get closer to summer, one from the Zoo and one from Midas, couple part-time low pay jobs but work is work you know? Like I gotta tell you. Sorry to hear that it sounds like strategy has been bumped around by politics over there. I watched a real life story of a Canadian journalist that was captured I believe somewhere near Mosul and they thought he was an American spy and tortured him pretty bad, keep your wits about you. I hope you get a better living situation soon. Glad to here your coming home for awhile, take it easy Cochise!


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whcobb 6 years ago from Fort Campbell, KY

Yeah... Thanks man... I wish you the best in finding that elusive, decent employment opportunity. Just when you think you may not be able to find that opportunity, something will present itself.... Just remember... Attitude is the key to success!


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

I listened to the video as well. Great sharing of thoughts. more power.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Bill: Thanks, I just picked up a job at the zoo, the pay's not great, but it's the first job I've had in a long time where people are friendly to each other!

Teresa: Thank you for your comment! I appreciate it!


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bgamall 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

There is a pleasant melody to many of the Moody Blues songs after they stopped being a blues band and became what is now considered a great classic rock band. I am sure they inspired many British groups.

There is a lot of rock today with no musicality and no beauty in the songs.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

I agree with you bga, there isn't a lot of musicality in rock today. Not a lot of changes, and halfhearted attempts at endearing slow songs. Those European islanders know how to sing a tune!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Ben, I love the Moody Blues! Nights in White Satin has to be one of the most beautiful and erotic songs ever written!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks Habee! Arent' they though! Something about the Moody Blues makes me want to run away and live in the woods like a wildman!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Wonderful analysis of a great song. Thank you for this pleasure. I enjoyed it much.


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

Thanks James, for the kind compliment from a talented word sculptor such as yourself~~~!!!

Ben


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JBeadle 6 years ago from Midwest

Great hub and incorporation of prose with the Moody Blues classic. Who cares about the moody blues? You and me both brother!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

JBeadle! I'm just beginning to see! Now we're on our way!

Thanks for the addition!

Ben


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

I was twelve in 1963 so i was privileged enough to be infused with the sixties music as it came out from week to week. I loved the Moody Blues too, although the Beatles were and still are way up on a pedestal above everyone else. There were so many great groups and solo artists like Gerry and the Pacemakers who only lasted a few short year but left so much behind. It's nice to read about your passion for that particular song. Great little hublet. Cheers Ben


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA Author

AH!!!

I will hunt Gerry and the Pacemakers...

The Beatles are still hugely high up on my list as well. I can't find a favorite, George's clear spirit connection, John's chip on your shoulder peace activism, Pauls' impenetrable optimism, and Ringo, what's not to like about Ringo. Double time Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band! Nuff said.

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