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Yes — Roundabout
Album: Fragile
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Released: 1971
Length: 8:27
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'll be the roundabout
The words will make you out and out
And spend the day your way
Call it morning driving through 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 through 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 distant atmosphere
Call it morning driving through 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 million years

I'll be the roundabout
The words will make you out and out
I'll be the roundabout
The words will make you out and out

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

I'll be the roundabout
The words will make you out and out
You spend the day your way
Call it morning driving through 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

Da da da da da da da...
Comments (668)add comment
 StfuDonny wrote:
I blew out dad's 15" Altec- Lansing woofer on this album and pissed off a city block full of unbelievers. Everything Yes was/ is epic. Wakeman's solo work is mighty tasty too.
 
STFU Donny!  LOL....(great name there BTW) - I'm hoping at least a few of the unbelievers became believers!  I just got to do something similar with Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" which was a great way to break-in a friends dual 12s powered by 2500 watts, bridged to 1 ohm so a shaking 5000 total (peak) power yeah....and at midnight too....hehehehe sorry neighbors (not really) 
Long Live RP and LOUD music!!
I blew out dad's 15" Altec- Lansing woofer on this album and pissed off a city block full of unbelievers. Everything Yes was/ is epic. Wakeman's solo work is mighty tasty too.
This was the first record I ever bought and still one of my favorites. It was pricey for a kid, but wow, so worth it. Holds up really well. I wish there was more music this complex yet still so accessible and rockin.
Just saw Steve Howe two days ago and his version of Yes (without Jon Anderson, who is touring with another version of Yes), and of course they did this song. A shortened version. The lead singer is not quite Jon Anderson but a reasonable facsimile. 
1971? Had no idea this was that old.. Nice
Despite the obvious technical skills of the individual members of Yes, despite my efforts to enjoy the result of their work, it has never worked. I really like a number of other so-called prog rock bands, but Yes has always sounded simply too formulated (not formulaic) and too structured, but in a way that lacks the spark I look for in music. Clearly this is a matter of taste, but where is the factor that takes this band to another level?
Worthy of the Godlike 10. Thanks RB. 
That bass... 
 yougivememosi wrote:
Has this band made anything that isn't total bollocks?
 

Check out '90125' or 'The Ladder' for more accessible stuff.
 yougivememosi wrote:
Has this band made anything that isn't total bollocks?
 
YES....this song for instance isn't balls...it's a 10 to me and Long Live RP!!
That bass line.  Just ripping into it.  RIP Chris Squire.
 yougivememosi wrote:
Has this band made anything that isn't total bollocks?
 
Yes, everything up to and including Relayer.
Nope   
Still no 12 available?
Has this band made anything that isn't total bollocks?
 Vicey wrote:
Thank you. That was hilarious.  {#Roflol}

jhorton wrote:
Is that Keith Moon on the bass?

 

 Totally!!! LMFAO.

 beelzebubba wrote:
Interesting to read all of the comments and arguments over genres, styles, length, etc.

Either you love music or you love one little page of music.

I rank this song right up there with I Want to Be Sedated by the Ramones, Holiday in Cambodia by the Dead Kennedys, Walking after Midnight by Patsy Cline, Danse Macabre by St. Saens,  Dreams by the Allman Brothers.....

Not comparing any of these songs. Just saying that the mountains are not any "better" or any "worse" than the ocean. 
 I couldn't agree more! I always thought that was what RP was all about, I'll never understand all  the haters on here...

 beelzebubba wrote:
Interesting to read all of the comments and arguments over genres, styles, length, etc.

Either you love music or you love one little page of music.

I rank this song right up there with I Want to Be Sedated by the Ramones, Holiday in Cambodia by the Dead Kennedys, Walking after Midnight by Patsy Cline, Danse Macabre by St. Saens,  Dreams by the Allman Brothers.....

Not comparing any of these songs. Just saying that the mountains are not any "better" or any "worse" than the ocean. 

 
Yes!
This was one of the required tracks to listen to for MUSIC 162 (American Popular Song) at Univ of Wash - a class I thoroughly enjoyed, and a tape I checked out and listened to (in the "Listening Lab" no doubt) in Odegaard Library even after my quarter in MUSIC 162 was over.  


