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This song was originally written by Charles Manson and titled "Cease To Exist." Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson made some minor lyrical changes to it, which supposedly upset Manson greatly.
The opening sound was achieved by playing a cymbal backwards. (thanks, John Jennings - Omaha, NE, for above 2)
Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.
Jon Anderson of Yes
From the lake in "Roundabout" to Sister Bluebird in "Starship Trooper," Jon talks about how nature and spirituality play into his lyrics for Yes.
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Greg talks about writing songs of "universal truth" for King Crimson and ELP, and tells us about his most memorable stage moment (it involves fireworks).