Long Distance Runaround
by Yes

Album: Fragile (1971)
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  • Long distance runaround
    Long time waiting to feel the sound
    I still remember the dream there
    I still remember the time you said goodbye
    Did we really tell lies
    Letting in the sunshine
    Did we really count to one hundred

    Cold summer listening
    Hot color melting the anger to stone
    I still remember the dream there
    I still remember the time you said goodbye
    Did we really tell lies
    Letting in the sunshine
    Did we really count to one hundred

    Long distance runaround
    Long time waiting to feel the sound
    I still remember the dream there
    I still remember the time you said goodbye

    Cold summer listening
    Hot colour melting the anger to stone
    I still remember the dream there
    I still remember the time you said goodbye
    Did we really tell lies
    Letting in the sunshine
    Did we really count to one hundred

    Looking for the sunshine Writer/s: CHRIS SQUIRE, JON ANDERSON
    Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 15

  • Special Ed from Ft Myers FlI took the meaning more personal. Whereas the sunshine represents the light of enlightenment. The not waiting to 100 till peeking gets complicated. Being of the american competitive spirit, time consuming processes like natural meditation can seem tedious. The fastest route is always more appealing... (Essentially missing the point of acceptance).. psychedelics are fine for some, but peeking (peaking) too soon can deprive someone of the richness of the full time consuming experiences... On the later album, "Going for the one", I think it's the beginning of the song "awaken" where he touches on the subject again saying " when you get so high you can't get any higher, then you realize you've been playing with fire." That takes courage to get to the point where you feel the soul daring the ego to "go ahead, try to screw up" That's the point when you realize you've been playing with fire. Some will get a kick out of that. Don't reach if you're not there yet.... Mr Anderson knows that...
  • Joe from Over DereYes Pippin "Is it just me, or does this song seem a little similar to Starship Trooper?", it's just you.
  • Pippin from Rhye, CaIs it just me, or does this song seem a little similar to Starship Trooper? Lyrically and melodically? Both are real good songs, though...
  • Randall from Seattle, WaLong Distance Runaround is perhaps my favourite Yes song, there is just so much going on. Even though it seems at first blush to be rather straight forward, there is so much 'cleverness' in the interplay between the electric piano, the guitar and bass parts, especially the lick started on guitar, and taken over by bass entering each verse. I love the monotony of the electric piano part in the verse, coupled with Jon singing like he is so tired, and recording at 2 a.m.
  • Max from Sydney, Australiacan somone put "going for the one" "turn of the century" "ritual" "The Gates of delerium" on please i keep adding them but nothing heppens :'(
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaCool, Bari! Unless Paul is correct and you are on something. Greg and Dirk, too! Everyone has got something interesting to say. I wish roundabout was on songfacts, can someone please make it! It's such a good song...
  • Max from Sydney, Australiawhen i'm listening to this song through my MP3 player or Windows Media Player on my computer ( i don't know which one) i can hear both keyboard and Gutair playing at once...Has anyone else heard that?
  • Joe from Albion, Nymaybe my fav song of all time
  • Max from Sydney, AustraliaLong distance runaround
    Long time waiting to feel the sound
    I still remember the dream there
    I still remember the time you said goodbye
    Did we really tell lies
    Letting in the sunshine
    Did we really count to one hundrer

    Cold summer glistening
    Hot colour melting the anger to stone
    I still remember the dream there
    I still remember the time you said goodbye
    Did we really tell lies
    Did we really count to one hundred
  • Dirk from Nashville, TnNot many people know it but Richard Nixon was a huge Yes fan when he was president. He had the band play at the White House several times. It was actually this song that influenced Nixon to break up Bell Telephone in the the 1970s.
  • Greg from Oakville, CanadaYour forgetting Chris Squires awsome bass solo with 10 basses playing at once! It's like one of the best bass solo's ever along with La Villa Strangiato, Captain Shiner, Eminence Front, and Birdland!
  • Lou from Charlotte, NcReply to "this song plays differently"...The opening riff is done with guitar and keyboard recorded on separate stereo channels. I think you are just listening to the right and left channels individually. At least that's how it is on the vinyl.
  • Paul from London, EnglandIn reply to "this song plays differently" and " I am able to play two different digital version that seem to be interwoven, depending on where I "start" it!":

    Whatever it is you are taking, I'd like some of it.
  • Bari from Wheaton, IlI have had "Fragile" since it came out in 1971. I never noticed anything odd until recently, when I was in the process of converting the LP to CD. I record the LP to a hard drive and then re-segement the single side track back to the individual tracks, then burn a CD. While segmenting "Fragile" using Final Vinyl, I noticed that this song plays differently when I advance the marker on the songs voiceprint. Instead of the guitar intro, the harpsichord plays the intro. The rest of the song is an alternate version of the song, layered on top (or below) the other. What amazes me is that i have never heard of this before and that I am able to play two different digital version that seem to be interwoven, depending on where I "start" it! Is anyone else aware of this?
  • Jonathan from Ann Arbor, MiThis has to be one of my all time favorite Yes songs. It's so easy to listen to and gives you a warm feeling inside. They played an acoustic version of this at the concert that I went to, and it was damn brilliant. Steve Howe's guitar work on this is truly one of best and it seems to change time signitures a lot which makes it very fun and Interesting. You just can't get tired of this song.
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