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Yes — Close To The Edge
Album: Close To The Edge
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Released: 1972
Length: 17:44
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 all with music that came quickly from afar
And 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 end, 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 the line around the changes of the summer
Reaching out to call the color 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 a 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 approached 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 cause 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 edge, round by the corner
Close to the end, down by a river
Seasons will pass you by
I get up, I get down

III. I Get Up, I Get Down

In her white lace, you could clearly see the lady sadly looking
Saying that she'd take the blame
For the crucifixion of her own domain

I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down

Two million people barely satisfy
Two hundred women watch one woman cry, too late
The eyes of honesty can achieve
(She would gladly say it amazement of her story)
How many millions do we deceive each day?
(Asking only interest could be laid upon the children of her domain)

I get up, I get down
I get up, I get down

In charge of who is there in charge of me
(She could clearly see the lady sadly looking)
Do I look on blindly and say I see the way?
(Saying that she'd take the blame
For the crucifixion of her own domain)
The truth is written all along the page
(She would gladly say it amazement of her story)
How old will I be before I come of age for you?
(Asking only interest could be laid upon the children of her domain)

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 color to the 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 temp'rance rules above
Ah, ah

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
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A favorite vinyl album. Then a favorite CD. Now a favorite on Spotify.  And I still listen to it intently when this classic plays on RP.

Times change. But I still love this musician's music I grew up with regardless of the media.
Huh! This is by far the weirdest rating-graphic of all songs on RP I know. I call it »the U-rating«.

Long life RP however… 

The ratings for most songs on RP look like a bell curve. This is a saddle!  That tells you something.

Heard this today for the first time in decades.  Went right to Amazon and bought the Roger Dean album cover book.
Ich war zwar ca. 1974 mal auf einem Yes-Konzeert, aber ich finde speziell diesen Song heute nur noch schrecklich.
you must be bald?
 
idiot_wind wrote:
Went  out and got my haircut. 

What I missed? 
 

Jazz on LSD.  A ten, of course.

<edit, after it was over>  Thanks, BillG and Rebecca.  I get up, I get down.
Even as a Yes-fan at the time I thought this was Over The Edge.
Went  out and got my haircut. 

What I missed? 
I have a strange reluctance to hitting PSD on RP.  I kinda like the idea that other people may be listening on the other side of the planet to the exact same track as I am.  I overcame that long held reluctance about 4 minutes in to this pompous tosh.  
A pure prog classic over all !
Thanks for playing this. Brought back fond memories of my teen years too.  I've always known Steve Howe was a highly technical player, but didn't every pick up the some of the similarities until my wife came in the room and said "Is this Frank?" (Zappa)
 black321 wrote:
Can't believe i hadn't yet rated this wonderful, glorious, beautiful piece of music.
 
yea verily ... me as well.
very innovative and experimental, love yes. you just have to stick to it and listen through...
Fragile I got.  This one not so much.

The Union DVD is fantastic though.
This is so much more than self-indulgence. It's like the soundtrack to someone actually going about their daily business wanking with a straight face. The world is a better place for this kind of experiment.
Aghhh! I really hate YES!
Now I know why I never bought into Yes - what protracted bollocks!
Hark ! What shite pours from yonder speakers. 
I never appreciated Yes that much, until I started listening to RP
Those of us who had the pleasure of attending a Yes concert in the late 70's know...
We just do.
Can this about 'Yes`, they never seemed to embrace the concept of `less is more'. 
I am glad I'm on the mp3 stream, I would have skipped this long ago and long weird tracks are part of what make RP RP
Still epic.
Wow.  Didn't remember how much was going on in this song. 
As a teen, I wore this album out with hundreds of listens, headphone on, laying across my bed, eyes closed after a little smoke in the field behind our house.  It just didn't get much better and it stands the test of time to me.  Thank you, Bill for the memories.  
17? oh you kids today....   pretty much agree with you. Saw them twice, each concert about half the stuff was crap and half brilliant. SomersetBob wrote:
I see quite a few negative comments have been made down the years about this one - so I will just add a bit of balance by saying I love it as much now as when I first heard it 46 years ago when I was - dear god, 17! - and I thank Bill and Radio Paradise so much for playing it.
 
 SpinyNorma wrote:
By the sacred knees of Zarquon, it's worth a 10 for Rick's magnificent organ!
 

That's what she said
Godlike. If only we could go back to this musical period.

