"A Venture" as written by and Jon Anderson....
Once a peaceful man laid his old head down by a river,
Thought about his childhood life, his father and forgiver,
Couldn't hide away, hide away

He controlled the horses with a hand clap or a whisper,
Drink he couldn't combat but he knew he was no sinner,
Couldn't hide away, hide away

He told all his sons of all the antics of adventure,
Then he told another one who drove himself to drink
Not to hide away, hide away

Better men have realized alone is not a venture,
A decent man would realize alone is not a venture,
Just to hide away, hide away

He told all his sons of all the antics of adventure,
Then he told another one who drove himself to drink
Not to hide away, hide away

Hide away, hide away
Hide away, hide away


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"A Venture" as written by Jon Anderson

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  • +1
    General CommentA lost gem from The Yes Album, outshone for many by Perpetual Change, Starship Trooper and YIND. I love the quirkyness of this haunting song, whose lyrics remind me of my dad, who liked (too much of a) drink and yet was no sinner.
    nescienton April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalong with some ideas on 'sharing' and 'story'
    i feel stong messages about companionship -
    jolly times (alone is no ...) with the magic of a drink,
    but even a current of
    quieter times exploring communication with other species
    ".... with a handclap or a whisper".
    hilarleoon January 27, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentTo me it sounds like a story about the man's father who represses the truth about his drinking habits, telling tall tales about a fantasy life of his, and eventually takes his frustration out on his children. Afterwards, he blames it in the children. Most I can get out of it... VERY good song though, definitely a "sleeper" hit.
    Milleniaon September 21, 2004   Link

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