In The Beginning (The Moody Blues Song)

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In The Beginning (The Moody Blues Song)

"In the Beginning" is a 1969 song by the progressive rock band The Moody Blues. Written by drummer Graeme Edge, it was released as the opening track on the album On the Threshold of a Dream.

On the Threshold of a Dream is a concept album about dreams, and "In the Beginning" introduces this theme. The track begins with a high-frequency electronic sound, which appears repeatedly on the album. As it begins, the mellotron provides an ascending orchestral sound, which ends abruptly when the verses begin.

The lyrics are spoken rather than sung, and it is the only Moody Blues spoken track to feature multiple members reciting the lyrics. The first part is recited by Justin Hayward, whose character is trying to figure out the meaning of life, says "I think, I think I am. Therefore, I am, I think." The next part, recited by Graeme Edge, who portrays the antagonist from a computer-dominated world, tries to lure the main character into a world of little human interaction due to technology running every aspect of life. Edge's vocal piece also features the sound of heavy machinery in the background.

Hayward's character then returns, refuting this lifestyle with "I'm more than that! I know I am. At least, I think I must be." The final part, recited by Mike Pinder, who is the inner self of the main character, convinces the main character to "keep on thinking free", which is part of the album's concept. The song ends by fading into the next track "Lovely to See You."

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... Justin Hayward vocals Mike Pinder vocals, mellotron Graeme Edge vocals, EMS VCS 3 The Moody Blues Graeme Edge John Lodge Justin Hayward Ray Thomas Mike Pinder Denny Laine Clint Warwick Rodney Clark Patrick Moraz Bias Boshell Studio albums The Magnificent Moodies Days of Future Passed In Search of the Lost Chord On the Threshold of a Dream To Our Children's Children's Children A Question of Balance Every Good Boy Deserves Favour Seventh Sojourn Octave Long Distance Voyager The Present The Other Side of Life Sur la Mer Keys of the Kingdom Strange Times December Live albums Caught Live + 5 A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Hall of Fame Lovely to See You Live Live at the BBC 1967-1970 Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 Compilations This Is The Moody Blues Prelude Greatest Hits Time Traveller The Best of The Moody Blues Anthology Gold An Introduction to The Moody Blues Singles "Steal Your Heart Away" "Go Now" "I Don't Want to Go On Without You" "From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)" "Everyday" "Stop!" "This Is My House (but Nobody Calls)" "Life's Not Life" "Fly Me High" "Love and Beauty" "Nights in White Satin" "Tuesday Afternoon" "Voices in the Sky" "Ride My See-Saw" "Never Comes the Day" "Watching and Waiting" "Question" "The Story in Your Eyes" "Isn't Life Strange" "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)" "Steppin' in a Slide Zone" "Driftwood" "Had to Fall in Love" "Gemini Dream" "The Voice" "Talking Out of Turn" "Blue World" "Sitting at the Wheel" "Running Water" "Your Wildest Dreams" "The Other Side of Life" "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" "No More Lies" "Say It With Love" "Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)" "English Sunset" "December Snow" Related articles Band members Discography. ...

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