Talesfrom Topographic Oceans

TALES FROM TOPOGRAPHIC OCEANS
ANDERSON HOWE SQUIRE WAKEMAN WHITE

THE REVEALING SCIENCE OF GOD (DANCE OF DAWN)
THE REMEMBERING (HIGH THE MEMORY)
THE ANCIENT (GIANTS UNDER THE SUN)
RITUAL (NOUS SOMMES DU SOLEIL)

Tales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released in 1973 on Atlantic Records. Presented as a double album with one track on each side, its concept is based on singer Jon Anderson’s interpretation of four Shastric scriptures from a footnote in Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. It is the first studio album to feature drummer Alan White, who replaced Bill Bruford in 1972.

Tales from Topographic Oceans became the first album in the UK to earn a gold certification prior to its release. It reached number-one on the UK Albums Chart for two weeks and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.

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THE REVEALING SCIENCE OF GOD (DANCE OF DAWN)

SHRUTIS: The Revealing Science of God can be seen as an ever-opening flower
in which simple truths emerge examining the complexities and magic of the past
and how we should not forget the song that has been left to us to hear. The
knowledge of God is a search, constant and clear.

Dawn of light lying between a silence and sold sources,
Chased amid fusions of wonder, in moments hardly seen forgotten
Coloured in pastures of chance dancing leaves cast spells of challenge,
Amused but real in thought, we fled from the sea whole.
Dawn of thought transferred through moments of days undersearching earth
Revealing corridors of time provoking memories, disjointed but with purpose,
Craving penetrations offer links with the self instructor’s sharp
and tender love as we took to the air, a picture of distance.
Dawn of our power we amuse redescending as fast as misused
Expression, as only to teach love as to reveal passion chasing
Late into corners, and we danced from the ocean.
Dawn of love sent within us colours of awakening among the many
Won’t to follow, only tunes of a different age, as the links span
Our endless caresses for the freedom of life everlasting.

Talk to the sunlight caller
Soft summer mover distance mine

Called out a tune but I never saw the face
Heard but not replaced
I ventured to talk, but I never lost my place

Cast out a spell rendered for the light of day
Lost in lights array
I ventured to see, as the sound began to play

What happened to this song we once knew so well
Signed promise for moments caught within the spell
I must have waited all my life for this
Moment moment

The future poised with the splendour just begun
The light we were as one
And crowded through the curtains of liquid into sun

And for a moment when our world had filled the skies
Magic turned our eyes
To feast on the treasure set for our strange device

What happened to wonders we once knew so well
Did we forget what happened surely we can tell
We must have waited all our lives for this
Moment moment moment

Star light movements in seasons
Release forward
Tallest rainbow
Sun shower seasons
Life flower reasons

They move fast, they tell me,
But I just can’t believe that I can feel it
There’s someone, to tell you,
amid the challenge we look around in unison with you

Getting over overhanging trees
Let them rape the forest
Thoughts would send our fusion
Clearly to be home

Getting over wars we do not mean
Or so it seems so clearly
Sheltered with our passion
Clearly to be home

They move fast, they tell me,
But I just can’t believe they really mean to
There’s someone, to tell you,
And I just can’t believe our song will leave you
Skyline teacher
Warland seeker
Send out poison
Cast iron leader

And through the rhythm of moving slowly
Sent through the rhythm work out the story
Move over glory to sons of old fighters past.
Young Christians see it from the beginning
Old people feel it that’s what they’re saying
Move over glory to sons of old fighters past.

The move fast, they tell me,
But I just can’t believe they really mean to
There’s someone, to tell you,
A course towards a universal season

Getting over overhanging trees let them
Rape the forest, they might stand and leave them
Clearly to be home
Getting over wars we do not mean
We charm the movement suffers
Call out all our memories
Clearly to be home

We’ve moved fast
We need love
A part we offer is our only freedom

What happened to this song we once knew so well
Signed promise for moments caught within the spell
We must have waited all our lives for this
Moment moment

Past present movers moments we’ll process the future, but only
To touch him we know, send flowered rainbows
That chased flowers of dark and lights of songs
To you, show all we feel for and know of, cast round,
Youth is the truth accepting that reasons will relive
And breathe hope and chase and love
For you and you and you


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson/Steve Howe


PEFORMED BY

Jon Anderson: lead vocals, timpani, harp, tambourine
Steve Howe: guitars, timpani, vocals
Chris Squire: bass guitar, timpani, vocals
Rick Wakeman: Minimoog synthesiser, Mellotron, Hammond organ, pipe organ, RMI Electra Piano, grand piano
Alan White: drums, percussion


PRODUCED BY

Eddie Offord & Yes


THE REMEMBERING (HIGH THE MEMORY)

SURITIS: The Remembering. All our thoughts, impressions, knowledge, fears,
have been developing for millions of years. What we can relate to is our own
past, our own life, our own history. Here, it is especially Rick’s keyboards
which bring alive the ebb and flow and depth of our mind’s eye; the
topographic ocean. Hopefully we should appreciate that given points in time
are not so significant as the nature of what is impressed on the mind, and how
it is retained and used.

As the silence of the seasons on we relive abridge sails afloat
As to call light to the soul shall sing of the velvet sailors’ course on
Of the velvet sailors’ course on
Shine or moons send me memories trail over days of forgotten tales
Course the compass to offer into a time we’ve all seen on
Into a time we’ve all seen on

High the memory carry on
While the moments start to linger
Sail away among your dreams
The strength regains us in between our time
The strength regains us in between our time

As we shall speak to differ also the ends meet the river’s son
So the ends meet the river’s son

Ours the story shall we carry on
And search the forest of the sun
We dream as we dream! Dream as one
And I do think very well
That the song might take you silently
They move fast
They tell me
There’s someone rainbow
Alternate tune

In the days of summers so long
We danced as evenings sang their song
We wander out the days so long
And I do feel very well
That the evenings take you
Silently, they move round
Sunlight, seeing ground
Whispers of clay
Alternate ways

Softer messages bringing light to a truth long forgotten on
As we shall speak to differ also the ends meet the river’s son
So the ends meet the river’s son

I reach over and the fruit of life stands still
Stand awhile we search our past we start anew
The music sings of love you knew
We walk around the story

Out in the city running free
Sands of companions sides that be
The strength of the meeting lies with you
Wait all the more regard your past
School gates remind us of our class
Chase all confusion away with us

Stand on hills of long forgotten yesterdays
Pass amongst your memories told returning ways
As certain as we walk today
We walk around the story

Out in the city running free
Days pass as seconds turn the key
The strength of the moment lies with you

Don the cap and close your eyes imagine yourself that is the challenge
Iron metal cast to other
Distant drums

Force the bit between the mouth of freedom didn’t learn to fly
Remember to sail the skies
Distant suns
Will we reach
Winds allow
Other skylines
Other skylines to hold you

Relayer
All the dying cried before you
Relayer
We’ve rejoiced in all their meaning
Relayer
We advance we retrace our stories

Like a dreamer all our lives are only lost begotten changes
We relive in seagull’s pages
Outwards ways

Things are all in colours and the size of other’s shall send you forward
Arranged to sail you toward
A peace of mind
Will we reach
Winds allow
Other skylines
Other skylines to hold you

Relayer
All the passion spent on one cross
Relayer
Sail the futile wars they suffer
Relayer
We advance we retrace our story, fail safe now

Stand on hills of long forgotten yesterdays
Pass amongst your memories told returning ways
As certain as we walk today
Press over moments leaving you

Out in the city running free
Days pass as seconds turn the key
The strength of the moment lies with you
Out tender outward lights of you
Shine over mountains make the view
The strength of you seeing lies with you

Ours entrace we surely carry on
And change the passing of the sun
We don’t even need to try we are one

And I do think very well
As the truth unfolds you
Silently
They move time
Rainbows
Sunlight
Alternate tune
Alternate tune

Rainbows
Soft light
Alternate view
Sunlight
Tell Me
Someone
Alternate view
Alternate view, surely, surely


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Chris Squire/Rick Wakeman/Alan White


PEFORMED BY

Jon Anderson: lead vocals, timpani, harp, tambourine
Steve Howe: guitars, timpani, vocals
Chris Squire: bass guitar, timpani, vocals
Rick Wakeman: Minimoog synthesiser, Mellotron, Hammond organ, pipe organ, RMI Electra Piano, grand piano
Alan White: drums, percussion


PRODUCED BY

Eddie Offord & Yes


THE ANCIENTS (GIANTS UNDER THE SUN)

PURANAS: The Ancient probes still further into the past beyond the point of
remembering. Here Steve’s guitar is pivotal in sharpening reflection on the
beauties and treasures of lots civilisations, Indian, Chinese, Central
American, Atlantean. These and other people left an immense treasure of
knowledge.

