"Candles" as written by Elena Veronica Tonra and Igor Alexandre Haefeli....
That boy take me away into the night
Out of the hum of the street lights and into a forest
I'll do whatever you say to me in the dark
Scared I'll be torn apart by a wolf in mask
Of a familiar name on a birthday card

Blow out all the candles
Blow out all the candles
"You're too old to be so shy"
He says to me so I stay the night

Just a young heart confusing my mind
But we're both in silence
Wide-eyed, both in silence
Wide-eyed, like we're in a crime scene

Well, I have brittle bones it seems
I bite my tongue and I torch my dreams
Have a little voice to speak with
And a mind of thoughts and secrecy

Things cannot be reversed
We learn from the times that we are cursed
Things cannot be reversed
Learn from the ones we fear the worst
And learn from the ones we hate the most how to

Blow out all the candles
Blow out all the candles
"You're too old to be so shy"
He says to me so I stay the night

Just a young heart confusing my mind
But we're both in silence
Wide-eyed, both in silence
Wide-eyed

'Cause we both know
I'll never be your lover
I only bring the heat
Company under cover
Filling space in your sheets

Well, I'll never be a lover
I only bring the heat
Company under cover
Filling space in your sheets
In your sheets

So, please just blow out all the candles
Blow out all the candles
"You're too old to be so shy,"
He says to me so I stay the night

It's just a young heart confusing my mind
But we're both in silence
Wide-eyed, both in silence
Wide-eyed, like we're in a crime scene


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"Candles" as written by Igor Alexandre Haefeli Elena Veronica Tonra

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  • +15
    My Opinionthis song is so beautiful, I feel her pain.
    To me this song is about a girl being used by a boy.
    she cant even call him her lover because in reality shes just the girl that was there filling up space, just a one time use. she is naive and she fell in love.he killed her [well her heart]
    [opinion]
    in the first verse. it says to me that this boy she was captivated by him, he took her from everything and she would have done everything for him [sexually]but shes scared that this boy with such and innocent and common name/face is really a snarly sly boy that will tear her apart.
    chorus. "to blw out all the candles" could be a reference to just go for it, to just have sex with him. youre old, no need for all of the formalities.so she stays the night.she might be old but shes naive and easily trust people.so she listened to her heart when she should have listened to her mind.shes wide-eyed staring at him and wide-eyed knowing that she just let him kill her heart.
    second. this is when she regrets it. in reality shes fragile, she figured out that her dreams of him and her being together are torched, but she cant speak up for that dream, she cant say that she wanted him to be with her, so her thoughts&dreams are kept a secret from him.she cant reverse it so she must learn from him.
    chorus.same.
    third.shell never be his lover, she was just there for a moment, heat of the moment. she was company for him.
    just my opinion.. i think this song is marvelous though
    asjklmpon July 01, 2012   Link
  • +6
    My InterpretationI can really relate to this song in a lot of ways. It reminds me of my teenage years, when I had just started sleeping around, and was emotionally affected by almost every guy I had been with. As I got older, I found myself able to separate the emotions from sex. Eventually, sex was just sex. I could sleep with someone and literally never talk to them again without feeling any remorse. Sex is meaningless to me; even to this day. There is, however, always that person that comes along every now and then that makes you feel alone afterwards; after the high subsides. He makes you question, is it the sex that I crave, or am I subconsciously craving some other sort of connection? Something that I'm not even fully aware of? Anyway, this song reminds me of that feeling. When you start sleeping with someone, and eventually you catch some deep feelings for them. The dark, melancholy tone of the song takes me to that place again. When the high wears off, and I realize that I am nothing but a "space filling his sheets".
    FragileOneon June 19, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationI can't relate to my interpretation, but the first time I listened to Candles, this is the connection I made:
    "Scared I'll be torn apart by a wolf in mask of a familiar name on a birthday card" made me think of her father. Someone that sends her cards on her birthday, but really isn't in her life except for a bad memory. Her father, a wolf, sending her cards.
    "You're too old to be so shy" I really feel like her father must have abused in her some way. As she grew older, she didn't want to be intimate with any guy because of her father. The person calling her shy in this song is someone that wants to be with her, is pushing her to finally have sex with him.
    "Like we're in a crime scene" would help my case out of context, but to be honest it really doesn't. That just describes the way they are with each other.
    The third verse makes me think she has secrets, she doesn't speak and stops herself from achieving her goals because of her father. She's learned from what happened to her, even when she is cursed and hurt and really hates her father.
    The last bit, "I'll never be your lover" is her explaining her intimacy issues and how she'll have sex, but she'll never really trust him or love him.
    bookkendson August 10, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis is one of my favourite songs of all time. The dark tune and slightly haunting melody stirs certain emotions that are alien to me. I can somewhat relate to what I believe (according to my interpretation) to be the meaning of the song. This is my interpretation:
    This song is about an emotionally fragile, insecure older woman/girl who might be attracted to young man she doesn't really care about. She probably doesn't think (due to society imposed norms) that dating younger man is acceptable or normal and so prefers do to everything "undercover".
    The first stanza :
    That boy: (just that boy, no name, just that one)= She might be indifferent to him
    TAKE ME away into the NIGHT: She LET's him take control, but wants to go somewhere dark (night).
    Out of the hum of the streets light into a FOREST: She emphasise that she doesn't want light or noise of familiarity and wants to go to a forest (isolation).
    I'll do whatever you say to me in the DARK: She's willing to do anything as long as it's in the dark (invisibility).
    Scared I'll be torn apart by a wolf in MASK / A familiar name on a birthday card: She doesn't trust the familiar.
    Blow out all the candles, blow out all the candles: She wants anonymity, invisibility and wants to be away from anything that might make her visible (recurrent theme of the song).
    "You're too old to be so shy": This is clue the BOY might be significantly younger than her. That this line convinces her, it tells us that she's either indifferent or just insecure.
    Like we're in a crime scene: She doesn't think this is legal or good. She likens the bedroom with this young boy to a crime scene.

