YES : STARSHIP TROOPER [THE YES ALBUM, 1969]

Δεν είμαι καθόλου σίγουρος ότι οι μελλοντικοί Starship Troopers θα ενδιαφέρονται να εκτιμήσουν την λεπτοφυία μιας σύνθεσης όπως αυτή των Anderson, Squire, Howe. Στο κάτω-κάτω οι Yes ήταν, και παρέμειναν, οι ultimate κοσμικοί χίπις. Το Starship Trooper όπως ολόκληρη η δημιουργική εποποιία τους της πρώτης περιόδου, είναι προϊόν αυτού του πνεύματος.
Από την νουβέλα ε.φ. του Robert Heinlein [στην οποία βασίστηκε, αργότερα, το αριστούργημα του Verhoeven] οι
Yes δανείζονται εδώ απλώς τον τίτλο.

I’m not sure at all that the Starship Troopers of the future will be interested in appreciating the subtlety of a composition like this one by
Anderson, Squire, Howe. After all, Yes were, and remained, the ultimate cosmic hippies. Starship Trooper, like their entire body of work of the first period, is a product of this spirit.
As for the Robert Heinlein’s novel [on which Verhoeven’s masterpiece was later based]
Yes have simply borrowed the title from it.

Sister Bluebird flying high above
Shine your wings forward to the sun
Hide the mysteries of life on your way
Though you’ve seen them, please, don’t say a word
What you don’t know, I have never heard
Starship Trooper, go sailing on by
Catch my soul, catch the very light
Hide the moment from my eager eyes
Though you’ve seen there, please, don’t tell a soul
What you can’t see, can’t be very whole
Speak to me of summer
Long winters longer than time can remember
Setting up of other roads
To travel on in old accustomed ways
I still remember the talks by the water
The proud sons and daughters
That knew the knowledge of the land
Spoke to me in sweet accustomed ways
Mother life, hold firmly on to me
Catch my knowledge higher than the day
Release as much as only you can show
Though you’ve seen me, please, don’t say a word
What I don’t know I have never shared
Loneliness is a power that we possess to give or take away forever
All I know can be shown by your acceptance of the facts
There shown before you
Take what I say in a different way and it’s easy to say
That this is all confusion
As I see a new day in me, I can also show if you and you may follow
Speak to me of summer
Long winters longer than time can remember
Setting up of other roads
To travel on in old accustomed ways
I still remember the talks by the water
The proud sons and daughters
That knew the knowledge of the land
Spoke to me in sweet accustomed ways

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