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Yes — Yours Is No Disgrace
Album: The Yes Album
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Released: 1971
Length: 9:40
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Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
Caesars Palace, morning glory, silly human race
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place
If the summer change 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, morning winter, travel very far
Lost in musing circumstances, that's just where you are

Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
Caesars Palace, morning glory, silly human, silly human race
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place
If the summer change 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, yeah

Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face
Caesars Palace, morning glory, silly human, silly human, silly human race
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place
If the summer change to winter, yours is no
Yours is no disgrace, yours is no disgrace, 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, morning winter, travel very far
Lost in musing circumstances, that's just where you are
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40+ years later and I can still remember the words to this song.

Just don't ask me where I put my car keys...
Well I like it!
Though it's odd they can still, in 2019, call themselves "Yes". After any of the originals leave, particularly the original lead vocalist that "made" them, it seems odd. Really odd.
Comparisons with bands such as Genesis and King Crimson are not reasonable to me. If nothing else, the vocals have always been an annoying irritation, grating, aharmonious, and apparently, impossible to replicate live, based on a concert I saw in New Haven. The falsetto-like sounds are disrupting to my ears. A simple opinion.
Another yes song that really overplayed by an overplayed overrated band
Yes, Yes; Yes!
No Yes? No!
 Unripe wrote:
It's a No from me
 

I swear every 70's tune is lookalike, endless battle of who-plays-better, on and on and on and on.
That album cover looks like something Spinal Tap might've rejected.
This is 1 of the 3 songs specifically pointed to the Vietnam War that Yes recorded over a 2 year period. The first was Harold Land, which was a sad song about a man going to fight in Vietnam, and when he came back, he was a changed man with no love/compassion/heart left in him: "Well after war your heart is dead, Well it's not hard to understand, There is no heart in Harold Land."

Then this song, pointing out that just because you were drafted and fighting in an awful war, "yours is no disgrace" as it wasn't your war, you are not responsible for the war. 

Lastly, there was the famous song "All Good People" about comparing war to a silly chess game, and everyone looking away from the war as the young were being drafted and sent off to their death.
It's a No from me
So good! Volume on 11 and tears in my eyes...
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!

 
Apparently, the OP prefers his/her music defoliated.
 e_b wrote:
My favorite part of this song is when...well, you know when.
 
I know! I LOVE that part.
Its just that Chris Squire plays a dozen different styles and rhythms in this one song. 

No body else did/does this.  
 idiot_wind wrote:
Its the bass!  My gosh, Chris Squire was maybe the best. 
 
Chris held the band together and made one of the most important contributions to the distinct sound.  
One of the most inventive & innovative bands ever. I've seen them many times since the mid-70's and they are always a killer show.
 LinThizzy wrote:
This is a high point of musicianship, writing, production, recording, touring; indeed impossible to embrace by many, similar to advanced math.  The most memorable shows ever.
 
Agreed, absolutely mind blowing live!
 Castelfranco wrote:
 ItchyJack wrote:
doc doesn't get it....probably a radio head fan
 



I like both - wrong?

 
Well my taste is better, but yours is no disgrace.
Its the bass!  My gosh, Chris Squire was maybe the best. 

Hmmphh..  The pinnacle of art rock... what's not to like if you grew up in that genre.  We love art/prog rock in Montreal...

 

MrStatenIsle wrote:

I don't think their old stuff needs any airplay anymore. Irrelevant, self-indulgent and not at all enjoyable.
 

Makes me moody blue.  For want of more unfocused hippy goo.
My favorite part of this song is when...well, you know when.
This is a high point of musicianship, writing, production, recording, touring; indeed impossible to embrace by many, similar to advanced math.  The most memorable shows ever.
I don't think their old stuff needs any airplay anymore. Irrelevant, self-indulgent and not at all enjoyable.
JUST SAY
NO
TO
YES
{#Stop}
Prefer the live version from Yessongs album but quite enjoy this one too. It was different time. Musicianship extraordinaire! Steve Howe one of the greatest!
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!

 
I've always seen Yes as its own kind of rock / jazz fusion.  Tightly organized virtuoso musicians exploring new sounds with vocals that find  some middle ground between lyrics and scat. Viewed this way, I find Yes quite enjoyable.
 westslope wrote:

Thanks.  I was just going to offer the same interpretation but coming straight from Jon Anderson is far better.

