"To Be Over" as written by and Jon/howe Anderson....
We go sailing down the calming streams
Drifting endlessly by the bridge
To be over
We will see
To be over

Do not suffer through the game of chance that plays
Always doors to lock away your dreams
Think it over
Time will heal your fear
Think it over
Balance the thoughts that release within you

Childlike soul dreamer one journey
One to seek and see in every light do open
True pathways away

Carrying closer go gently
Holding doors will open every way
You wander true pathways away

After all your soul will still surrender
After all don't doubt your part
Be ready to be loved


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"To Be Over" as written by Chris Squire Alan White

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    General CommentIt's a shame more people haven't commented on this truly beautiful song. To me, the lyrics are saying what's really possible if you just follow your dreams and that by the end you will know that you were right in doing so.
    dzdarraghon August 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. I don't think the lyrics above contain the background vocals at the end during the fade-out. Does anyone know what is being chanted?
    Stationon October 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis "world" is an illusion, very far from the One source of everything.
    But we are not separate, we are an extension of that source.
    Try to understand this and not be troubled by the changes around you here.
    In the end everything returns to the source, and perfection/peace/love/unity, etc is realized.

    The Sun is a metaphor for the source.

    soulmarkon July 21, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationMaybe i'm oversimplifying it but I believe it is about the choices in life and the next life, or the afterlife. Follow your dreams and when all your wandering is done, your life will "be over" and your soul will begin a new journey ~~ and you will love and be loved.
    cyberiankhatruon November 12, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI have to say of all the Yes albums, Relayer definitely seems to me to have the most uniformly symphonic format...all the songs seem to sort of flow into the next, with no jarring "Oh, this is a new song" moments. The whole work is very fluid and is a truly beautiful and unique piece of music the likes of which would (sadly) never be seen today...

    This song, specifically, though, I think has a message that says to shed your inhibitions and go for your dreams. Dreams are portrayed by this song to have a more real meaning than anything else and they can lead you to real meanings and happiness.
    AdamantVisionon October 01, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionThe title "To be Over" ...this seems to be about a relationship ending and other doors opening...


    Carrying closer go gently
    Holding doors will open every way
    You wander true pathways away

    After all your soul will still surrender
    After all don't doubt your part
    Be ready to be loved


    Lafcadio1on March 12, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI did get your comment. Thanks to SongMeanings for emailing me about it :)

    I don't think I ever got my answer back then, but a quick google just now turned up something that seems to be fairly definitive. Apparently it's not real words being chanted, but nonsense sounds. Jon Anderson said so himself in a magazine interview back in February 1978.

    new som du lay
    sah du rah
    sah du lay
    tu sah rah,
    du sah dulay,
    sah du rah,
    tey tu santeh

    yesfans.com/archive/index.php/…
    Stationon June 30, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's a comforting song about how people easily get caught up in some sort of emotional purgatory after a recent break up/seperation with someone you've loved deeply. I always feel very emotional when listening to it at least..

    The underlying context seems to be that you have to enjoy and seek the countless possibilities life has to offer and be ready to be loved again. Balance the thoughts and chase your dreams and leave the past behind.

    I think this is a Steve-song, and he really outdid himself on it. Love the harmonies, the atmosphere, the increadible guitar work. Relayer is way overlooked.
    Teratologyon September 07, 2015   Link

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