The Paul McCartney Project

The Light Comes from Within

Album This song officially appears on the Wide Prairie Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1998
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

The Light Comes From Within – recorded on March 18, 1998, by Paul, Linda and James and released on October 26, 1998 on Linda’s posthumous album Wide Prairie and in January 1999 also as a single.

The Light Comes From Within – ‘censored version’, released in January 1999 on a UK 1-track promoonly CD-R acetate.

From Wide Prairie liner notes:

If I Got Up showed Linda’s strong opposition to oppression, then The Light took it a few steps further. During the last couple of years of her life, we were required to make many trips ‘up to London’ for one treatment or another. We always tried to put the journey time to good use. She and I talked a lot about this album, and the lyrics to this song were finished during one such trip. When we came to record the vocal, which was sadly to be her last, I said half-jokingly, “you can’t sing this”. She looked at me with a sparkle in her eye and said “You wanna bet?”

It was her answer to all the people who had ever put her down and that whole dumb male chauvinist attitude that to her had caused so much harm in our society. God bless her… my little baby literally had the last word. She also loved the idea of our son James playing guitar on it.

Last updated on May 16, 2018

Lyrics

You say I'm lazy
You say I don't fit
Yakes one to know one
You make me sick
You say I'm simple
You say I'm a hick
You're fucking no one
You stupid dick
Oppression won't win
The light comes from within
I need a sense of cause
I wanna smell the flowers
You need complete control
You wanna build more towers
You try to change me if you could
I see the trees, you saw the wood
You say I'm different
You say we don't click
I say you're crazy
You make me sick
I say you're greedy because you scheme
You say I'm foolish because I dream
Oppression won't win
The light comes from within
I need a sense of cause
I wanna smell the flowers
You need complete control
You wanna build more towers
I say you're greedy because you scheme
You say I'm foolish because I dream
Oppression won't win
The light comes from within

Officially appears on


Wide Prairie

Official album • Released in 1998

2:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Hofner bass, Piano, Producer, Wurlitzer
Linda McCartney:
Electric piano, Lead vocals
James McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 18, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


The Light Comes From Within / I Got Up / Seaside Woman

CD Single • Released in 1999

2:57 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Hofner bass, Piano, Producer, Wurlitzer
Linda McCartney:
Electric piano, Lead vocals
James McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 18, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Wide Prairie (2019)

Official album • Released in 2019

2:59 • Studio versionA2019 • 2019 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Hofner bass, Piano, Producer, Wurlitzer
Linda McCartney:
Electric piano, Lead vocals
James McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Engineer
Alex Wharton:
Remastering

Session Recording:
Mar 18, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Bootlegs


Flaming Pie - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Hofner bass, Piano, Producer, Wurlitzer
Linda McCartney:
Electric piano, Lead vocals
James McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 18, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK


Flaming Pie - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:56 • Studio versionA1 • Censored version

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Hofner bass, Piano, Producer, Wurlitzer
Linda McCartney:
Electric piano, Lead vocals
James McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
Geoff Emerick:
Engineer
Keith Smith:
Engineer
Gregg Baggott:
Editing

Session Recording:
Mar 18, 1998
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Editing:
Jan 22, 1999
Studio:
Abbey Road Studios, Room 13

Videos

Album • Wide Prairie

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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