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Waiting All Night

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Fishman/Gordon/McConnell

Vocals: Mike, Trey, Page, Fish

Albums: Wingsuit

Debut: 2013-10-31

Historian: Eric Wyman (ericwyman)

Last Update: 2013-11-08

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.”



"Waiting All Night" – 10/31/13, Atlantic City, NJ

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Brandonclick77 Reply
Gorgeous tune... This will quite possibly be their finest studio album... Can't wait!
Score: 3
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
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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