Dear Diary (song)
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|Song by The Moody Blues from the album On the Threshold of a Dream|
|Released||25 April 1969|
|Recorded||15–16 January 1969|
The lyrics of "Dear Diary" draw inspiration from the Eastern concept of Maya (illusion), and basically describe a man's alienation from the illusions of normal society. He sees people "rushing around so senselessly" and posits that "if they weren't so blind, then surely they'd see, there's a much better way for them to be." In the bridge of the song, the narrator states:
"They don't know what they're playing, They've no way of knowing what the game is, Still they carry on, doing what they can."
The song itself has a slow, ethereal sound to it, and Ray Thomas's lead vocal track is run through a Leslie speaker for an eerie effect. In a moment of humor typical of Thomas's writing, the song ends with the narrator remarking that someone had exploded an H bomb, but not anyone he knew.
- Ray Thomas: lead vocals, flute, Leslie speaker, EMS VCS 3
- Justin Hayward: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals
- John Lodge: bass guitar, backing vocals
- Mike Pinder: mellotron, piano
- Graeme Edge: drums, percussion