Soldiers are civil servants.  Those who establish policy, implement and strategy and controls the details of tactics — they are indeed responsible.  That includes voting citizens.  
 
P.S. I love the choice of tense for If the summer change to winter, yours is no.  'change as opposed changes'

 
After so many years, the meaning behind the song is revealed to me... It's a great standalone piece of music anyway, but this added layer of meaning is quite powerful.
just say no to yes
terrible vocals
the worst of rock
{#Stop}
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!

 
Agreed.
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!

 
I get it. And I'm not just saying this because you're in Canada, but as much as I love ELP/Yes/Crimson/PFM/Gentle Giant...etc...I could never ever latch onto Rush. Just never happened for me.

But this tune is a ten in my book. 
 DocStrangelove wrote:
Just say no to Yes. Boring guitar masturbation and whiny vocals.

 
That comment is just so wrong in so many ways.
Just say no to Yes. Boring guitar masturbation and whiny vocals.


I almost didn't want to leave this on because this is one of those records that I always listen to start to finish. Now I have to go get it, start with 'The Clap" and continue until the end.
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!
  Its almost like they were heavily influenced by Jazz or something. 

 The Apex of Progessive rock.
 h8rhater wrote:
.....

The Vietnam War, ongoing at the time, also affected this composition.  More from Jon Anderson, "the young people going off to fight the war had no say in the matter, and the war itself was certainly not their fault." "killing is brutal and cruel, but the disgrace falls not on the soldiers, but on those who orchestrated the war."
 
Thanks.  I was just going to offer the same interpretation but coming straight from Jon Anderson is far better.

Soldiers are civil servants.  Those who establish policy, implement and strategy and controls the details of tactics — they are indeed responsible.  That includes voting citizens.  
 
P.S. I love the choice of tense for If the summer change to winter, yours is no.  'change as opposed changes'
Very nice!
Death defying, mutilated armies scatter the earth
Crawling out of dirty holes, their morals, their morals disappear, yeah

I always latched on to that stanza. Very evocative. Yeah. 
 h8rhater wrote:

The Vietnam War, ongoing at the time, also affected this composition.  More from Jon Anderson, "the young people going off to fight the war had no say in the matter, and the war itself was certainly not their fault." "killing is brutal and cruel, but the disgrace falls not on the soldiers, but on those who orchestrated the war."
 
Maybe that applies to those who were drafted into wars, but not today. When you go voluntarily into something like Iraq, A'stan, Syria, Libya...it's your personal responsibility to bear.

Even those who were drafted for Vietnam ultimately had a choice, and many refused to be part of it.
 ItchyJack wrote:
doc doesn't get it....probably a radio head fan
 

I like both - wrong?
 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!

 
May 8th, 12017 must have been a bad day for you, eh?!?! At least Bill isn't playing any Bieber. Put yer skates on and head to the lake.
Nothing short of Godlike in my book. 
 Highlowsel wrote:
The lyrics a mash-up of nonsensical word association designed to entertain drug-induced hazy visions.  But even so there was something about it back then......less so today though...but thanks (Bill) for opening up that old (musical) trunk, blowing the dust off the vinyl and presenting it here for our aural delight. 

Don't take this wrong but once done please put it back in the trunk, and slide that trunk back into the attic...maybe somebody, someday, will enjoy rummaging thru and finding it...but until then....well....let's move along shall we?  Heh!

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 
Ugh!  How we do value our own ignorance these days.  Wave it around to show our imagined superiority, even.  Silly human race.

Jon Anderson on "Yours Is No Disgrace": "I'd just been to Vegas and it was amazing how crazy the place was and how silly we are. Silly human race. It was something to do with how crazy we can be as a human race to be out there flittering money around and gambling, trying to earn that big payout, when actually that's not what life is truly about."

The Vietnam War, ongoing at the time, also affected this composition.  More from Jon Anderson, "the young people going off to fight the war had no say in the matter, and the war itself was certainly not their fault." "killing is brutal and cruel, but the disgrace falls not on the soldiers, but on those who orchestrated the war."

Good gawd, I just cannot cannot cannot get into Yes. Can they play their instruments? Yes they can. Well? Yep. But what they're playing is unfocused musical garbage, wandering aimlessly all over the place in service of their pressing need to show off just how good they can play their instruments. The lyrics are sophomorish crap, and the vocalizations — you can't call it singing — are horrible. Yes? Nope!
Yes
 And overdue, way overdue.

meatmike wrote:
Just watched Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. They changed my life.
 


