Fly from Here (song series)

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"Fly from Here"
Composition by Yes
from the album Fly from Here
Released22 June 2011 (2011-06-22) [1]
Length23:49 (2011 version)
21:31 (2018 version)
Label Frontiers Records [2]
Songwriter(s) Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, Chris Squire, Steve Howe
Producer(s) Trevor Horn [3]

"Fly from Here" is a set of songs by progressive rock band Yes from their 2011 album Fly from Here and its 2018 remixed edition Fly from Here – Return Trip. With a complete length of 23 minutes and 49 seconds, the original version of "Fly from Here" is the longest composition ever released by Yes, beating "The Solution" by two seconds, while the Return Trip re-recording is 21 minutes and 31 seconds long. [lower-alpha 1]

Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid- to late 1960s. Initially termed "progressive pop", the style was an outgrowth of psychedelic bands who abandoned standard pop traditions in favour of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz, folk, or classical music. Additional elements contributed to its "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic, technology was harnessed for new sounds, music approached the condition of "art", and the studio, rather than the stage, became the focus of musical activity, which often involved creating music for listening rather than dancing.

Yes (band) English rock band

Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history; nineteen musicians have been full-time members. Since June 2015, it has consisted of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison, and bassist Billy Sherwood. Yes have explored several musical styles over the years, and are most notably regarded as progressive rock pioneers.

<i>Fly from Here</i> Yes album

Fly from Here is the twentieth studio album by the English rock band Yes, released on 22 June 2011 by Frontiers Records. After a four-year hiatus, Yes resumed touring in 2009 with a line-up of bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and newcomers singer Benoît David and keyboardist Oliver Wakeman. During breaks in touring between late 2010 and early 2011, the group began to prepare material for Fly from Here, their first studio album in ten years. The album marked the return of Yes working with producer Trevor Horn and keyboardist Geoff Downes replacing Wakeman as the pair had originally written what became the 24-minute title track prior to them joining Yes in 1980.


"Fly From Here" is split into six parts, consisting of the first tracks of the album: "Overture", "We Can Fly", "Sad Night at the Airfield", "Madman at the Screens", "Bumpy Ride" and "We Can Fly (Reprise)". Being the first recording of the album, it is the first Yes work to feature singer Benoît David.

Benoît David Canadian singer

Benoît Gérard Guy David is a Canadian singer. He was the lead singer of the band Mystery from 1999 to 2013 but is best known as the lead vocalist in the English progressive rock band Yes from 2008 to 2012, replacing long-time vocalist and founding member Jon Anderson. David had to leave Yes due to ill health. Before joining Yes, David was also the lead vocalist of a Yes tribute band called Close to the Edge.

The basis of the hexalogy was a demo originally recorded by Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn of The Buggles before they joined Yes in 1980. After Yes disbanded in 1981, Horn and Downes recorded a second demo, and both recordings became the foundation of the tracks "We Can Fly" and "Sad Night at the Airfield". Chris Squire called it "the band's 11th epic-length piece, the first in 15 years". [4]

A hexalogy is a compound literary or narrative work that is made up of six distinct works. The word apparently first appeared in English as a borrowing from German, in discussions of August Bungert's Wagnerian opera cycle entitled Homerische Welt based on the Iliad and the Odyssey. Both pentalogie and hexalogie were used by Théophile Gautier in 1859. In 1923 the word was applied by an American reviewer to Johannes V. Jensen's The Long Journey.

Geoff Downes English keyboardist

Geoffrey Downes is an English keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer who gained fame as a member of the new wave group The Buggles with Trevor Horn, the progressive rock band Yes, and the supergroup Asia.

Trevor Horn British record producer and musician

Trevor Charles Horn is an English bassist, singer, songwriter, music producer, and recording studio and label owner. He is best known for his production work since the 1980s and, before that, being one half of the new wave band The Buggles. Horn took up the bass guitar at an early age and taught himself the instrument and to sight-read music. In the 1970s, he worked as a session musician, built his own studio, and wrote and produced singles for various artists.

Other releases

A single uniting "We Can Fly" and "We Can Fly (Reprise)" was released under the name "We Can Fly".

We Can Fly 2011 song performed by Yes

"We Can Fly" is a single by the progressive rock band Yes released in 2011, and consisting of shortened versions of two sections of the hexalogy "Fly from Here" from their album of the same name: "Fly from Here, Part I: We Can Fly" and "Fly from Here, Part V: We Can Fly (Reprise)".

In 2016, new vocals for "Fly From Here" were recorded by Trevor Horn. A new mix of the piece, using Horn's vocals instead of David's, was released on Fly from Here – Return Trip in 2018.



The lead vocalist in popular music is typically the member of a group or band whose voice is the most prominent in a performance where multiple voices may be heard. The lead singer either leads the vocal ensemble, or sets against the ensemble as the dominant sound. In vocal group performances, notably in soul and gospel music, and early rock and roll, the lead singer takes the main vocal part, with a chorus provided by other band members as backing vocalists.

Chris Squire English musician, songwriter and singer

Christopher Russell Edward Squire was an English musician, singer and songwriter best known as the bassist and a founding member of the progressive rock band Yes. He was the longest-serving original member, having remained in the band until his death and appearing on every studio album released from 1969 to 2014.

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric or an acoustic guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and typically four to six strings or courses.

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  1. The liner notes for Tales from Topographic Oceans , written by Jon Anderson, state that Tales is "a large-scale composition" divided into four movements. If Anderson's view is accepted, then Tales is an 81-minute composition, making it Yes' longest.

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