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Heaven & Earth
Heaven & Earth is YES‘ twenty-first studio album. released on 16 July 2014 on Frontiers Records. It is their first album with singer Jon Davison in the band’s line-up, and the final studio album to feature original bassist Chris Squire before his death in 2015.

It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker, who first worked with the band on recording sessions in 1979, and mixed by Billy Sherwood. Upon its release, Heaven & Earth peaked at number 20 in the UK, the band’s highest chart performance since their 1994 album Talk.

Personnel

Jon Davison
Vocals

Geoff Downes
Keyboards

Steve Howe
Guitars, Vocals

Chris Squire
Bass, Vocals

Alan White
Percussion

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Lyrics

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BELIEVE AGAIN

So I climbed to the height of a mountain line
Is there a vision here
Woven to touch
And all to capture light?
Surely the stream of consciousness
Flows to the sea
Where drifting I found
That I can be
I’m really getting to know the empty space
Beneath the surface of common days

There I knelt at the foot of an open sky
Is it by faith, not time
The sun does climb
To light the path for us?
And I can embrace where I’m going
Tomorrow has already found me

I used to believe in a love watching over
I want to believe in that love yet again
I lost my touch to handle with kid gloves
In the rough game of push and shove
I lost sight
I used to believe in your love
To be believed in
Once more tonight

Will you speak to me fathers?
Grant me the words
That one day I’ll be called to speak
And finally I am here understanding
The clear and constant page
Despite the shroud of material ways
Where dreaming the sound
A new found freedom

I used to believe in a love watching over
I want to believe in that love yet again
If you lose your touch to handle with kid gloves
In the hard game of push and shove
Don’t lose sight
You can still receive the love
To be believed in
Once more tonight

Surely this dream of consciousness
Flows to the sea
Where drifting I found
That I can be
I’m really getting to know the empty space
Beneath the surface of common days
Where dreaming the sound
A new found freedom

I used to believe in a love watching over
I want to believe in that love yet again
If it all comes down to push and shove
Remember to lift your heart above the fight
You can still receive the love
To be believed in

To turn wrong to right
Beyond all the pain and the strife
Ride the turning tide
Lift a strength deep inside
We can transform wrong to right

We can still receive the love
To be believed in
Once more tonight


WRITTEN BY

Jon Davison/Steve Howe


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – Vocals, Acoustic Guitars
Geoff Downes – Keyboard, Computer Programming
Alan White – Drums, Percussion
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars, Vocals

THE GAME

We all know the rules, the game
Us fools, still we play the same
As if our days remain
Our lives, the end will validate
It’s more to do than to say
The love we gave along the way

Through fleeting days and all that greys
It’s times like these as true love stays
I always knew through thick and thin
It’s here that I’d begin again

I’m standing here
At your door
With all my defenses down

We all know the rules, the game
Us fools, still we play the same
As if our days remain
Our lives, the end will validate
It’s more to do than to say
What we gave along the way
The big picture we now engage
Our scenes here set on the stage terrestrial

Reversing the flow
Here to grow
We’re all rehearsing, you know
Come the final fade out

We all know the rules, the game
Us fools, still we play the same
As if our days remain
Our lives, the end will validate
It’s more to do than to say
What we gave along the way

Through Fleeting days and all that greys
It’s times like these as true love stays
I always knew through thick and thin
It’s here that I’d begin again

I’m standing here
At your door
With all my defenses down

We all know the rules, the game
Us fools, still we play the same
As if our days remain
Our lives, the end will validate
It’s more to do than to say
What we gave along the way


WRITTEN BY

Chris Squire/Jon Davison/Gerard Johnson


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – Vocals
Geoff Downes – Keyboard, Computer Programming
Alan White – Drums, Percussion
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars, Vocals

STEP BEYOND

You told me so
If I don’t let go
I’d never know
The joy freedom brings

I told you so
As the grass will grow
Turn your hand
Back to the land

As the sun will shine
In the moon’s decline
There’s a truth to hear
So open wide

If your mind is still
There’s no bitter pill
When you reach
When you reach that hill

Beg, steal, rob, run, hide
Beg, steal, no disguise

Take one step beyond
One step beyond

Why such resistance
To reach out from behind our walls?
Elevated pride leads to a fall
We settle for small, blind identity
Forgetting all that we truly are
Get up off that shelf
Make the bold, the brave leap
outside yourself
Beyond…

You told me so
If I don’t let go
I’d never know
The joy freedom brings
I told you so
As the grass will grow
Turn your hand
Back to the land

As the sun will shine
In the moon’s decline
There’s a truth to hear
So open wide
If your mind is still
There’s no bitter pill
When you reach
When you reach that hill

Beg, steal, rob, run, hide
Beg, steal, no disguise

Take one step beyond
One step beyond
Beyond…


WRITTEN BY

Steve Howe/Jon Davison


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – Vocals
Geoff Downes – Keyboard, Computer Programming
Alan White – Drums, Percussion
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars, Vocals

TO ASCEND

Were you drifting
On a strange tide?
Collecting visions
From the other side?
Caught between day and night
You were stealing moments past hours
of your life
And balancing on
The edge of a knife

Memories of once longer days
They keep on flooding back
The adventurous times when we
traveled life’s road
Though we were often blind
But with a lot more heart
And for each other
Taking the time

On a wing and a prayer
A wounded bird in the hand
With the eyes of a child
Come to understand
I will open the book
Raise the pen
Let it reinvent
My life again
Take me from where I am
As a freed bird
Flies from the hand
To ascend, to ascend

