Leave It
by Yes

Album: 90125 (1983)
Charted: 56 24
  • I can feel no sense of measure
    No illusions as we take
    Refuge in young man's pleasure
    Breaking down the dreams we make real

    One down one to go
    Another town and one more show
    Downtown they're giving away
    But she never came back

    No phone can take your place
    Do you know what I mean
    We have the same intrigue
    As a court of kings

    Ah leave it, ah leave it
    Dit, dit, dit, dit, dit, dit, dit
    Doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

    Two down there you go
    McArthur Park in the driving snow
    Uptown they're digging it out
    Better lay your claim

    Get home you're not alone
    You just broke out of the danger zone
    Be there to show your face
    On another dreamy day

    Ah leave it, ah leave it
    Dit, dit, dit, dit, dit, dit, dit
    Doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot, doot

    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye bad
    Leave it
    Hello, hello, heaven

    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye bad
    Leave it
    Hello, hello, heaven

    I can feel no sense of measure
    No illusions as we take
    Refuge in young man's pleasure
    Breaking down the dreams we make real

    Ah leave it, ah leave it

    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye bad
    Leave it
    Hello, hello, heaven

    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye bad
    Leave it
    Hello, hello, heaven Writer/s: TREVOR RABIN, TREVOR HORN, CHRIS SQUIRE
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc., Downtown Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management, CARLIN AMERICA INC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 23

  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenThe a capella version is quite an experience. I'd love to hear that kind of treatment used for other songs.
  • Dave from Lafayette, InThe a capella version is the B-side of my American 45 of this. I still have it. That version of the song (which is the same mix with just the instrumentation tracks turned off) is one of my favorite versions of this song. The whole of 90125 is very, very good, probably a to 10 80s album.
  • Steve from Coralville, IaDoes anybody know where you can still see all versions of the video? Thanks!
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxMichael, if you like the a capella opening, get the 'expanded, remastered' edition of 90125 and hear the entire song that way, without a single musical note. It's amazing.
  • Curt from Tulsa, OkYes' record label is ATCO and this album's title, "90125," is ATCO's record number.
    C Eckstein, Temecula, California
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InOops!
    I mention Squire, NOT Rabin.
    Sorry.
  • Oldpink from New Castle, InI really liked this song when I received my copy of 90125 in junior high, and I even sought out (and found!) the E.P. (yes, vinyl) that included the acapella version.
    However, the real prize on the album I never heard on the radio "City of Love."
    Killer work, and Rabin's bass work is excellent.
  • Michael from Oxford, -Although I note that, having said I like this song, I have single-handedly made a big difference to the song profile!
  • Michael from Oxford, -Further to my last: this song has now grown on me, as has the rest of the album.
  • Mitch from Athens Al, AlThe other vocals are from Trevor Rabin.Check out the solo album titled: "Can't Look away". You will see that he is singularly responsible for the second generation yes sound. Lately he's done many movie soundtracks. Including all of the music for "Gone in Sixty Seconds".



  • Michael from OxfordIs this the most overrated song in Yes's discography? Very probably. I'm 16 and "90125" was the first Yes album I got (not a good choice really). And this is easily the album's weakest moment, although I quite like the acapella intro.
  • Madison from Norway, MeThis is by far my favorite Yes song. I'm not really into prog rock...
  • Randy from Colerain Twp., OhTrevor Horn did much contributing to this album- so it wouldn't surprise me that he did vocals to this song. I do like how this song succeeded "Cinema", which opened up 'Side 2' of '90125'. Trevor Rabin definitely was a big factor in making this album a success that it was- both for his song writing and vocals- especially with the song "Changes". His guitar work couldn't hold a candle against Steve Howe, but he did added a breath of fresh air to YES in the 1980's and early 90's. The album 'Talk' had really shown his talent- especially with the song "Endless Dream". But I also thought that he fared well with "Love Will Find a Way" and "Shoot High, Aim Low" from the 'Big Generator'- even though I was disappointed with that album overall.
  • Randy from Colerain Twp., OhOn April Fools Day of that year, MTV played this song with about 10 different video versions back-to-back, all while the band was standing side-by-side singing. Some of the video shots that were aired on that day included the group standing with their backs to the camera; one was with only 4 of the 5 bandmembers singing; one was with only the '5th' bandmember singing; one was with the group standing 'upside down'; and another one was of the empty studio without the members present.
  • Max from Sydney, AustraliaI Thought the lyrics were:" One down one to go, and to another town, one more show...."
  • Patrick from Des Moines, IaIts Trevor Rabin who came in for Steve Howe after he left
  • Max from Sydney, AustraliaThe beginning of this song is good. But when i listened to it for the first time, after the do do's, WHO SINGS THE VOCALS?? its dosen't sound like jon anderson at all.....
  • Michael from Houston, TxOne of the songs that definately makes 90125 a great album. However, Changes is much better.
  • Elson from Los Angeles, CaI'm surprised this entry fails to mention that while producing the recording sessions for this album, Trevor Horn and his engineers messed around with the samplers and drum machines in the studio, and the result was the seminal electronic group The Art of Noise.
  • Julie from Marquette, MiNot my fave by them..but they can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned.
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InWhat can I say but this is one of the greatest albums ever!! 90125 has been with me since I was around fourteen. A friend of mine had a taped copy of it that I listened to over and over again till I could sing every song by heart. I wish it was longer, but there is not one bad tune. "Owner of a Lonely Heart" was the biggie, but you had "Leave It" and "Hold On" got radio play in late 1984 for anyone who remembers. The songs sound just as good twenty plus years later as they did originally. Many would say they departed from their 70's roots, but I for one feel this is their best work and only wish that combination could have recorded more in that way. "Yes" just knows how to put out a perfect piece of musical history.
  • Kent Lyle from Palo Alto, CaThe only known Yes song with a drum machine. Probably they were influenced by the same trends as their former progressive rivals, Genesis.
  • Kent Lyle from Palo Alto, CaAlthough it is uncredited, Trevor Horn probably sings some of the vocals on this track. The "Hello hello heaven" sounds like his voice.
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