Listen to the frenetic interplay of Squire/Bruford/Howe/Wakeman at the very beginning. Sheesh.
Saw them in Colt Park Hartford, CT in 1976, I believe.  Played in a clamshell.  It was an amazing performance.  
This song never fails to rearrange my liver.  TEN !!
 dast60 wrote:
A little bit outdated, very 70's prog rock.
 

Timeless comment.
{#Laughing}Wow! That´s a massive organ!
A little bit outdated, very 70's prog rock.
Holy crap, did someone fall asleep on a church organ? {#Rolleyes}
ohh fck me in the forest deep insideeee 
ohh fuck me in the forest deep inside
Bill, Rebecca,


Today you put together an exceptional playlist. Thank you for RP, your infinite knowledgebase, fine taste, and being a brilliant playlist artist.


My first three albums were. – Dark Side of the Moon, Fragile, and Close to the Edge. (Forth was Workingman’s Dead) I've seen YES 15 times (I think), 8 or so with Anderson and Wakeman. I saw them in the round 2 consecutive days at the Spectrum in Philly. I had a vinyl copy, now as a file of Chris’s Fish Out of Water. It was a sad day when he left this universe for another.

I was totally obsessed with visionary artist Roger Dean. I had a small collection of his poster work and his book ‘Views’ in my eclectic library that included Dali, Magritte, Ernst, Geiger, E. Rimmington, K. Sage, and would-be architect turned 6D graphic artist MC Escher. Surrealism has forever left me awestruck. It’s no wonder Dean’s cover art for Fragile, Close to the Edge, Relayer, Topographic Oceans, Yesterdays, YesSongs, and with work for Steve (Howe), ASIA, and Gentle Giant helped solidify my belief in the multidimensional multiverse.

YES sits in the top ten bands
from my formative years. Along with YES, I was obsessed with Genesis, The Dead and Jerry, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Tull, Doors, ELO, ELP, Hendrix, Trower, King Crimson, Zeppelin, Zappa, Who, Moody Blues, and Procol Harum.

The last time I saw YES was July 2011 at Oklahoma City’s Zoo Amphitheater. Their performance was good, not great. Chris was a bid dorky strutting up and down the stage.

There was more than a bit of humor to the event.
YES opened for one of the worst bands ever. I tried to keep an open mind and had planned to stay. Within 5 minutes, I couldn’t take it anymore. The planet would be a better place had Styx never existed.

Using an auto show metaphor it would be like having a Shelby Mustang as the first car out followed by a Pinto with tarnished Cragars.

Health and Wealth,

GG of FL
My all time favorite from Yes.  The best.  
...a definition of musical genius revealed.
I took my oldest son to see one of the two Yes bands now touring. They opened with this. Ten minutes in he turns to me and asks "Is this still the same song?"
I love that RP will play long pieces like this.  I've never gotten into Yes, but it's wicked cool that I can randomly hear this song on a "radio station."  I'm not sure I've ever heard it, and I'm not sure that I truly like it, but it's pretty interesting, at least.
And that Rick Wakeman bass!
And the Phantom of the Opera  organ!!!

Who eve tries this today?  
Awesome! I wasn't much into prog rock (other than Zappa) back when this came out, but now can appreciate fully. Most Excellent to the point of God-likeness!
Here's the thing. 

This song has hooks (the Rick Wakeman organ part in middle and end) that you can hum in the grocery store. 

How can anyone not like a song, you can hum in the grocery store? 
 bviner wrote:
"I still listen to Close To The Edge once a month," says US musician and producer Moby ....
“I grew up in Connecticut and my mom was a hippie and we listened to a lot of college radio and AOR together. I first heard Yes when Roundabout was their big single. In 1978, aged 13, I went to my first ever concert: Yes in Madison Square Garden. It was a school night and everything about it was so exciting, it made an indelible impression.
https://www.loudersound.com/fe...
 

i was at one of those MSG shows around then. someone nailed wakeman with a frisbee. he was not pleased.
Kudos to RP! What other station dials up 17 minute gems like Close to the Edge, playing them from end to end?
I've been listening to this album for 40+ years and every single time that opening pandemonium sets my teeth on edge but then Anderson's vocals kick in and by the time Wakeman is noodling and boogieing I'm bopping in my seat with a grin on my grill. Every time.
Wow! That takes me back!
i forgot how much i used to love this. miss the crackle of the old LP
"I still listen to Close To The Edge once a month," says US musician and producer Moby ....
“I grew up in Connecticut and my mom was a hippie and we listened to a lot of college radio and AOR together. I first heard Yes when Roundabout was their big single. In 1978, aged 13, I went to my first ever concert: Yes in Madison Square Garden. It was a school night and everything about it was so exciting, it made an indelible impression.
https://www.loudersound.com/fe...
The opening pandemonium is exquisite. And then the groove.  

