"Awaken" as written by and Jon/howe Anderson....
High vibration go on
to the sun, oh let my heart dreaming
past a mortal as me.
Where can I be?

Wish the sun to stand still.
Reaching out to touch our own being
Past a mortal as we
Here we can be
We can be here,
be here now.
Here we can be.

AWAKEN SUNS HIGH STREAM through AWAKEN
GENTLE STRONG DREAMS BEGIN HERE AWAKEN
MASS .)(. MASS
TOUCH STAR,SONG,AGE,LESS TOUCHING

Workings of man
set to ply out historical life.
Reregaining the flower of the fruit of his tree.
All awakening, all restoring you.

Workings of man, crying out from the fires set aflame.
By his blindness to see that the warmth of his being
is promised for his seeing, his reaching so clearly.

Workings of man
driven far from the path.
Rereleased in inhibitions
So that all is left for you
all is left for you
all is left for you
all this left for you now.

Master of things. Master of light.
Songs cast alight on you. All pure chance.
Hark through dark ties. As exists cross divided.
That tunnel us out of sane existence. In all encircling mode.
In challenge as direct. Oh closely guided plan.
As eyes see young stars assemble. Awaken in our heart.

Master of soul. Master of time.
Set to touch. Setting sail.
All impenetrable youth. Over all of our lands.
Ask away. And as we look.
That thought be contact. Forever closer.
With all that's clear. Shall we now bid.
Be honest with yourself. Farewell, farewell.
there's no doubt, no doubt.

High vibration go on
to the sun, oh let my heart dreaming
past a mortal as me.
Where can I be?

Wish the sun to stand still.
Reaching out to touch our own being
Past a mortal as we
Here we can be
We can be here.

Like the time I ran away
and turned around
and you were standing close to me.

Like the time I ran away
and turned around
and you were standing close to me.


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"Awaken" as written by Steve James Howe Jon Anderson

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    General CommentJon Anderson: While I was in Switzerland I had a chance to read a book called The Singer, it's about this Star Song which is an ageless hymn that's sung every now and again and that inspired this song.
    FearingImpairedon July 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe book is The Singer by Calvin Miller. It's an allegorical Christian novel. Fabulous song, beautifully uplifting. the High Vibration part was actually the first to be written and played as a short piece.
    loveandlaughteron August 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think my interpretation is that he's just wrote a 15 minute song about awakening from a host of different things, but most important, the organ soloing (i think Rick Wakeman) was totally sweetness!
    ~1lb. of Obscure~on March 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's about the actual experience of the ascension of the human soul to heaven and the lyrics are the ascenders own words as he tries to describe the experience. If you want power and majesty youv'e got it right here.
    squirtaciouson April 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me it's about the actual experience of the ascension of the human soul to heaven and the lyrics are the ascenders own words as he tries to describe the experience. If you want power and majesty youv'e got it right here.
    squirtaciouson April 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBut the book, and that song have to carry a meaning, we all are here becous of that, do we not? So we see a 'workings of man' in not to gloriuos light, and then is, as i think, an attempt to elevate from it, something like prayer for help, and good advices to achive ascention, to regain that place mentioned at the begining of that song.
    Right now im trying to translate it, but some parts sounds like words just being senslessly put together. can somone tell me what the master of light part means?
    trpcpon September 10, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationJon Anderson's lyrics are heavily dependent on the music. He uses words or phrases because of how they sound in conjunction with the music. That said, this is about the book "The Singer" as Jon has said. But also, for me, it is about timeless oneness with my wife and a willingness to forgive and be forgiven. That allows our love - or the love of any - to rise above mere mortality. 'Reaching out to touch my own being' and 'like the time I ran away..." are essential lyrics. 'Impenetrable youth' were me and her laying around in my room some 30 true summers ago. 30 years of loving past our human imperfection. When we renew our marriage vows Awaken will be essential music. This song means more to me than any other ever will.
    raylwardon September 18, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe general feeling I get is one of some sort of transcendent experience, an encounter with God perhaps, as seems to be described by "Master of things. Master of light... Master of soul. Master of time." This surely implies the one who is Master over all things.

    The last part, "Like the time I ran away/and turned around/and you were standing close to me" could be about man wanting to go his own way, what we Christians would call following the way of sin I guess, but God never leaves us or forsakes us, and wants us to come back to Him. I don't know if this is Anderson's understanding (not sure he's a Christian) but the book alluded to in earlier comments appears to be a Christian allegory.

    Like many Yes songs, the lyrics capture the feeling of the experience, trying to convey what the music is expressing, rather than necessarily being straightforward and coherent in the conventional sense.
    TheLyniezianon December 24, 2013   Link
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    My OpinionLike the time I ran away
    and turned around
    and you were standing close to me

    Whenever I hear these lines, I can't help but imagine that it is spoke by a man who's taken all the bad life that he can, so he runs away, only to find that the woman who loves him came with, to support him and love him no matter what.

    But as I read the other comments on this song, it appears that Jon had a very religious experience in mind, so replace the woman with God and you've got it. Maybe I can make a hymn out of it.
    don1020585on July 07, 2015   Link
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    General CommentJust in case that anybody still looks in here once in a while, there is a really beautiful new version, sung by Jon with a symphonic orchestra and a big choir in Island on Youtube: search for "Awaken" - Jon Anderson & Todmobile 2013"...

    It has been posted by (apparently) Jon Anderson himself, and the version is extremely well performed and even better sung, with lots of grandeur (always at the verge of a tiny little bit too much, but that's just what his music is about :-) anyway a great recent occasion to send shivers down every Yes fan's spine. Like mine :-)
    alba63on July 29, 2015   Link

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