"Heart of the Sunrise" as written by and Jon/squire Anderson....
Love comes to you and you follow
Lose one on to the heart of the sunrise
Sharp distance
How can the wind with its arms
All around me

Lost on a wave and then after
Dream on on to the heart of the sunrise
Sharp distance
How can the wind with so many around me
Lost in the city

Lost in their eyes as you hurry by
Counting the broken ties they decide
Love comes to you and then after
Dream on on to the heart of the sunrise
Lost on a wave that you're dreaming
Dream on on to the heart of the sunrise
Sharp distance
How can the wind with its arms all around me
Sharp distance
How can the wind with so many around me
I feel lost in the city

Lost in their eyes as you hurry by
Counting the broken ties they decided

Straight light moving and removing
Sharpness of the color sun shine
Straight light searching all the meanings of the song
Long last treatment of the telling that
Relates to all the words sung
Dreamer easy in the chair that really fits you

Love comes to you and then after
Dream on on to the heart of the sunrise
Sharp distance
How can the wind with its arms all around me
Sharp distance
How can the wind with so many around me
I feel lost in the city


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"Heart of the Sunrise" as written by Chris Squire Jon Anderson

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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is an absolutely gorgeous piece of art. The lyrics are all impressionistic, except for the section including the line "dreamer easy in the chair that really fits you", which basically is saying the rest of the lyrics are impressionistic.

    Other than that, the title of the song definitely suggests a topic: Sunrise.

    I was on a long drive home in the countryside one evening, listening to this song, and the topic - sunrise, really caught my attention. There were moments in my life when I happened to observe the earth is a miniscule body in the universe, and I'm just a flea living on the earth, in a universe much larger than I can imagine... And during the sunrise, the reality of our miniscule body dissapears in favor of an illusion that our earth, and the world of men, is vast. The sun is the giver of this life to us. The Sun was a reccurring topic in many Yes songs..

    The sunrise is a mind altering experience... at at least, the first time you realize the depth of the song's meaning.

    Again, it's impressionist... Arguably the best song of Yes. I get the impression that this song had an effect on them as a group - having written it. The lyrics on following albums very impressionistic..

    The way they wrote songs was simply more meaningful, beautiful, powerful than other bands of less talent (and we need to thank the LSD community for providing the financial support to make it possible!) Heart of the Sunrise was the true sign, I think, that they had the rare ability to successfully complete these massive compositions.

    How could you take any piece of that 11 minutes away... It's all so beautiful.
    lyricstudenton March 12, 2005   Link
  • +6
    General Comment1973 I skipped my sister's wedding party and listened to the Fragile album cranked up as high as the speakers would go. I believe it was this song that sent chills down my spine and brought tears to my eyes. Obviously powerful since I remember that experience over 30 years later. I'm sure my emotions were close to the surface due to the fact that my sister was leaving our family to go live with that hippy.
    norderon April 11, 2007   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIn the beginning you can be whomever you want and all pursue all of your dreams. Ithe [your] heart of the sunrise]. Society tries to hold you back and conform you to their standards [How can the wind with it arms all around you & lost in the city]. Like a reverse prism, society narrows all spectrum of light (possibilities) to one standard straight line [Straight light moving and removing Sharpness of the colour sun shine]. If you don’t resist, your individuals dreams will never be realized. [You count the broken ties they decided].

    However, in the end, only we can determine what these lyrics (life) mean to us.
    [Straight light searching all the meanings Of the song &
    Long last treatment of the telling that Relates to all the words sung]
    Inevitably we aspire to our own desires or comfort level and choose the path best for us.
    [Dreamer easy in the chair that really fits You].

    All sung with an incredible back drop of varied musical interludes typifying the myriad of possibilities over a lifetime.
    Sophiston May 31, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, no ones wrote comments about this song... its great, one of my favorites by them...
    BleedngBlakon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about meditation. Some of the lyrics here are wrong.
    Beach Bumon February 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song feels like a trip... almost a dream, switching structural elements around a common theme but placing them so they dont up-end the song too much.

    I also agree that some of the lyrics here are wrong.
    osberton May 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI live in a rural area, so when i started toi go to school in the city, i would come home feeling very stressed out. i like to play this song, close my eyes, and just listen to it. here is what it means to me:
    "How can the wind with its arms all around me" is the peace and security in Nature. it's amost like the wind is a protecting force.
    "How can the wind with so any around me
    I feel lost in the city" is the detachment I feel when i'm in the city. the wind is ineffective as a protecting force, instead i'm lost in the crowd.
    "Dreamer easy in the chair that really fits you" is basically inviting the listener to come on a musical journey.

    anyways, that's how the song makes me feel, it is very relaxing and peaceful. i like sunrises.
    findsomepeaceon July 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll the metal fans out there need to realize that Yes and King Crimson were vital in the creation of metal, and were notably better at it than most metal bands. I have never heard as beautiful a song with metal elements than this, and I have never heard more intelligent heaviness than Crimson's Larks' Tongue In Aspic Part 1.

    I was playing this for my dad a while back, having told him about the solo projects on the album, and he asked, after hearing the intro, whether this was the drummer's solo piece.

    Anyway, I'm not quite sure what this song is about, perhaps relaxation or something else like that. A great song, perhaps my favorite Yes, though the competition with Roundabout, South Side of the Sky, Close to the Edge, And You And I, and Gates of Delirium is certainly tough.
    inpraiseoffollyon January 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have to agree with Inpraiseoffolly that Yes nad King Crimson were vital in the creation of metal. I advise you all to look at the heavy rock/metal band Tool (although I do not like to give Tool a genre at which they play, they are just so good). They were highly influenced by Yes and King Crimson (mainly Danny Carey (the drummer) so to say).

    I have to say this is an amazing song and i'm surprised it has only had 6 comments, this has got to be one of the best songs ever made, with Yes being one of the best bands ever.
    TooL88on March 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHah, yeah I would pretty much do the same!
    TooL88on May 03, 2007   Link

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