It wasn’t a song…yet

It wasn’t a song…yet

Alan White, who replaced Bill Bruford as the drummer in Yes in 1972, turns 70 today (June 14th). Bruford, by the way, turned 70 last month. The Yes song “Owner of a Lonely Heart” which ended up on the album 90125 in 1983 was only half done when Jon Anderson came into the picture. He says it was a beautifully produced track that wasn’t really a song. He wasn’t involved in the first stages of “Owner of a Lonely Heart” — guitarist Trevor Rabin had the idea for the song. Anderson tells what happened next.

“I came in when the song was halfway through and the production was really amazing already. What was sort of missing was the song, so me and Trevor got together one afternoon and wrote. The kind of lyric that I usually get into is ‘improve yourself’ or ‘move yourself’ or ‘get yourself together, c’mon, wake up’ which is just me saying it to me really, so I’m singing it to myself. The idea of the owner of a lonely heart really was Trevor. He was just a lonely guy.”