I love this and Fragile and the earlier stuff because it's more rock and roll-ish. But, it's all good.
The lyrics a mash-up of nonsensical word association designed to entertain drug-induced hazy visions.  But even so there was something about it back then......less so today though...but thanks (Bill) for opening up that old (musical) trunk, blowing the dust off the vinyl and presenting it here for our aural delight. 

Don't take this wrong but once done please put it back in the trunk, and slide that trunk back into the attic...maybe somebody, someday, will enjoy rummaging thru and finding it...but until then....well....let's move along shall we?  Heh!

Highlow
American Net'Zen
 idiot_wind wrote:
Its the bass. Chris Squire may have been the best RnR bass player ever.

Every song, he brings something unique and different. Never phoned it in.  
 

 
It's the drums. Bill Bruford may have been the best RnR drummer ever.

Every song, he brings something unique and different. Never phoned it in. 
Just watched Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. They changed my life.
 bluematrix wrote:

I totally agree, their early stuff like this and Fragile changed the world, at least my musical world. All my other young friends were listening to radio bubble gum drivel while my older sister was feeding me a steady diet of Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson. I can see how prog rock might not be for everyone, but the musicianship.. man.

 
This. Musicianship, vision, talent. Exciting stuff. This was out of this world when I was a kid.
Its the bass. Chris Squire may have been the best RnR bass player ever.

Every song, he brings something unique and different. Never phoned it in.  
 
 DocStrangelove wrote:
Just say no to Yes.

the horror, the horror . . .

 
No to No to Yes
doc doesn't get it....probably a radio head fan
Just say no to Yes.

the horror, the horror . . .
Music to do calisthenics by, i.e. not music. Of course it was your favorite band in high school. 
C'mon, naysayers....just put on some headphones, not flippin' earbuds, kick back and listen to these musicians.  And if you don't know the definition of "nuance".....well, you are hearing it. Then, if you finally get it after all these years, yours is no disgrace.
Maybe listening to the lyrics might help you...
 Skydog wrote:

I agree,
song rating=2 
and Fred is not uptight but Yes' music was uptight and cold

 
In over 40 years of listening to Yes' music, playing it in bands and being around their fans (and some detractors), I've never heard it described as "uptight and cold".

But maybe you can start a new trend up there in Palin-country?
 gjeeg wrote:
The album that changed the fucking world.

First saw them at NYC Academy of Music ~ November 1971. They opened for Procol Harum. King Crimson was the second act.....

 
I totally agree, their early stuff like this and Fragile changed the world, at least my musical world. All my other young friends were listening to radio bubble gum drivel while my older sister was feeding me a steady diet of Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson. I can see how prog rock might not be for everyone, but the musicianship.. man.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

I resent that statement and it also factually incorrect. Geography has never been a limiting factor on our nations ability to shit on people.

 
Wonderful!  
Hubble bubble, toil and total twaddle. More No, Yes. 
 Shmelo wrote: 
Why do brits shit on everyone that wasn't born with 3 steps from their front door?
 
I resent that statement and it's also factually incorrect. Geography has never been a limiting factor on our nations ability to shit on people.

What's a shining, flying, purple wolfhound? 
Other than an LSD hallucination, I mean.  
 fredriley wrote:
If the answer to the question is Yes, then IMO you're asking the wrong question. I loathed this bunch back in their 70s heyday, and the feeling remains. I pretended to like them to keep up with my pseudo-intellectual mates who also pretended to understand the gnomic but meaningless lyrics, and had Relayer on the record pile for show, but each listen was an exercise in teeth-gritting and suppressed frustration. At least this number doesn't have that out of tune Yorkshire tyke on vocals. Small mercies are to be celebrated.

 
I agree,
song rating=2 
and Fred is not uptight but Yes' music was uptight and cold
 fredriley wrote:
If the answer to the question is Yes, then IMO you're asking the wrong question. I loathed this bunch back in their 70s heyday, and the feeling remains. I pretended to like them to keep up with my pseudo-intellectual mates who also pretended to understand the gnomic but meaningless lyrics, and had Relayer on the record pile for show, but each listen was an exercise in teeth-gritting and suppressed frustration. At least this number doesn't have that out of tune Yorkshire tyke on vocals. Small mercies are to be celebrated.

 
Well fred, if you're still as uptight as you were then, it can't be healthy, hmm?

