“Owner of a Lonely Heart” has, over the years, become a touchstone for Yes’ unexpected 1980s comeback — their first, and so far only, charttopping success. Trevor Rabin is ready to talk about how that happened in the run up to 1983’s 90125.
The album-opening hit song was credited, at the time, to Rabin — the group’s newest member — as well as producer Trevor Horn and Yes stalwarts Jon Anderson and Chris Squire. Rabin, however, hasn’t typically been inclined to discuss his earlier work on the track — though an imaginatively titled Rabin archival solo release, 2003’s 90124, made it clear that most of its critical elements were in place on early solo demos.
But Rabin says Horn framed “Owner of a Lonely Heart” as his brainchild in a recent interview, and Rabin was moved to set the record straight.
“I did give 30 percent of the song away and landed up with 70 percent. Jon did add to my lyrics in the verses and deserved what he got, as did Chris. One can hear my development of the song on 90124; sound doesn’t lie,” Rabin says, over a series of Facebook posts. “Trevor Horn being allotted a percentage was a thank you for introducing me to the synclavier, which is one of the keyboards I used on the song and I had not used before. Also, for the fun we had making it. I could go on, but I’ve bitten my lip for a long time — largely because Trevor Horn and I are good friends.”
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