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To Be Over Lyrics

Artist: Yes
Album: Relayer

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 ev'ry light do open
True pathways away

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

After all your soul will still surrender
After all don't doubt your part
Be ready to be loved
Comments/Interpretations
by Leigh on 6/6/2008 7:48am
You have to listen to the ENTIRE album, to truly appreciate the tone this song holds. On its own, it's a nice song, sure--but without the rest of the album, it can't be fully enjoyed. The rest of this incredible album is, in no more perfect a term, "frantic" and the juxtaposition of this calm, gentle and nothing-less-than sweet song reflects the mastery of the band, and this album in particular, in its truest light. LISTEN to this album all the way through, without stopping. It may be the most amazing thing that Yes has ever done.
by Bob on 6/8/2008 10:23pm
I agree with Leigh 100%. The frenetic pace of the other 2 songs on this album set this change-of-pace piece on its very own ethereal pedestal.

It was no fluke that Relayer was Yes' best selling album until 90125 came along.
by Renato Kermentz on 6/23/2008 7:16pm
I think Leigh defined the song very well, although for non-initiated Yes fans this track can still be appreciated as a "single". Relayer is my favorite Yes album, though to be honest I find it very hard to choose only one - the "old" Yes is so perfect and amazing that I just can't have enough ...
Cheers from Brazil!
by Old New Orleanian on 7/22/2008 6:32pm
It's true that Relayer is best heard as an entire auditory journey, but each song is also enjoyable as an independent microcosm. Interestingly, within "To Be Over" there are some bits of Howe's guitar work in the middle which approach being "frantic" (great description, by the way, Leigh), like an echo of the other two songs in the album.

Come to think of it, Relayer is chock full of echoes and reverberations... no wonder it makes you feel like you're being drawn into another world. Yes are master craftsmen of sound.
by porfle on 8/10/2008 12:20am
Great comments so far. I listened to this song for decades, paying attention to the music rather than the words, before I discovered that it was about that the soul takes after the body dies. The very next time I listened to it, I actually cried--the first time a song has ever had that effect on me.
by Tipografo on 10/13/2008 3:52pm
totally agree with Leigh. Only by listening the entire album you can feel the real meaning of this awesome song. Progressive, melodic, it's quite easy to follow the path they wanted us to do. a daydream
by Avsjunkie on 12/19/2008 9:50am
The Relayer album is my favorite Yes album, and the "unplugged" version of this song is amazing.
by Trick on 1/7/2009 12:34am
I agree with hearing the whole album. I always thought this song was about suicide. The think it over line always grabbed me.
by Dreadneck on 3/26/2009 9:08pm
The older I get, the fewer rock bands I still appreciate. Yes just gets better and better. They're sonic poets. Anderson, White, Howe, Squire, and Wakeman's son were set to play Atlanta last August...but Jon got sick. One more tour, please!
by Keith on 3/27/2009 4:30pm
Someone asked Jon Anderson what they were singing during the fade out, and he said he couldn't remember what it was. I have always wanted to know what that wonderful fading chant was... "Some to live it, some to love it, some to give it to some..."?
by Soundchaser on 5/11/2009 9:01pm
I was doing a search for the lyrics on this song because I was wondering what they were singing on the fade out, seems there all printed the same as on my vinyl sleeve.... Keith, that sounds like part of it, but seems like there another verse?
by 90125 on 7/18/2009 10:23pm
If you can, pick up a copy of "Jon Anderson -Sheffield 1980"
He and his band do this song (excerpt)in an incredible new arrangement. And many other Yessongs. It's very beautiful.
It start Jon a capella "Childlike
soul dreamer...)
by michael on 1/6/2010 10:58am
I too would really like to know the words of the fading chant. I hope someone can find out and post the lyrics.
by Gabriel on 2/11/2010 10:17pm
This song takes me to another world.
by Ears14U on 8/20/2010 3:41pm
Nothing on this planet can compare to the lyrical and instrumental capability of YES.If you haven't heard "Gates of Delerium", "Sound Chaser", in addition to this track then please get "RELAYER" cd. Well worth the purchase!
by Phroggy2 on 8/27/2010 6:36pm
Been into Yes since about '75, but hadn't listened to their stuff for awhile. Now starting at the beginning, and working my way through. 'Relayer' definitely stands the test of time. Now how about getting them into the Rock Hall of Fame...!!
by porfle on 1/31/2011 2:56am
I just googled "To Be Over" "Yes" "lyrics" "ending chant" and found an interview excerpt in which Jon Anderson states that the chant goes like this (written phonetically):

"New som du lay
sah du rah
sah du lay
tu sah rah,
du sah dulay,
sah du rah,
tey tu santeh."

by doogie812 on 1/31/2011 10:31pm
We are of the sun. Nu som du slay.
by Ashley Collie on 2/2/2011 4:42pm
Nous sommes du soleil (French) — we are of the sun. It's used a few times in their discography.
by Liesbeth Klein Haneveld on 3/21/2011 12:30pm
This is a song that helps to keep your hopes up, however bad you feel! Anderson is a wonderful lyric-writer, I always feel better after hearing or reading his words!Thanx to Yes for all their great work!!!
by germart on 5/5/2011 4:02pm
This record transcends. It sounds like some mad music visionary assembled a fusion band comprised of alien geniuses and locked them up underground in a cave for five years where they were only permitted to communicate with each other via their instruments, then let them outside for exactly one hour to gaze at the brilliance of the dusk sky before sending them back down to the cave to record and mix this record. The middle part of “To Be Over” makes me cry every time I hear it. Steve Howe is out of his mind throughout this record, Patrick Moraz’s keyboard parts are perfectly integrated into the compositions and Chris Squire and Alan White tear down the imaginary city. The envelopes were pushed on this one and then pushed again.
by Michael on 6/22/2011 8:21am
Amazing song. I used to sing along to this. Had no idea how profound the lyrics were.
by Soul Dreamer on 4/15/2012 1:44am
Yes music was one of the many catalists of the actual beginning of my journey to enlightenment. Love & truth have a far greater reach than fear & confusion. I wonder if any band has ever helped bring so much true happiness & understanding to so many people. Thank you Yes & their fans you guys are amazing. "After all your soul will still surrender. After all don't doubt your part..." Peace & love
by Barbara on 5/3/2012 5:14pm
Amen Soul Dreamer!
by Joe (47-year) from Hungary on 10/28/2012 5:20pm
Amazing band !
Each member was fantastic.

"feel the calling of the miracle in the presence of the world"
by emspace on 12/6/2012 10:01pm
My God, they really AREN'T in the Rock Hall of Fame - stupid oversight, especially now that potential inductees include NWA for crying out loud. >:P
by David on 5/26/2014 1:57pm
Reading some these comments surprised me. People mention death and suicide, I don't think that could be further from the point.
This song is all about growing up and freeing your mind to make the choices necessary to be happy. "Always doors to lock away your dreams." Later in the song. "Holding doors will open everyway."
At the end, know that you're worthy to be loved. "After all don't doubt your part, be ready to be loved!
Such a lovely, positive song!
by Joe on 7/11/2014 12:50am
For me the most brilliant row of this song's lyrics:

Balance the thoughts that release within you
by Joe on 7/11/2014 12:55am
I agree with the opinion of David. It's not about death or suicide, it's a very-very positive song for living our day-to-day life. And this goes for all songs written by Jon Anderson who has a very positive personality in my view.


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