Topographic Drama Live Across America

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Topographic Drama Live Across America



Topographic Drama – Live Across America
In the Summer of 2016, YES embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album ‘Drama’ in its entirety – for the first time ever – plus sides one and four from YES’ 1973 double-album ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’ (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like ‘Roundabout’ and ‘Starship Trooper’.

Rhino salutes the influential progressive rockers – who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year – with the new live album, TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA – LIVE ACROSS AMERICA. The music will be available on 24th November as a Double-CD and a Triple-LP. Both versions feature detailed cover art designed by the band’s longtime collaborator Roger Dean.

Personnel

Steve Howe
Guitar

Alan White
Drums

Geoff Downes
Keyboards

Billy Sherwood
Bass, Vocals

Jon Davison
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Jay Schellen
Drums

Topographic Drama

TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA – LIVE ACROSS AMERICA highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 12-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band’s tenth studio album, which peaked at No.2 on the U.K. Album Chart. Standouts include ‘Machine Messiah’, ‘Tempus Fugit’ and the album’s only single ‘Into The Lens’.

After ‘Drama’, the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: ‘And You And I’ from 1972’s ‘Close To The Edge’ (UK Platinum) and ‘Heart Of The Sunrise’ from 1971’s ‘Fragile’ (UK Platinum).

Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, ‘Tales From Topographic Oceans’ (1973). Howe’s exceptional guitar work on ‘The Revealing Science Of God’ and White’s propulsive drumming on ‘Ritual’ have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: ‘Roundabout’ from ‘Fragile’ (1971) and ‘Starship Trooper’ from ‘The Yes Album’ (1971).

Among the world’s most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES was founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award® winning recording artists have sold more than 50 million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.

2018 marks half a century since the formation of YES and to celebrate this remarkable milestone YES will embark on a 13-date UK/European tour next March – #YES50. YES also headline their Cruise to the Edge from 3rd-8th February from Tampa and visiting Belize and Mexico. Only a few cabins remain.

Lyrics

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MACHINE MESSIAH

Part I

Run down a street
Where the glass shows
That summer has gone
Age, in the doorways
Resenting the pace of the dawn.
All of them standing in line
All of them waiting for time.
From time, the great healer,
The machine-Messiah
Is born.

Cables that carry the life
To the cities we build
Threads that link diamonds of life
To the satanic mills
Ah, to see in every way
That we feel it every
Day, and know that
Maybe we’ll change
Offered the chance
To finally unlearn our lessons
And alter our stance.

Part II

Friends make their way into systems of chance
(reply- friends make their way of escape into systems of chance)
Escape to freedom I need to be there
Waiting and watching, the tables are turning
I’m waiting and watching
I need to be there.

I care to see them walk away
And, to be there when they say
They will return.

Machine, Messiah
The mindless
Search for a higher
Controller
Take me to the fire
And hold me
Show me the strength of your
Singular eye.

Part III

History dictating symptoms of ruling romance
Claws at the shores of the water upon which we dance
All of us standing in line
All of us waiting for time
To feel it, all the way
And to be there when they
Say they know that
Maybe we’ll change
Offered the chance
To finally unlearn our lessons
And alter our stance.

Machine, machine Messiah.
Take me into the fire

Hold me, machine Messiah
And show me
The strength of your singular eye.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson/Trevor Rabin/Chris Squire/Trevor Horn


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion

HOLD ON

Justice to the left of you
Justice to the right
Speak when you are spoken to
Don’t pretend you’re right
This life’s not for living
It’s for fighting and for war
No matter what the truth is
Hold on to what is yours

Jigsaw puzzle traitors
Set to spill the beans
Constitution screw up
Shattering the dreams
Blood flows in the desert
Dark citadels burning too
Watch! Look over your shoulder
This one is strictly for you

Hold on – Hold on
Wait maybe the answer’s
Looking for you

Hold on – Hold on
Wait! Take you time
Think it through
Yes! I can make it through

Hold on – Hold on
Sunshine shine on through
Hold on – Hold on
Sunshine shine on you

