Ritual: Nous Sommes du Soleil
by Yes

Album: Tales From Topographic Oceans (1974)


  • Running 21:33, this song takes up all of Side 4 on a 4-song double album. Yes lead singer Jon Anderson calls the track "a love song, something very personal." He added (in Melody Maker, 1974): "We hope people who listen will understand the possibilities of love. I think many people ask for love, strength, a kind of caressing energy."
  • In one section of this song, every band member plays a percussion instrument of some kind. Drummer Alan White came up with the arrangement for this part.
  • The French subtitle means "we are the sun."

Comments: 2

  • Galactic Walker from Earthsentences move dancing away
    We join, we receive
    As our song memories long hope in away
    Nous sommes do soleil
    Hold me around lasting hours
    We love when we play
    Nous sommes do soleil

    We Have the Keys!
    Lets open the Gate!
    And you and I !
    Now you know who I'M
  • Jules from OregonI can't begin to express how much this song means. I really wish the extreme percussion would have been left out, yet, i am still in love with this.
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