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 thru the fairy-land of love,
If you'll just come with me and see the beauty of
[Repeat 1st & 2nd verses]
Tuesday Afternoon was the second single release from the Moody Blues’ album Days of Future Passed, and it did considerably better than the first attempt, Nights in White Satin, which didn’t even make it to the Top 100 in the U.S. upon its release in November 1967 (though it did reach #19 in the UK). As the song is strongly reminiscent of A Day in the Life by the Beatles, it already sounded a bit retro a year after the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The theme of “an ordinary day” was indeed a favorite theme of the Beatles in 1967, but it was beginning to sound a little stale. The long run on the word “sigh” between the A & B sections is directly drawn from the long Beatles chorus in A Day in the Life at the point of “I fell into a dream…”
The days of such music were passing. But in one aspect, Tuesday Afternoon looks ahead. Even though the album Days of Future Passed was heavily orchestrated by the Peter Knight and the London Festival Orchestra, this particular song relies on a mellotron played by Mike Pindar to provide most of the soaring sonic effects. Rather than using the mellotron to express outer space or some eerie distortion of Western musical scales, Pindar plays it conservatively, as a substitute for a full orchestra, much as the Zombies had used the instrument in their album Odessey and Oracle. It isn’t until the coda of Tuesday Afternoon that an actual orchestral instrument is introduced to the melody, a flute played by Ray Thomas.