This song was a far cry from the group's mystical '70s output. Lead singer Jon Anderson
described it as "A group identity sort of song. You know, 'rock n' roll, let's get down, boogie."
Anderson's contribution to the song was tweaking the lyrics - it's not a good reflection of this work, and he did leave the band soon after. Keyboard player Tony Kaye and bassist Chris Squire
also contributed to the song's composition, but it was mainly written by their guitarist, Trevor Rabin, who joined Yes for their previous album, 90125
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collection, Rabin explained: "The idea behind that was just sex, you know, the rhythm of love. I thought we've been cheeky enough with Yes by doing a song like 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart
,' pushing away from the cosmic lyrics we all know. I thought it would be a nice little tease to have a sex lyric in."