Written and composed by Justin Hayward. It was first featured as the segment "The Night" on the album Days of Future Passed. When first released as a single in 1967, it reached number 19 on the UK Singles Chart and number 103 in the United States in 1968.


Band member Justin Hayward wrote and composed the song at age 19 in Swindon, and titled the song after a girlfriend gave him a gift of satin bedsheets. The song itself was a tale of a yearning love from afar, which leads many aficionados to term it as a tale of unrequited love endured by Hayward. Hayward said of the song, "It was just another song I was writing and I thought it was very powerful. It was a very personal song and every note, every word in it means something to me and I found that a lot of other people have felt that very same way about it."


The London Festival Orchestra provided the orchestral accompaniment for the introduction, the final rendition.


The Moody Blues with The World Festival Orchestra - Nights in White Satin | Legend of a Mind - Live The Royal Albert Hall London, England 2000


Justin Hayward – Vocals, Guitar

John Lodge – Bass guitar, Vocals

Ray Thomas – Vocals, flute, percussion

Graeme Edge –Drums, percussion


Additional personnel


Paul Bliss – Keyboards

Bias Boshell – Keyboards

Gordon Marshall – Drums

Tracy Graham – backing vocals

Sue Shattock – backing vocals






Lyrics


Nights in white satin,

Never reaching the end,

Letters I've written,

Never meaning to send.

Beauty I'd always missed

With these eyes before,

Just what the truth is

I can't say anymore.

'Cause I love you,

Yes, I love you,

Oh, how, I love you.

Gazing at people,

Some hand in hand,

Just what I'm going thru

They can understand.

Some try to tell me

Thoughts they cannot defend,

Just what you want to be

You will be in the end,

And I love you,

Yes, I love you,

Oh, how, I love you.

Oh, how, I love you.

Nights in white satin,

Never reaching the end,

Letters I've written,

Never meaning to send.

Beauty I'd always missed

With these eyes before,

Just what the truth is

I can't say anymore.

'Cause I love you,

Yes, I love you,

Oh, how, I love you.

Oh, how, I love you.

'Cause I love you,

Yes, I love you,

Oh, how, I love you.

Oh, how, I love you.