YESTERDAYS

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Yesterdays
Yesterdays is YES‘ first compilation, released in February 1975. It comprises of material from, Yes (1969) and Time and a Word (1970), the B-Side ‘Dear Father‘ and YES‘ cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘America‘.

Personnel

Jon Anderson
Vocals

Peter Banks
Guitars

Bill Bruford
Percussion

Tony Kaye
Keyboards

Chris Squire
Bass, Vocals

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Yesterdays
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AMERICA

Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together
I’ve got some real estate in my bag
So we bought a pack of cigarettes, and Mrs. Wagner’s pies
And we walked off, walked off, walked off, to look for America
Kathy, I said, as we boarded the greyhound in Pittsburg
Michigan seems like a dream to me now
Took me four days to from Saginaw
They’ve all gone to look for amer-America
All gone to look for amer-America
Laughing on the bus, playing games with faces
She said the man in the garberdian suit was a spy
I said be careful, his bowtie is really a camera
Kathy I’m lost, I said
Though I knew she was sleeping
Well, I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why I’m
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
And they’ve all gone to look for amer-America
All gone to look for amer-America
Kathy I’m lost, I said
Although I knew she was sleeping
Well, I’m empty & aching & I don’t know why I’m
Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
And they’ve all gone to look for amer-America
All gone to look for amer-America
All gone to look for amer-America


WRITTEN BY

Paul Simon


PERFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


LOOKING AROUND

Looking around me
There’s not so much in life I miss
Things that I can’t see
I’ll touch and I’ll feel then I’ll kiss

Then I saw you standing there
With a smile I couldn’t share
Just looking around everywhere

Tunes that I can’t hear
Would take me for a while my smile
Fares that are too dear
I’d rather walk out another mile

Then I heard a tune so right
It was in the light of night
Just listening around everywhere

All the things I’ve wanted to do
Take so much time to get around to you
Just reach out and catch and hold on
Leaving trails of dust and lust
Never even lying or trying
Keep on moving, never dying

Smiles that I don’t see
I’ll make them up as I go on
Laughs that just can’t be
I’ll make and laugh at every one

Then I saw you in your place
With a laugh upon your face
Just looking around everywhere

All the things I’ve wanted to do
Take so much time to get around to you
Just reach out and catch and hold on
Leaving trails of dust and lust
Never even lying or trying
Keep on moving, never dying

Looking around
With my feet on the ground
Full of words and of sound
Bringing smiles all around

Satisfy me
With your words that can be
Full of sound and I’ll see
I’m just looking around


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson & Chris Squire
Atlantic [UK] single (10/69)


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


TIME AND A WORD

In the morning when you rise
Do you open up your eyes
See what I see?
Do you see the same things every day?

Do you think of a way to start the day
getting things in proportion?
Spread the news, and help the world go round

Have you heard of a time that will help us get it together again?
Have you heard of the word that will stop us going wrong?

Well, the time is near the word you’ll hear
When you get things in perspective
Spread the news and help the word go round

There’s a time and the time is now and it’s right for me
It’s right for me, and the time is now
There’s a word and the word is love and it’s right for me
It’s right for me and the word is love.


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson & David Foster


PERFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


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


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


THEN

And in a time that’s closer
Life will be even bolder – Then
Souls will be complicated
Life will be consummated – Then
Hearts will be brought together
Soon in our minds forever – Then

As long as we see
There’s only us who can change it
Only us to rearrange it
At the start of a new kind of day

Love is the only answer
Hate is the root of cancer – Then
Truth is just for the being
And there’s the sight for seeing – Then
Thoughts will be thought together
Soon in our minds forever – Then

As long as we see there’s only us
Who can change it
Only us to rearrange it
At the start of a new kind of day

And in a time that’s closer
Life will be even bolder – Then
Love is the only answer
Hate is the root of cancer – Then
Thoughts will be thought together
Soon in our minds forever – Then


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PERFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


SURVIVAL

Sunshine is creeping in and somewhere in a field a life begins
An egg too proud to rape the beginning of a shape
of things to come
That start the run, life has begun, fly fast the gun

The mother flew too late, and life within the egg was left to fate
Not really knowing how the world outside would take
it when it came
And life’s the same for things we aim, are we to blame?