With the set of memories from this, it's no wonder I just went 9 to 10 on this gem of a tune.  Long Live RP!!
I wore out my 8-track tape of this album - due primarily to this song. That was after I saw them live. Yep, a long, long time ago in another universe far, far away...
 Hey_Porter wrote:
I can't figure it out - the older I get, the more I like Yes, but the more I hate this song.  It must be all the radio play it got back in the day, it caused a subliminal organic revulsion.

 
Is there a doctor in the house?
I can't figure it out - the older I get, the more I like Yes, but the more I hate this song.  It must be all the radio play it got back in the day, it caused a subliminal organic revulsion.
Have my tickets to see Anderson/Rabin/Wakeman in Tampa in November, can't wait.  Saw them last year at the tour opener in Orlando. And  no, I have  no interest in spending a penny to see Steve Howe's touring Yes tribute band.  He needs to hang it up.
I know this only because of the meme. Cool song.
Uplifting, empowering music, art and packaging.
 Prius wrote:
Oh YESSSS!
10 

 
To me their music ages well, and others think not.  Those who like Yes would love to see Steve Howe and Jon Anderson work out whatever differences they have and give it another go. 
Oh YESSSS!
10 
 drictor wrote:
And it was awesome to see as well!  Saw them in '74.
 
Indeed.
In their prime they were a sight (& sound) to behold.
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Ah yes, when a musician could wear a cape (and not be considered to be doing a Spinal Tap style parody).https://classicyes.net/images/wakeman.jpg

 
And it was awesome to see as well!  Saw them in '74.
 NickDanger wrote:
And Rick Wakeman on keyboards, as well. Yes produced this album to pay for his keyboards.
 
Ah yes, when a musician could wear a cape (and not be considered to be doing a Spinal Tap style parody).

"And yet I still feel so empty inside . . ."
 zurcronium wrote:
Bass is just awesome on this piece.  

 
And Rick Wakeman on keyboards, as well. Yes produced this album to pay for his keyboards.
Two of my favs are- Changes from 90125 and Soon from the album Relayer..this one is ok but I've been a bit overexposed to it over the years
Classic Yes, classic Prog Rock, love this one. If there are any youngsters out there who want a definition of Prog = Bobs Your Uncle :)
Interesting to read all of the comments and arguments over genres, styles, length, etc.

Either you love music or you love one little page of music.

I rank this song right up there with I Want to Be Sedated by the Ramones, Holiday in Cambodia by the Dead Kennedys, Walking after Midnight by Patsy Cline, Danse Macabre by St. Saens,  Dreams by the Allman Brothers.....

Not comparing any of these songs. Just saying that the mountains are not any "better" or any "worse" than the ocean. 
 Ulises wrote:
Every time I hear this sound I start to salivate in anticipation of some nice shroomery.

 
based on your usual "contributions" to this site one would assume your salivation is constant. might we suggest a helmet with an attached drool cup?
Bass is just awesome on this piece.  
Was looking forward to the show tonight in San Francisco, where Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman were performing songs from Yes and more, but sadly the concert has been postponed to Dec. 4th due to illness.
 Relayer wrote:
Just picked up my tickets for the new Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman tour for the Fall of 2016.  Bought the meet/greet/sound check 2nd row ticket!  Hell yea!

 
Ask Rick if he remembers shaking my hand in Jackson MS at the end of the Going For the One tour.
He was standing with Squire and I made him put down his beer to do it. This was before he was going around with underwear on his head.
 Hannio wrote:

It's just an opinion, dude.  Not everybody is going to like what you like, and they have every right to say so in this forum.  Grow up.



 
My two cents: Steely Dan and Dire Straits music stands up very well to long term listening.
Every time I hear this sound I start to salivate in anticipation of some nice shroomery.
 h8rhater wrote:

Clueless-ness personified.

