"Wonderous Stories" as written by and Jon Anderson....
I awoke this morning
Love laid me down by a river.
Drifting I turned on upstream
Bound for my forgiver.
In the giving of my eyes to see your face.
Sound did silence me
Leaving no trace.
I beg to leave, to hear your wonderous stories.
Beg to hear your wonderous stories.

He spoke of lands not far
Or lands they were in his mind.
Of fusion captured high
Where reason captured his time.
In no time at all he took me to the gate.
In haste I quickly checked the time.
If I was late I had to leave to hear your wonderous stories.
Had to hear your wonderous stories.

Hearing your wonderous stories.
Hearing your wonderous stories.
It is no lie I can see deeply into the future.
Imagine everything
You're close
And were you there to stand
So cautiously at first and then so high.
As he spoke my spirit climbed into the sky.
I bid it to return
To hear your wonderous stories.
Return to hear your wonderous stories.


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"Wonderous Stories" as written by Jon Anderson

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    General CommentI think tis is a beautiful piece of music to listen too. I don't really know if it has a meaning because if it does either I'm not thinking hard enough or judst can't find it but I can't deny that it is a good, interesting piece of music.
    YES_Fanon November 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAnderson is describing an encounter with either Jesus or Buddha.
    Beach Bumon February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI grew up next to my grandfather.....I loved listening to his stories....to me, when i hear this song, I just remember all his stories and I feel closer to him, even though he hasnt been with me in awhile
    musik_loveron July 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe meaning of the song is fairly straightforward. In each verse, the narrator is in an encounter with his "Forgiver," but at each encounter, the narrator is too preoccupied with "your wonderous stories."
    The Jesus figure opens the pearly gates for him, sends his spirit flying away into the heavens, and each time the narrator just thinks 'I hope I can get home in time for those wonderous stories!'

    This is either a tongue-in-cheek little piece of hyperbole about some VERY good stories; or perhaps it is an indictment of people who turn away from spiritual 'truths' in favor of entertaining stories (perhaps in a simple 'skipping Church in favor of watching TV' sense, or in a more pointed 'skipping an actual relationship with God in favor of sticking with your comfortable church with its familiar stories' - though if this is an indicment of organized/impersonal religion, it is done more artfully and beautifully than the similarly themed progressive work on Jethro Tull's Aqualung, which often verges on the pompous and self-righteous).

    In any case, a magical song.
    paracleteon October 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthmmm..paraclete may be partially right, but maybe it is about learning spiritual truths AND the stories. the stories are a means by which the narrator becomes enlightened, like when Jesus told parables, they were wonderous stories that the people would listen to and learn from..

    To stand so cautiously at first
    And then so high
    As he spoke my spirit climbed into the sky

    ^^^to come to an understanding of univeral truths, at first you may be skeptical "cautiosly at first" then, when you come to realize some kind of truth, it can be like floating into the sky.
    findsomepeaceon December 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentor listening to the endless droning of les raconteurs ...
    sillybunnyon October 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNice comment from musik lover - fabulous to see how & why some songs are so important to people, regardless of the meaning of the song to many people.
    Grandads do have fabulous stories
    nagromnaion December 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always had a feeling he was talking about J.R.R. Tolkien's works.
    "He spoke of lands not far" (LotR was written as a fictional backstory for England)
    "Nor lands they were in his mind" (They weren't real, though)

    "In no time at all he took me to the gate" (The Black Gate)

    *shrug* It doesn't fit as well as some of the religious things, but it's a thought.
    Smileyface11945on October 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is poetry which for describes early morning dreams that occur as one is waking up. The dreamer encounters a wondrous story-teller in his dreams. The dreamer must wake up and leave the story teller behind, but as he is awakening he bids the story teller to return in future dreams.
    KingJPWon May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm reading Dante's Purgitario and he mentioned that morning dreams are said to be visions of foresight, other elements of this song remind me of the book too. And they always mention rivers; I heard Siddhartha was a possible influence on Close to the Edge, maybe it's a reoccurring theme of theirs.
    wally1047on December 01, 2009   Link

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