And have you ever met a gnome? They're rarer now than they used to be, but I've hung out with some in the 70s and they were a lot of fun. {#Cheers}
 gjeeg wrote:
The album that changed the fucking world.

First saw them at NYC Academy of Music ~ November 1971. They opened for Procol Harum. King Crimson was the second act.....

 
Wow, I wish I could have seen THAT show! I was only 9 years old then. It would be another four-five years before I even became aware of Yes and KC.( and was totally hooked)
 gjeeg wrote:
The album that changed the fucking world.

First saw them at NYC Academy of Music ~ November 1971. They opened for Procol Harum. King Crimson was the second act.....

 
Agreed!
The album that changed the fucking world.

First saw them at NYC Academy of Music ~ November 1971. They opened for Procol Harum. King Crimson was the second act.....
So freaking looooonnnggggg...
 I see what you did there. Song "Yours Is no Disgrace". Very nice. 
 
jktravl wrote:
So much talent Lost Chris, and nobody notices, Lose Prince, and it'a like a god died. What a disgrace
 

 


Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssss!
 Shmelo wrote:
 
Why do brits shit on everyone that wasn't born with 3 steps from their front door?

 
...and don't get them started on bands from Ireland!
 jktravl wrote:
So much talent Lost Chris, and nobody notices, Lose Prince, and it'a like a god died. What a disgrace
 

 
I agree that losing Chris is a huge loss and I feel your pain.  That said, what you're engaging in here is an apples-to-oranges comparison. 
 kurtster wrote:
ear candy .... ... .. .

 
More like ear wax to me.
 jktravl wrote:
So much talent Lost Chris, and nobody notices, Lose Prince, and it'a like a god died. What a disgrace
 

 
+1
 Jörg_Asmussen wrote:
I think Genesis have listened to this before scribbling "Follow you, follow me"

 
And then decided to do an entirely different song.
Wow just some good ole solid prob rock, the drum metering  so much fun to just dig.
 fredriley wrote:
If the answer to the question is Yes, then IMO you're asking the wrong question. I loathed this bunch back in their 70s heyday, and the feeling remains. I pretended to like them to keep up with my pseudo-intellectual mates who also pretended to understand the gnomic but meaningless lyrics, and had Relayer on the record pile for show, but each listen was an exercise in teeth-gritting and suppressed frustration. At least this number doesn't have that out of tune Yorkshire tyke on vocals. Small mercies are to be celebrated.

  
Why do brits shit on everyone that wasn't born with 3 steps from their front door?


This song is incredible. I'll never tire of it.
So much talent Lost Chris, and nobody notices, Lose Prince, and it'a like a god died. What a disgrace
 
 musikluvr wrote:
Chris Squire's bass just rocks in this song. R.I.P. {#Dancingbanana_2}

 
His bass rocks on many songs
If the answer to the question is Yes, then IMO you're asking the wrong question. I loathed this bunch back in their 70s heyday, and the feeling remains. I pretended to like them to keep up with my pseudo-intellectual mates who also pretended to understand the gnomic but meaningless lyrics, and had Relayer on the record pile for show, but each listen was an exercise in teeth-gritting and suppressed frustration. At least this number doesn't have that out of tune Yorkshire tyke on vocals. Small mercies are to be celebrated.
ear candy .... ... .. .
 Hannio wrote:

No, all it means is his musical tastes lie elsewhere. So what if someone doesn't like the same music you do?

 
bad-ass now, bad-ass now! They performed amazing shows, saw them more that 15 times…{#Bananajam}
 DeemerDave wrote:
 baylees wrote:
bad then still bad

 
maxjboxer wrote:

You got that righ

 
Just because YOU don't get it doesn't mean its bad. calling the music bad just means you're arrogant.

 
No, all it means is his musical tastes lie elsewhere. So what if someone doesn't like the same music you do?
 RedTopFireBelow wrote:
Ahh.. the memories come flooding back to 7th grade art class.   Our teacher let us pick an album to play during class and I choose the YES album.  None of my classmates had even heard of Yes but by the end of class they were fans.  This is a great tune...  intricate, intriguing, multi-leveled.   Not a great dance song though.. lol..

{#Bananajam}  {#Drummer} {#Guitarist}

 
WHOA! I posted my very similar comment about listening to this in art class just 60 seconds after yours. The Yes universe is truly aligned today! {#Hug}
 musikluvr wrote:
Chris Squire's bass just rocks in this song. R.I.P. {#Dancingbanana_2}

 
YES (pun intended)!