    Well I have brittle bones it seems
    I bite my tongue and I torch my dreams
    Have a little voice to speak with
    And a mind of thoughts and secrecy

    These lines confirms that she's fragile and can't stand firmly on things. She has "brittle bone".
    She can't convince people (little voice). She's thoughtful and has lots of secrets.

    Things cannot be reversed, we learn from the times we are cursed
    That things cannot be reversed, learn from the ones we fear the worst
    And learn from the ones we hate the most, how to
    Blow out all the candles

    These lines suggests she's made some mistakes in life. Further it suggests that she believes to be curse and fears that those she fears the worst might be right and these might be the one she hates most too. They've taught her to keep a low profile. To hide. It may confirm that she cares a lot about what others think and she don't want to upset them with her "affair" with a younger person.

    At this point she's beginning to be more confident and begins to accept the fate of relationship. She's also very crudely honest now.

    Cause we both know I'll never be your lover
    I only bring the heat
    Company under covers
    Filling space in your sheets
    Well I'll never be your lover
    I only bring the heat
    Company under cover
    Filling space in your sheets, in your sheets

    In these lines she admits that nothing could possibly come of this and therefore the "relationship" should only exist undercover (like his blankets). She has no other role in this affair and feels like she's the disadvantaged one. I bring the heat. I feel the spaces.

    So, please just blow out all the candles

    Here she sounds a little defeated and I can imagine tears rolling as she says the line above and a little upset.

    I believe this is the kind of insecurity typical of someone who may have had some bad relationships with people her own age/status/etc and found someone who, judging by the lack of his opinions on the song except for the "don't be so shy" part, might not offer her anything meaningful and she just wants to have some intimate physical contact with him. She sounds a little resigned too.
    dionatoron June 16, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song has always stirred in me memories of high school where innocents are trying to become adults too soon. Where young girls discover they can receive love from a man not only through means of boyfriend/girlfriend but instead by pleasing him sexually. Feeling that in a sense at least the one you care about is yours even if morally you know it’s not healthy.

