Moody Blues – I Know You’re Out There Somewhere

The Moody Blues hit big in the early 80s. I first got into them in the late 70s and I had all of their albums up to Seventh Sojourn. When Long Distance Voyager came out in 1981 a new generation of fans was made.

After I graduated in 85 I heard the single “Your Wildest Dreams” the following year and loved it. I remember the video on MTV and then a few years later in 1988 I heard this song. I could tell by the video alone it was essentially a sequel to Your Wildest Dreams. Guitarist/singer/songwriter Justin Hayward wrote both songs.

Sometimes we kick ourselves over missed opportunities and I do regret not seeing the Moodies live. I never looked at them as prog rock…they were just The Moody Blues…somewhat in a genre by themselves in some ways.

The song peaked at #30 in the Billboard 100, #52 in the UK, #15 in Canada in 1988. This was the band’s last top 40 single in the United States.

Justin Hayward: “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.”

Justin Hayward: “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.”

Since the two songs were connected…here they are.

I Know You’re Out There Somewhere

I know you’re out there somewhere
Somewhere, somewhere
I know I’ll find you somehow
Somehow, 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
‘Cos 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

[Interlude:]
You see I know you’re out there somewhere
O yes I know you’re out there somewhere
You see I know I’ll find you somehow
O 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 can feel you getting near
And soon we’ll be returning
To the fountain of our youth
And if you wake up wondering
In the darkness 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

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

29 thoughts on “Moody Blues – I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”

  1. Many good albums from these boys. My wife is a fan and has a few. Regretfully, I never saw them live, and I can’t remember why? Some years back, they did a concert at Red Rock and it was televised on PBS, early 2000s. Another splendid contribution from across the pond.

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  2. Great songs both, their last hurrah I guess but they sure did rebound nicely in the 80s after being low-profile most of the 70s (after ‘Nights in White Satin”s rerelease)

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    1. They did make a heck of a oomeback… a great quality album in Long Distance Voyager. I loved their early seventies output also… Story In Your Eyes, Ride My See-Saw, and Question…

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      1. ‘Story in Your Eyes’ is fantastic. Their Greatest Hits album was one of the first CDs I ever had…literally. When I first bought a CD player, when they were quite new and expensive the store gave me three or maybe 4 free CDs to go with it, out of a rack of a couple dozen titles. It was one I picked and was quite glad I did. I think Simon & Garfunkel’s GH was another of them.

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      2. See I should have got the greatest hits but I kept ordering the complete albums through our friend Columbia House.

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  3. Always considered them a bit ‘soft’ for me. ‘Knights in White Satin’ takes me right back to a time and place and I still love that song. And I have to say I’ve mellowed a wee bit with age so I’m more likely to listen to them nowadays than when I was young(er.) 😉

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    1. I like their early seventies period like Story In Your Eyes the best. Love their album covers…

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  4. First thought when I hear ‘Moody Blues’ is ‘Nights In White Satin.’ Everything else is relegated to ‘oh yeah, they did those other songs…’ The band and song feel tied to one another, one completes the other.

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  5. I enjoyed this post. My favorite of the two companion songs was/is Your Wildest Dreams, but I do like both very much. I don’t want to rub it in for those of you who haven’t seen the Moodies perform live, but I have been privileged to see them perform these songs, and their other hits in their setlist. Their performance made it worth the effort to get there. I too like their 1970s songs, and all of the Long Distance Voyager album.

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    1. Me also on the Wildest Dreams being my favorite of the two.
      Even though…I’m known for not liking the 80s…they never feel into that 80s production stuff…they sounded like them! Not Madonna like…
      I only grow in my fandom yearly. I had a chance at the Ryman a while back…stupid me didn’t go.

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      1. Darn, the Ryman show would have been a good one. About the 80s stuff, I don’t know where to find the interview now, but I remember Graeme the drummer once saying he had refused to let them replace him with electronic drum sounds. He said he’d sue them if they tried. He may have been what saved their sound from the worst of the 80s.

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    1. He really does. Funny….I moan about most 80s productions but the Moody Blues…sounded like themselves. I do like Wildest Dreams more.

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      1. I feel like the biggest issue was older stars struggling to adapt and getting bogged down in 1980s sounds. And even then there are good efforts like Your Wildest Dreams or Jackson Browne’s Lawyers in Love.

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      2. That is a good theory. I’m re-reading a Gregg Allman book and he talked about the 80s in the same way…how established acts went over board trying to stay modern.

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