Kind of similar to what Ornette Coleman, Coltrane, Monk, and Davis were doing in the 1950s- 1970s.  Like of alot of RnR, they stole from the jazz crazy cats. 

But none of them had Chris Squire on bass!  The best ever.  
MAKE IT STOP!
Every time I think about how much RP can suck, you play something like this and I just have shake my head and wonder why you play so much commercial radio material when I know that you know that stuff like this is so much more deserving of airplay.
By the sacred knees of Zarquon, it's worth a 10 for Rick's magnificent organ!
I like a lot of prog, but this is a bit too prog-eriffic for me.
Can't believe i hadn't yet rated this wonderful, glorious, beautiful piece of music.
I think if that beginning guitar solo was moved to after the first couple verses, people would get this song more.  But the way it comes in and just trashes for 3 minutes can throw off people.  I think  it is great.
A bit too close to the edge for me...
No yes. 
An exception to the nothing last's forever rule
the apotheosis of prog rock
Ah, Bill, you're in a strange mood today, and I thank you for that. Taking me back to my youth, headphones blaring. Simply wonderful.
With all due respect to those for whom this music has a special place in their heart -- I can't wait for this to end. I actually originally rated it a 2 but just downgraded it to a 1, now that we're in what feels like minute 37 of the endless damn thing. And I actually like a handful of Yes songs, BTW. But Lord, not this one.... {#Eek}
I will add to the comments on how life-altering this song was / is for me.  I was 13 when the Yessongs movie came to one theater in Wichita, Kansas.  Those two words "Yes" and "Wichita" don't seem to fit but watching Yes play this song live (on film) opened my eyes to see well-beyond Wichita.  The imagery of the band, hearing Chris Squire and Jon Anderson's blending vocals, Wakeman's wizardry and Steve Howe's frenetic but technical playing was other worldly.   Of course the girl that came along to the movie fell asleep during the film but I was blown away.  I left Wichita after high school and spend a lot of time on airplanes with this song in frequent rotation to take me back and it still raises hair on my arms.   I don't rate many songs a 10 but this one for me is there without question.
Only The Mars Volta have come close to emulating this.
Yes. NOooooo {#Cheesygrin}
 
Self indulgent nonsense.
 
I beg you , make this stop.
Simply a favorite album of favorite music.  Magical.
YES ..... there is a GOD!    Thanks, i needed that!   a 10 plus!
I see quite a few negative comments have been made down the years about this one - so I will just add a bit of balance by saying I love it as much now as when I first heard it 46 years ago when I was - dear god, 17! - and I thank Bill and Radio Paradise so much for playing it.
 (anonymous) wrote:
please no Yes....this kind of music is the primary reason that disco became popular.
 
So, no artists should create anything out of fear that there might be some response over time that leads to something you don't like? Not a world I want to live in.
Still adore this song after all these years.  Steve Howe's guitar is sublime as is Chris Squire's bass.  

Not sure I understand the lyrics but I do love rivers.  :-)
Hit the PSD button more YES played. No Bueno .
Perfect for a Friday afternoon!!

Yes by ~JSaurer
©2008-2010 ~JSaurer

"close to the edge" - the giants of british Art Rock in the 70s
airbrush, water colours, 1998



 

Yes - "Soon" Live in Amsterdam (2002):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WybjHMUTFhM

"They have not lost one tiny spec of their talent and magic. I love "Yes'...think tonight I must watch the video I own of one of their concerts. I think it might actually be this very one. I am in the mood now. This song is magnificent...just takes me away to another world. Thanks for posting this. I love Jon Anderson - what a beautiful soul."