    “That boy, take me away, into the night
    Out of the hum of the street lights and into a forest
    I’ll do whatever you say to me in the dark
    Scared I’ll be torn apart by a wolf in mask
    A familiar name on a birthday card

    Blow out all the candles, blow out all the candles
    “You’re too old to be so shy,” he says to me so I stay the night
    Just a young heart confusing my mind, but we’re both in silence
    Wide-eyed, both in silence
    Wide-eyed, like we’re in a crime scene”

    She is infatuated with him and will do anything he asks even if it feels morally upsetting but afraid her family won’t agree with her actions if they knew. With the letting go of her innocence she “blows at all the candles” and her young eager heart is confusing her more rationalizing mind and afterwards what she has done seems to be a crime.


    “Well I have brittle bones it seems
    I bite my tongue and I torch my dreams
    Have a little voice to speak with
    And a mind of thoughts and secrecy
    Things cannot be reversed, we learn from the times we are cursed
    That things cannot be reversed, learn from the ones we fear the worst
    And learn from the ones we hate the most, how to

    Blow out all the candles, blow out all the candles
    “You’re too old to be so shy,” he says to me so I stay the night
    It’s just a young heart confusing my mind, but we’re both in silence
    Wide-eyed, both in silence
    Wide-eyed”

    She hides this inside but knows she is but a child who has committed an adult act. Her silence about the confusing emotions create secrets and pain her, she can never take back what she has done.


    “Cause we both know I’ll never be your lover
    I only bring the heat
    Company under covers
    Filling space in your sheets
    Well I’ll never be your lover
    I only bring the heat
    Company under cover
    Filling space in your sheets, in your sheets

    So, please just blow out all the candles, blow out all the candles
    “You’re too old to be so shy,” he says to me so I stay the night
    It’s just a young heart confusing my mind, but we’re both in silence
    Wide-eyed, both in silence
    Wide-eyed, like we’re in a crime scene.”

    She’ll never truly be his but she will do whatever it takes to be apart of his life even if deep down she doesn’t feel one hundred percent comfortable with it. If sex is the key then she will fill the space between his sheets to feel him near and to receive some form of love from him.
    cupcake1220on August 05, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe that the lyrics 'Blow out all the candles' mean this boy is trying to make it romantic by lighting candles for her but really she can never be that way with him when she says 'Cause we both know I'll never be your lover' its like she is saying we both know were never going to be together so stop trying to make something were not by lighting the candles (just blow them out), 'Company under cover Filling space in your sheets' its obvious this is just sex and nothing else.

    I love this song so much Daughter is an amazing band and i love her voice.
    auroraroseon January 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about the emotional contemplation of a person about to have their first casual sex, and the fear of not being approved of by their own morals and the morals of her family. I also think this person starts to feel emotions to this boy that she souldn't have, because she knows it's just casual. So... here it goes.

    "That boy, take me away, into the night.
    Out of the hum of the street lights and into a forest.
    I'll do, what ever you say, to me in the dark."
    -She meets a boy, And even though it's usually the man convincing the women
    to have intercourse, I feel this doesn't apply here. The reason I think this is
    because she says "Take me away" and "I'll do whatever you say". Personally i think that she is throwing herself at him.

    "Scared i'll be torn apart by a wolf in mask
    of familiar name on a birthday card."
    -This is where I think she is pondering "What would my family think of this?" because she says "By a familiar name on a birthday card" as in someone in her family is going to reprimand her for this.

    "Blow out all the candles, blow out all the candles.
    'You're too old to be so shy he says to me so I stay the night."
    -She says 'blow out all the candles' because candles signify romance, And she knows this is just casual sex. When the boy says 'You're too old to be so shy' I think that she started second guessing herself and he was basically saying 'grow up, you're going to be fine' just in more of a romantic way..

    "Just a young heart, confusing my mind
    But we're both in silence. Wide-eyed X2.
    Like we're in a crime scene."
    -Here she is trying to convince herself that it doesn't mean anything, that it's just sex. But then she thinks that it must be more, because of the beauty and emotion of the moment when they are staring into eachothers eyes. The 'Like we're at a crime scene' part is her feeling guilty and knowing that she, and her family, would not approve.

    "'Cause I have brittle bones it seems
    I bite my tongue and i touch my dreams."
    -This I think is her describing the sex they finally have. How she felt so fragile in the arms of this man.