See it through

Talk the simple smile
Such platonic eye
How they drown in incomplete capacity
Strangest of them all
When the feeling calls
How we drown in stylistic audacity
Charge the common ground
Round and round and round
We living in gravity

Shake – We shake so hard
How we laugh so loud
When we reach
We believe in eternity

I believe in eternity

Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Take your time
See it through
Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Maybe a chance
Is looking for you

Hold on – Hold on
Hold on – Hold on

Sunshine – Shine on shine on you
Sunshine – Shine on through
Sunshine – Shine on shine on through
Sunshine – Shine on you


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion

WHITE CAR

I see a man in a white car
Move like a ghost on the skyline
Take all your dreams
And you throw them away
Man in a white car.


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion

DOES IT REALLY HAPPEN?

That’s what you say
Does it really happen to you
Does that explain
This is the season for this display.
To take a look
In time to move together

Time is the measure before it’s begun
Slips away like running water
Live for the pleasure, live by the gun
Heritage for sun and daughter
Down to the slaughter up for the fun
Up for anything.

Could this be true
Does it ever happen to you
And can you prove
That wheels go ’round in reason
You take a step
In time,
To move together

Time is the measure before it’s begun
Slips away like running water
Live for the pleasure, live by the gun
Heritage for sun and daughter
Down to the slaughter up for the fun
Up for anything.

You walk, the way
You take, the path
To be, assured
You draw, a graph
The scale, you use
Is all, on black
Be brave, the weight
Will make, the heat
There is, no way
To take-it back.

Time is the measure before it’s begun
Slips away like running water
Live for the pleasure, live by the gun
Heritage for sun and daughter
Down to the slaughter up for the fun
Up for anything.


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion

INTO THE LENS

Memories, how they fade so fast
Look back, that is no escape
Tied down, now you see too late.
Lovers, they will never wait.

I am a camera

Take heart, I could never let you go
And you, always let the feeling show
Love us all, how you never broke your heart
You lose them
If you feel the feeling start.

I am a camera, camera, camera

And you, may find time will blind you
This to just remind you
All is meant to be.

Here, by the waterside
There, where the lens is wide
You and me
By the sea
Taken in tranquility.

Taken, taken so easily
To pass into glass reality
Transform, to transfer, to energy.

Taken, taken, so easily
To pass into glass reality
Transformer, transferring energy.


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion

RUN THROUGH THE LIGHT

I asked my love to give me shelter
And all she offered me were dreams
Of all the moments spent together
That move like never ending streams.

Run to the light
Everything is alright
Run thro’ the light of day
You run to the light of night

And every movement made together
Till every thought was just the same
And all the pieces fit forever
In the game.

Welcome to the light
Now everything is okay
Run thro’ the light of night
You run to the light of day.


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion

TEMPUS FUGIT

Born in the night
She would run like a leopard
That freaks at the sight
Of a mind close beside herself
And the nearer I came
How the country would change
She was using the landscape
To hide herself.

More in the mind
Than the body this feeling
A sense at the end
Of a circular line
That is drawn at an angle
I see when I’m with you
To navigate waters and finally answer to-yes.

If you were there you would want to be near me
Innocence, you could hold all the materials
And though nothing would really be living
It would shock Your fall into landing light
In the north sky time flies fast to the morning
The cold of the dawn it meant nothing to us
You were keeping your best situation
An answer to-yes

(Yes, Yes) And the moment I see you
(Yes, Yes) It’s so good to be near you
(Yes, Yes) And the feeling you give me
(Yes, Yes) Makes me want to be with you
(Yes, Yes) From the moment you tell me – yes

If you could see all the roads I have travelled
Towards some unusable last equilibrium
Run like an athlete and die like a dead beaten speed-freak
An answer to all of your answers to-yes

In the north sky time flies faster than morning
The cold of the dawn it meant nothing to us
You were keeping your best situation
An answer to Yes

(Yes, Yes) And the moment I see you
(Yes, Yes) It’s so good to be near you
(Yes, Yes) And the feeling you give me
(Yes, Yes) Makes me want to be with you
(Yes, Yes) If we wait for an answer
(Yes, Yes) Will the silence be broken
(Yes, Yes) Should we wait for an answer
(Yes, Yes) Do we leave it unspoken

(Yes Yes Yes Yes . . .)


