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Waiting All Night

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Fishman/Gordon/McConnell

Vocals: All

Albums: Fuego

Debut: 2013-10-31

Historian: Eric Wyman (ericwyman)

Last Update: 2014-06-18

If “Yarmouth Road” is a love letter to try and win back someone’s heart, “Waiting All Night” is the despair of having that call go unanswered. We’ve all felt it before. The sense that something you had is gone and you can’t seem to face the fact that it’s probably not going to change. No matter how hard you try. Beginning with the hypnotic useage of Page’s organ there’s a dream-like quality evocative of an inner dialogue, grounded in a sense of disbelief. Carrying through Mike’s envelope blast, there’s a release of emotion as they seemingly begin to let go with the morning sunlight, first with understanding, and later with a sense of liberation as Trey sings “Just sail on, sail on.” Then concluding with the droning refrain of “Waiting all night…” of someone who has let go but hasn’t given up hope.

The aforementioned dream-like quality of the music and the emotionally crushing lyrics almost lends itself to an interpretation of 70’s “Yacht Rock” combined with Radiohead. The most majestic portion of the song can be found with Trey’s major-key solo prior to the refrain. One of the signature pieces in the sound that he has developed this version easily should be bringing the unavoidable “eyes closed, soak it in” moments we’ve come to long for in songs like “Billy Breathes” and “Fast Enough for You.”

Phish, “Waiting All Night,” from Fuego

On May 14, 2014 NPR’s All Songs Considered posted a video of “Waiting All Night” from Fuego with animation from George Loucas/Baked FX based on the original painting, “Eden” by Paco Pomet.

The eighth track on the album maintains the ethereal spirit with a cavernous echo on the lyrics and an abundance of musical texture. The studio track brings a more delicate solo from Trey and a lyrical refrain that highlight and improve upon the best elements of the song.

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Brandonclick77 Reply
Gorgeous tune... This will quite possibly be their finest studio album... Can't wait!
Score: 3
Charlie_Dont_Surf Reply
It's a great song overall, but a lot of peoples first impression on the studio version believe it sounds a little too "perfect" and way too overmastered. I think that proves to be true when they played it live on "The Tonight Show w/ Jimmy Fallon":
After Fishman sang his first line, everyone jumps in on "waiting all night", and it was rough. FOR ANY BAND, it's difficult to hit those pitches, and I think listening to the studio version has locked that perfect sound in my mind. They could have taken a million takes to make all pitches sound flawless.

I'm not ripping on them, I'm saying overall that this song will be tough to perform live. Go get 'em guys!
Score: 1
makisupaman Reply
makisupaman I had the epiphany moment. This song is based on a jam I had heard live: Drowned from Deer Creek 2010.

Mike's main riff for Waiting All Night comes at around the 12:30 mark of this version of Drowned, and Trey's follows shortly thereafter. Stoked to finally figure this one out, I knew it sounded familiar!
Score: 1
deadphancam Reply
I really like the simplicity of the composition because its more reflective of trey's current playing style and wont get flubbed like horn and other "earlier" songs. Definitely one of my favorite of the bunch
Score: 1
Cabot Reply
Cabot Magnificent sound. I'm just as excited to her what else Mr. Ezrin did to Fuego. I heard the Atlanta versions the day after via a download. I liked this song then, and soon forgot about it—until last week when the "single" was released. I can't stop playing it. It's got a hook that I can readily identify with. The above review is not far off target. Just sail on.
Score: 0
LoboJoe Reply
LoboJoe I like it fine, but it would be better as a first set piece; no way Trey would hit those high notes during a second set. Otherwise, great potential as a spacy, ambient jam springboard.
Score: 0
AdROC Reply
AdROC Personally among my most favorite of those new tunes... gentle, dreamy, melancholy. Love the vocal harmonies.
Score: 0
Sivad Reply
I think you might be right.
Score: 0
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