What Is The Light?

(An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That The Chemical By Which We Are Able To Experience The Sensation Of Being In Love Is The Same Chemical That Caused The “Big Bang” That Was The Birth Of The Accelerating Universe)


At the 54-second mark of "What Is The Light?" Steven's wristwatch can be heard chiming. A similar occurrence would happen while recording "Goin' On" years later. In both cases, the Lips left the sound on the song.


What is the light
That you have
Shining all around you
Is it chemically derived

'Cause if it's natural
Something glowing from inside
Shining all around you
Its potential has arrived

Looking into space, it surrounds you
Love is the place that you're drawn to
Looking into space, it surrounds you
Love is the place that you're drawn to

Looking into space, it surrounds you
Love is the place that you're drawn to
Looking into space, it surrounds you
Love is the place that you're drawn to

What is the light
That you have
Shining all around you
Is it chemically derived

Live

Like on The Soft Bulletin, "What Is The Light?" has often segued into "The Observer" in live shows. The pair was frequently played in The Soft Bulletin era and was used to close out many shows during the Yoshimi period. Since then, it has only made a one-off appearance at Bonnaroo 2007 and was sound checked for the 2005 Xingolati cruise festival. The backing video consists of images of space and 2001: A Space Odyssesy to accompany the song's subtitled hypothesis.

 

Live Performances

04/22/1999 London England Electric Ballroom
The Brain has documented 99 Performances
The Brain has documented 23 Live Downloads available
09/14/2012 Victoria BC Canada Royal Athletic Park Rifflandia  
09/11/2012 Big Sur CA USA Henry Miller Memorial Library folkYEAH  
09/09/2012 Dana Point CA USA Doheny State Beach Doheny Days  
07/22/2012 Dover DE USA Woodlands Of Dover International Speedway Firefly Festival  
07/20/2012 Thornville OH USA Legend Valley All Good Music Festival Download Available
06/28/2012 New Orleans LA USA House of Blues O Music Awards Download Available
06/22/2012 Lawrence KS USA Liberty Hall  
06/21/2012 Lawrence KS USA Liberty Hall  
06/16/2012 Toronto ON Canada Yonge-Dundas Square NXNE  
06/09/2012 Manchester England Platt Fields Park Parklife Weekender  

 

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