Candles in the Rain

Melanie Safka

 

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

 

We were so close, there was no room

We bled inside each others wounds

We all had caught the same disease

And we all sang the songs of peace

 

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

 

So raise the candles high

‘Cause if you don’t we could stay black against the night

Oh, raise them higher again

And if you do we could stay dry against the rain

 

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

 

We were so close there was no room

We bled inside each others wounds

We all had caught the same disease

And we all sang the songs of peace

Some came to sing, some came to pray

Some came to keep the dark away

 

So raise the candles high

‘Cause if you don’t we could stay black against the sky

Oh, oh, raise them higher again

And if you do we could stay dry against the rain

 

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

You gotta lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

You gotta lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

You gotta lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

 

Uh uh uh uh…

 

Oh lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

 

Uh uh uh uh…

 

Let it all down, let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds oh oh oh

 

Uh uh uh uh…

 

Uh uh uh uh lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

 

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down

Let your white birds smile up at the ones

 

Songwriters: Melanie Safka

Candles in the Rain lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management US, LLC, Carlin America Inc

 

Why this song?

Melanie Safka wrote this after what she witnessed at Woodstock—that “men can live as brothers”, and candles in the rain cannot be extinguished. – Jennifer Kathleen

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