Yes

YES
ANDERSON BANKS BRUFORD KAYE SQUIRE

BEYOND AND BEFORE
I SEE YOU
YESTERDAY AND TODAY
LOOKING AROUND
HAROLD LAND
EVERY LITTLE THING
SWEETNESS
SURVIVAL

Vocalist Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire formed YES in 1968, with their former bandmates guitarist Peter Banks (who came up with the name), keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford recruited from an ad in Melody Maker.

Lester Bangs said of YES’s debut album in Rolling Stone 1970: “This is the kind of album that sometimes insinuates itself into your routine with a totally unexpected thrust of musical power. Because all of it is excellently done: brisk fuzz leads, whirring bass, a bit of the Beatles vocally, a touch of Wes Montgomery in the guitar solos—a definitive album, in fact, in the prevalent style of “hip” groups over the past two years.”

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BEYOND AND BEFORE

Sparkling trees of silver foam
Cast shadows soft in winter home
Swaying branches breaking sound
Lonely forest trembling ground

Masquerading leaves of blue
Run circles round the morning dew
Patterns understood by you
Reaching out beyond, and before

Time like gold dust brings mind down
To hidden levels underground
Say a few words to the wind
That’s all that’s left of winter’s friend

Reaching the snow
In the days of the cold
Casting a spell out of ice
Now that you’re gone
The summer’s too long
And it seems like the end of my life
Beyond, and before

Sparkling trees of silver foam
Cast shadows soft in winter home
Swaying branches breaking sound
Lonely forest trembling ground

Masquerading leaves of blue
Run circles round the morning dew
Patterns understood by you
Reaching out beyond, and before

Reaching the snow in the days of the cold
Casting a spell out of ice
Now that you’re gone
The summer’s too long
And it seems like the end of my life
Beyond, and before

Time like gold dust brings mind down
Time like gold dust brings mind down


WRITTEN BY

Chris Squire & Clive Bailey


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


I SEE YOU

I see you la la la la la la la la la la la la I see you
I see you la la la la la la la la la la la la I see you
I see you la la la la la la la la la la la la I see you

Sun smiling sun through the cave of your hair
Wind washing tulips out of space sitting there
I love you
At your door, second floor, First World War
I love you
Who listens
Tell your friend I’m aware, that she care
Who listens
Green specks bright spiraling out in the sky
Catch my eye turn my head have to look don’t know why
I see you
Everywhere, behind your hair, over there
I see you
I see you
Though your eyes can tell lies, I sympathize
I see you
Sun smiling sun through the cave of your hair
Wind washing tulips out of space sitting there
I love you

I see you
Everywhere, behind your hair, over there
I see you
I love you
At your door, second floor, First World War
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you
I love you


WRITTEN BY

Jim McGuinn & David Crosby


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


YESTERDAY AND TODAY

Why is there you
When there are few
People around making me feel good
Why is there me
When air is free
Some I can see better than I should
There’s only us
Simply because
Thinking of us makes us both happy
I think of you every way, yesterday and today
I think of things that we do, all the way, every day

Stand in the sea
Sing songs for me
Sing happily, making me feel good
Watching your eyes
Feeling your sighs
Saying goodbyes better than I could
There’s only us
Simply because
Thinking of us makes us both happy
I think of you every way, yesterday and today
I think of nothing but you, things we do, things we do


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


LOOKING AROUND

Looking around me
There’s not so much in life I miss
Things that I can’t see
I’ll touch and I’ll feel then I’ll kiss

Then I saw you standing there
With a smile I couldn’t share
Just looking around everywhere

Tunes that I can’t hear
Would take me for a while my smile
Fares that are too dear
I’d rather walk out another mile

Then I heard a tune so right
It was in the light of night
Just listening around everywhere

All the things I’ve wanted to do
Take so much time to get around to you
Just reach out and catch and hold on
Leaving trails of dust and lust
Never even lying or trying
Keep on moving, never dying

Smiles that I don’t see
I’ll make them up as I go on
Laughs that just can’t be
I’ll make and laugh at every one

Then I saw you in your place
With a laugh upon your face
Just looking around everywhere

All the things I’ve wanted to do
Take so much time to get around to you
Just reach out and catch and hold on
Leaving trails of dust and lust
Never even lying or trying
Keep on moving, never dying

Looking around
With my feet on the ground
Full of words and of sound
Bringing smiles all around

Satisfy me
With your words that can be
Full of sound and I’ll see
I’m just looking around


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson & Chris Squire
Atlantic [UK] single (10/69)


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


HAROLD LAND

Harold Land with a wave of his hand
Said goodbye to all that
He paid his bills and stopped the milk, then put on his hat
He tried to say his last farewells as quickly as he could
Promising that he would return, but doubted that he would
(Doubted that he would)
Doubted that he would
(Doubted that he would), doubted

