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I interviewed Tommy Shaw a few years back and we were discussing how a song could be written by a musician and that same song can be interpreted in many different ways.

John Wetton or any other songwriter on the planet could write a song about a certain subject and different people can think the song is about something completely different..... for instance Voice Of America is apparently about John hearing a Beach Boys song on the radio and then hearing it years later but when I first heard the song I thought it was about the introduction of Radio and then MTV .... do not really know why but it just shows how a songs lyrics can be personalised by an individual ..... how many people have thought a song was about something completely different than what it was written about ..... I bet that is really satisfying for a writer knowing a song can touch so many people in different ways ....

I have often wondered what the Yes song Roundabout was written about .....That is one song that people can think is about different subjects.
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I have an interview with Mr. Anderson about that song,somewhere in my Yes/Asia collection.


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In which case,you'd be better off asking him about the lyric,not me. I've sung it loads on stage in the past year and a bit, and I'm no closer to it. My guess is that sometimes words feel/sound good to sing for certain singers--actually,pop music is full of this,and because the lyric does not appear to make particular sense,the song
accumulates a certain cache,or mystique. 'IATWalrus' being a good example.
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"Roundabout" actually reminds me (rhythm-wise) of being stuck in one of those dastardly traffic roundabout nightmares.  I know you Brits are accustomed to them, but I've been in just a few over the years (April, one in your neighborhood, actually), and they just make me want to scream.


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Maybe the Roundabout is a traveling salesman!

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This article is about the road junction. For other uses, see Roundabout (disambiguation).

A roundabout or rotary is a type of road junction (or traffic calming device) at which traffic enters a stream around a central island after first yielding (giving way) to the circulating traffic. In the United States it is technically called a "modern roundabout", to emphasize the distinction from the older, larger type of traffic circle (though some Americans still refer to modern roundabouts as "Traffic Circles"[attribution needed]). In many parts of the English Midlands roundabouts are commonly referred to as "islands".

Overall, roundabouts are statistically safer than both traffic circles and traditional intersections,[citation needed] with the exception that cyclists have a significantly increased crash rate at large roundabouts. Roundabouts do not cope as well with the traffic on motorways, highways, or similar fast roads.

Click the link below to read the whole thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout




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after reading this last night i looked up the lyrics for Roundabout. http://www.lyrics.com. to me it is just abstract stuff. a valley, a lake, mountains that stand there, and a roundabout. maybe the guy wants to be with a woman that does not want to be tied down, and he is telling her she can come back and leave when she wants. who knows? if you want to beat the hell out of your brain about music lyrics, listen to Don McClean's 'American Pie' and try to figure that out. don't cheat, as you can find out if you try hard enough. sometimes you have to take stuff for face value and not read too much into stuff.


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AP has some dynamite,killer lines in it. My fave is (from memory) 'The three men I admire the most/The Father,Son and the Holy Ghost/They caught the last train to the Coast/The day the music died......and they were singin'/ Bye bye Miss AP "
it's such a lovely image.
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Don McLean's "Vincent" has always given me goosebumps.  It's full of beautiful imagery, like, "Colours changing hue...Morning fields of amber grain, weathered faces lined in pain, are soothed beneath the artists loving hand."  Sigh.


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Oh, goodie! Another song for me to interpret!!!



Stay tuned....

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Drove my chevy to the levy,but the levy was dry................

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Maybe Jon Anderson was watching Dougal, Florence, Zeberdee, Dylan Brian and Ermentrude when he wrote the lyrics ..... Either that or he was smoking what Dylan was smoking.


Magic Roundabout classic TV
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AP has some dynamite,killer lines in it. My fave is (from memory) 'The three men I admire the most/The Father,Son and the Holy Ghost/They caught the last train to the Coast/The day the music died......and they were singin'/ Bye bye Miss AP "
it's such a lovely image.


since you like to give hints Johan, i will do the same. the 'devine 3' are none other then Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Buddy Holley. however the rest of the song is almost all metaphors. good stuff

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Yes,good stuff. Like G1,the next thing I heard after AP was 'Vincent',and I really thought we had our new messianic songster, but then he kinda disappeared.
Pity,'cos he also looked nerdy and geeky enough to be a genius.
I guess if one takes those those two songs in isolation,he is.
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Actually I have alwasy rather enjoyed the fact that creative works are designed to be interpretted differently by different people.  Some prime non-musical favorites in thsi vein would be the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, adn the TV show The Prisoner


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