“Red is grey and yellow, white…but we decide which is right…and which is an illusion?” I’ve always loved this epic masterpiece about lovesick, sleepless nights, featuring the London Festival Orchestra. The sound is trippy, soothing, beautiful, and almost frightening. With the exception of rap or any lyric poetry, I believe it’s the last time a poem appeared in a hit song.

The poem is actually called “Late Lament” by Graeme Edge.

It’s too bad that nobody is writing long form music like this anymore. It’s not because most of today’s songwriters are young…Justin Hayward wrote this song when he was 19!  The poetic Nights in White Satin, will appear in this weekend’s American Top 40 from 1972.

To hear the entire Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 every week, tune into ’70s on 7 Saturdays at Noon ET, Sundays at 9 am ET and Mondays at 12 am ET.

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