Yes’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’ is song on Fargo S5 Ep1 opening as audience fights

The new season of the superb black comedy Fargo just hit FX yesterday and, along with the usual scenes of chaos and murder, it also includes a completely new cast of characters.

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Just like previous seasons, Fargo, Season 5 also features some solid songs on each episode’s soundtrack, including English rock band Yes’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People‘, which showed up on Fargo, Season 5, Episode 1, “The Tragedy of the Commons” as the opening song.

The track kicks in as we come across the Fall Festival Planning Committee, which has obviously devolved into chaos, as the entire audience are attacking each other.

The song continues playing as Dot (played by Juno Temple) mistakenly tases a police officer and is, thus, arrested.

I’ve Seen All Good People‘ is an anti-war song

The choice of Yes’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People‘ in the opening scenes of Fargo was an fun, appropriate one, considering the song was written during the Vietnam War era as somewhat of an anti-war song.

One that urges people to get along and not to have animosity towards each other. It uses chess plays and a reference to John Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma‘ to push that point home.

The chess-themed folk rock track first came out as a song on the band’s third studio album The Yes Album, which was released in February, 1971 on the Atlantic record label.

‘I’ve Seen All Good People‘ has since become known for the song’s superb harmonies, and over 50 years after it first came out ,the critically well-received song is still one of Yes’ most-recognized tracks.

It is also one of the first tracks Yes released after they decided to move away from primarily writing songs that could become singles, and on to creating tracks that could be as long or as short as they wanted them to be.

Listen to Yes’ ‘I’ve Seen All Good People‘ from the opening scenes of the latest season of Fargo in the track’s music video, and on the band’s The Yes Album, which you can hear in full on Spotify.

The first two episodes of Fargo, Season 5 are now streaming via Hulu and FX.

 

Steve Reynolds