Running 21:55, this was a band composition credited to Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Patrick Moraz, Chris Squire
and Alan White. Anderson wrote the lyrics to go along with the music. The song describes a battle, with a prelude, a charge, a moment of victory, and a peace.
"It's about the tribalism between warring factions, and who is the dominant country, the dominant energy at that time," Anderson explained in a Songfacts interview
. "It was at the end of the Vietnam War. We were learning about the unbelievable destruction that was done to the Vietnamese, and for what?"