I will be there said my friend of a distant life
Covered in greens of a golden age, set in stone
Follow me, "he sounded of dreams supreme" follow me
Drifting within the glow and the after-glow of the eve

And if that firelight, I could match the inner flame

Sacred ships do sail the seventh age

Cast off your garments of fear, replace them with love
Most of all play with the game of the age
Highest of places remain all as one with you
Giving us light and the freedom of the day

And if that firelight, I could match the inner flame

Sacred ships do sail the seventh age
And have always been here

Celestial travellers have always been here with us
Set in the homes of the universe we have yet to go
Countless expansions will arrive and flow inside of us
My friend, he of fantasy, dancing with the spirit of the age

Lyrics submitted by chonia

Madrigal Lyrics as written by Rick Wakeman Jon Anderson

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    Hmm, I'm surprised this song has received little attention. It's a tricky one, and was hoping to find some ideas. Ok, here an idea. The reference to "seventh age" i.e. the seventh age of man, made me think perhaps the writer had a friend who has passed through the seventh age and onto what lies beyond. Possibly the writer discussed the afterlife and where one might travel were one to be free of physical limitations. Another interpretation could be part religious, part van daniken! He could be implying a religious figure from history (maybe Jesus!) was through his teachings imploring people to "follow" him to anotherlevel of existance, where one was free to travel to "the homes of the universe we have yet to go" - be that universe physical, or spiritual, i.e. within ourselves. Well, just one of many interpretations :-)
    oggy99on January 15, 2008   Link
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    I've been a YES fan since 1978, when I was 14. That is over forty years of fanmanship. I became a fan just in time to see the release of "Going for the One" and, one year later, "Tormato". So I enjoyed a while of the "Golden Age" of YES, before they went into remission around 1980. In spite of being educated as a linguistics and literature teacher, I've always had to struggle with Jon Anderson's lyrics. Lots of it is gibberish, just made-up words and phrases just for the heck of it. Let's call it 'associative poetry', like it was popular in the 1950's and 1960's (when Jon grew up). It was with 'Madrigal' that I realized, young as I was, that I really did not have to take all these lyrics seriously. I loved (and still love) the music, the instrumentation, I love Jon's vocal part, and will gladly sing along. But I have no need to establish any definite 'meaning' of this song. I think there isn't, and there never was. this song is only about what you think it is about. A lyrical Rorschach test, if you like.
    mcouzijnon August 17, 2019   Link
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    Space travel and cosmic exploration in an age of galactic peace. Sacred Ships, Celestial travelers I think its pretty straightforward. Oggy99 pointed out the religious meaning of the 7th age, but I don't think its supposed to be literal, mainly just a time of universal peace and love.
    Scroungleron March 12, 2020   Link

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