According to the band's official website, Yesworld, the song is inspired by Hermann Hesse's book Siddhartha, an explanation which can cast the cryptic and mysterious lyrics in a new light, tracking the awakening of Hesse's character "close to the edge" of a river (and, symbolically, of the serial lifetimes of his soul) where he experiences a spiritual awakening. from the wiki -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_To_The_Edge (click here)
Originally Posted by Mot: Few songs connect me with my musical awakenings like Yes. 'nuff said, cause words can't quite describe it.
Apparently music can't quite describe it either, if they need 18 minutes of being "prog" and still don't really go anywhere. Gotta say "NO" to Yes.
The only radio station on earth who\'d follow Perry Farrell and Joni Mitchell with a magnum opus by Yes. Three cheers.
Originally Posted by drover: Hell's teeth. No wonder bands like The Ramones came along to simplify things a bit. What a jumble of incoherent noise masquerading as musical profundity.
Bands like Yes came around because wanted play music and play it the best they could. They wanted do music that was beyond the realm of the typical 4 minute song. The lyrics of yes songs are, in general, irrelevant. Anderson's voice is just another brush applied to the canvas. Bands like the Ramones came around because they wanted to play music rooted in early 60's rock and they did it the best way that they could. I don't see much of a difference. Both bands were great at what they did. If you want to slag Yes, then slag them for constantly touring on the same songs with sets that frequently seem to mirror sets from '72 or '73. I saw them 5 years ago, but there was only one song from the 90's, 2 from the 80's, 2 from the late 70's and the rest from the early 70's...and they were touring for a new studio album! What a disapointment. Haven't gone again since Kevin
please no Yes....this kind of music is the primary reason that disco became popular. :cry:
I always thought that Yes music was a bit pretentious. But, 30 years ago I liked to listen to them sometimes. Close to the edge is great, better than a lots of things they made after. It is sure not going to please american people used to simple stuff. But, this progessive time got things we\'re not going to see anymore, unfortunately: musicians had freedom to try what they wanted. Nowadays, they\'re just majors\' puppets. Marc-André
god.. what an awfully long song.. no more please :cry:
Oh my God, I thought I would never have to suffer this dreadful s***e again when I gave the album away more than 20 years ago!!!!! Please turn it off!!!
Oh my gosh! Shut up already! :eek:
Man, at about 2 minutes into this thing when Howe brings in the guitar theme... Chills, sedate bliss, decades of music appreciation, relief - that there is genius in the world...
I like this song. No, I don\'t actually own any Yes music, but it\'s nice to hear every now and again.
Dated, maybe, but I never get tired of this.
Originally Posted by Jacques: Hey, don't get your panties in a twist, it stopped, the world didn't explode, nor did you have a coronary... relax. I was NOT a huge YES fan and I'd probably never buy this album, but it is was great to hear this on Radio Paradise, I'd never get to hear this anywhere, and that alone was worth the time, albeit a bit long. Chill out, you want Top 40? I'm sure you can dig up 50 stations on the radio in no time at all... this is the right place to hear a 12 minute (or however long it was) prog rock dinosaur, that's why it's "eclectic" there is no formula... no good or bad song... just stuff to make you think. However, if Bill ever loses it and plays Britney Spears, then by all means, we'll join you in your please of "For the love of of, make it stop". Cheers Jacques
Hey Jacques -- Thanks for the comments. I had my nurse read them too me while I was hooked up to my EKG. To be honest, I had a much better time reading it than listening to the song. I agree that RP is the place for eclectic intelligent rock. In fact, I'm the first one in the office to jump for joy when Bill spins a classic Floyd tune or better yet, the 2nd side to Abby Road. However, these boys could have got the point across in 5-6 minutes & it would have been a whole lot better. In fact, this song almost seems like showing off. 12 minutes for the sake of 12 minutes. Don't get me wrong, I'm greatful the 70's were filled with this stuff. Hell, songs like this are why guys like Rotten, Jones, Strummer, and the like started bands...and look where that got us (thanks boys!).
Originally Posted by Videll: Please, Please, Please, for the love of God, just make it stop!
Hey, don't get your panties in a twist, it stopped, the world didn't explode, nor did you have a coronary... relax. I was NOT a huge YES fan and I'd probably never buy this album, but it is was great to hear this on Radio Paradise, I'd never get to hear this anywhere, and that alone was worth the time, albeit a bit long. Chill out, you want Top 40? I'm sure you can dig up 50 stations on the radio in no time at all... this is the right place to hear a 12 minute (or however long it was) prog rock dinosaur, that's why it's "eclectic" there is no formula... no good or bad song... just stuff to make you think. However, if Bill ever loses it and plays Britney Spears, then by all means, we'll join you in your please of "For the love of of, make it stop". Cheers Jacques
