Sing, bird of prey;
Beauty begins at the foot of you. Do you believe the manner?
Gold stainless nail,
Torn through the distance of man
As they regard the summit.

Even Siberia goes through the motions.
Hold out and hold up;
Hold down the window.
Outbound, river,
Hold out the morning that comes into view.
Bluetail, tailfly.
River running right on over my head.

How does she sing?
Who holds the ring? And ring and you will find me coming.
Cold reigning king,
Hold all the secrets from you
As they produce the movement.

Even Siberia goes through the motions.
Hold out and hold up;
Hold down the window.
Outbound, river,
Hold out the morning that comes into view.
Bluetail, tailfly.
River running right over the outboard, river,
Bluetail, tailfly,
Luther, in time.
dude'ndoodit, dah, d't-d't-dah.

Hold down the window;
Hold out the morning that comes into view.
Warm side, the tower;
Green leaves reveal the heart spoken Khatru.

Gold stainless nail,
Torn through the distance of man as they regard the summit.
Cold reigning king,
Shelter the women that sing
As they produce the movement.
River running right on over,
Then over my head.
Outboard, river.

Bluetail, tailfly,
Luther, in time,
Suntower, asking,
Cover, lover,
June cast, moon fast,
As one changes,
Heart gold, leaver,
Soul mark, mover,
Christian, changer,
Called out, saviour,
Moon gate, climber,
Turn round, glider.



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"Siberian Khatru" as written by Jon Anderson, Steve James Howe, Rick Wakeman

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  • +2
    General Comment:Lots of interesting comments, although I have no more of a clue what these lyrics mean NOW than I did before I read them. LOL

    I would like to take exception to what ColdCat said: "progressive rock tunes largely have no meanings. That is sort of one of the defining rules of progressive rock."

    That's a crock, dude! Just because YOU don't understand the meaning, does NOT mean that they have no meaning! (Know what I mean?)

    I'm working on my first prog CD right now. And I'm here to tell you that MY friggin lyrics mean something! So do the lyrics of the music I listen to and consider as influential (Band like Rush, Yes, Pink Floyd, ELP, and Porcupine Tree.) The lyrics may be obscure and difficult to unravel sometimes (Hence, the reason for websites such as this one.) But they DO have meaning.
    Phx4stringeron October 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I'v e researched this a bit. This song has a very profound meaning. Khatru supposedly means "Your will be done" in Yemeni. I haven't found that.
    It is a word used for a feminist writing group from the 50s - 70s. Anderson is talking about the life of Christ and
    how the message goes all over the world, reaching even the most remote places like Siberia. It talks about how it has changed over time (gold stainless nail, torn through the distance of man) and even includes references to Islam (moongate climber). He's talking about how it was nurtured and kept alive by women under the nose of the cold hearted king. And, with the help of the apostles (Shelter the women who sing, as they produce the movement).
    Sure, some of the lyrics are impenetrable, but the metaphor is the same. Please, actually read the lyrics.
    Beach Bumon February 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:great song... that's right, my favourite of YES. I have to hear it at least 3 times. and the bass line... man! the last solo... incredible feeling.
    The lyrics always mean something in progressive music... always. And always can have several interpretations. Here is one good of it:

    yesfans.com/forum/…

    A masterpiece. Thank you YES
    gorianon October 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:One of the greatest songs about nothing ever written. Totally impressionist work that only succeeds if you don't think about it and just feel it.
    tooloudon October 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Great point. I don't think it really has a meaning, but is more of something to just feel and forget about your problems and things like that.
    YES_Fanon November 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Bibll Bruford asked, during the sessions "Jon. please explain, what IS a khatru?" He got no satisfying answer and, tight upon finishing the album, left for King Crimson.
    The lyrics are on the obscure side (and frankly I don't give a damn about much of Yes' lyrics!) - One could catch a polarity between male and female forces, the male being connected with kingship, violence and war, the female with culture, rebirth and renewal. The dim lyrics don't take anything away from the power and drama of the music.
    tinderboxon March 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:what about 'bluetail' and 'tail fly'? i always picture insects hovering in the morning air.

    hmm.. honestly i had no clear idea what the song was about. Bech Bum might be right for all i know, a better explanation than i could think of.
    findsomepeaceon December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I love this song, its the second best on CTTE( after CTTE) the lyrics are very dark and hard to tell what they are about. But i hate how ppl like beach bum try to find jesus and God in every song. Get over it .
    They are not everywhere.
    _alex_on January 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I completely agree with alex. The people who try to find jesus in every song are only destroying the songs. Besides, progressive rock tunes largely have no meanings. That is sort of one of the defining rules of progressive rock. One of them. That said, Siberian Khatru has no real meaning, it is just an awesome song that has nothing to do with christ or christianity, or anything silly and insane like that.
    ColdCaton March 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I believe "Khatru" is ancient Egyptian for "King". Siberian King, cold heartless ruler....
    chromatiqueon March 29, 2006   Link

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