Waking Light
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

Versions:
  1. Waking Light (5:00)
    Available on Morning Phase.
    Credits
    Justin Meldal-Johnsen: Bass (Electric)
    Roger Joseph Manning Jr.: Clavinet
    David Campbell: Conductor
    Joey Waronker: Drums
    Beck Hansen: Glockenspiel, Guitar (Electric), Organ, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
    Jason Falkner: Guitar (Electric)
    Ben Baptie: Mix
    Tom Elmhirst: Mix
    Matt Mahaffey: Organ
 
Lyrics:
Waking Light [Version (a)]:

Waking light, your profile in shadow
Raise yourself to the morning alone
Night is gone, long way of turning
You've waited long enough to know

When the memory leaves you
Somewhere you can't make it home
When the morning comes to meet you
Lay me down in waking light

No one sees you here, roots are all covered
There's such a length to go and how much can you show?
Day is gone on a landslide a-reeling
I've seen your lamplight burning low

When the memory leaves you
Somewhere you can't make it home
When the morning comes to meet you
Rest your eyes in waking light

When the memory leaves you
Somewhere you can't make it home
When the morning comes to meet you
Fill your eyes with waking light
 
The Song:

"Waking Light" can be found on Beck's upcoming album, Morning Phase.

Rolling Stone refers to the song's "Leslie-guitar crescendo," which reminds them of George Harrison's guitar solo on "Let It Be."

Beck says this was one of a few songs that he brought to Morning Phase from an album he had worked on a few times in Nashville. That album never quite got to an end point, but he brought a few things to Morning Phase.
 
Live:

Played live 28 times:
Earliest known live version: February 28, 2014
Latest known live version: July 27, 2014

Morning Phase tour - 2014

"Waking Light" premiered live when Beck performed it on The Tonight Show around the time Morning Phase was released. Then on the first leg of the MP tour, he played it at most of the shows. It seems to have found its place very quickly, its dramatic builds fitting on stage perfectly. Though, interestingly, they seem to have chopped out the last verse from the live arrangement.