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion

AND YOU AND I

I – CORD OF LIFE

A man conceived a moment’s answers to the dream,
Staying the flowers daily sensing all the themes.
As a foundation left to create the spiral aim,
A movement regained and regarded both the same.
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you.

Changed only for a sight of sound the space agreed
Between the picture of time behind the face of need.
Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you.

Coins and crosses never know their fruitless worth
Cords are broken, locked, inside the Mother Earth.
They won’t hide hold
They won’t tell you
Watching the world,
Watching all of the world,
Watching us go by.

Turn round tailor assaulting all
The mornings of the interest shown,
Presenting one another to the
Cord, all left dying, rediscovered
Of the door, that turned round to close
The cover, all of the interest shown to
Turn to one another, to the sign
At the time
Float your Climb

And you and I climb over the sea to the valley,
And you and I reached out for reasons to call.

II – ECLIPSE

Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid.
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid

As a movement regained and regarded both the same,
All complete in the side of seeds of life with you.

III – THE PREACHER THE TEACHER

Sad preacher nailed upon the colour door of time,
Insane teacher be there reminded of the rhyme,
There’ll be no mutant enemy we shall certify.
Political ends as sad remains will die.
Reach out as forward tastes begin to enter you.

I listened hard but could not see
Life tempo change out and inside me.
The preacher trained in all to lose his name,
The teacher travels asking to be shown the same.
In the end, we’ll agree, we’ll accept, we’ll immortalise
That the truth of the man maturing in his eyes
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you.

Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid,
As a movement regained and regarded both the same
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid
A clearer future, morning, evening, nights with you.

IV – APOCALYPSE

And you and I climb, crossing the shapes of the morning.
And you and I reach over the sun for the river.
And you and I climb, clearer, towards the movement.
And you and I called over valleys of endless seas.


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion

HEART OF THE SUNRISE

Love comes to you and you follow
Lose one on to the heart of the sunrise
SHARP-DISTANCE
How can the wind with its arms
All around me

Lost on a wave and then after
Dream on, on to the heart of the sunrise
SHARP-DISTANCE
How can the wind with so many around me lost in the city

Lost in their eyes as you hurry by
Counting the broken ties they decide
Love comes to you and then after
Dream on, on to the heart of the sunrise

Lost on a wave that you’re dreaming
Dram on, on to the heart of the sunrise
SHARP-DISTANCE
How can the wind with its arms all around me
SHARP-DISTANCE
How can the wind with so many around me
I feel lost in the city

Lost in their eyes as you hurry by
Counting the broken ties they decided

Straight light moving and removing
SHARPNESS of the colour sun shine
Straight light searching all the meanings of the song
Long last treatment of the telling that relates to all the words sung
Dreamer easy in the chair that really fits you

Love comes to you and then after
Dream on, on to the heart of the sunrise
SHARP-DISTANCE
How can the wind with its arms all around me
SHARP-DISTANCE
How can the wind with so many around me
I feel lost in the city


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion


THE REVEALING SCIENCE OF GOD

SHRUTIS: The Revealing Science of God can be seen as an ever-opening flower
in which simple truths emerge examining the complexities and magic of the past
and how we should not forget the song that has been left to us to hear. The
knowledge of God is a search, constant and clear.

Dawn of light lying between a silence and sold sources,
Chased amid fusions of wonder, in moments hardly seen forgotten
Coloured in pastures of chance dancing leaves cast spells of challenge,
Amused but real in thought, we fled from the sea whole.
Dawn of thought transferred through moments of days undersearching earth
Revealing corridors of time provoking memories, disjointed but with purpose,
Craving penetrations offer links with the self instructor’s sharp
and tender love as we took to the air, a picture of distance.
Dawn of our power we amuse redescending as fast as misused
Expression, as only to teach love as to reveal passion chasing
Late into corners, and we danced from the ocean.
Dawn of love sent within us colours of awakening among the many
Won’t to follow, only tunes of a different age, as the links span
Our endless caresses for the freedom of life everlasting.

