"Long Distance Runaround" as written by and Jon Anderson....
Long distance runaround
Long time waiting to feel the sound
I still remember the dream there
I still remember the time you said goodbye
Did we really tell lies
Letting in the sunshine
Did we really count to one hundred

Cold summer listening
Hot color melting the anger to stone
I still remember the dream there
I still remember the time you said goodbye
Did we really tell lies
Letting in the sunshine
Did we really count to one hundred

Long distance runaround
Long time waiting to feel the sound
I still remember the dream there
I still remember the time you said goodbye

Cold summer listening
Hot colour melting the anger to stone
I still remember the dream there
I still remember the time you said goodbye
Did we really tell lies
Letting in the sunshine
Did we really count to one hundred

Looking for the sunshine


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"Long Distance Runaround" as written by Chris Squire Jon Anderson

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  • +4
    General CommentJon Anderson: ...it was how religion had seemed to confuse me totally. It was such a game that seemed to be played and I was going around in circles looking for the sound of reality, the sound of God.
    I could never understand the things that religion stood for.
    FearingImpairedon July 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about a relationship growing colder; yet one is still trying to hold on while the other lover is cheating on him. Very repetitive lyrics, I don't know what to think.
    aj2828ajon April 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBill Bruford did such a great job on this song...

    I never get bored listening to this song, just as long as I concenrate on the awesome drum composition..

    It fits in so well with the music -- the guitar and keyboard is so straightforward, but the drums are shifting the foundation left and right all the way through -- yet the structure remaines perfectly sharp..

    I wouldn't know how Bruford rates among drummer in pure technical mastery, but I would have to say that his composition was totally brilliant.
    lyricstudenton April 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah it gives the impression of sad times, "colour melting" shows times changing, maybe with changes in the band, (rick wakeman during the fragile album) and all that, lol. it's deep stuff.
    ziggystarduston April 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti grew up to this song. my mom and dad would play the "close to the edge" and "fragile" albums over n over again. all of these songs are a part of me.
    KirstenDanielleon February 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was writen partially about the Kent State Shootings. Especially the lyric 'Hot coulor melting the anger to stone' according to an interview with Anderson - who wrote the song.
    Caseystromon June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always had the idea that it was about Jon's problems with organized religion (as opposed to "true" religion).
    inpraiseoffollyon October 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKent State? That's interesting. And I thought this was just about sadness over a relationship that ended.

    It's one of the few Yes songs where the lyrics actually made sense to me. NOW...I find out what I inferred was wrong. LOL
    Phx4stringeron October 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always wondered why they aren't considered a "religious" band like Switchfoot or others. inpraiseoffolly's idea of their rejection of organized religion could be why.

    Also I think Anderson (this is without any proof whatsoever, just a thought) could have been influenced by the Romantic Poets who found their spiritual peace/religion in the beauty of nature.
    wally1047on December 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis, to me, is about a long distance relationship. I don't think the lyrics need much more interpretation than that. I could be wrong, of course!. I've been known to be in the past ;)
    ScrewNWOon October 23, 2014   Link

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