Song Lyric Sunday – 10 October 2021 – And You and I

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Heavenly Bodies, Planets, Moon, Sun, Stars suggested by King Ben’s Grandma

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

If someone were to condemn me to being able to listen to only one song ever again, this is the song I’d choose. I think it is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.  There is lots of information below but, because I’ve probably gone a bit over the top, and the video is over 12 minutes long, I have put the bulk at the bottom so you can get to the song quicker and only read the blurb if you are really, really interested!

The song is “And You And I” by “Yes” and is in four movements:

  1. “Cord of Life”
  2. “Eclipse”
  3. “The Preacher, The Teacher”
  4. “Apocalypse”

They are explained here. It may help to understand the work. (It may  not!)

The version that I think is best is from Symphonic Live which was recorded with the European Festival Orchestra in November 2001. This recording is enhanced greatly by the animators who superimposed the most inspired artwork of “You” and “I” helping one another in moments of despair and desolation. Unfortunately I can find no information about the source!

I hope you enjoy the experience!

Yes are an English progressive rock band who formed in London in 1968.  They played their first show at a youth camp in East MerseaEssex on 4 August that year and were initially fairly laid back about their playing.  However, having witnessed an early King Crimson gig in 1969 they realised they needed to become more technically proficient and they started rehearsing in earnest. They have not looked back since and are considered as progressive rock pioneers. 

The band initially consisted of singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye and drummer Bill Bruford. Anderson suggested that they call the new band Life. Squire suggested that it be called World. Banks responded, simply, “yes”, and that was how the band were named.

“Yes” has undergone numerous formations throughout its history; nineteen musicians have been full-time members. They manage to create amazing sounds, true to the original studio recordings even though they normally play, as their original set up, with only five members. They have added extra players as required and have often performed with full orchestras. 

“And You and I” appeared on their album Close To The Edge, released in 1972.

For the Symphonic Live version the band comprised:

Jon Anderson – vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion

Jon is a very spiritual man who is described as not having a bad bone in his body. He describes himself as having a normal singing/speaking voice naturally above the tenor range. He is often described as a countertenor. He has perfect pitch and interprets the whole song not only in his voice but in his movements.

Steve Howe – guitars, lap steel guitar, backing vocals

His vast experience shows in the way he moves from one instrument to another. He seems to have an almost symbiotic relationship with them and sometimes talks to them whilst playing.  

Chris Squire – bass guitar, backing vocals, harmonica, percussion

Chris is well known for his melodic and lyrical playing and perfected his harmonica playing on the way to and from school. 

Alan White – drums, backing vocals, keyboards

Alan is surrounded by more equipment than seems possible for one man to play.  He produces the same effect, only better, than other rock groups obtain with three percussionists.

Additional musicians

Tom Brislin – keyboards, backing vocals, percussion – brought in as Rick Wakeman was unable to play due to a clash of bookings.  Any keyboard player performing with “Yes” has to be a master of his art. They are often playing three keyboards at once.  Try that with just two hands!

European Festival Orchestra

Wilhelm Keitel – conductor

Here are some other versions:

The original recording with an initial prompt to all of “OK” – Sound only.

Rainbow Theatre London from 1972. Just 5 of them.  Showing the magnificent hair and typical cape of Rick Wakeman, a truly gifted composer and player.

and on the 1991 Union Tour with a line-up of seven and some great sartorial elegances!

Yes – And You And I

A man conceived a moment’s answer to the dreams
Staying the flowers daily, sensing all the themes
As a foundation left to create the spiral aim
A movement regained and regarded both the same
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Changed only for a sight the sound, the space agreed
Between the picture of time behind the face of need
Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
Emotions revealed the ocean maid
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Coins and crosses never know their fruitless worth
Cords are broken, locked inside the mother earth
They won’t hide, oh, they won’t tell you
Watching the world, watching all of the world
Watching us go by

And you and I climb over the sea to the valley
And you and I reached out for reasons to call

Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
Emotions revealed as the ocean maid
As a movement regained and regarded both the same
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Sad preacher nailed upon the coloured door of time
Insane teacher be there reminded of the rhyme
There’ll be no mutant enemy we shall certify
Political ends, as sad remains, will die
Reach out as forward tastes begin to enter you

I listened hard but could not see
Life tempo change out and inside me
The preacher trained in all to lose his name
The teacher travels, asking to be shown the same
In the end we’ll agree, we’ll accept, we’ll immortalize
That the truth of man maturing in his eyes
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you

Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid
As a moment regained and regarded both the same
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid
A clearer future, morning, evening, nights with you

And you and I climb, crossing the shapes of the morning
And you and I reach over the sun for the river
And you and I climb, clearer towards the movement
And you and I called over valleys of endless seas

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Jon Anderson / Chris Squire / Steve Howe / Bill Bruford

34 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 10 October 2021 – And You and I

  1. I’ve never heard this song before. It’s lovely. I have liked other songs they’ve done as well, but I didn’t know anything about the band so it’s nice to now know some things about them.

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      1. I checked out Jon Anderson in Wikipedia and felt sad when I read that he and his wife divorced in the 1990s. In light of what he says before he sings, I wonder what happened.

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  2. Nope sorry but you’re wrong. They were like the aural equivalent of an oversized enema. I sat through the worst seventeen years – at least it seemed that long – of their version of metal fingers down an electronic blackboard one evening in Bristol circa 1975. Never again. But I’m glad someone is feeding their pension…

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  3. Such a great song, Peter, and it takes me back. I had several Yes albums and loved them all. Thanks for sharing this one today. Such a different place and time – just hearing this leaves me with a great nostalgic feeling. Bravo!

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  4. I saw Yes in concert before they were famous and they opened up for King Crimson and Procol Harum. I remember them playing Roundabout at the show I went to. This is the first time I ever listened to this song Peter and I like it a lot.

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  5. I’m afraid I’ve never heard of this band.

    I listened to the first version for a short while but it wasn’t for me. I can imagine that back in the day there were a fair few young men, would-be musicians sat alone in their bedrooms playing imaginary guitars and pretending to be part of the band, it has that sort of sound.

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