"The Light Is Coming" kicks off with a sample taken from a confrontation between former Senator Arlen Specter and a member of the public during a 2009 Pennsylvania town hall meeting. A man erupted in anger over the issue of private insurance under the Democratic healthcare proposal and shouted, "I called your office and I was told I could have the mic […] because I came prepared to speak. He then cried:and, instead, you wouldn't let anybody speak
The sample is repeated a number of times throughout the song.
Pharrell Williams' skitter production takes inspiration from his own N.E.R.D song "Lemon
." That track borrows from the same Pennsylvania public meeting, but in that instance its Arlen Specter, shouting "wait a minute."