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Album cover parody of Fragile by Yes
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For real, the band YES is getting inducted into the Rock'n'roll HOF. "It can happen to you, it can happen to me, it can happen to everyone eventually..."
Submitted by: Coral Electric Sitar Starr

Band Name Origins:

  • Actually, there's a number of record sleeves (lie "Beyond and Before") with liner notes that state that Peter Banks (1st guitarist) coined the band name. For the same reasons as above - but with the annotation that at the time he said "well, if you don't like it, let's keep it until we have a better name". 30 years on, in the same sleeve notes, he says: "any suggestions?" Submitted by: Eric
  • The band had been called 'Mable Greers Toyshop', but Jon Anderson suggested to Chris Squire that a name change was needed. Pete Banks came up with the name because it was short and a very positive word. Submitted by: brotherofmine

Stupid Band Names:

  • What was the question again? Submitted by: ideal

Better Off Solo?:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Rick Wakeman""After he left Yes,(the first time) his output was as extensive and at least as entertaining, but with one important difference. No need to split the writing credits or the royalties 6 way's." - princejellyfish

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Tempus Fugit""Yes, Yes" is repeated frequently during this song. - RevengeFromMars YouTube

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
NoFor anyone who doesn't like them.Rpollck

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Into The Trends""Into The Lens"D. Melody Dole, MD
"Into The Bends""Into The Lens"D. Melody Dole, MD
"Into The Blends""Into The Lens"D. Melody Dole, MD
"In The Presents Of""In The Presence Of"Evil Olive
"And You, An Eye""And You and I"Sutch

There are additional Yes new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"We Have Heaven,"No you don't, God owns Heaven.Kerry
"We Can Fly,"Only if it's on a planeIsac
"We Can Fly,"No we can't.Chowder
"Heart Of The Sunrise,"No sunrise has a heart.Yvette Bristle
"The Gates Of Delirium,"Delirium has no gates.Yvette Bristle

There are additional Yes literally impossible song titles available.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Take It," Avril Lavigne"Leave It," Yes
"Take It Or Leave It," Sublime with Rome"Leave It," Yes
"Take The Money And Run," Steve Miller Band"Leave It," Yes
"Leave It," Yes"I Can Do That," Cast of 'A Chorus Line'
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Mood Or A Day" originally "Mood For A Day"
Candy Welty
"Moo For A Day" originally "Mood For A Day"
Candy Welty
"Wonderous Stores" originally "Wonderous Stories"
"Wondrous Stories" originally "Wonderous Stories"
Corrects the spelling
"Ours Is No Disgrace" originally "Yours Is No Disgrace"

There are additional Yes song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"We Heave Heaven" originally "We Have Heaven"
How does one heave Heaven?
Doug Wells
"Turn Off The Century" originally "Turn Of The Century"
Does it have an on / off switch?
Heidi Sharpe
"Downer Of A Lonely Heart" originally "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
Nancy Germany
"Owner Of A Lonely Hearth" originally "Owner Of A Lonely Heart"

Change a Letter:

"I've Seen All Food People" originally "I've Seen All Good People"
Song about cannibalism?
Farlow Maitland
"I've Seen All Gold People" originally "I've Seen All Good People"
Farlow Maitland
"I've Seen All Goof People" originally "I've Seen All Good People"
Farlow Maitland
"I've Seen All Wood People" originally "I've Seen All Good People"
Farlow Maitland
"Mood For A Dad" originally "Mood For A Day"
Candy Welty

There are additional Yes song titles with a letter changed available.

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Owner of a Lonely Heart""Odor of Chipotle Farts"Dr. Oliver Clozoff
"Owner of a Lonely Heart""Ogres Pull Your Bones Apart"John A. Barry
"Owner of a Lonely Heart""Odor of a Moaning Fart"harry
"To Be Over""To Be Grover"Porfle Popnecker
"Owner of A Lonely Heart""Boehner, What a Lonely Fart!"Bob Gomez
"Owner of a Lonely Heart""Anything Is Modern Art"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Owner of a lonely heart""Driver in Mario Kart"Matthias
"Owner Of A Lonely Heart""Owner Of The Southern Fried"Fack Sabbath
"Roundabout""If Yes had written 'The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald'"Steve Kalafut
"Starship Trooper""Star Trek Bloopers"Porfle Popnecker

There are additional Yes song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
RoundaboutRoad work contractorKerry
Open Your EyesGlaucoma ResearchTomSawyer2112
Don't Kill The WhaleGreenpeaceTomSawyer2112
White CarHondaTomSawyer2112
No Experience Needed, No Opportunity NecessaryBig Brotherpickle*
There are additional Yes commercials that haven't been done yet available.

