As with many progressive rock songs, the track consists of multiple distinct movements spliced together to form a cohesive longer work. The first movement, titled "Your Move", was released as a single. It became a top 40 hit in the United States, which helped the group build momentum. The tune uses chess as a lyrical metaphor for navigating interpersonal relationships,  and contains several allusions to the music of John Lennon.
It has received positive reviews from several critics and has been considered one of Yes's best-known songs, with AllMusic 's Mike DeGagne stating that "the harmonies are resilient from start to finish" and that the track "still stands as one of their most appealing" works. The first part of the song, "Your Move", alludes to the game of chess as a metaphor for male—female relationships.
A reference to John Lennon's work is in the lyric "send that instant karma to me", with " Instant Karma! Also, the sentence "All we are saying is give peace a chance" is heard in the organ part before switching to "All Ive Seen All Good People: - Yes - The Yes Album People", referencing another Lennon song, " Give Peace a Chance ".
Ive Seen All Good People: - Yes - The Yes Album generally, Anderson has stated that the line "'cause it's time, it's time in time with your time" was an attempt to say that he would "do anything that is required of me to reach God " and that he wants the listener to feel "in tune and in time with God. In the studio recording on The Yes Albumthe song opens with Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Steve Howe singing the sentence "I've seen all good people turn their heads each day so satisfied I'm on my way" twice a cappellain three-part harmony.
This is followed by a solo intro by Steve Howe on a Portuguese string guitar. Howe also sometimes plays the solo on a standard acoustic guitar.
As the string begins a repeated four-bar phraseit is Vacances Au Texas (Intro) - Tryo - De Bouches A Oreilles. (En Concert A LOlympia & Au Cabaret Sau by bass drum as Anderson resumes singing Ive Seen All Good People: - Yes - The Yes Album lyrics, solo and in three-part harmony. Dual recorders enter on the third verse.
The second part, "All Good People", consists of many repetitions of the sentence "I've seen all good people turn their heads each day so satisfied Metal Punk Bangover - Ruynor - Ruynor on my way" sung to the same melody as before, but over a driving country rock accompaniment, ending in a powerful vocal harmony and organ phrase which begins on a chord progression of E, D, C, G, then A.
Each repetition of the verse is one whole step lower than the previous as the song fades out. Anderson has stated that he wanted to have the song develop quietly Mother Dearest Mother Fairest - The Hour Of Charm All Girl Orchestra - To: My Mother, Album No. 2 (S then open up into a big grandiose, church organ sound. Village Voice critic Robert Christgau called the song a "great cut", being one in which he thought Yes' "arty eclecticism comes together.
The song has been included on several compilation albums, such as 's Classic Yes and 's The Ultimate Yessince its initial release on The Yes Album in Having been performed many times during Yes' toursa live version was most recently released on the Live at Montreux album, which was distributed through Eagle Records.
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