When I was in high school, my art teacher allowed a classmate to bring in & play this album (go vinyl!) while we created adolescent masterpieces. Good memories... {#Good-vibes}
Ahh.. the memories come flooding back to 7th grade art class.   Our teacher let us pick an album to play during class and I choose the YES album.  None of my classmates had even heard of Yes but by the end of class they were fans.  This is a great tune...  intricate, intriguing, multi-leveled.   Not a great dance song though.. lol..

{#Bananajam}  {#Drummer} {#Guitarist}
To my ears this is great.

I just love Bill Bruford's  drumming.
 baylees wrote:
bad then still bad

 
maxjboxer wrote:

You got that righ

 
Just because YOU don't get it doesn't mean its bad. calling the music bad just means you're arrogant.
More please!
 baylees wrote:
bad then still bad

 
You got that righ
Always loved how there are so many different rhythms going on within this trippy jam of bad-ass basswork, drums, keys and guitars...
Not a big fan of Yes, but they do have a few tunes that rock, and this is one of them.  Solid 8
Does this song never end?
Tedious 
Chris Squire's bass just rocks in this song. R.I.P. {#Dancingbanana_2}
 FlatCat wrote:
That guy has no business trying to sing that high.

 
I saw this band in New Haven in 1979 and whether he had any business in this area or not, he didn't and couldn't. I was less than impressed.
Yes members get out of their own way and let it rip on this one. Some of their best work.
YES PLEASE!{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}
Saying "yes" to Yes! {#Sunny}
 Plug wrote:
OMG where have the years gone - nice to be reminded of simpler times
 
 
Simpler times indeed, although the music was more complex. It seems it's the other way around nowadays.
Prog. You either love it your you hate it.

To me, this is gold.  10/10
The Earth travel very far.
I think Genesis have listened to this before scribbling "Follow you, follow me"
great song! {#Hearteyes}{#Guitarist}{#Music}
 idiot_wind wrote:
Ya mean there were bands in the 1970s that experimented with different song structures, syncopation,  melding in different instruments, different harmonies,different melodies, and with a bass and keyboards that were so different, no one has tried to copy?
Did this really happen in 1970s?

Nah...I guess not.

Now where is that "thud and drone" Foo Fighters song?  
   

  It's true! There were bands that actually created their own musical universe that you could live in (18:00 at a time).

The post-psychedelic era was a magical time for music.

bad then still bad
Fond, fond memories for me as well.

Funny about the "cool" comment - I loved Yes - loved Roger Dean's art - but I sure as hell never felt cool.

RIP Chris Squire - A Rick and a Pick!! 

A cut from "Fish Out of Water" would be great.

OMG where have the years gone - nice to be reminded of simpler times
 
Ya mean there were bands in the 1970s that experimented with different song structures, syncopation,  melding in different instruments, different harmonies,different melodies, and with a bass and keyboards that were so different, no one has tried to copy?
Did this really happen in 1970s?

Nah...I guess not.

Now where is that "thud and drone" Foo Fighters song?  
   
 LPCity wrote:
For someone my age I'm supposed to look back fondly of all the great memories of my youth while hearing this song.

Ain't happening. 

 
I'm with you.  In my youth Yes was always one of those bands that it was "cool" to like—and I tried, believe me.  I've always found them a little too pretentious for my liking.
 LPCity wrote:
For someone my age I'm supposed to look back fondly of all the great memories of my youth while hearing this song.

Ain't happening. 
 

Don’t worry LPCity I’ll make up for you as I’m of the age and do have the fond memories!


That guy has no business trying to sing that high.
RIP, and we all mourn your passing and rejoice in what you gave us, Chris Squire, for you were one of the greatest bassists ever! Yes!
I love that bass line in the middle!! Downt dowt...down down ta downta downta downta downa down down... Ta ting ting. You know what I'm talking about :.)
Yes ? No.
Funny how Yes tends to polarize listeners.

When my wife does not like a particular Steven Wilson tune, she will complain that it sounds like Yes.  -hehe-

I spend a lot of time listening to Yes by myself. 
 LPCity wrote:
For someone my age I'm supposed to look back fondly of all the great memories of my youth while hearing this song.

Ain't happening. 

 
I feel ya Bro......{#Yes}