And You and I – Yes

Yes are an English progressive rock band that formed in London in 1968. Their music is marked by sharp dynamic contrasts, often extended song lengths, esoteric, abstract lyrics, and a general showcasing of its members’ instrumental skills. Yes uses symphonic and other so called ‘classical’ structures with their blend of musical styles in an innovative “marriage” of music. Despite a great many lineup changes, occasional splits and many changes in popular music, the band has continued for nearly 40 years and still retains a strong international following.

The 1970s Yes recordings are still considered the classic Yes sound by many fans. These albums feature complex classically influenced arrangements, unusual time signatures, virtuoso musicianship, dramatic dynamic and metrical changes and oblique, stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Songs often exceeded the standard three-minute pop-song structure with lengthy multi-part suites sometimes lasting 20 minutes or more, making the band a leading 70s progressive rock combo. Vocal verses alternated with atmospheric instrumental interludes, frenetic ensemble passages and extended guitar, keyboard and bass improvisations. The signature sonic features of this ‘classic’ period are Jon Anderson’s distinctive high-register lead vocals, the group’s strong vocal harmonies, Rick Wakeman (and Patrick Moraz) and Steve Howe’s respective keyboard and guitar solos, Bill Bruford’s and later Alan White’s polyrhythmic drumming and Chris Squire’s highly melodic and discursive bass playing, enhanced by the sound of his Rickenbacker model RM1999 bass.

And You and I

And You and I” is the second track from the album Close to the Edge by the progressive rock band Yes . The song is just over ten minutes in length and consists of four sections.

I. Cord of Life

The song opens with Steve Howe tuning his guitar, and his voice can be heard at the beginning of the track, then playing mostly natural harmonics, played around what will become the central melody, using a 12-string acoustic guitar which quickly forms into a simple chord progression over distant organ chords. Then, the Moog comes, sounding like a child’s instrument, for a simple solo, which presents us the main theme of the next part, but in a completely different arrangement. After that, the vocals begin at about 1:40. The line “All Complete in the sight of seeds of life with you” is spoken, which is repeated throughout the song. At about 2:50, there’s an utter change: Anderson sings a sharper melody, accompanied by a second vocal track by Anderson harmonizing with himself, plus Chris Squire and Steve Howe providing a counter-melody and alternate lyrics, with their voices fed through a Leslie Speaker.

II. Eclipse

“Eclipse” is the slowest part of the song based on a measured and deliberate melody reminiscent of Sibelius. It is led by Rick Wakeman’s epic Mellotron and Minimoog synthesizer. The lyrics are all from the first stanza of “The Cord of Life”, but are sung in a different melody, which is also epic and slightly sad. In this section, the song cycles from the key of D to the key of A, E, and finally B, in which it remains for the duration of the song. Finally ending with the 12-string acoustic guitar leading into “The Preacher, The Teacher”.

III. The Preacher The Teacher

The melody and lyrical structure is very similar (for the most part) to that of “The Cord of Life”, with some variations. The exception is that “The Preacher, The Teacher” has a fast synthesizer solo by Rick Wakeman at one point during the song. The last stanza again consists of lines from “The Cord of Life”, now sung in a different order and a completely different mood. At 8:34 there is a reprise of the previous section “Eclipse”, which lasts until 9:12. The section ends with a cadenza-like orchestral statement, on Mellotron and Moog, reminiscent of neo-Wagnerian compositions from Strauss or Bruckner.

IV. Apocalypse

“Apocalypse” is the shortest piece of the song, only about 40 seconds long, it consists only of four lines, accompanied only by Howe’s guitars. The lyrics are taken from “Cord of Life”, but are sung in the key of B, making them more upbeat:

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.

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I. Cord Of Life
A man conceived a moment’s answers to the dream,
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 of sound, the space agreed,
Between the picture of time behind the face of need.
Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid,
Emotion revealed as the ocean maid,
All complete in the sight of seeds of life with you.
Oh -

Coins and Turn round tailor,
Crosses Assaulting all the mornings of the
Never know their Interest shown,
Fruitless worth; Presenting one another to the
Cords are Cord, all left
Broken, Dying, rediscovered of the
Locked inside the Door that turned round,
Mother earth. To close the cover,all the
They won’t Interest shown, to
Hide, hold, Turn to one another, to the They won’t Sign -
Tell you, At the Watching the Time -
World,watching Float All of the Your World,watching Climb -
Us go by -

And you and I climb over the sea to the valley,
And you and I reach out for reasons to
Call on -

II. Eclipse
Coming quickly to terms of all expression laid,
Emotion 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.

III. The Preacher the Teacher
Said preacher nailed upon the coloured door of time;
In-the-same, 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.
Ooo, Booo

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 immortalise
That the truth of the 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.

IV. Apocalypse
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.

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