  
It's one thing to bash on music. It's something else to criticize another listener for their honest opinion. This is a 10 to me, but someone else might disagree. You should get a life. Nobody appointed you defender of all songs. Your constant attacks are getting old. You need a new gimmick. P.S. I miss Stingray!!!
I am and have been a Yes fan for many years, but this track I have never liked. Up until the guitar solo is messy in my opinion. The solo is good, the build up after it is ok and then messy again.

This evening I have sat and listened to it all of the way through just to check and it is obviously Yes but is still a track I will jump over to get to their other work.

Only my opinion though.
 bb_matt wrote:

No, just very very dated. Sounds like steely Dan. ;) some music dates badly, like dire straits... Or Yes... The keyboard, bass, drums work at the end is ... 70's personified. "Hey guys, let's like copy everything we can and shove it in a song"
 
Clueless-ness personified.
Just picked up my tickets for the new Anderson-Rabin-Wakeman tour for the Fall of 2016.  Bought the meet/greet/sound check 2nd row ticket!  Hell yea!
Greatest composition !!!
 lemmoth wrote:

Great song from an extremely talented but usually annoying and boring band.

 
Yeah... I have this LP, but I never really enjoyed listening to this band. 3.
 molson wrote:
I am sorry, some people should be barred from posting, very annoying to hate on groups. Unless you can out play and outsell their records yourself, don't judge!! Someone's earlier post saying Steely Dan, Dire Straits and Yes are outdated has no real appreciation of Music, nobody really wants to see a post from you. Thats like saying Bach is outdated. Just saying keep it to yourself if you don't know what you are talking about!

 

It's just an opinion, dude.  Not everybody is going to like what you like, and they have every right to say so in this forum.  Grow up.


 dew34 wrote:
If you weren't present at the time this was recorded, this is your musical reference, it is very difficult to understand why the appeal is still so evident.  The music had presence and  power that outweighed some soulful shortcomings. {#Cool}

 
Well said, dew34.
I know it's unfair, but I keep picturing Spinal Tap whenever I hear this....
mute
Thank you. That was hilarious.  {#Roflol}

jhorton wrote:
Is that Keith Moon on the bass?

 


 Yep - There was YES - King Crimson - ELP and a lot of orange sunshine

 

JsDad wrote:

Ah, the song that got me away from pop and down the music path I've never left...

 


I'm just a love machine and I won't work for nobody but you
on some kind of acid
If you weren't present at the time this was recorded, this is your musical reference, it is very difficult to understand why the appeal is still so evident.  The music had presence and  power that outweighed some soulful shortcomings. {#Cool}
Is that Keith Moon on the bass?
 molson wrote:
I am sorry, some people should be barred from posting, very annoying to hate on groups. Unless you can out play and outsell their records yourself, don't judge!! ...
 
Umm, interesting that you wrote this comment for a Tom Waits tune:
  molson wrote:
Can you play instruments and write songs as well as Tom Waits?  Have you outperformed his record sales? 
I saw an interview with Chris Squire where he talks about meeting and opening for Jimi Hendrix; it's pretty interesting and amusing.
Love it!

FWIW, Porcupine Tree's Colin Edwin comes close to Chris Squire on Bass, as do some of the musicians that have played with Steven Wilson as a solo artist...

Wilson in both Porcupine Tree and SW solo occasionally reproduces a Steve Howe-like lead guitar riff.   
Ah, the song that got me away from pop and down the music path I've never left...
Huh, first real look at the lyrics, always thought it was mallards, ie ducks, coming out of the sky. 

Still good for the ears.
Epic!  10/10!!
I just picked up "Progeny: Highlights From Seventy-Two", fresh Roger Dean art and all.

