YES50 LIVE

YES50 LIVE

YES celebrated the band’s 50th anniversary in 2018 with an extensive tour that included shows in Europe, North America and Japan. YES50 LIVE is the double live album that was recorded during that tour.

YES 50 LIVE is available as two CDs, or four LPs. The music is also available digitally to download and stream. The cover of YES 50 LIVE was painted by Roger Dean, whose artwork and trademark calligraphy are synonymous with the band’s identity. The CD and vinyl versions both come with an eight-page booklet that includes photographs from the tour taken by the Gottlieb Brothers.

Personnel

Steve Howe
Guitar

Alan White
Drums

Geoff Downes
Keyboards

Billy Sherwood
Bass, Vocals

Jon Davison
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Jay Schellen
Drums
YES50 LIVE
YES50 LIVE
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YES50 LIVE

YES 50 LIVE features 13 live performances of key songs that helped make Yes the most enduring, ambitious, and virtuosic progressive band in rock history. What makes this collection even more extraordinary is the number of band members who are featured. In fact, much of the album was recorded in Philadelphia, a show where 10 members of Yes were on stage during the encore (current members) Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, Alan White, Billy Sherwood and Jon Davison, Jay Schellen, plus (former members) Tony Kaye, Patrick Moraz, Tom Brislin and Trevor Horn. Patrick Moraz featuring on Soon and Tony Kaye on Yours is no Disgrace, Roundabout and Starship Trooper.

The live performances on YES 50 LIVE seamlessly weave together several eras from the band’s past with songs from 10 different studio albums recorded between 1970 and 2011. Naturally, the collection highlights some of the group’s most important music, including “Starship Trooper,” from The Yes Album (1971), “Roundabout” from Fragile (1971) and the title track from Close to the Edge (1972). But the new live album also highlights some of YES’ most adventurous work with an excerpt from “The Ancient,” a track that appeared on 1973’s Tales From Topographic Oceans, and “Soon,” which is the final section in “The Gates Of Delirium” from 1974’s Relayer.

Lyrics

Click on the song title to view the lyrics.

CLOSE TO THE EDGE

I – THE SOLID TIME OF CHANGE

A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace
And rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace,
And achieve it al l with music that came quickly from afar
Then taste the fruit of man recorded losing all against the hour

And assessing points to nowhere leading every single one,
A dewdrop can exalt us like the music of the sun
And take away the plain in which we move and choose the course you’re

Running down at the edge, round by the corner,
Not right away, not right away
Close to the edge, down by a river
Not right away, not right away

Crossed a line around the changes of the summer
Reaching out to call the colour of the sky,
Passed around a moment clothed in mornings faster than we see
Getting over all the time I had to worry
Leaving all the changes far from far behind
We relieve the tension only to find out the master’s name.

Down at the end, round by the corner
Close to the edge, just by the river
Seasons will pass you by.

I get up. I get down.

Now that it’s all over and done
Now that you find, now that you’re whole.

II – TOTAL MASS RETAIN

My eyes convinced eclipsed with the younger moon attained with love
It changed as almost strained amidst clear manna from above.
I crucified my hate and held the word within my hand
There’s you, the time, the logic, or the reasons we don’t understand.

Sad courage claimed the victims standing still for all to see
As armoured movers took approach to overlook the sea
There since the cord, the license, or the reasons we understood will be

Down at the edge, close by a river
Close to the edge, round by the corner
Close to the end, down by the corner
Down at the edge, round by the river.

Sudden call shouldn’t take away the startled memory
All in all the journey takes you all the way.
As apart from any reality that you’ve ever seen and known.
Guessing problems only to deceive the mention,
Passing paths that climb halfway into the void
As we cross from side to side we hear the total mass retain.

Down at the end, round by the corner
Close to the end, down by the river.
Seasons will pass you by.

I get up. I get down.

III – I GET UP I GET DOWN

In her white lace she could clearly see
The lady sadly looking saying that she’d take the blame
For the crucifixion of her domain.

Two million people barely satisfy
Two hundred women watch one woman cry too late.

Thru the duty she would coil their said
Amusement of her story asking only

Interest could be laid
Upon the children of her Domain.

The eyes of honesty can achieve
How many millions do we deceive
Each day?

I get up. I get down
I get up. I get down

In charge of who is there in charge of me
Do I look on blindly and say I see
The way?

The truth is written all along the page
How old will I be before I come of age
For you?

I get up. I get down.
I get up. I get down.
I get up. I get down.
I get up. I get down.
I get up. I get down.