Don’t doubt the fact there’s life within you
Yesterday’s endings will tomorrow life give you
All that dies, dies for a reason
To put its strength into the seasons
Survival, survival
They take away and they give
the life that they live
(The living’s right to live)
It’s all that we need to show
(The living’s right to know)

The egg breaks all is out the crawling bird begins
To scream and shout
Where is the parent bird? A loneliness arose and heard its name
Ring in for lives begin, survival wins, survival sins

So soon the evening comes and with it runs the aching
Fear of hate could someone still remain who thinks he
Still could gain by escaping fate? It’s much too late
Don’t underrate, appreciate

Don’t doubt the fact there’s life within you
Yesterday’s endings will tomorrow life give you
All that dies, dies for a reason
To put its strength into the seasons
Survival, survival
They take away and they give
the life that they live
(The living’s right to live)
It’s all that we need to show
(The living’s right to know)

Survival, Survival
They take away and they give and the life that they live
The living’s right to live
(It’s all that we need to give)
The living’s right to know
(It’s all that we have to show)
And we’re all going (And we’re all going)
And we’re all going (And we’re all going)
And we’re all going somewhere


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


ASTRAL TRAVELLER

And in the ruins of the balloon
Stood a man with glasses held high
Wondering when to do it again
Have another fly into the sky
Somewhere flying high

Astral traveller leaving without her
Wandering where lights go, leave out the body load

Once in the air, people who dare
Get a great respect in being.
(Astral traveller)
Heavenly flight wondrous night
And all the sights worth seeing
(Astral traveller)
Just believe in

Astral traveller leaving without her
Wandering where lights go, leave out the body load

Once in the air, people who dare
Get a great respect in being.
(Astral traveller)
Heavenly flight wondrous night
And all the sights worth seeing
(Astral traveller)
Just believe in

Astral traveller leaving without her
Wandering where lights go, leave out the body load


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PERFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord


DEAR FATHER

Here are the books
Of Luke
You’ll need them
To open the seed
To see what goes on in the world

You’re in my mind
Catch the wind and hold on tight
To what we’ll find
And hear what goes on in the world

Here is all you see
Everything is made for you
From me

If there’s anything you’d like to say
That could help me in any way
Cause I’ve been waiting for so long for you to come along
Help me on that day

When you’d take over all the things Heaven has made for you
Is there anything you think you should know?
Is there anything before I go?

Dear Father, I’m hungry, I’m cold
Dear Father, feeling terribly old
Dear Father, I don’t think I can see
I’m not feeling good like I think I should

They’re on their own
Needing their face, a place
Hope….home
To see what goes on in the world

They’re who you need
To show them why they’re wrong
Oh why indeed
We need to go on in the world

Here is all you see
Everything is made for you
From me

If there’s any complication
That you’d like to talk over with me about
Cause I’ve been waiting for so long
For you to come along
We can work it all out

When you take over all the things Heaven has made for you
Is there anything you think you should know?
Is there anything before I go?

Dear Father, you must be putting me on
Dear Father, cause most of their minds are gone
Dear Father, they will not understand me
I’m not feeling good like I think I should

Dear Father, can I give it a miss
Dear Father, cause I’m not ready for this
Dear Father, I don’t think I can see
I’m not feeling good like I think I should

Dear Father, won’t you leave me alone
Dear Father, won’t you to let me go home
Dear Father, I don’t think I can see
Dear Father, won’t they crucify me
Dear Father, I just couldn’t do that
Dear Father, cause that’s not where it’s at now (hey)


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson & Chris Squire


PERFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums
Tony Kaye: organ
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer


PRODUCED BY

Tony Colton

Orchestral arrangements by Tony Cox
Engineer: Eddie Offord



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