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The Moody Blues: Question Lyrics

Updated on October 17, 2014

'Question' Lyrics

"Question" is a 1970 single by the English progressive rock band The Moody Blues. It was written by guitarist Justin Hayward, who provides lead vocals. "Question" was first released as a single in April 1970, and was later featured as the lead track on the 1970 album 'A Question of Balance'.

Originally, the song itself was also to have been named "A Question of Balance," but was shortened to "Question."

The lyrics of the chorus, which are...

..."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!"...

...represented the feelings and attitude toward the Vietnam War.

The single also features the song "Candle of Life" on its B-side, which was from the Moody Blues previous album 'To Our Children's Children's Children'.

Moody Blues Band

"Question" was recorded in one take!

Justin Hayward: acoustic guitar, vocals

John Lodge: bass guitar

Mike Pinder: mellotron

Ray Thomas: tambourine

Graeme Edge: drums, percussion

At the time, "Question" was a simple recording for the Moody Blues. Their previous album, To Our Children's Children's Children, featured songs which included many different sounds provided by overdubbing and double-tracking. Unfortunately, this made most of the songs on the album unable to be performed live. For this reason, "Question" was recorded in one take, and did not need any overdubbing or double-tracking, making it easy for the Moody Blues to perform live.

"Question"

written by Justin Hayward

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?

'Cos 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?

'Cos when we stop and look around us,

There is nothing that we need,

In a world of persecution

That is burning in its greed.

Question of Balance Album

A Question of Balance is a 1970 album by The Moody Blues. The album was an attempt by the group to strip down their well-known lush, psychedelic sound in order to be able to better perform the songs in concert. In order to be able to play as many new songs as possible from their new album live, the group decided (temporarily) to abandon their method of heavy overdubbing for A Question of Balance.

For the first time, The Moody Blues used political strife as a basis for songwriting with the UK number two hit in May 1970, "Question", which dealt with the controversy resulting from the ongoing Vietnam War.

Released in 1970, the album reached #1 in the UK and #3 in the U.S. However, the group would abandon the stripped-down sounds of A Question of Balance for the lusher sounds of their next two albums, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and Seventh Sojourn.

In March 2006 the album was remastered into SACD format and repackaged with six extra tracks.

Side one

  1. "Question" (Justin Hayward) - 5:40
  2. "How Is It (We Are Here)" (Mike Pinder) - 2:48
  3. "And The Tide Rushes In" (Ray Thomas) - 2:57
  4. "Don't You Feel Small" (Graeme Edge) - 2:40
  5. "Tortoise And The Hare" (John Lodge) - 3:23

Side two

  1. "It's Up To You" (Hayward) - 3:11
  2. "Minstrel's Song" (Lodge) - 4:27
  3. "Dawning Is The Day" (Hayward) - 4:22
  4. "Melancholy Man" (Michaël Pinder) - 5:49
  5. "The Balance" (Edge/Thomas) - 3:33

Bonus tracks

on the SACD version:

  1. Mike's Number One (Previously Unreleased)
  2. Question (Alternate Version)
  3. Minstrel's Song (Original Mix)
  4. It's Up To You (Original Mix)
  5. Don't You Feel Small (Original Mix)
  6. Dawning Is The Day (Full Original Mix)

I noticed in the reviews the differences noted between this and the Red Rocks concert.

So, I tried this one and it is excellent. All the old Moodies cuts are here, especially:

  • I'm Just A Singer
  • Nights in White Satin
  • Legened of A Mind
  • Question
  • Ride My See-Saw

This is a fabulous collection.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      The lyrics really make you think.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The first time I heard Question was in June of 1970 and it really was like a shot heard around the world, or at least across the Atlantic. I immediately went out and bought the album and still have the CD. It absolutely resonated with me and many, many others. Still a GREAT song and a GREAT album!

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      JohnMichael2 5 years ago

      nice lens ... a big boom for you!

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      xanthoria24 5 years ago

      I'm a Moody Blues fan. When I was an undergraduate I was obsessed with them, and tried to make my pre-calculus textbook more interesting by covering it with pictures of Justin Hayward. I was fortunate enough to get to see them in concert too! I never looked into what various songs were about, so thanks for letting me know.

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      MJSchrader 6 years ago

      Moody Blues are wonderful! It seems whenever I need to reflect on life, pause or change something I am drawn to their songs and albums. Thank you so much for posting this lens about them.

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      Bluesssman 6 years ago

      I love the Moody Blues! Some of their songs are ones I learned when I was first teaching myself to play guitar. Thanks for a great lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i can only hope that more and more young people these days will open their minds and listen to the words of all the Moody Blues Songs. I am 57 now and I began listing to these guys in 1967

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      worldbuilder lm 8 years ago

      Without a question this is my favorite Moody Blues track. I sat for half of forever replaying the single to take down the lyrics, they remain in my writer's notebook that I turn to for my own inspiration. The tempo and mood changes still fascinate me. Great lens. 5*

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      AlienAlien117 8 years ago

      I can only echo every comment I read here,the band is by far responsible for more great music than any other group I'm aware of.Once you listen to the words, the music and learn the words you will have a song in your head for any occasion Love is an amazing power and this music is all about love .You may feel the World is in a "Slide Zone" but keep on keeping on........like the band we are all long distance voyageurs..........travelling Eternity road........thank God for the song we can sing.........when you have the greatest of the keys to the kingdom.........you can always count on a friend to walk with you to the next bend.The River of endless Love has a source it's called Heaven, if the Moody Blues are the only band I find there I'll be happy to stay there forever.Those of you who understand my rave if I don't meet you here I'm sure I'll meet you there.....Thanks for creating this lens Justin and John did an album "The Blue Jays" if you have never heard it you should........Go Now?

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      BarbaraEyre 8 years ago

      The Moody Blues have been my favorite band since I was 7 years old (28 yrs now). All their songs are magical in their own right. Question has been not only a fan favorite as their concerts, but also one of my favorites. There's just something about the song - so simple in lyrics and melody - yet so deep in its message. I can never stop thanking the Moody Blues for all they have written and performed.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      How true those words ring today. In this time of uncertainty they still carry weight. The Moodies put it like no one else could or has since.

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      I don't listen to music as much as I used to not even the oldies or classics

      but these guy have a message in their words the best is 'Question' ..'Cos when we stop and look around us,There is nothing that we need, In a world of persecution That is burning in its greed... great message

      Thank You

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      TLC33 9 years ago

      I love the Moody Blues, their nusic has so much meaning and memories for me. My favorite album is 'On the threshold of a dream'. This is a lovely lens, 5 stars and favorite!

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      CleanerLife 9 years ago

      The song is just incredible, great topic for a Lens!

      Question has always been one of my favorite songs. The 12 string guitar has such a beautiful sound, and Justin's voice has such emotion. It's hard to imagine anyone else singing this song.

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      Mickie Goad 9 years ago

      Love the Moody Blues. Saw them live a long time ago.

      When my husband died in 1994, the Moody Blues meant a lot to me. Especially this song. I am convinced that the composer lost someone in his life.

      Lots of memories here for me. It helped me survive my widowhood. Thanks for reviving my memories of this song and how it helped me survive. AND move on.