Now he’s marching soldiers in the rain
As on to war they rode
A long thin line of human mind
Damnation as their load!
In the mud in coldness dark, he’d shiver out his fear
What disappointing sights he’d seen, instead of ones so dear
(Instead of ones so dear)
Instead of ones so dear
(Instead of ones so dear)

(Going home)              
He’s going home to the land he loved so well
(Going home)                               
He fought for two whole years he never fell
(Going home)
He’s going home
(Going home)                                                     
He’s going home

Harold Land with a wave of his hand stood sadly on the stage
Clutching red ribbons from a badge but he didn’t look his age
Only two years had passed between his leaving home and back
He had lost his love and youth while leading the attack
(Leading the attack)
Leading the attack
(Leading the attack)

In conversation it could be said
Well after war your heart is dead
Well it’s not hard to understand
There is no heart in Harold Land


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Chris Squire & Bill Bruford


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


EVERY LITTLE THING

When I’m walking beside her
People tell me I’m lucky
Yes I know I’m a lucky guy
I remember the first time
I was lonely without her
Can’t stop thinking about her now

Every little thing she does
She does for me, yeah
And you know the things she does
She does for me

When I’m with her I’m happy
Just to know that she loves me
Yes I know that she loves me now
There is one thing I’m sure of
I will love her forever
’cause I know love will never die

Every little thing she does
She does for me, yeah
And you know the things she does
She does for me

Every little thing she does
She does for me, yeah
And you know the things she does
She does for me

When I’m with her I’m happy
Just to know that she loves me
Yes I know that she loves me now
There is one thing I’m sure of
I will love her forever
’cause I know love will never die

Every little thing she does
She does for me, yeah
And you know the things she does
She does for me

Every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing


WRITTEN BY

John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Atlantic single [b-side} (1/27/70)


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


SWEETNESS

She brings the sunshine to a rainy afternoon
She puts the sweetness in stirs it with a spoon
She watches for my moods never brings me down
She puts the sweetness in, all around
She knows just what to say to make me feel so good inside
And when I’m all alone I feel I don’t want to hide, hide, hide

Today she brought me in told me where she’d been
She put my mind at rest, put the sweetness in
I’ll ask her for some time to go and look around
She puts the sweetness in with a sound
She knows just what to say to make a sunny day
And when I’m all alone I really don’t feel that way

Tell me, how would you feel with no world of your own
and nobody to hold I just can’t see the way
I’m so glad it’s today and you’re here, you’re here

She brings the sunshine to a rainy afternoon
She puts the sweetness in and stirs it with a spoon
She watches for my moods never brings me down
She puts the sweetness in, all around
She knows just what to say to make a sunny day
And when I’m all alone I really don’t feel that way

Oh how I need her so I know she’ll never go
She’ll never leave me, believe me, no
She’ll never go, no no no no no no no no no no no no


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson, Chris Squire & Clive Bailey

Atlantic [UK] single #584280 (7/4/69) • Also issued as Atlantic single [edit] (1/27/70)


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


SURVIVAL

Sunshine is creeping in and somewhere in a field a life begins
An egg too proud to rape the beginning of a shape
of things to come
That start the run, life has begun, fly fast the gun

The mother flew too late, and life within the egg was left to fate
Not really knowing how the world outside would take
it when it came
And life’s the same for things we aim, are we to blame?

Don’t doubt the fact there’s life within you
Yesterday’s endings will tomorrow life give you
All that dies, dies for a reason
To put its strength into the seasons
Survival, survival
They take away and they give
the life that they live
(The living’s right to live)
It’s all that we need to show
(The living’s right to know)

The egg breaks all is out the crawling bird begins
To scream and shout
Where is the parent bird? A loneliness arose and heard its name
Ring in for lives begin, survival wins, survival sins

So soon the evening comes and with it runs the aching
Fear of hate could someone still remain who thinks he
Still could gain by escaping fate? It’s much too late
Don’t underrate, appreciate

Don’t doubt the fact there’s life within you
Yesterday’s endings will tomorrow life give you
All that dies, dies for a reason
To put its strength into the seasons
Survival, survival
They take away and they give
the life that they live
(The living’s right to live)
It’s all that we need to show
(The living’s right to know)

Survival, Survival
They take away and they give and the life that they live
The living’s right to live
(It’s all that we need to give)
The living’s right to know
(It’s all that we have to show)
And we’re all going (And we’re all going)
And we’re all going (And we’re all going)
And we’re all going somewhere


WRITTEN BY

Jon Anderson


PEFORMED BY

Bill Bruford: drums, vibes
Tony Kaye: organ, piano
Peter Banks: guitar, vocals
Chris Squire: bass, vocals
Jon Anderson: lead singer, incidental percussion


PRODUCED BY

Paul Clay & YES


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