Talk to the sunlight caller
Soft summer mover distance mine

Called out a tune but I never saw the face
Heard but not replaced
I ventured to talk, but I never lost my place

Cast out a spell rendered for the light of day
Lost in lights array
I ventured to see, as the sound began to play

What happened to this song we once knew so well
Signed promise for moments caught within the spell
I must have waited all my life for this
Moment moment

The future poised with the splendour just begun
The light we were as one
And crowded through the curtains of liquid into sun

And for a moment when our world had filled the skies
Magic turned our eyes
To feast on the treasure set for our strange device

What happened to wonders we once knew so well
Did we forget what happened surely we can tell
We must have waited all our lives for this
Moment moment moment

Star light movements in seasons
Release forward
Tallest rainbow
Sun shower seasons
Life flower reasons

They move fast, they tell me,
But I just can’t believe that I can feel it
There’s someone, to tell you,
amid the challenge we look around in unison with you

Getting over overhanging trees
Let them rape the forest
Thoughts would send our fusion
Clearly to be home

Getting over wars we do not mean
Or so it seems so clearly
Sheltered with our passion
Clearly to be home

They move fast, they tell me,
But I just can’t believe they really mean to
There’s someone, to tell you,
And I just can’t believe our song will leave you
Skyline teacher
Warland seeker
Send out poison
Cast iron leader

And through the rhythm of moving slowly
Sent through the rhythm work out the story
Move over glory to sons of old fighters past.
Young Christians see it from the beginning
Old people feel it that’s what they’re saying
Move over glory to sons of old fighters past.

The move fast, they tell me,
But I just can’t believe they really mean to
There’s someone, to tell you,
A course towards a universal season

Getting over overhanging trees let them
Rape the forest, they might stand and leave them
Clearly to be home
Getting over wars we do not mean
We charm the movement suffers
Call out all our memories
Clearly to be home

We’ve moved fast
We need love
A part we offer is our only freedom

What happened to this song we once knew so well
Signed promise for moments caught within the spell
We must have waited all our lives for this
Moment moment

Past present movers moments we’ll process the future, but only
To touch him we know, send flowered rainbows
That chased flowers of dark and lights of songs
To you, show all we feel for and know of, cast round,
Youth is the truth accepting that reasons will relive
And breathe hope and chase and love
For you and you and you


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion


LEAVES OF GREEN

So the flowering creativity of life wove its
Web face to face with the shallow
And their gods sought out and conquered: Ah Kin

Do the leaves of green stay greener through the autumn
Does the colour of the sun turn crimson white
Does a a shadow come between us in the winter
Is the movement really light

And I heard a million voices singing
Acting to the story that they had heard about
Does one child know the secret and can say it
Or does it all come out along without you
Along without you
Along without you

Where does reason stop and killing just take over
Does a lamb cry out before we shoot it dead
Are there many more in comfort understanding
Is the movement in the head

And I heard a million voices singing
Acting to the story that they had heard about
Does one child know the secret and can say it
Or does it all come out along without you
Along without you
Along without you


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion


RITUAL (NOUS SOMMES DU SOLEIL)

TANTRAS: The ritual seven notes of freedom to learn and to know the ritual of
life. Life is a fight between sources of evil and pure love. Alan and Chris
present and relay the struggle out of which comes a positive source. Nous
sommes du soleil. We are of the sun. We can see.

Nous sommes du soleil we love when we play
Nous sommes du soleil we love when we play

Open doors we find our way
We look we see we smile
Surely daybreaks cross our path
And stay maybe a while

Let them run, let them chase
Let them hide between
Constant doors will open eyes
As life seems like
Life seems like a
Fight, fight, fight

Maybe I’ll just sing awhile
And then give you a call
Maybe I’ll just say hello
And say maybe that’s all

Hurry home as love is true
Will help us through the night
Till we’re coming home again
Our life seems like
Life seems like a
Fight, fight, fight

Catch as we look and use the passions that flow
As we try to continue
We receive all we venture to give

Maybe we’ll just stand awhile
And surely we can call
Dreams are said to blossom courage
Constant to the soul

