I have listened to Yes for many years now and, while I tend to have love/hate relationships with their material, the “love” tracks are always quite absorbing. They recorded a number of lengthy tracks with included bridges and other rhythm change sections which I find really interesting. Whereas there are occasions when I am thinking “where on earth is this going”, they suddenly pull it all together and it makes sense!
I was exposed to classical music from as far back as I can remember, and I quickly learned that a first hearing of a piece may well be rather confusing, but hopefully it would contain something that would make me want to hear it again. After probably four listenings, I started to understand where it was going and, once I had established that, the confusion was replaced with anticipation. “And You and I” is definitely in that “club” as I recall the confusion with my initial hearing of it … but it grew on me, and now I love it.
It has a quite long intro which seems to be simply setting the scene for what is to come … and creating some expectations! Yes are certainly not for everybody, but if you like songs more involved than a typical verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure, then you may well really like “And You and I”.
As for the lyrics? I often wonder “What is Jon Anderson singing about?” To date I have had no answer, but I like some foreign language songs simply because of the melody and overall presentation. I also like many instrumentals, so ignoring lyrics is no different from not understanding the language or not having any to start with! Regardless, Yes have a very powerful sound. Enjoy!