I reading some of the comments, I\'m reminded of the Harry Chapin song \"Flowers are Red\" Here is a link to lyrics ... https://littlejason.com/chapin/songs/flowers.html
Incredible stuff. While I\'m always happy to hear anything from Yes from \"Going For the One\" and before, their newest CD, \"Magnification\", is exceptional - some of the best orchestral integration ever done on a \"rock\" album.
Originally Posted by Videll: Please, Please, Please, for the love of God, just make it stop!
What do you have against 18 minutes "art rock" songs from the 70's? :D
Please, Please, Please, for the love of God, just make it stop!
Originally Posted by loveslave: Is that Jon Anderson singing?
Yes that is Jon Anderson.
What and apropos song in view of your sojourn! Hope yo all have a wonderful time and safe journey.
Haven\'t heard this one in ages--I think Yes is one of those (sometimes unfairly) maligned \"prog rock\" bands that are due for a new appreciation and rennaissance of their ouevre. Yes, some of their later stuff is, for want of a better word, crap, but they have some absolutely classic works, also. I enjoyed hearing it...
Ah the good ole days, when you could go to a concert and people would actually sit in their seats and listen to the music (instead of standing the whole freakin' time). Yes, you either love 'em or hate 'em. I still love them. In fact, they're on the Geezer tour and coming to a city near you this summer. Anderson, Squire, Howe, Wakeman and White.
Originally Posted by drover: Hell's teeth. No wonder bands like The Ramones came along to simplify things a bit. What a jumble of incoherent noise masquerading as musical profundity.
Though I'm a fairly avid Yes fan, I wholeheartedly agree with respect to the cacophonous intro! Ugh! Just get to the music, will ya!!?
Originally Posted by loveslave: Is that Jon Anderson singing?
But of course!
I thought this was boring when it was first released. It hasn\'t aged well.
Is that Jon Anderson singing?
So wonderful to hear this song.....perfect example of how great art rock can be. I discovered Yes in the late 80s as a teenager (Big Generator), and only then started to discover their incredible past. I must be one of their younger fans, but great music knows no age limit. :D :D :D :D :D
Hell\'s teeth. No wonder bands like The Ramones came along to simplify things a bit. What a jumble of incoherent noise masquerading as musical profundity.
Godlike. This is what eclectic, intelligent music sounds like.
Wonderful sound. Again Radioparadise plays another of my old time favorites.Rare that one hears the whole thing. Thanx again. :D
The 70\'s were crazy? Thank God, I thought I was the only one!
Good God, I almost forgot how damn good these guys were - and no, you don\'t have to be over forty to love them. I found Yes in high school in the 80s, with their more poppy 90125 album, and worked my way backward through their albums, and was a huge fan throughout my college years. I still love them, tho\' I don\'t listen as much as I used to. That epic rock transports me! Pure bliss! :p
\"No one does that epic rock song painting thing quit like those guys\" -- Well said BillG! And they have the album covers to prove it. :lol: Few songs connect me with my musical awakenings like Yes. \'nuff said, cause words can\'t quite describe it.
Originally Posted by justlistening: Well, this is a song that was fun to listen to with headphones during the crazy "daze" of the 70's. Brings back memories for me, but I can understand that for others it may be dated sounding and monotonous.
This is my reaction, exactly. This song brings back some incredible memories and so I like it, but others without those memories might hate it!
This is a GREAT SONG .... from one of the most Original and Musically Tallented bands of the past 30 years !*!*!*!* :D
One of the original greats, long before they went pop. Anyone who doesn\'t like this is entitled to their opinion but is also showing their (negligible) age. Get over it. There was music before Green Day, y\'know. :lol:
definitely \"Godlike\"!!! we need more Yes on RP :D
What a surpirse! A flashback to the early days of real AOR radio. Where else would you here an 18 minute cut these days?
Originally Posted by justlistening: Well, this is a song that was fun to listen to with headphones during the crazy "daze" of the 70's. Brings back memories for me, but I can understand that for others it may be dated sounding and monotonous.
Yeah, this always was a favorite album of mine. Nice to hear long tracks like this from the "good old days" in the RP mix. Hopefully the younger listeners will indulge us and not complain too loudly. :p
I love this song!
tuneless.
Well, this is a song that was fun to listen to with headphones during the crazy \"daze\" of the 70\'s. Brings back memories for me, but I can understand that for others it may be dated sounding and monotonous.