"Homeworld" as written by and Jon/white Anderson....
Anderson/Squire/Howe/White/Sherwood/Khoroshev

Nothing can take us far enough emotion
Far enough together
As the light shines so bright
Bright enough to let us in

Nothing can bridge our souls' devotion
Fast enough together
As the power proves you right
Right enough to let you begin

So many displaced among the future dreamers
Realized their doubles
Took a new step
A question of origin

Only in the recent past
Seekers fought to realize
Skyward shone like beacons
A question of origin

Ten thousand millions flee
To the westward light
The dreamers represent
This arc of peace

As the poets entranced
The anchor redeemed
Secrets of science
The history of the future
Was surely made

Just what keeps us so alive
Just what makes us realize
Our home is our world, our life
Home is our world

Nothing can take us far enough emotion
Far enough together
As the light shines so bright
Bright enough to let us in

Nothing can bridge our souls devotion
Fast enough together
As the power proves you right
Right enough to let you begin

Speak so fast to the prophets of the living
Looking for the signs
Spanning out the centuries
Search for truth

Ancient ones, they watch and listen
Carry our wishes
Took upon themselves to guide us
Through the endless skies

Just what keeps us so alive
Just what makes us realize
Our home is our world, our life
Our hope is our world, our life

I have seen the passion
That's in the hope that everyone
Will find their way into the secret
Of the home of your heart

Living within the vision
Within the power, beyond belief
We see that hate destroys the soul
Of anyone who tries to teach it

I have seen the dream
That's in your heart
That's in your eyes
To bring you closer to the one

It's what keeps us so alive
It's what makes us realize
Our home is our world, our life

Just what keeps us so alive
Just what makes us realize
Our home is our world, our life
Home is our world, our life

Send, ascending to the secrets
All is pure and clear to resolve
Nothing can change us now

Send, ascending to the future
Nothing can ever change us now
We follow the sun
We follow the sun
We follow the sun

Truth is a simple place
Here for us all to see
Reach as it comes to you
As it comes to me
As I will always need you inside my heart

Peace is a word we teach
A place for us all to reach
Sing as it sings to you
As it sings to me
As I will always need you inside my heart


Lyrics submitted by Idan

"Homeworld" as written by Billy Sherwood Alan White

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., CARLIN AMERICA INC

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  • +1
    General CommentAs far as I'm aware, the creator of the 'Homeworld' computer game invited Yes to get do some music for it because the game was analogous to the fragmentation story told on the Roger Dean covers of Fragile and Yessongs. (Where the little world breaks up and its people guide the pieces through space until they colonise another planet.) The lyrics thus tell the story, and though it's in traditional Yessian style, you at least get the overall gist. Rather like reading a newspaper in a steam room.

    BTW, the 'The Ladder' CD had an exclusive interview of the band with the Homeworld bloke, supposedly discussing the whys and wherefores of the collaboration. This 'group' interview comprised Jon Anderson ruminating with the gamester while the rest of the band sat there (silently) looking decidedly bored and uncomfortable. I recall quipping at the time that it seemed Jon Anderson had found himself a new backing band. 'Magnification' only confirmed my fears.
    nescienton April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...right...
    anyway, I have to say they did a decent job of it- the 'follow the sub' bits and the 'ascending to the secrets' tie in pretty well. That, and even for being a commercially-destined piece, it differs less from their style that 90125.
    apettythiefon December 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*sun, sorry
    apettythiefon December 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! And of-course I Love the Homeworld Game, which is where I first heard the song (on the end credits). I used to turn on the game and play the credits often just to listen to this song, that was before I was able to download the song, now I can listen to it anytime.

    The Lyrics are, as have already been stated, about the back-story of Homeworld, that is a group of space-faring refugees trying to find their Ancestral home planet.

    There are also several references to events on Kharak (the humans previous planet), which are only elaborated on in the History section of the Homeworld manual. (i.e. you have to read the entire back story to really understand this song.)
    For instance the opening chapter in the manual is call "A Question of Origins".

    I'd also like to talk about the meaning of a few interesting lines in the song...
    "Only in the recent past
    Seeking for to realise
    Skyward shone
    Like beacons
    A question of origin"
    This is about the Kharak people's discovery that they are not native to that planet and that their true Home world is somewhere "skyward" i.e. in outer space.

    "Ten thousand millions free
    To the westward light
    The dreamers represent
    This arc of peace"
    I think this is referring to the Mother ship which carries the Refugees, it is the "arc of peace".

    "Ancient ones... they watch
    And listen
    Carry our wishes...
    Took upon themselves to guide us
    Through the endless skies"
    I believe the "Ancient ones" here, are the Bentusi, who are an ancient and advanced race who you encounter in the game, they help guide the humans.

    "Send, ascending to the future
    Nothing can ever change us now
    We follow the sun
    We follow the sun
    We follow the sun"
    I believe that is line may be linked to the fact that they are trying to find Earth and the Sun's Solar system, they are searching for our sun in the galaxy. (though that's just my speculation).

    Anyway, I love this song!
    Hibernianon January 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere possibly is a second meaning to this song, but this was the music used on the computer strategy game Homeworld and it does follow a lot of the main plot themes of the story. A tale of disaster and conflict and arriving home.

    The race you play in the game explores space, breaks a covenant they didn't know existed, gets their planet destroyed, scours space for their ancester's homeworld, fights a vast, corrupt empire, meets other races in space and befriends (or defend against in some cases), then eventually they spawn a revolution on the corupt Empire's core, the player's ancester's homeworld, stolen thousands of years before.

    The song deals more with the technical and emotional aspects, the reaching for the stars, the achievement and wonder of returning home, as well as realising your ancesters came from afar
    Patupion September 07, 2013   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationThis song is about a man that got defamed and his journey back towards Union with God.

    "Nothing can bridge our souls
    Devotion... fast enough together
    As the power proves you right
    Right enough to let you begin"

    The first two lines mean that trust will be re-established between God and this person (the person to which this song is directed) as GOD (the Power) proves him right, right enough for him to begin his divine destiny.

    I won't tell you who I am, my real name, but this song and other by Yes, as crazy as it sounds, are about me.

    The way it works is like this:

    I go through something in my life, it happens, then I listen to a Yes song driven by intuition and then I understand.

    I don't expect any of you to believe me or my interpretations but to my own self, I cannot lie. No matter how much I want to deny that this is happening to me. Pray I don't suicide...
    ChosenOneon August 02, 2011   Link

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