The care in packaging, the art and the uplifting music were just what I needed when I first stumbled upon Yes in 1973.
This LP is a masterpiece.   Timeless. 
I am sorry, some people should be barred from posting, very annoying to hate on groups. Unless you can out play and outsell their records yourself, don't judge!! Someone's earlier post saying Steely Dan, Dire Straits and Yes are outdated has no real appreciation of Music, nobody really wants to see a post from you. Thats like saying Bach is outdated. Just saying keep it to yourself if you don't know what you are talking about!
Oh Bluey expand that brain. 
What a horrible song, must of been on something psychadelic for this rubbish to be recorded.
Used to always hear this one coming down for some reason many long years ago, but never really quite got it.  Now I know why - there is nothing to get. 
After forty years this is the first time I've read the lyrics.  They don't make any more sense than the ones I imagined they were singing.  No matter, as I've long accepted that Yes songs don't really have lyrics, just a lead vocal instrument.
 bb_matt wrote:

No, just very very dated. Sounds like steely Dan. ;) some music dates badly, like dire straits... Or Yes... The keyboard, bass, drums work at the end is ... 70's personified. "Hey guys, let's like copy everything we can and shove it in a song"
 
Quite. I could never feel the soul in Yes, despite their evident skill. The one time I saw them perform, New Haven Connecticut in 1979 I think, the singers could not come close to sounding like the studio performances. And yes, it really does seem as if they tossed the entire collection of their musical thoughts into this piece.
 bb_matt wrote:

No, just very very dated. Sounds like steely Dan. ;) some music dates badly, like dire straits... Or Yes... The keyboard, bass, drums work at the end is ... 70's personified. "Hey guys, let's like copy everything we can and shove it in a song"
 

I love it when bassists play like lead guitar. You won't hear better bass playing. Thank you, Chris. And RIP. Gone too soon.
 Dazzerb wrote:
sorry but this is awful

 
No, just very very dated. Sounds like steely Dan. ;) some music dates badly, like dire straits... Or Yes... The keyboard, bass, drums work at the end is ... 70's personified. "Hey guys, let's like copy everything we can and shove it in a song"
 Dazzerb wrote:
sorry but this is awful

 
No, it's not.  A solid 8, if not higher.
sorry but this is awful
Ah, that beautiful noise.
 raenvald wrote:
Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Beatles, Yes, ... Sounds like a good day to "call in well".

 
Wow.  Predicted today.
 Muddyman3019 wrote:
Great band, great song. Never get tired of Yes
 
Great song from an extremely talented but usually annoying and boring band.


 ScottishWillie wrote:

Not sure what ‘calisthenic drumming’ means but given were talking about the colossally talented Bill Bruford is assume you are going by the Oxford on line dictionaries derivation:

Early 19th century: from Greek kallos 'beauty' + sthenos 'strength' 


I'm pretty sure he meant "calisthenic" as a form of physical exercise.
Yes, YES.
RIP to the incredibly talented Chris Squire.

Some tracks from "Fish Out of Water" would fit in wonderfully here at RP. 
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
I find the organ especially irritating. And the calisthenic drumming.
 

Not sure what ‘calisthenic drumming’ means but given were talking about the colossally talented Bill Bruford I assume you are going by the Oxford on line dictionaries derivation:

Early 19th century: from Greek kallos 'beauty' + sthenos 'strength'


 pankman wrote:
Sorry, but the organ is a pain in the butt!

 
rick wakeman on organ?! Very nice!!
very nice song. Nice living back in the day!
Listening to this song feels like swimming in a pool of vomit.  And not in the good way.
I find the organ especially irritating. And the calisthenic drumming.
 Stingray wrote:

 

Imagine you take your high-school sweetheart home and want to....please her!

If you really played this song - she would run! TRUST ME - I know!



 
I'll take your word for it, as I'm sure you have a lot more experience with imaginary high school sweethearts than all the rest of us combined.
Each musician was jamming at the top of their chops here — love the ripping keyboards, the impossible vocals, the killer drums, but wow, maybe nothing can beat that wickedly delicious and sinister bass! This used to be a good test of any new car stereo; CRANK IT!
Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Beatles, Yes, ... Sounds like a good day to "call in well".
Best segue ever - from Day in the Life piano slam sustain to Roundabout fade-in {#Clap}
too much complicated...
Terrific British prog rock set this morning!

So has anybody here listened to  Steven Wilson's remix of Fragile?    Comments?  
 Chumbawamba-1984 wrote:
The magic does not work anymore for me. Am I getting too old? Or the song? 

