The song is based on Leo Tolstoy 's War and Peace and it begins with a lengthy vocal section followed by a long instrumental section beginning at about the 8 minute mark representing a battle.
The final section, occurring about 16 minutes in, released as a single in entitled "Soon", is a very gentle, soothing prayer for peace and hope which represents the aftermath of the battle.
Before the release of Open Your Eyesthe reissue of Tales from Topographic Oceans and the release of Fly from Herethis was the longest officially released studio recording by the band with almost 22 minutes, taking up the entire first side of the LP. A loud crashing sound heard in the middle of the song is caused by a set of old automobile parts mounted on a rack being pushed over. The band decided to keep it in instead Soon (1975) - Yes - Yesstory Vol.
2 doing another take. Alan White explains in the liner notes of the remaster of the album. We would stop at a junkyard along the way and pick up parts of cars. We'd just go there and bang on things. There were springs and pieces of metal, brake, and clutch plates.
We'd buy them and bring them back to the studio. We built a rack and hung all these things off it, and we'd bang on them. During the recording I pushed the whole thing over. That crash is what you hear on the album. The song was performed Thaw - Shotgun Symphony - The Last Symphony - A Retrospective its entirety during the lengthy set of tours between the releases of Relayer and Going for the One.
It was revived for the Masterworks tour based on a fan survey  in which it came out as the top choice for songs fans wanted to hear Yes play live.
Yes continued to play the song in Soon (1975) - Yes - Yesstory Vol. 2 Magnification tour. Otherwise, only the "Soon" fragment was performed. The last part of the song, entitled " Soon ", was issued as Atlantic single on 8 January A much different edit of "Soon," this one in length, was released on The Ultimate Yes: 35th Anniversary Collection.
The remastered version of the Conga Funk - Grizzla vs. Rebel Scum - Conga Funk album included a studio run-through of this song in its Love Eyes - Nancy Sinatra - Love Eyes. It is somewhat shorter than the original version, with a run time of compared to the running time on this reissue.
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