Song Lyric Sunday — All In a Day’s Work

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, Jim Adam’s has given us the theme of Days of the Week. I am sure that there are many songs for every day of the week, so I don’t think anyone will have any problems coming up with their picks this week. The difficulty is that there are so many songs that mention days of the week that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. But when all was said and done, I narrowed it down to “Tuesday Afternoon.”

“Tuesday Afternoon” was a 1968 single by English rock band the Moody Blues. It was the second single from their 1967 album, Days of Future Passed. The first single from that album was “Nights in White Satin.”

“Tuesday Afternoon” was written by the band’s lead singer Justin Hayward, who explained: “I sat down in a field, smoked a ‘funny African cigarette,’ and that song just came out.” Hayward had a dog named Tuesday, but the song, he said, had nothing to do with his dog. “It just so happened we were sitting in the field together, that’s all,” Hayward explained. “But it was a Tuesday afternoon and I did smoke a joint and it was down there where I come from in the West Country and this song just came out.”

It’s a lovely, melodic, symphonic song with the London Festival Orchestra performing the final orchestral rendition of the chorus on the album version (below). And as I read the lyrics, I can certainly see the influence marijuana had on the composition of the song.

Here are the lyrics to “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
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
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh

25 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — All In a Day’s Work

  1. newepicauthor November 8, 2020 / 5:38 am

    I used to love getting stoned and lay back on my bed and listen to this song. Tuesday Afternoon has a surreal quality about it, “Those gentle voices have me looking at myself reflections of my mind”.

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  2. bushboy November 8, 2020 / 6:28 am

    Love the Moody Blues. The mood changes in this song are fantastic. Great choice 🙂

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  3. Marleen November 8, 2020 / 10:00 am

    Days of Future Passed was my first favorite album. Before that had been nursery rhymes or stories (I especially like the kind with a book to go with it), musicals (which I would sing to myself as I went to sleep), and holiday music.

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    • Fandango November 8, 2020 / 10:22 pm

      I still am. I saw them live in concert about 15 years ago and they still sounded great (but looked old).

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      • pensitivity101 November 9, 2020 / 6:05 am

        I had all their albums but sadly they were all given away when we bought the boat as we had nowhere to put them, or anything to play them on anyway.

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        • Fandango November 9, 2020 / 10:53 am

          When we moved from the east coast to the west coast a dozen years ago, I gave away all of my vinyl albums, but I still have all of the Moody Blues albums in the music folder on my iPhone.

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          • pensitivity101 November 9, 2020 / 12:09 pm

            I have a CD of Blue Jays but nothing else now. I don’t listen to very much now anyway.

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  4. J-Dub November 8, 2020 / 3:05 pm

    Ah yes, a favorite of mine. I almost went there too.

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    • Fandango November 8, 2020 / 10:30 pm

      It is one of their best, but they have so many great songs.

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  5. Lisa Coleman November 13, 2020 / 9:03 am

    Love it! So glad you shared it this week! I wasn’t a stoner, but I still appreciate all their music! 🙂

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