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Owner of a Lonely HeartRelationship Advice HotlineKerry

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
You Are My Starship
   Norman Connors
Starship Trooper
You Are My Starship Trooper
Listen To Your Heart
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Listen To Your Owner Of A Lonely Heart
My Girl Bill
   Jim Stafford
Gates of Delirium
My Girl, Bill Gates, of Delirium
Im sure Mr. Gates needs the royalties
Sgt Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band
   The Beatles
Owner Of A Lonely Heart
The Owner Of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
There are additional Yes duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Genesis combined with Yes
Another ultimate progressive/art rock band.
Submitted By: raddog20002002
Yes combined with The Opposites
That was too easy!
Submitted By: Calop
Yes combined with Led Zeppelin
For Ex-Yes & Zeppelin. Almost a real example featuring Jimmy Page, Chris Squire, and Alan White. They abandoned the project after failing to get a strong vocalist.
Submitted By: Brian Kelly

Misheard Lyrics:

"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Misheard Lyrics:
You've been cancelled before
Original Lyrics:
You've been hurt so before
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Misheard Lyrics:
You are not the only one
Original Lyrics:
Owner of a lonely heart
Misheard Lyrics:
Marmots come out of the sky and just stand there
Original Lyrics:
Mountains come out of the sky and just stand there
Misheard Lyrics:
I'll be the loud-about
Original Lyrics:
I'll be the roundabout
There are additional Yes misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Going for the One"
Misheard Lyrics:
Go to Ikea
Original Lyrics:
Get the idea

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

I swear this had to do with getting furniture from a popular chain. Anyway, R.I.P. Alan White (1949-2022).

There are additional Yes misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
Better Lyrics:
doner of a lonely heart
Original Lyrics:
owner of a lonely heart
Submitted by: white trash
Better Lyrics:
Sick of Chips you wrap them up in cellophane
Original Lyrics:
Sacred ships you sail the seventh age
Submitted by: Stegzy
Better Lyrics:
I am a round-assed Kraut
And you just got me outed out
Original Lyrics:
Ill be the roundabout
The words will make you out n out
Submitted by: rock

Funniest Song Lyrics:

"To Be Alive (Hep Yadda)"
The Funny Lyrics:
And I believe that everyone should get what they're allowed
Suspected of belief that comes
suspended in a sound
And everybody wants some
Why They're Funny:
'belief suspended in a sound'? To borrow an album title of the Moody Blues, these guys must be in search of the lost chord!
Submitted by: Lawrence
"In The Presence Of"
The Funny Lyrics:
If we were flowers we would worship the sun.
Why They're Funny:
But we're not so we don't, Jon.
Submitted by: Daniel Rainey
There are additional Yes Funny lyrics available.

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"I've Seen All Good People"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
I've seen all good people turn their heads each day
so satisfied I'm on my way.
Why They're Repetitive:
They must repeat this line at least 10 times at the end.
Submitted by: Erin

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"And You And I"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
The teacher trained in order to lose his name
The preacher traveled, asking to be shown the same
Why They're Nonsensical:
Where did the teacher take this kind of exam?
Submitted by: Brian
"Close To The Edge"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
A seasoned witch can call you from the depths of your disgrace
Why They're Nonsensical:
I don't even know where to start with this one. Seasoned with habanero sauce? Seasoned by years of disgrace depth calling? I am a fan of this band and even the song, but geeze!
Submitted by: Horse
There are additional Yes nonsensical lyrics available.

Insincere Song Lyrics:

"Hold On"
The Insincere Lyrics:
Wait, maybe the answer's looking for you
Why They're Insincere:
One can look for an answer, but the answer cannot look for one.
Submitted by: Isac

Misrhymed Song Lyrics:

"I've Seen All Good People"
The Misrhymed Lyrics:
Move me on to any black square, Use me anytime you want
Just remember that the goal Is for us all to capture all we want
Why They're Misrhymed:
Yes may have some of the most creative lyric writing ever, but rhyming a word with itself is hardly what I'd call creative.
Submitted by: RJSchex

Inappropriate Song Lyrics:

"Love Will Find A Way"
The Inappropriate Lyrics:
I eat at Chez Nous.
Why They're Inappropriate:
Who cares where the singer eats at?
Submitted by: Ted

Dirty Song Lyrics:

The Dirty Lyrics:
Looking for the mystery in the woman
Dancing with the teacher in the circle
Watching for the reasons we are going
Getting ready for the big bang
Why They're Dirty:
Jon Anderson's lyrics are famously nebulous, but this does sound like invoking a ritual group shag doesn't it?
Submitted by: Martin

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"I've Seen All Good People"
The Song Lyrics:
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
Song They Mention:
"Give Peace A Chance" by the Plastic Ono Band. (This line also appears in said song!)
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"City of Love"
The Song Lyrics:
No woman don't cry, no woman no cry
We'll be waiting for the night,
We'll be waiting for the night to come
Song They Mention:
"No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley
Submitted by: someguynamedjoe
There are additional Yes Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs lyrics available.

