After heavy light years - 'Human' Theme

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Standing Stone Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1997
Timeline This song has been written (or started being written) in 1994 (Paul McCartney was 52 years old)

Master release

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions

"Standing Stone" recording sessions

Apr 30, May 01 & May 02, 1997

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Song facts

‘Human’ Theme” is the third track of the first movement – entitled “After Heavy Light Years” – of Paul McCartney’s Standing Stone, released in 1997.

Last updated on July 8, 2020


After heavy light years
of tenacious trajectory
a ball of fire spat through space
spitting sparks and flames
at new blue universe.

The rains came and came
and extinguished livid flames.
A resistant hiss.
Brooding underground,
a sullen skulking sulk.

Still air hung still.
Silent peaks draped with mist.
A rumbling distance, flash lit
rain soaked slopes; valleys
filled with long quiet lakes.
Still air hung still.

Soothed land lay damp.
Reflecting water skimmed the blue
it was hurled through.
Down low toes of ocean rock
streams of lava froze in shock,
arms locked
round stone lover.

Wept sky swept and grey.
A rainbow bridge
cuts mountain tops.

Souped in pea green
a single cell bulb flicked
to life.

Cell burst,
a shot blot page on time,
and grew to be
all living things.

*Lyrics taken from the whole of Movement I - After Heavy Light Years

Officially appears on

Standing Stone

Official album • Released in 1997

3:36 • Classical versionA • Maestoso

Paul McCartney :
Executive producer
Eddie Klein :
Technical engineer
Performed by :
London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Keith Smith :
Technical engineer
John Kurlander :
Balance engineer
John Fraser :
Lawrence Foster :
Richard Rodney Bennett :
Musical associate
Janice Graham :
Orchestra leader
Stephen Westrop :
Simon Kiln :
David Matthews :
Musical associate
John Harle :
Musical associate
Steve Lodder :
Musical associate

Session Recording:
Mar 03 & 04, 1997
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Apr 30, May 01 & May 02, 1997
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Live performances

“After heavy light years - 'Human' Theme” has been played in 30 concerts.

Latest concerts where After heavy light years - 'Human' Theme has been played

Lucerne • Switzerland

Jun 29, 2002 • Part of Standing Stone


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