Driftwood (The Moody Blues song)

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"Driftwood"
Single by The Moody Blues
from the album Octave
B-side "I'm Your Man"
Released 6 October 1978
Recorded January - April 1978
Length 5:02 (album)
3:57 (single)
Label Decca Records
Writer(s) Justin Hayward
Producer(s) Tony Clarke
The Moody Blues singles chronology
"Steppin' in a Slide Zone"
(1978)
"Driftwood"
(1978)
"Gemini Dream"
(1981)

"Driftwood" is a 1978 single by the English progressive rock band The Moody Blues. It was the second single released from the album Octave, after "Steppin' in a Slide Zone". Written by Justin Hayward, "Driftwood" is a slow love ballad, in a similar manner to "Nights in White Satin" and "Never Comes the Day."

"Driftwood" was also the final single to feature keyboardist Mike Pinder, who left the band shortly before the completion of Octave for personal reasons. He would later be replaced by former Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz.

Shortly after release, a promotional video was recorded for "Driftwood." The video features Patrick Moraz on the keyboards, although Mike Pinder is playing the keyboards in the actual recording. The song also includes an alto saxophone which is played by session musician R.A. Martin, although Ray Thomas is depicted playing the alto saxophone in the video.

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • R.A. Martin: horns, alto saxophone