IV – SEASONS OF MAN

The time between the notes relates the colour to scenes,
A constant vogue of triumphs dislocate man so it seems,
And space between the focus shape ascend knowledge of love
As song and chance develop time lost social temperance rules above

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

Close to the edge, down by the river.
Down at the end, round by the corner.
Seasons will pass you by
Now that it’s all over and done
Called to the seed right to the sun
Now that you find now that you’re whole
Seasons will pass you by.

I get up. I get down.
I get up. I get down.
I get up. I get down.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson & Steve Howe


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


NINE VOICES (LONGWALKER)

On a beach
North Africa
Nine tribesmen stand alone
Waiting for a distant call
Waiting for the world to answer
Thru’ the night of a thousand stars
Encircled by the light
They began to sing a new song
Of forces that surround us

Nine voices
This dialogue
Nine voices
Singing as one
Nine voices
This dialogue
Nine voices

When the sun came up they sang
As the perfect calendar says
Each had the power of people
Speaking new languages
They gave forgiveness meaning
New ways of letting go
Each child is born for greatness
With forces that surround them

This voice
This dialogue
This voice
Singing as one
Nine voices
This dialogue
Nine voices
Singing as one
His voices
This dialogue
This voices
Singing as one

Nine voices
Nine voices
Nine voices
Nine voices


WRITTEN BY
Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Billy Sherwood/Chris Squire/Alan White/Igor Khoroshev


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


SWEET DREAMS

Sweet dreams can solve the future
Sweet dreams provide the past
Sweet things within your makeup
These things will always last
These things will make

Sweet dreams of conversation
Sweet dreams of love relations
Sweet words within your makeup
Sweet words of things to come
Sweet words of things to

Come on and write your letter
You know it will be better anyhow
You’re gonna laugh again
You’re gonna smile again
You’re gonna love again

Sweet dreams are born inside you
Sweet dreams are born to last
Sweet thoughts within your makeup
These thoughts will always last
These thoughts will always last

Come on and write your letter
You know it will be better anyhow
You’re gonna laugh again
You’re gonna smile again
You’re gonna love again

Sweet dreams can solve the future
Sweet dreams provide the past
Sweet dreams can solve the future
Sweet dreams provide the past
(You’re gonna laugh again)


WRITTEN BY
Jon Anderson & David Foster


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


MADRIGAL

I will be there said my friend of a distant life
Covered in greens of a golden age, set in stone
Follow me, “he sounded of dreams supreme” follow me
Drifting within the glow and the after-glow of the eve

And if that firelight, I could match the inner flame

Sacred ships do sail the seventh age

Cast off your garments of fear, replace them with love
Most of all play with the game of the age
Highest of places remain all as one with you
Giving us light and the freedom of the day

And if that firelight, I could match the inner flame

Sacred ships do sail the seventh age
And have always been here

Celestial travellers have always been here with us
Set in the homes of the universe we have yet to go
Countless expansions will arrive and flow inside of us
My friend, he of fantasy, dancing with the spirit of the age


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, David Forster


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion

WE CAN FLY FROM HERE PT. 1

Along the edge of this airfield
The old prop-shaft airliners stand
Altimeters reading zero
Formless memories lingering

Nights are cold on this airfield
I sit alone and watch the radar
Locked on the wavelength, caught in the beam
Falling slowly into the screen

Every day that you wait
Is one more that you’ve lost
When you wake up
I see you there
On display
Lights the final point of no return
Taking us there from here

And we can fly from here (we can fly)
And we can fly from here (we can fly)
And we can fly from here (we can fly)
Into a sky that’s clearing
Look back we’ll dry the tears
For those once held so nearly
And love will never disappear

Along the edge of this airfield
The old prop-shaft airliners stand
Altimeters reading zero
Formless memories lingering
Lingering, lingering, lingering

And we can fly from here
Into a sky so clearly
Look back, we’ll dry the tears
For those once held so nearly

And we can fly from here (we can fly)
And we can fly from here (we can fly)
And we can fly from here (we can fly)
And we can fly from here (we can fly)

And we can fly from here
On the understanding that we can fly

Everyday that you waste
Is one more that you’ve lost
On display
That’s a final point of no return

Everyday that you waste
Is one more that you’ve lost
On display
That’s a final point of no return


WRITTEN BY

Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


SOON

Soon oh soon the light
Pass within and soothe this endless night
And wait here for you
Our reason to be here

Soon oh soon the time
All we move to gain will reach and calm
Our heart is open
Our reason to be here

Long ago, set into rhyme

Soon oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here

Soon oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Patrick Moraz, Alan White


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion

AWAKEN

High vibration go on
To the sun, oh let my heart dreaming
Past a mortal as me
Where can I be?

