“Heading for the Light”


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I suppose if you wanted to determine which was the most important member of the Traveling Wilburys, one metric you would use was: Who wrote their singles? The third, and final, single from their first album, peaking at number seven on the pop charts, was “Heading for the Light”. This is one is written, and sung, like the other two, by George Harrison.

I don’t have much to say about this one from a Dylan-ological perspective. Unless you were told he was involved you would never guess it – you can’t make out his voice here, and his guitar-playing is never distinctive enough to notice.

This is a very nice melodic pop song in the George Harrison mood. It is the least Wilbury-esque of the three singles because it sounds like a Harrison solo project with Lynne’s production. Absolutely nothing wrong with it, but nothing Dylan about it either.