Change we must as surely time does
Changes call the course
Held inside we enter daybreaks
Asking for asking four
The source
The source
The source
Sent as we sing our music’s total retain

As we try and consider
We receive all we venture to give
All we say is our
Soul constant sight listener
We won’t tender our song clearer
Till we sail
Then I will be there
And I will be there
As clearer companions
Shall call to be near you
They move around tell me that
Move around surely sing
As they don’t seem to matter at all
At all at all

Hold me my love, hold me today call me round
Travel we say, wander we choose love tune
Lay upon me, hold me around lasting hours
We love when we play

We hear a sound and alter our returning
We drift the shadows and course our way on home
Flying home
Going home

Look me my love sentences move dancing away
We join we receive
As our song memories long hope in a way
Nous sommes do soleil
Hold, me around, lasting ours
We love when we play
Nous sommes do soleil
Nous sommes du soleil
Nous sommes du soleil


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion


ROUNDABOUT

I’ll be the round about
The words will make you out ‘n’ out
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and
In and out the valley

The music dance and sing
They make the children really ring
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and
In and out the valley

In and around the lake
Mountains come out of the sky and they
Stand there
One mile over we’ll be there and we’ll see
You
Ten true summers we’ll be there and
Laughing too
Twenty four before my love you’ll see I’ll be
There with you

I will remember you
Your silhouette will charge the view
Of distance atmosphere
Call it morning driving thru the sound and
Even in the valley

In and around the lake
Mountains come out of the sky and they
Stand there
One mile over we’ll be there and we’ll see
You
Ten true summers we’ll be there and
Laughing too
Twenty four before my love you’ll see I’ll be
There with you

Along the drifting cloud the eagle searching
Down on the land
Catching the swirling wind the sailor sees
The rim of the land
The eagle’s dancing wings create as weather
Spins out of hand
Go closer hold the land feel partly no more
Than grains of sand
We stand to lose all time a thousand answers
By in our hand
Next to your deeper fears we stand
Surrounded by a million years

I’ll be the roundabout
The words will make you out ‘n’ out
I’ll be the roundabout
The words will make you out ‘n’ out

In and around the lake
Mountains come out of the sky and they
Stand there
Twenty four before my love and I’ll be there

I’ll be the roundabout
The words will make you out ‘n’ out
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and
In and out the valley

In and around the lake
Mountains come out of the sky and they
Stand there
One mile over we’ll be there and we’ll see
You
Ten true summers we’ll be there and
Laughing too
Twenty four before my love you’ll see I’ll be
There with you


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion


STARSHIP TROOPER

I – LIFE SEEKER

Sister Bluebird flying high above
Shine your wings forward to the sun
Hide the myst’ries of life on your way
Though you’ve seen them, please don’t say a word
What you don’t know, I have never heard

Starship Trooper, go sailing on by
Catch my soul, catch the very light
Hide the moment from my eager eye
Though you’ve seen them, please don’t tell a soul
What you can’t see, can’t be very whole

Speak to me of summer, long winters longer than time can remember
The setting up of other roads, to travel on in old accustomed ways
I still remember the talks by the water, the proud sons and daughter that
Knew the knowledge of the land, that spoke to me in sweet accustomed ways

Mother life, hold firmly on to me
Catch my knowledge higher than the day
Lose as much as only you can show

Though you’ve seen them, please don’t say a word
What I don’t know, I have never shared

II – DISILLUSION

Loneliness is a power that we posses to give or take away forever
All I know can be shown by your acceptance of the facts there shown before you
Take what I say in a diff’rent way and it’s easy to say that this is all confusion
As I see a new day in me, I can also show it you and you may follow

Speak to me of summer, long winters longer than time can remember
The setting up of other roads, to travel on in old accustomed ways
I still remember the talks by the water, the proud sons and daughter that
Knew the knowledge of the Land, spoke to me in sweet accustomed ways

III – WÜRM

(Instrumental)


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Steve Howe – guitars
Billy Sherwood – bass, vocals
Alan White – drums, percussion
Jay Schellen – drums, percussion


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