Wish the sun to stand still
Reaching out to touch our own being
Past all mortal as we
Here we can be
We can be here
Be here now
Here we can be

Suns | High | Streams | Through
Awaken gentle mass touch
Awaken gentle mass touching

Strong | Dreams | Reign | Here
Awaken gentle mass touch
Awaken gentle mass touching
Awaken gentle mass touch
Awaken gentle mass touching

Star | Song | Age | Less
Awaken gentle mass touch
Awaken gentle mass touching

Workings of man
Set to ply out historical life
Reregaining the flower of the fruit of his tree
All awakening
All restoring you

Workings of man
Crying out from the fire set aflame
By his blindness to see that
The warmth of his being
Is promised for his seeing
His reaching so clearly

Workings of man
Driven far from the path
Rereleased in inhibitions
So that all is left for you
All is left for you
All is left for you
All this left for you now

Master of images
Songs cast a light on you
Hark thru dark ties
That tunnel us out of sane existence
In challenge as direct
As eyes see young stars assemble

Master of Light
All pure chance
As exists cross divided
In all encircling mode
Oh closely guided plan
Awaken in our heart

Master of Soul
Set to touch
All impenetrable youth
Ask away
That thought be contact
With all that’s clear
Be honest with yourself
There’s no doubt no doubt

Master of Time
Setting sail
Over all of our lands
And as we look
Forever closer
Shall we now bid
Farewell farewell

High vibration go on
To the sun, oh let my heart dreaming
Past a mortal as me
Where can I be

Wish the sun to stand still
Reaching out to touch our own being
Past all mortal as we
Here we can be

Like the time I ran away
Turned around and you were standing close to me
Like the time I ran away
Turned around and you were standing close to me.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Steve Howe


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion

PARALLELS

When you’ve tried most everything
And nothing’s taking you higher
When you’ve come to realise
You’ve been playing with fire
Hear me when i say to you
It’s really down to your heart

It’s the beginning of a new love in sight
You’ve got the way to make it all happen
Set it spinning turning roundabout
Create a new dimension
When we are winning we can stop and shout
Making love towards perfection

I’ve been all around the world
And seen so many faces
Young and old a story told
Filling in my spaces
Now without a trace of doubt.
I feel it every hour

It’s the beginning of a new love inside
Could be an ever opening flower
No hesitation when we’re all about
To build a shining tower
No explanations, need to work it out
You know we’ve got the power

Parallel our sights
And we will find, that we, we need,
To be, where we, belong
Parallel our heights
Display our rights and wrongs.
And always, keep it strong
It’s the beginning of a new love in sight
Could be an ever opening flower
No explanations, need to work it out
You know we’ve got the power
It’s the beginning of a new love inside
You’ve got the way to make it all happen
Set it spinning turning roundabout
Create a new dimension
When we are winning we can stop and shout
Making love towards perfection.


WRITTEN BY

Chris Squire


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion

EXCERPT FROM THE ANCIENT

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


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Alan White

PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


YOURS IS NO DISGRACE

Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
Caesar’s palace, morning glory, silly human race
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place
If the summer changed to winter, yours is no disgrace

Battleships confide in me and tell me where you are
Shining, flying, purple wolfhound, show me where you are
Lost in summer, born in winter, travel very far
Lost in losing circumstances, that’s just where you are

Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
Caesar’s palace, morning glory, silly human race
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place
If the summer changed to winter, yours is no

Yours is no disgrace
Yours is no disgrace
Yours is no disgrace

Death defying, mutilated armies scatter the earth
Crawling out of dirty holes, their morals, their morals disappear

Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
Caesar’s palace, morning glory, silly human, silly human race
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place
If the summer changed to winter, yours is no

Yours is no disgrace
Yours is no disgrace
Yours is no disgrace


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye & Bill Bruford


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


EXCERPT FROM GEORGIA’S SONG AND MOOD FOR A DAY

INSTRUMENTAL


WRITTEN BY

Steve Howe


PERFORMED BY

Steve Howe – guitars


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


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Steve Howe


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional 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)


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Steve Howe & Chris Squire


PERFORMED BY

Jon Davison – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, production
Steve Howe – guitars, backing vocals, production
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, backing vocals, production, mixing
Geoff Downes – keyboards, production
Alan White – drums, percussion, production
Jay Schellen – additional drums, percussion


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