With the departures of Jon Anderson
and Rick Wakeman, Yes was reduced to three members in 1980: Chris Squire, Alan White and Steve Howe. They started working on this song before adding Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn to the lineup.
Downes and Horn were the nucleus of the Buggles, and were originally brought in just to work on one song. The group ended up poaching them to replace Anderson and Wakeman, and they joined in the songwriting for the Drama
album. Many fans rejected this new incarnation of the group, but the album held up well in retrospect.