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more lyrics that seemed so deep thirty years ago and just seem silly now

Yesterday a morning came, a smile upon your face.
Caesar's palace, morning glory, silly human, silly human race,
On a sailing ship to nowhere, leaving any place,
If the summer change to winter, yours is no disgrace


But it's Yes. It's silly and pretentious by definition.

I love Yes. But the lyrics have always been absolutely ridiculous.

I always wondered why Yes started shouting "Moleman!" on the first song of Topographic Oceans. "We've been waiting for this... Moleman! Moleman! Moleman! Moleman!" is way worse than the above lyric.

Of course, a Simpsons fan could say that it was pretty cool they predicted Hans Moleman 20 years before the fact...

Criminy Jickets! I love Yes. But good Lord, what the hell is:

I will remember you
your silhouette will charge the view
of distance atmosphere
call it morning driving thru the sound and even in the valley

I guess I should have done drugs or something so they made sense.

Take your pick from this golden oldie

Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye.
Crapalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess,
Boy, you been a naughty girl you let your knickers down.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.I am the walrus,
goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob.
Goo goo g'joob g'goo goo g'joob g'goo.

Of course, this is from the same collection that included Revolution #9, so ....

It's crabalocker fishwife, not crapalocker.

See? Changes the whole thing.

Of course, a Simpsons fan could say that it was pretty cool they predicted Hans Moleman 20 years before the fact...

And Comic Book Guy would surely point out that Mole Man appeared in Fantastic Four #1 in 1961. But we can all agree that Yes lyrics are pretentious by definition.

There are a lot of things that I thought were deep thirty years ago that haven't held up with time.

Shit, I hate being sober sometimes.

Most commonly heard phrase in any studio where Yes is recording an album: "What in the hell is Jon singing about now?!?"

No wonder Yes has had so many members.

"I can't cut it any more. I have no idea what he's singing."

Yes also predicted one of the major problems with graphics lag in MMORPGS... or at least, when I played FFXI and I'd be wandering through La Theine Plateau and seeing some mountains randomly appear all at once, I couldn't help singing "In and around the lake, mountains come out of the sky and they stand there"

HAHAHAHA that made my day, Dagny.

Something Lileks said back in the fall of '02 (which I actually linked to, because I was just as hard up for material back then):

"To those unfamiliar with Yes' singer, imagine a hamster that has been dipped in helium and squeezed between the thighs of a pro wrestler."

And that wasn't in a Bleat; that was in his actual column in the Strib.

Just as well. You wouldn't want "Roundabout" sung by someone like Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Yes lyrics were bad, but Styx lyrics were worse.

What Dean said...

Dean Esmay,
How is the foreskin regrowth going? Are you using the weight attachment method or is Rosemary doing the manual pull method?

And a hookah smokin' caterpillar has given you the call. Call Alice. When she's ten feet tall.

Funny thing, I still love the same music I always have. The shit nowadays can barely be called music.

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