Automation Is the Cry

‘Long Summer Days’ is a Moody Blues song written and sung by Justin Hayward that came out on their 1977 Caught Live + 5 album.  This song was a throwaway, a previously unreleased rare studio recording that took place in either 1967 or 1968.  Due to interpersonal strife, the Moody Blues called it quits between their 1972 eighth album Seventh Sojourn and their 1978 ninth album Octave.  Their keyboardist Mike Pinder left the group following Octave, because he didn’t want to tour any more.  In an attempt to satisfy all of the hungry Moodies fans, Threshold Records released this 4 sided, 19 track vintage concert recording from a 1969 Royal Albert Hall show.  The “+5” studio tracks were re-released on their 1987 album Prelude.

As the Earth circles the Sun, it tilts on its axis, and we get different seasons, and during Summer with Daylight saving time, we get more sunlight, making the days longer.  Justin Hayward is having difficulty with the days being longer, because he is not sure how to spend his time.  He feels that Utopia is within his grasp, but the world is moving too fast.  Hayward starts pointing a finger at Automation, thinking that workers might become mindless slaves to the machines.  Nobody seems to understand him, and his thoughts are turning rotten.  Justin longs to start again, going back to an earlier time.

Long summer days, I keep thinking
What to do with my time
So many ways, I keep sinking
What’s to do with my time
(Take me back) I’ve got time
Take me back, I don’t mind
(Take me back) and let me start again
What’s to do in our time
Time hurries by, I keep thinking
Don’t let it by, just keep thinking
What’s to do in our time
Take me back, I don’t mind
(Take me back) I’ve got time
(Take me back) and let me start again
Utopia’s within our sight (Utopia)
Though you think the world’s too fast
Don’t kick it or we lose it
It’s that way ‘cause we choose it
Automation is the cry (Automation)
Our minds have been forgotten
To understand me, you must try
My thoughts are turning rotten
Oh, please, please
Please, please
Don’t mess it up now for me
Don’t sit there and condemn me
What’s to do with my time
Please, please, please
Long summer days, I keep thinking
So many ways, I keep sinking
What’s to do with my time
(Take me back) I’ve got time
Take me back, I don’t mind
(Take me back) and let me start again
Ah, ah, ah, ah long summer days

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Automated, Mechanized, Modernized, Robotic suggested by Melanie B Cee of Sparks From A Combustible Mind.

15 thoughts on “Automation Is the Cry

    1. Drummer and sole constant member Graeme Edge died on 11 November 2021, at the age of 80. Upon Edge’s death, Justin Hayward announced that the Moody Blues had no longer been active since Edge had retired in 2018.

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  1. I have never heard of this song but I love it! I really love the smooth backing vocals in the chorus. Added this to my music playlist!

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