This song came about at a time when the members of Yes were concerned with how to follow up their successful Fragile
album. Rick Wakeman had joined Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire
, and Bill Bruford on that album. Yes had already amassed an impressive collection of epics that hovered around the 10-minute mark, exceeding what was perceived as the standard length in popular music. But song length itself wasn't the point: the band wanted to take the time to say what they had to say.
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