Roundabout (8:30)

Cover of Fragile

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“Roundabout” is the opening track for the 1971 album Fragile by British progressive rock band Yes. The song was written by singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe. In January 1972, an edited version of the song was released as a single with “Long Distance Runaround” on the B-side. “Roundabout” has become one of the best-known songs by Yes. Live versions of the song are found on the albums Yessongs (1973), Keys to Ascension (1996), House of Yes: Live from House of Blues (2000), and Live at Montreux 2003 (2007). The Yessongs version was released as a single in 1974.[1] An acoustic arrangement of “Roundabout” was recorded for The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection, released in 2003.

The single was one of the band’s biggest hits in the United States, peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single version of the song was edited down to 3:27 for American pop radio airplay, although many stations played the full version of the song. “Roundabout” peaked at #22 on the Dutch Top 40.[2]

Anderson has said that the song’s cryptic lyrics simply came to him while driving to the studio one early morning. This explains the lyric “Call it morning driving through the sound and even in the valley”.

Howe’s use of octave harmonics on the acoustic guitar introduction of the song and the instrumental break in the middle, plucking four notes that compose an Em chord on an open guitar, has become one of his signature pieces of guitar work.


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I'll be the roundabout
The words will make you out an' out
You spend the day your way
Call it morning driving

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  • ihavesoldout

    Fuck Yeah!

    17 Apr 11:57pm Reply
  • robveiga


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  • Ronny_Liebert


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  • kaihesse

    Puuh, .....

    12 Mar 7:55pm Reply
  • indiaquick

    some of my early memories I was stoned

    7 Mar 10:55pm Reply
  • gentlegarfunkel

    Good, but not best from Fragile. :)

    22 Feb 5:17am Reply
  • sharv11

    <3 always

    4 Feb 7:48am Reply
  • venicechance

    There's so much happening in this song, it's like an adventure.

    24 Jan 7:09pm Reply
  • IgIanBarrett

    Одна из лучших песен на альбоме.

    19 Jan 7:06pm Reply
  • southmaui

    never ever gets boring so much going on here.....YES

    12 Jan 11:24pm Reply
  • LuizFellype

    A Grande Família

    6 Jan 1:18am Reply
  • cheapgenius

    glad they're still around !

    1 Jan 1:51am Reply
  • MackSpane

    Wow MotorSaw69, touchy much? We both like the song. There's no reason to be an asshole about it. My post wasn't aimed at you anyway. Don't flatter yourself.

    19 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MoToRSaW69

    Duh. Of course they influenced alot of other groups. You're comment would be like me saying "I'm a singer of 30 years,but John Anderson is pretty good...Pa-leeaase! AND Chris Squire is ..oh..I don't know... a bassist of only about 60 years ,give or take,so yes his basslines are kick-ass & needs no affirmation.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MackSpane

    Deezer509, I think it's fair to say Yes influenced a good degree of artists back then to one degree or another (and yes, it's a KICK ASS bassline--and I say that as an almost 30 year bassist)... It's so sad to hear the bulk of today's music which is all computerized, without the least bit of soul, or heart behind them.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Deezer509

    I like to think it's bass lines like this that got Flea into music.

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
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  • Assedor

    I remember the first time I heard this song.

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • marchimi

    i love how its either old ppl or kids who watch anime commenting on this

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • sharv11

    Strangely enough, I think it is impossible for me to tire of this one Vinny...

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
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