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essential lines

Postby guilddigger » Wed Apr 23, 2003 7:56 pm

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>the way i see it, most yes songs contain a line that hits the head of the nail, so to speak. as we all know, jon's lyrics are more than above your average rock song.
no matter how whimsical they seem to be, there is always a line or two (or more) that shines like a diamond and speak of the simple things it takes to be a good human.
two of my favourites are,
'take the things you need in life, but remember the giving', from 'the prophet'. keep a balance, don't be greedy.
'a constant vogue of triumphs dislocate man so it seems', from ctte.
be humble. how easy it can be to loose your head. when the roman emperors came back from a successful battle, recieving the peoples cheers, a slave stood behind to whisper in their ear, 'don't forget that you are mortal'.
which line is the heart of the song for you?






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Postby fragilesi » Wed Apr 23, 2003 9:17 pm

Tom, excellent topic . . . I'm sure that I have one or two to add to the discussion!

But before I do I thought I'd share a slightly more "modernistic" version of interpreting <i>'a constant vogue of triumphs dislocate man so it seems</i>.

It could be a sad epitaph for the human race that our technological brilliance has given us a false impression that we can cure anything while the world disintegrates around us. It's just how I read the line the first time that I saw it.

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Postby guilddigger » Wed Apr 23, 2003 9:31 pm

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>i can easily agree with your interpretation simon!
you're so right. we build faster 'highways and starways', when resources should be focused on other, more urgent needs.
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Postby Independently Whole » Thu Apr 24, 2003 12:23 pm

“Oh closely guided plan, awaken in our heart”

This is my favorite Yes lyric outside of CTTE. Although I myself do not believe in a Supreme Being that guides us along, this line strikes me as comfortingly optimistic that all people can eventually dispense with ugliness and collectively we can achieve a better situation for everybody.
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Postby fragilesi » Thu Apr 24, 2003 8:35 pm

I've pedalled this one out a few times before but the opener from <i>Don't Kill The Whale</i> is one that has <i>dawned</i> on me recently . . .

You're first I'm last
You're thirst I'm asked to justify

It spans generations and in a sentence or so covers the whole issue of the kind of legacy being left for future generations by our short termist attitude to the world. How will our children explain our attitudes to the environment to their children? How will they ever justify the missing species or explain the legacy of our mindless use of fossil fuels and inability to address the problem?

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Okay, after this and my comments about the opener I guess that I had better come up with something more positive at some stage!

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Postby guilddigger » Thu Apr 24, 2003 8:43 pm

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>'no wonder the younger look at them in shame' sums that up pretty well i think.</font id='Comic Sans MS'>

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Postby tardistraveler » Fri May 09, 2003 6:07 am

Gosh, there's so many - where to start?

I always come back to Ritual:

"We receive all we venture to give"

"Lay upon me hold me around lasting ours
We love when we play"

Will think of others later, I'm sure!
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Postby Relayer » Wed Jun 04, 2003 8:58 am

Soon,oh soon the light
pass within and soothe this endless night
and wait here for you
our reason to be here

I can't begin to tell all the things these words have meant to me, I carry them with me evrywhere I go.

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Postby Dr_Yes » Mon Jun 16, 2003 9:02 pm

THis gets me every time:

Then according to the man who showed his outstretched arm to space,
He turned around and pointed, revealing all the human race.
I shook my head and smiled a whisper, knowing all about the place.
On the hill we viewed the silence of the valley,
Called to witness cycles only of the past.
And we reach all this with movements in between the said remark.

It somehow calls to something deep within, and maybe only half-remembered.
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Postby fragilesi » Tue Jun 17, 2003 2:27 am

Oh yes!

Close to the Edge has to be Jon at his best, these lines are wonderful, seeming to encompass everything and appearing to mean so much. And yet the real meaning just seems somehow out of reach, as if it's just over the horizon and you only have to wait for the sunrise to understand the message.

Oops! I think that I've been at the good doctor's medicine chest too!

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Postby guilddigger » Tue Jun 17, 2003 9:07 am

<font face='Comic Sans MS'>the more i listen to ctte the more the lyrics become clear to me. they may have been written in the 'jonish way' with words simply sounding good together, but in a spiritual way they make more and more sense to me.
especially after reading 'siddhartha' i realized the meaning of and why jon, be it conciously or subconciously, wrote those lyrics.
most every line hold a key to ascension, so to speak, as i put it in a topic some time ago.




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Postby rduke » Tue Jun 17, 2003 11:38 am

I've always liked, from Fragile:

Love comes to you and you follow
Lose one on to the heart of sunrise
Sharp...Distance...
How can the wind with its arms around me

And a different, yet same, imparted emotion with each verse. It's a lonely world out there.


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Postby YesThatIsHowe » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:53 pm

"On to Hell!"

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