Politics of the day would sometimes find their way into the lyrics Jon Anderson wrote for Yes, and the second verse of this song, including the line, "Hot color melting the anger to stone," is about the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 when the United States National Guard killed four students (check out the Songfacts on "Ohio
"). It was just a thought that emotion is made of colors, and you could bring peace by finding a healing color to melt hate. As Anderson told Songfacts
, "government cracking down on young people because they were trying to tell the truth about the war in Vietnam. It was just one of the crazy fears of time."