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Yes – Close To The Edge lyrics

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    This is about people in relationships who come close to the edge of death, whether it is the death of the realationship, death of the spirit or death of the body by suicide as a result of one person lacking the maturity to be faithful ("lost social temperance" and "two million women barely satisfy" = s** addiction, while "two hundred women watch one woman cry too late") because the damage is done. How old will I be before I come of age for you? = when will I mature enough to break the addiction? Gussing problems only to deceive the mention = we guess at what the problem is because there is no true communication. "passing paths that climb halfway into the void" = we avoid taking the path of honesty and admitting the problem is "half the battle"; a constant vogue of triumphs dislocates man so it seems = endless sexual encounters pulls him from where he should be (in harmony with his partner). The last part is about recovery as the addict suddenly becomes aware of how the addiction kept him from moving forward (called to witness cycles only of the past), now that you find now that you're whole. The ups and downs through the song change meaning: the ups and downs during addiction are the pleasures and guilt; the ups and downs post addiction represent feeling the triumph over the addiction and the guilt of realizing the damage it caused.
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