Yes - Circus Of Heaven

I have always loved Yes, one of my favorite songs of theirs is off an album they released in 1978. The album Tormato was not oneof thier more acclaimed albums but to me this song stands out.

Imagine a circus in which you could see any event historical or mythical from any period of time, what a truly magical thing to behold, and yet the innocence of a child for them it was just "OK" becuase there were no clowns or ny of the thigs one would associate with a circus.

The day the Circus of Heaven came to town
Local folks lined the streets in a Midwestern town
Waiting anxiously for the parade to begin all around
On the very last day

A unicorn headed the mystical way
Surrounded by what seemed a thousand golden angels at play
Behind were Centaurs, elves, bright fairies all in colours of jade
On the very final day

For what seemed only just a moment in time
Seven solemn flying silvered regal horses rode by
Seven golden chariots in tow, a wonder to behold
The Seven Lords of the Mountains of Time
There then arose where nothing really stood there before
A giant tent rising one thousand feet high from the floor
Towns people flocked inside with their eyes all amazed
To greet the Seventh Lord of the seventh age
A fanfare rang out in an incredible sound
Bringing out the strangest visions perfect harmony round
Any dreams he asked would they like to have seen
From historical or mythical scenes

Then there above their heads just as vivid as life
Each vision transported multitudes inventing light
Grecian galleons, the sack of Troy, to the Gardens of Babylon
A play of millions roared along
The gigantic dreams of Alexander the Great
Civil wars where brothers fought and killed their friendship with hate
All seen by Zeus performing scenes in the magical way
The day the circus came to town

Outside great animals as tame as the trees
Angels high in starlight dancing streets
Turning their colours with indigo and gold
Dropping violet, red and emerald snow
As the circus finally changed its invisible course
A new world to be found

On the dreamy ground we walked upon
I turned to my son and said
"Was that something beautiful, amazing, wonderful, extraordinary
beautiful?"

"Oh! It was OK!! But there were no clowns, no lions, tigers or bears,
candy-floss, toffee apples, no clowns."



Southernman48 Southernman48
46-50, M
2 Responses Jul 13, 2010

Ears, you are so right. I was lucky enough to be able to see them in concert twice in my life both times with Jon and Rick. It was an incredible experience. Yes, did an album in 1994 and the whole album was very much a testimony to Jon's spiritual nature and it was in keeping with their musical talents.

What makes YES such a wonderful, and awe-inspiring band were Jon Anderson's incredibly spiritual related lyrics. It just doesn't seem the same anymore since he and Rick Wakeman are no longer a part of the rest of the band. Jon always seemingly had a perfect way of expressing the reality of a future spirit filled life. This among many others are just a prime example of his gift as an artist. God bless you Jon, and the rest of the members of YES.