"Five Candles (You Were There)" as written by Stephen Daniel Mason, Charlie Lowell, Dan Haseltine and Matt Odmark....
A promise or a dare
I would jump if I knew you'd catch me
Staring over the edge
I can't tell if you'll be here for me

I close my eyes and make a wish
Turn out the lights and take a breath
Pray that when the wick is burned
You would say that it's all about love

[Chorus]
You were there when I needed you
You were there when the skies broke wide wide open
You were there when I needed you
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open

You were never here

I remember you said
Love was more than your good intentions
Empty boxes on the floor
Things I never asked you for
I pray that when the wick is burned
You would say that it's all about love

[Chorus]

I can't see the promise of
Excuses you fall upon
I pray to God not holding on
To things you've left undone

[Chorus: x2]

You were there when I
You were there when I
You were there when I needed you


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"Five Candles (You Were There)" as written by Dan Haseltine Charlie Lowell

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    General CommentThis sounds like a song about a five-year-old's birthday with parents that are separated ("You were there when I needed you" but "You were never here"). The empty boxes, the things he didn't ask for, closing the eyes, making a wish... all of this sounds like a birthday. The child turns to God to pray that the problems (the excuses and what-not) will be fixed somehow.
    japhyon April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHmm, I first heard this song on a love song, music sampler. It didn't seem to fit in there; but it doesn't seem to be Christian either.
    japhy put a new spin on it; I like that idea
    JustJulieon October 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentjaphy is right. The song was written for the soundtrack of the movie _Liar Liar_, which focuses on a five-year-old who wishes on his birthday that his attorney father (Jim Carrey) would be unable to tell a lie for a day.
    Gondringon July 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentjaphy is right. The song was written for the soundtrack of the movie _Liar Liar_, which focuses on a five-year-old who wishes on his birthday that his attorney father (Jim Carrey) would be unable to tell a lie for a day.
    Gondringon July 29, 2008   Link

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