Traveling Wilburys - Heading For The Light (1989)
- 80's score: 1.13
"Heading for the Light" is a song by the British–American supergroup the Traveling Wilburys from their 1988 album ...
"Heading for the Light" is a song by the British–American supergroup the Traveling Wilburys from their 1988 album Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. It was written primarily by George Harrison but credited to all five members of the band. Harrison sings the song with Jeff Lynne, who also co-produced the track and, with Harrison, formulated the idea for starting the Wilburys. The song was issued as a promotional single in the United States, where it peaked at number 7 on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart. The song received a commercial release in Australia in 1989, where it peaked at number 88 on the ARIA singles chart.
The lyrics convey the singer's return to a sure path after a period of confusion and doubt. In the interpretation of some Harrison biographers, "Heading for the Light" reflects his rediscovery of his spiritual purpose and reconnection with his deity. An upbeat rock track, the recording features saxophone solos played by Jim Horn and recalls the sound of Harrison's 1987 album Cloud Nine, which Lynne also co-produced. Among reviews of the song, it has been seen as a reflection of Harrison's confidence during his successful return to music-making in the late 1980s, as a solo artist and then as the de facto leader of the Traveling Wilburys.