Were you catching
The last train to nowhere?
Playing out scenes
Of dark desert days?
Put it behind you now
Call out those bleak shadows from your mind
And never again
Slip through the cracks

Memories of once longer days
They keep on flooding back
The adventurous times when we
traveled life’s road
Though we were often blind
But with a lot more heart
And for each other
Taking the time

On a wing and a prayer
A wounded bird in the hand
With the eyes of a child
Come to understand
I will open the book
Raise the pen
Let it reinvent
My life again
Take me from where I am
As a freed bird
Flies from the hand
To ascend, to ascend


WRITTEN BY

Jon Davison/Alan White


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – Vocals
Geoff Downes – Keyboard, Computer Programming
Alan White – Drums, Percussion
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars, Vocals

IN A WORLD OF OUR OWN

What’s wrong with a new revolution?
Who’s playing God on any given day?
Why put yourself through so much pressure?
Here we go again

Where were you when I needed you?
I was caught up in a crazy whirlwind
Then I saw your face in the crowd
You were somebody else then
Somebody else then

Why must you always lie to me?
One big mistake
We’re headed for heartbreak
You can whet your appetite anywhere
As long as you do
Your cooking at home
Right back where it began
Why can’t we be like we were then?
Living in a world of our own
In a world of our own

What’s right about a false evolution?
Must be lonely playing God all the while
‘Bout time you hail a taxi for that ego
You’re in a world all your own
In a world all your own

Your bleeding heart case made the headlines
Tomorrow lining every waste bin
You had to go and reinvent the rainy day
I was left out in the cold then
Stuck out in the rain again

Why must you always lie to me?
I know, for sure
You’re gonna reap what you sow
You can whet your appetite anywhere
As long as you do
Your cooking at home
Right back where it began
Why can’t we be like we were then?
Living in a world of our own
In a world of our own


WRITTEN BY

Jon Davison/Chris Squire


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – Vocals
Geoff Downes – Keyboard, Computer Programming
Alan White – Drums, Percussion
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars, Vocals

LIGHT OF THE AGES

A beacon is shining
‘Cross the cosmos, it’s guiding
Igniting the pathway for us
Through the winter of our lives
A faithful polestar arises
Within every heart
The courage to advance
Passed our plight at this stage is
The light of the ages

When troubles lay me low
As fierce winds blow
Turn my gaze beyond
To ride the inbound stream
There grace and mercy shine
And fear is a dream
Sorrow’s a dream

When darkness holds me down
And trials abound
Lift my gaze within
I’ll heed the primal sound
Exposing the grand scheme
I can see it’s a dream
Sorrow’s a dream

And a beacon is shining
‘Cross the cosmos, it’s guiding
Igniting the pathway for us
Through the winter of our lives
A faithful polestar arises
Within every heart
The courage to advance
Passed our plight at this stage is
The light of the ages

I will follow the all knowing
Ever glowing light
Through my soul’s long dark night

When darkness holds me down
And trials abound
Lift my gaze within
I’ll heed the primal sound
Exposing the grand scheme
I can see it’s a dream

And a beacon is shining
‘Cross the cosmos, it’s guiding
Igniting the pathway for us
Through the winter of our lives
A faithful polestar arises
Within every mind
The power to transcend
To perceive passed thought cages
The light of the ages
The light of the ages
I will follow
The light of the ages
Through my soul’s long dark night


WRITTEN BY

Jon Davison


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Geoff Downes – Keyboard, Computer Programming
Alan White – Drums, Percussion
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars, Vocals

IT WAS ALL WE KNEW

Knowing too much
Where the river might end up
After the windy road of
Misadventure

Feeling the wasting
Ideas, evaporating
Alone, still together
In mind and in spirit

Sweet we’re the fruits
Long were the summer days
It was all we knew

Time to reflect
Better days to resolve
That is by no means
Favour or coincidence

Sweet were the fruits
Long were the Summer days
It was all we knew

Everything’s so easy
Didn’t have to ask
Why we’re here

Sweet were the fruits
Long were the summer days
It was all we knew
All we knew
All we knew


WRITTEN BY

Steve Howe


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – Vocals
Geoff Downes – Keyboard, Computer Programming
Alan White – Drums, Percussion
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars, Vocals

SUBWAY WALLS

Life road, metaphysical
Journey existential
Or any way in between
Writings in our sacred halls
Mysteries unsolved
Like the ever changing tide
Versions of the truth rise and fall

Is there meaning in the stars
Or does graffiti on some subway wall
Hold the secrets to it all?
We fear it’s just too far
Past the safe and small identity
Of who we think we are
Is the answer in the stars?

One glimpse, way out
Of the ethereal
Electric revelation
Or just imagination
Venturing to find
The victory of game
It’s all a state of mind

Is there meaning in the stars
Or does graffiti on some subway wall
Hold secrets to it all?
We fear it’s just too far
Past the safe and small identity
Of who we think we are
Is the answer in the stars?

If the answer’s in the stars
Then the writings in our sacred halls
Hold purpose after all
True calling in the stars
Beyond the safe, the small identity
Of who we dream we are
An answer near, not far
Life meanings in the stars

Oh, wounded sparrow of my heart
Your time has come
So soon will you mend
All windows open to you now
Doubt falls away
Rise and transcend

Brave the battle that’s before you
Trans send
Brave the battle that’s before you
Trance end

As in the stories of how the ancients
From forests took flight


WRITTEN BY

Jon Davison/Geoff Downes


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – Vocals
Geoff Downes – Keyboard, Computer Programming
Alan White – Drums, Percussion
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Steve Howe – Electric, Acoustic, & Steel Guitars, Vocals


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