He awoke startled - Sea Voyage

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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In sparking imperfection.
Tingling delights of air's fresh rush
Collide with grey cloud solitude
On desolate hazy morning shore
The first person singular wanted
He didn't know what.

Clapping flash of lightning
Illuminates far flat lines
Velvet wind on dark horizon
Sea of glass
Then there was a melody
Made like a memory. A sprinkling of bells
He sought the source.

Salt sea breezes quickened
A shift of silver lifted mist.
A crystal ship slipped and shone in sunlight.
Seduced he swam
To stand on deck
Wind spoke
And sucked the boat to sea
Soon land was left a world behind
As crystal bow fell onto swells:
Narcitic memory,
Untroubled troughs.

A withered wind's whisper scratched the deck.
Shivering elegance slivered in splinters,
Dissolved in dark as sun spat out.
Breathless lament in dissonant air
Chasms cough up chasms
Spun in wheels of black fog.
Hope so hard to float it sank.

Until a crack of blinding light broke through
and hauled the boat along a slinging slipway,
towards a dear blue sky.
And as before clear music lead the way.

White birds silent over crystal bow.
The vessel sped through beads of spray
That slapped his happy face; and filled his soul
With glory song.
His nostrils snorted blasts of ocean air.
"In thanks for my survival
I'll put up a monument of stone
Where I put in."

*Lyrics taken from the whole of Movement II - He Awoke Startled

Officially appears on

Standing Stone

Official album • Released in 1997

3:40 • Classical versionA • Pulsating, with cool jazz feel

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

“He awoke startled - Sea Voyage” has been played in 30 concerts.

Latest concerts where He awoke startled - Sea Voyage has been played

Lucerne • Switzerland

Jun 29, 2002 • Part of Standing Stone


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