As one with the knowledge and magic of the source
Atuned to the majesty of music
They marched as one with earth

Sol, Dhoop
Sun
Ilios
Naytheet
Ah Kin
Saule
Tanatiuh
Qurax
Gunes, Grian
Surie
Ir
Samse

So the flowering creativity of life wove its
Web face to face with the shallow
And their gods sought out and conquered: Ah Kin

Do the leaves of green stay greener through the autumn
Does the colour of the sun turn crimson white
Does a a shadow come between us in the winter
Is the movement really light

And I heard a million voices singing
Acting to the story that they had heard about
Does one child know the secret and can say it
Or does it all come out along without you
Along without you
Along without you

Where does reason stop and killing just take over
Does a lamb cry out before we shoot it dead
Are there many more in comfort understanding
Is the movement in the head

And I heard a million voices singing
Acting to the story that they had heard about
Does one child know the secret and can say it
Or does it all come out along without you
Along without you
Along without you


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson/Steve Howe/Chris Squire/


PEFORMED BY

Jon Anderson: lead vocals, timpani, harp, tambourine
Steve Howe: guitars, timpani, vocals
Chris Squire: bass guitar, timpani, vocals
Rick Wakeman: Minimoog synthesiser, Mellotron, Hammond organ, pipe organ, RMI Electra Piano, grand piano
Alan White: drums, percussion


PRODUCED BY

Eddie Offord & Yes


RITUAL (NOUS SOMMES DU SOLEIL)

TANTRAS: The ritual seven notes of freedom to learn and to know the ritual of
life. Life is a fight between sources of evil and pure love. Alan and Chris
present and relay the struggle out of which comes a positive source. Nous
sommes du soleil. We are of the sun. We can see.

Nous sommes du soleil we love when we play
Nous sommes du soleil we love when we play

Open doors we find our way
We look we see we smile
Surely daybreaks cross our path
And stay maybe a while

Let them run, let them chase
Let them hide between
Constant doors will open eyes
As life seems like
Life seems like a
Fight, fight, fight

Maybe I’ll just sing awhile
And then give you a call
Maybe I’ll just say hello
And say maybe that’s all

Hurry home as love is true
Will help us through the night
Till we’re coming home again
Our life seems like
Life seems like a
Fight, fight, fight

Catch as we look and use the passions that flow
As we try to continue
We receive all we venture to give

Maybe we’ll just stand awhile
And surely we can call
Dreams are said to blossom courage
Constant to the soul

Change we must as surely time does
Changes call the course
Held inside we enter daybreaks
Asking for asking four
The source
The source
The source
Sent as we sing our music’s total retain

As we try and consider
We receive all we venture to give
All we say is our
Soul constant sight listener
We won’t tender our song clearer
Till we sail
Then I will be there
And I will be there
As clearer companions
Shall call to be near you
They move around tell me that
Move around surely sing
As they don’t seem to matter at all
At all at all

Hold me my love, hold me today call me round
Travel we say, wander we choose love tune
Lay upon me, hold me around lasting hours
We love when we play

We hear a sound and alter our returning
We drift the shadows and course our way on home
Flying home
Going home

Look me my love sentences move dancing away
We join we receive
As our song memories long hope in a way
Nous sommes do soleil
Hold, me around, lasting ours
We love when we play
Nous sommes do soleil
Nous sommes du soleil
Nous sommes du soleil


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson/Steve Howe


PEFORMED BY

Jon Anderson: lead vocals, timpani, harp, tambourine
Steve Howe: guitars, timpani, vocals
Chris Squire: bass guitar, timpani, vocals
Rick Wakeman: Minimoog synthesiser, Mellotron, Hammond organ, pipe organ, RMI Electra Piano, grand piano
Alan White: drums, percussion


PRODUCED BY

Eddie Offord & Yes


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