"Ritual" as written by Jon Anderson, Steve James Howe, Chris Squire, Alan White and Rick Wakeman....
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 do soleil. we are of the sun. we can see.

Nous sommes do soleil we love when we play
Nous sommes do 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 sai 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 chchoose 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, lsting ours
We love when we play
Nous sommes do soleil
Nous sommes do soleil
Nous sommes do soleil

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"Ritual" as written by Chris Squire Alan White

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    General CommentMy main description of this song would be "long". I haven't listened to it much, partly because of its length. It's good; but not one of my favourite Yes numbers.
    whapcapnon May 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song, and in spite of being one of their longest, it feels accessible, even bouncy. I mean, who'd have thought this band would produce such a funky vibe? Alan's solo (OK, so he's helped along by Steve, Jon and Chris on cowbells and smithy eqipment) is a powerful, daring climax: show me one more song that peaks in an extended drum solo and makes it work! Chris' sneaky basslines that lurch in and off beat, sound like they'd have been the model for Roger Waters on "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" two years later.

    Jon makes some of the best vocals of the album here: he sounds eager, commanding, unforced, tender and with complete control.
    tinderboxon May 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanybody catch that lick from "Close to the Edge" at 4:25?
    rofl(wafl)on August 10, 2007   Link

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