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"City of Love"
Opening Lines:
City of love, city of love, city of love.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"Holy Lamb"
Opening Lines:
Holy lamb
From their album "Big Generator"
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
There are additional Yes spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Your Sis Nod Is Grace" originally "Yours Is No Disgrace"
Submitted by: Reese without her spoon
"Round Ab Out" originally "Roundabout"
Submitted by: George Straitjacket

Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics:

"Into the Lens"
The Lyrics:
I are a camera
I'm fully aware of the phrase 'I Am A Camera' which is the title of a 1951 Broadway play and a 1955 UK dramedy film based on the play but you would think a progressive rock band (as in 'thinking man's' rock) like YES would know better than to use such atrocious grammar like this. Get your arses back to elementary school, guys. You ain't learned your Queen's English very well! LOL
Submitted by: Graduate of Rock'n'Roll HS
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
The Lyrics:
The eagle in the sky
How he dancin' one and only
A word seems to be missing: it should be either "how he's dancin'" or "how he dances".
Submitted by: anon
There are additional Yes Bad Grammar in Song Lyrics available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"A View of Willy Land" originally "Love Will Find A Way"
Submitted by: James D
"He Tunes Horse Fart" originally "Heart of the Sunrise"
Submitted by: James d
"Owner of a Lonely Earth" originally "Owner of a Lonely Heart"
Submitted by: James
"I Let Eva" originally "Leave It"
Submitted by: Joy Stick
"Eat Veil" originally "Leave It"
Submitted by: Joy Stick

There are additional Yes Song Title Anagrams available.

Super Long Pop Songs:

"That, That Is" Length: 19:15
One of the two studio tracks on the otherwise live "Keys to Ascension".
Submitted by: Joe Pearson
"The Solution" Length: 23:47
The main song concludes at 5:24, followed by 2 minutes of silence, then is followed by the "hidden track", "The Source", which is about 16 minutes of ambient birdsong and waves crashing, interspersed with lyrics from the other songs on the album.
Submitted by: Joe Pearson
"The Revealing Science of God (Dance of the Dawn)" Length: 20:27
Submitted by: Evan
"Starship Trooper" Length: 9:25
This song consists of three parts: Life Seeker, Disillusion and Würm, the latter having no vocals.
Submitted by: Isac
"Awaken" Length: 15:26
Submitted by: Evan

There are additional Yes Super Long Pop Songs available.

Super Short Pop Songs:

"Cans & Brahms" Length: 1:38
Instrumental on "Fragile"
Submitted by: Tim Kramar
"Five Percent for Nothing" Length: :35
This is actually the shortest song that Yes has ever released.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Song Title Acrostics:

HOTS: "Heart Of The Sunrise"
Submitted by: Candy Welty
LA: "Looking Around"
Submitted by: Candy Welty

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Food Or May Day" originally "Mood For A Day"
Submitted by: Sonya Raynos
"Food Dora May" originally "Mood For A Day"
Hopefully Dora May's not a human becoming food!
Submitted by: Sonya Raynos
"Food More A Day" originally "Mood For A Day"
Submitted by: Sonya Raynos
"Dude For A May" originally "Mood For A Day"
Submitted by: Janice Ferrell
"Dude For A May" originally "Mood For A Day"
Submitted by: Janice Ferrell

There are additional Yes Song Title Spoonerisms available.

Foreign Language in English Songs:

"Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)"
The Lyrics:
Nous sommes du soleil. We are of the sun. We can see.
"Nous sommes du soleil" is French for "we are of the sun".
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Owner Of A Lonely Heart"
The Lyrics:
Owner of a lonely heart
Owner of a lonely heart
Much better than the
owner of a broken heart
Owner of a lonely heart
The song has pretty upbeat rhythm but it's depressing as hell.

(Editor's note: BR tags are made with "angle-brackets" (the less-than/greater-than symbols), not square-brackets. I fixed 'em before approving this submission.)
Submitted by: Celeste

Lyrics Alliteration:

"Our Song"
The Lyrics:
Music has magic
That stuff of syncopation
2x M "music, magic" , 2x S "stuff, syncopation"
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Say originally "Yes"
Now put 'em together, you get "Say yes".
Submitted by: Rocky

Hidden Messages:

"I've Seen All Good People"
In the ending of the segment 'Your Move', you can hear Yes sing 'Give Peace a Chance'.
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"Starship Troopers"
This movie was based on the novel of the same name
Submitted by: Paul Warren

Bad Ringtone Choices:

"Going for the One"
The Lyrics:
Now the verses I've sang
Don't add much weight to the story in my head
So I'm thinking I should go and write a punchline
But they're so hard to find in my cosmic mind
So I think I'll take a look out of the window
Imagine if you were a wannabe pop lyricist and had this set as your ringtone. Everybody would think you're admitting to writing songs that will never become hits!
Submitted by: Kerry

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