"The Gates of Delirium" as written by and Jon/howe Anderson....
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La la la la la la la, la la la.

Stand and fight we do consider
Reminded of an inner pact between us
That's seen as we go
And ride there
In motion
To fields in debts of honor defending

Stand the marchers soaring talons
Peaceful lives will not deliver freedom
Fighting we know,
Destroy oppression
The point to reaction
As leaders look to you attacking

Choose and renounce throwing chains to the floor
Kill or be killing faster sins correct the flow
Casting giant shadows off vast
Penetrating force
To alter via the war that seen
As frictions spans the spirits' wrath ascending to redeem

Wars that shout in screams of anguish
Power spent passion bespoils our soul receiver
Surely we know.
In glory we rise to offer,
Create our freedom, a word, we utter a word.

Words cause our banner, victorious our day
Will silence be promised as violence display
The curse increased we fight the pow'are and live by it by day
Our Gods awake in thunderous roars and guide
The leader's hands in paths of glory to the cause

Listen should we fight forever
Knowing as we do know
Fear destroys?
Listen should we leave our children?
Listen our lives stare in silence
Help us now

Listen your friends have been broken
They tell us of your poison
Now we know
Kill them give them as they give us
Slay them burn their children's laughter
On to Hell

The fist will run
Grasp metal to gun
The spirit sings in crashing tones we gain the battle drum
Our cries will shrill the air will moan and crash into the dawn
The pen won't stay the demon's wings, the hour approaches
Pounding out the Devil's sermon

Soon oh soon the light
Pass within and soothe this endless night
And wait here for you
Our reason to be here

Soon oh soon the time
All we move to gain will reach and calm
Our heart is open
Our reason to be here

Long ago, set into rhyme

Soon oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here

Soon oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here


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"The Gates Of Delirium" as written by Chris Squire Alan White

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    General Commentlol. i think u are completely wrong. fighting for peace? it's a total anti-war peace-loving song.

    The fist will run, grasp metal to gun.
    The spirit sings in crashing tones,
    We gain the battle drum.
    Our cries will shrill, the air will moan and crash into the dawn.
    The pen won't stay the demon's wings,
    The hour approaches pounding out the Devil's sermon.

    it's about peace, it was written about the war in vietnam.
    man_show_boy487on October 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPeace, war, fighting for peace (sic), the whirling climb down after a tumultuous battle, the soporific lament that it was all worth it. That's what I see, anyway, or something along those lines. Wonderful, wonderful, hair-raising music, and, for once, tangible lyrics. The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge and The Gates of Delerium were the fruits of a golden era.
    nescienton April 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo start off, I am going to come right out and claim that this is Jon Anderson's best lyrical work. Ever. It almost perfectly sums up war, but does so much more. It compresses all the emotions that go along with war, all the thoughts that must be going through a warrior's head as he heads out to battle, all into one song, yet without losing a single drop of the power these feelings have. As a poet myself, I will say that this is the type of poetry I like to read, and the type that I sometimes wish I could write. And I've only talked about the lyrics so far. Anderson's vocals are heavenly here. He really establishes his place as one of prog's best singers. But then there's the music. They play faster than even the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it seems, and every note fits perfectly. There are some slower parts that are truly beautiful, and there are some fast parts that are just plain impressive, and sound good as well. In short, this is a masterpiece of a song. Utterly, 100% a masterpiece. It's not the best song I've heard, nor even probably in my top 5, but it certainly is in my top 15, and probably my top 10. For those who were wondering, Close to the Edge comes nowhere close to making either of those lists. Gates of Delirium is simply Yes's best song
    inpraiseoffollyon November 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe "Soon" portion of this song is absolutely beautiful. Both the vocals and the pedal steel guitar by Steve Howe.
    K-Wiseon October 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with nescient and add that this is a wonderful song...even if the concept is somewhat daunting. "Soon" is a wonderful part of the song....Although it does not sound good as a single.
    YES_Fanon November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am so thankful to Jon, Chris, and Steve, for sticking through without regards to pretentious Bruford and Wakeman.

    Them high school drop outs could do this? My guess is that they were picked on for not finishing high school... they were doubted... and guess what...

    They shoved the best music of the 20th century up all their critics asses.

    I'm forever thankful for their monumental triumph - in Topographic Oceans and Relayer.
    lyricstudenton April 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song blows just about any other song in history out of the water. Especially 'Stairway To Heaven'.... man I hate that song.... ahem! I love the battle, it's just seismic in it's scope and tenacity...
    ColdCaton March 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever mind what I said about CTTE (the song) in my last post. I know enjoy every Yes album from The Yes Album to Relayer sans Tales, and I haven't heard anything beyond that.

    Not the best of prog (Genesis gets that award), but definitely up there with the greats.
    inpraiseoffollyon January 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, I don't any difference in quality of music between Relayer and Tales from Topographic Oceans. I'll admit that the SOON portion of Gates of Delirium is the best of all Yes frm that period, but overall the albums are very similar to me. Only "To be Over" off of Relayer compares to The Revealing science of god and gates of delirium.

    As for the meaning of this song, I had the feeling, upon reading the lyrics and listening to it at the same time, that it was about the civil rights movement. "Throwing chains to the floor," "reminded of an inner pact," "stand the marchers," and "destroy oppression" all have alusions to the civil rights movements. I realize this imagery can have to do with any war, but the african americans definitely saw their movement as a war, and everything here fits that. "Words casue oour baaner" and "Will silence be promised as violence display" could be an allusion to the non-violent resistance, sit-in type of thing of Martin Luther king Jr. And the ending "Soon" portion of the song could be anologised to Luther's "I have a dream" speech.

    I must say I really enjoy this type of meaningful music that Yes produced. Much more pleasing and beautiful than anything being done today.
    Mongothegreaton March 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Wikipedia article on this song says it's loosely based on Tolstoy's 'War and Peace'. Which I haven't read so can't comment beyond that :)

    Phenomenal track.
    meudwenon October 08, 2008   Link

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