Long Distance Runaround

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"Long Distance Runaround"
Song by Yes from the album Fragile
Released 26 November 1971 (UK)
4 January 1972 (U.S.)
Length 3:30
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Jon Anderson
Producer(s) Yes and Eddie Offord
Fragile track listing
Side one
  1. "Roundabout"
  2. "Cans and Brahms"
  3. "We Have Heaven"
  4. "South Side of the Sky"
Side two
  1. "Five Per Cent for Nothing"
  2. "Long Distance Runaround"
  3. "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"
  4. "Mood for a Day"
  5. "Heart of the Sunrise"

"Long Distance Runaround" is a song by the progressive rock group Yes first recorded for their 1971 album, Fragile. Written by lead singer Jon Anderson, the song was released as a B-side to "Roundabout", but became a surprise hit in its own right as a staple of album-oriented rock radio. The song's 3:30 running time was uncharacteristically brief for a group known for expansive songs often longer than ten minutes, though it and "The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)", into which it segues, may be considered a single opus of 6:09.

Yes co-founder Jon Anderson wrote the lyrics to this song while allegedly remembering his encounters with religious hypocrisy and competition he experienced in attending church regularly as a youth in northern England. "Long time / waiting to feel the sound" was a sentiment toward wanting to see a real, compassionate, non-threatening example of godliness.[1][2]

Composition and recording[edit]

The song is in the key of B minor and polymetrically in 4/4 time. In the verses, the vocals, bass, guitar and keyboard are playing in 4/4 time, while the drums are playing in 5/8.

Cover versions[edit]



  1. ^ "Long Distance Runaround - Yes | Listen, Appearances, Song Review | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Steer, M. (1997). Music and Mysticism: Parts 3 and 4. Taylor & Francis. p. 23. ISBN 9780203401538. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics