I've Been Waiting for You (Neil Young song)

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"I've Been Waiting for You"
Song by Neil Young
from the album Neil Young
Released November 12, 1968 (1968-11-12)
Recorded 1968
Length 2:30
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Neil Young

"I've Been Waiting for You" is a song written by Neil Young, which he recorded for his 1968 debut solo album. In a song review for AllMusic, critic Matthew Greenwald described it as "One of the most powerful and well-crafted songs from Neil Young's self-titled solo debut ... A very strong and engaging melody is set against a striking, descending guitar riff, which serves as the song's hook."[1]

Young did not perform the song with Crazy Horse or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young,[1] although he recorded a live solo acoustic version in November 1968, just a few days before the release of the album version. It was later included on the live album Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968, released in 2008.

David Bowie, the Pixies (B-side of single "Velouria"), and Dinosaur Jr. (unreleased) have recorded renditions of the song.

David Bowie version

"I've Been Waiting for You"
Bowie I've been waiting for you.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album Heathen
B-side "Sunday" (Tony Visconti mix)
Released October 2002 (2002-10) (Canada)
Format CD single
Length 3:00
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Neil Young
David Bowie singles chronology
"Everyone Says 'Hi'"
"I've Been Waiting for You"
"New Killer Star"

David Bowie recorded a version of the song, which features Dave Grohl on guitar, for Heathen (2002). It was released as a single in Canada and reached number 11 in the single charts.[2]

The song was performed during the Tin Machine tour, sung by Reeves Gabrels. One version appeared on the Oy Vey, Baby video. It was played live again on the Heathen Tour and A Reality Tour concerts. A longer version (3:16 versus 3:00) appeared exclusively on the Heathen SACD.

Track listing

CD: ISO-Columbia / 38K 003369 (Canada)
  1. "I've Been Waiting for You (album version)" – 3:00
  2. "Sunday (Tony Visconti mix)" – 4:56
  3. "Shadow Man" – 4:46

Production and credits



  1. ^ a b Greenwald, Matthew. "Neil Young: I've Been Waiting for You – Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Billboard
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