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Turn Of The Century Lyrics

Artist: Yes
Album: Going for the One

(Anderson,Howe,White)

Realising a form out of stone.
Set hands moving.
Roan shaped his heart
thru his working hands.
Work to mold his passion into clay, like the sun.

In his room, his lady
she would dance and sing so completely.
So be still he now cries
I have time, oh let clay transform thee so.

In the deep cold of night
winter calls, he cries "Don't deny me!"
For his lady, deep her illness.
Time has caught her
and will for all reasons take her.

In the still light of dawn, she dies.
Helpless hands soul revealing.

Like leaves we touch we learn.
We once knew the story.
As winter calls he will starve.
All but to see the stone be life

Now Roan, no more tears.
Set to work his strength.
So transformed him
realising a form out of stone. His work
so absorbed him.
Could she hear him?
Could she see him?
All aglow was his room dazed in this light.
He would touch her
he would hold her.
Laughing as they danced.
Highest colors touching others.

Did her eyes at the turn of the century
tell me plainly
when we meet, how we'll love, oh let life so transform me.

Like leaves we touched we danced.
We once knew the story.
As autumn called and we both
remembered all those many years ago.
I'm sure we know.

Was the sign with a touch
As I kiss your fingers.
We walk hands in the sun.
Memories when we're young.
Love lingers so.

Was it sun through the haze
that made all your looks
as warm as moonlight?
As a pearl deep in your eyes,
tears have flown away,
all the same light.

Did her eyes at the turn of the century
tell me plainly
when we meet how we'll look
as we smile time will leave me clearly.

Like leaves we touch, we see.
We will know the story.
As autumn calls we'll both remember
all those many years ago.
Comments/Interpretations
by Oscar on 12/17/2008 11:42am
Fenomenal
vivo enteramente enamorado de este tema
el mejor quizas o uno de los mejores de Yes.
Los amor a trdos,Oscar del Peru.
by talibmoshtak@yahoo.com on 2/10/2009 1:52pm
how could happen that a spacemen wrote these words ..I dont wonder how they feel these words ..but the big surprise is ...to whom they wrote it ..we need many years to understand what they wrote .. and when we will find what the meaning of it ..we will see that too many years has gone from our life and then we will ....cry deeply in our hearts that we wish be there in their times
by cloud on 3/21/2010 8:08am
Iwill never forget this song;thank you jon anderson thanks to steve howe and offcourse the voice of annie haslam ..

by Jude on 8/10/2010 11:09am
This has to be the most heartbreaking song , defining a lost part of my life with someone special whom I lost,refound and lost again...skin tingling lyrics and music, especially the keyboard crescendo. Fab band with a wealth of talent,would walk a million miles to hear them play this.
by Uzziah on 8/13/2010 8:07pm
One of my favourite Yes songs. Turn of the Century is amazing.
by Empty on 1/22/2011 1:18pm
Masterpiece.
by oen on 10/11/2011 9:45pm
This is my 5th favorite Yes song, after Roundabout, I've Seen All Good People, Owner of a Lonely Heart, and Your's is No Disgrace, respectively. Great songs, great band.
by Charlie on 11/17/2011 10:44am
A fantastic musical interpretation of an old legend concerning the French sculptor, Rodin (Roan).
by deo on 1/14/2012 1:50pm
it's based off of the greek myth of pygmalion and galatea, if anyone is wondering.
by nat on 9/26/2012 10:49am
simply amazing, tried learning it from ear, even playing it badly its harmonies are healing.
by Alberto on 4/6/2013 3:46pm
Thanks for all who contributed with information about this song (Rodin, Pygmalion, ...). I enjoyed YES since I was 16. I used to listen and try to translate Beatles and Led. I knew almost nothing of the English language (I'm brazilian), but I was chocked when I first listened Soon from The Gates of Delirium. It was amazing, awesome. Since then I listen YES and still fell good inside because of their unique way to make songs and sounds. I'm now 54 :). Thanks YES for that. And thanks to this site.
by Gavin on 1/22/2014 1:54am
This song is so poignant and beautiful, there can never be a band like Yes again. I saw Yes at QPR in 75 and when Jon sang ‘nous somme du soleil’ I cried a tear.


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