"Machine Messiah" as written by Geoffrey Downes, Trevor Charles Horn, Steve James Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White....
Run down a street
Where the glass shows
That summer has gone
Age, in the doorways
Resenting the pace of the dawn.
All of them standing in line
All of them waiting for time.
From time, the great healer,
The machine-Messiah
Is born.

Cables that carry the life
To the cities we build
Threads that link diamonds of life
To the satanic mills
Ah, to see in every way
That we feel it every
Day, and know that
Maybe we'll change
Offered the chance
To finally unlearn our lessons
And alter our stance.

Friends make their way into systems of chance
(Reply- friends make their way of escape into systems of chance)
Escape to freedom I need to be there
Waiting and watching, the tables are turning
I'm waiting and watching
I need to be there.

I care to see them walk away
And, to be there when they say
They will return.

Machine, Messiah
The mindless
Search for a higher
Take me to the fire
And hold me
Show me the strength of your
Singular eye.

History dictating symptoms of ruling romance
Claws at the shores of the water upon which we dance
All of us standing in line
All of us waiting for time
To feel it, all the way
And to be there when they
Say they know that
Maybe we'll change
Offered the chance
To finally unlearn our lessons
And alter our stance.

Machine, machine Messiah.
Take me into the fire

Hold me, machine Messiah
And show me
The strength of your singular eye.

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"Machine Messiah" as written by Chris Squire Steve James Howe

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    General CommentDamn what a fucking work of art and prog-rock ingenuity this song is! I couldn't really grasp the meaning of this song completely. Maybe someone could clarify the lyrics to this song.
    floydian18on January 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou can really hear the seeds of Dream Theater being planted here.
    Frances-The-Toolon February 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song, as well as the whole "Drama" album is just mind-blowing. So what if they had a new singer and keyboard player? It worked. Steve Howe's guitar playing should be an inspiration to all guitarists, it definately is to me.
    Sleaze Diseaseon June 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with floydian18 this is a great song.
    pink_floyd5959on November 12, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI get the impression this song is about acheiving freedom from the slavery and drudgery of industrial factory work.
    KingJPWon May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song of prophesy. It is about Neo and judging from the time frame. Neo was born again in the system during the 80's.
    The only way to accept the truth of the song is to forget what lessons you have learned from religion.

    The fact that they want to see him and feel him everywhere is because one of the writers must have known about this Neo. Jon Anderson does not play this in set lists when in concert because it exposes and makes it obvious that they knew about neo and the truth of the matrix before the wachowski's introduced the idea with the trilogy begining 1999.

    I can name several song that tie in to the re-emergence of the One. But I will comment on the respective song thread.

    and one more.
    Notice Yes released an album entitled Going for the One prior to Drama.
    zepedachemicalon May 01, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationSeems to be about modern society's techno-worship
    Kikazon June 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThere's a definite ambience of the Industrial Revolution in the 'satanic mills' line, that's for sure.
    However, does anybody else picture George Orwell's 1984 and the totalitarian dystopian future in the idea of a mechanical form of worship - "the strength of your singular eye" causes me to picture a surveillance camera of some form - a sort of trusted 'Big Brother is Watching You' kind of statement and the theme of modern man falling into its mechanical traps are possible interpretations.

    Lastly, Yes without Anderson and Wakeman is different, but by no means not 'True Yes' in my mind. A band shouldn't be about one member, in my opinion.
    thehumangoombaon August 15, 2014   Link

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