AWSI Musings: Yes Words Spill Out in Roundabout Way…

We introduced the “SNapkin” concept in this post. Here’s another to peruse and ponder.  Enjoy!—The Gang


We absolutely love background stories which highlight the inspiration for creative work. In this case, we were “grabbed” by a Life & Arts story appearing in The Wall Street Journal (of all places), that provided us a glimpse of what transpired to motivate Yes singer Jon Anderson to include certain lyrics in the band’s “Roundabout” song.

I’ll be the roundabout
The words will make you out ‘n’ out
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and in and out the valley

The music dance and sing
They make the children really ring
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and in and out the valley…

Our #SCMF approach to reading had us investigating further to learn that Marc Myers, the by-lined author of the WSJ piece actually had a whole book out on the topic of backgrounds to songs.

Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop (Hardcover)

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And The Enchanted Jukebox Sez…

Of course, you want to see the video for the song, right? Slight snag. The song is from 1971 which is well before there were music videos. This is the song only. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading!


—Dossie & The Gang

Bonus Content:
If you want to have more #SCMF fun, go here and learn WhoSampled “Roundabout.”

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