    "Have a little voice to speak with,
    and a mind of thoughts and secrecy"
    -This is the aftermath, And she's thinking about how much this person affected her, but she couldn't tell him because it was supposed to be just casual, but she cannot stop herself from feeling something more.

    "Things cannot be reversed
    Learn from the times that we are cursed
    Things cannot be reversed."
    -This is her regretting being with him. She is saying things cannot be reversed, but if she could, she would go back and not do it. The part about being cursed is her knowing that her family wouldnt approve and that she is cursed with the obligation of keeping the secret, but the least she can do is learn from it.

    "Learn from the ones we fear the worst
    And learn from the ones we hate the most."
    -She is saying again to learn from this situation. To learn from her family that she fears she will not receive approval from. and learn from this boy that she now despises.

    The Chorus repeats

    "'Cause we both know i'll never be your lover
    I only bring the heat.
    Company under covers.
    Filling space in your sheets."
    -All of these lines are her recognizing that this can only be tonight, no more.

    Then the chorus repeats.
    RemyCielon July 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song, I believe, is about a young woman who has a sexual experience she was not ready for, with someone who took advantage of her, had more experience, and used it against her. The song is about how she wants to stop fighting him, wants to be in love, wants to grow up, but at the same time knows that she is too young, and that this is wrong for her. I have been in situations (not sexual ones) before where I stop fighting someone although I am adverse to the situation, because they are the stronger, more experienced one. What happened to her has left her with the emptiness, as she finally begins to understand that this "familiar name" has betrayed her trust and taken advantage of her naivete. The song talks about the pain of realizing this bad decision she made, and how it's going to effect her. She is just a young heart, and now that this adult thing has happened it has forever changed her. The result of this song is a haunting effect that resonates with almost everyone.
    trytryagainon March 10, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI believe she is attracted by the boy, and they are already in a relation of friendship “ Scared...Of a familiar name on a birthday card”. I really do not see her as a victim, and strongly believe that what really scares her is her own feelings of desire for the boy.
    The verses “Out of the hum of the street lights and into a forest/ I'll do whatever you say to me in the dark/ Scared I'll be torn apart by a wolf in mask” do not refer to any kind of abuse but simply to a change of setting in the subjects mind and environment. "Out of the street lights” figuratively means out of a space enlightened by the reason as opposed to the forest, a wild space that triggers our fears, where the game of seduction may follow different rules; and what is different generally scares us!. In addition, to some extent, we really never know whom we are with, and there is always a margin of trepidation once we have no control on our own desires, above all, when avulsed from society.
    “Well, I have brittle bones it seems...And a mind of thoughts and secrecy” the brittle bones may refer to both an innate frailty, reinforced by the boy’s words “You're too old to be so shy” and/or to a much older age in comparison to the one of the boy. "A mind of thoughts and secrecy” I bet we all have thoughts we want to keep to ourselves especially when they involve strong feelings of hate, fear, and “love” or sexual attraction towards someone else.
    I also strongly believe that she is not forced into anything by the boy because of the verses "He says to me so I stay the night” which denotes a deliberate decision from her side to spend the night with the boy. The verse
    "It's just a young heart confusing my mind” makes me think of someone whose rationality has just been swept away by the feelings of a strong sexual attraction. Also, the repetition of “we’re both” indicates equality between the two. "But we're both in silence/ Wide-eyed, both in silence”. The "wide-eyed” choose of words makes me think of the act of passion aftermath. When both actors realize that they have been carried away by desire, and they are both startled as in a moment of revelation. It is a really beautiful text song to which almost every woman can relate sooner or later in her life.
    notethemeaningon August 27, 2017   Link
  • 0
    MemoryThis song hits me so hard. It reminds me of a situation in a casual sex relationship I had where I was nothing more to this boy than "Company under covers". He never cared about me, but I saw what I wanted to see until I saw him making out with someone else and he didn't understand for a second why I was so upset. "We learn from the times that we are cursed". I knew that we would never be "lovers", but I got attached and let myself get hurt. He told me I could get as emotionally attached as I wanted and that he didn't mind if I did, he just wouldn't. Those words still burn me. I remember playing this song in my car and crying my eyes out, feeling so dumb for allowing myself to go through that.
    natals93on October 22, 2013   Link

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