 
You are getting too old! ;o)
The magic does not work anymore for me. Am I getting too old? Or the song? 
{#Dancingbanana_2}
11!
Great band, great song. Never get tired of Yes
 AbileneTexas wrote:
Excellent segue from Beatles' A Day in the Life!
 
Seconded.{#Cheers}
YES was one of those bands that it was cool to like when I was in High School in the 70's.  I wanted to like them, honestly I did!  But I could never seem to make it through an entire song before changing the station or putting a stack of LPs on my stereo.
 Stingray wrote:
Imagine you take your high-school sweetheart home and want to....please her!

If you really played this song - she would run! TRUST ME - I know!

 
Always worked for me. Maybe I had better taste in girls.
Hi everybody, YES is one of the bands which will survive the 70ies an the 20th and 21st century, I am pretty sure about that. Of course Bill Bruford and Chris Squire are excellent musicians, but this is not the most important aspect. It is the entire band and its creativity which is singular in the (rock) music history.The only equivalent paralel in the time of YES was King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra and now, more than 40 years later Steven Wilson who has a "golden hand" to take over this inheritance.
Stingray wrote:
Imagine you take your high-school sweetheart home and want to....please her!
If you really played this song - she would run! TRUST ME - I know!
   

On_The_Beach wrote:

Yah, that's it; must have been the music.

 
{#Roflol}{#Roflol}

Easy now, Beach: let him talk it out of his system. We'll all be happier for it. 

(Stingray, son: this is not music for romance and never will be. Please, take notes).  
 pankman wrote:
Sorry, but the organ is a pain in the butt!

 
But the bass is monster!
 pankman wrote:
Sorry, but the organ is a pain in the butt!
 
That's what she said.
One of the best songs in rock history, great musicians, ahead of their times
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song, and this entire album...
Sorry, but the organ is a pain in the butt!
 oldsaxon wrote:

Squire's bass is the only reason to listen. He's amazing and a huge part of my misspent youth. He, in my worthless opinion, was Yes.

 
Easy there oldsaxon. While I don’t think your opinion is worthless I think you’ve forgotten that the sublime Bill Bruford is the drummer on this!
 hikinfiend wrote:
I agree!  Yes was a nadir —- music seemed to go from timeless stuff like Beatles / Stones / Floyd / Doors / Joplin / Hendrix / Zeppelin —>  lots of crap, slightly remedied by Queen / Sabbath / early AC/DC —>  some improvement in the early '80s with Police / U2 —> more improvement with time.  I like a quote by U2's "The Edge" (okay, a pretentious name, but there are greater sins) who said, to paraphrase, "When Spinal Tap came out, some people laughed, but I wept, because it was true, rock was an embarrassment..."
Wrong: Talk about the pot calling the kettle black...  clearly someone is taking themselves a little too seriously.
 westslope wrote:
I am the only one who thinks that Chris Squire on bass is standout material?

 
Nope. Amazing what a great bass line does to make a good number great. (John Paul Jones, anyone?)
 westslope wrote:
I am the only one who thinks that Chris Squire on bass is standout material?

 
Squire's bass is the only reason to listen. He's amazing and a huge part of my misspent youth. He, in my worthless opinion, was Yes.
 westslope wrote:
I am the only one who thinks that Chris Squire on bass is standout material?

 
No, Squire is one of the great bassists. We bassists agree on that.
 strous wrote:
9
Best album of Yes.
Squire, great bass player, like Rutherford (Genesis) 

 
Hi Bill I would like to hear Genesis on RP
I am the only one who thinks that Chris Squire on bass is standout material?
If I had only one album to listen to for the rest of eternity!  I live and die to these tunes!  {#Notworthy}
Excellent segue from Beatles' A Day in the Life!
Love the cover and love the music.
9
Best album of Yes.
Squire, great bass player, like Rutherford (Genesis) 
9.5
I used to love the album covers as a kid and thought the contents of the cardboard must be just as good.  I was wrong.
 leonswiatek wrote:
NO

 
Agreed. I would maybe have enjoyed this group had it not been for Jon Anderson's wimpy vocals.

Much like Journey hiring Steve Perry, when Greg Rollie's vocals were quite adequate.