"Candle" as written by Kim Gordon, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Thurston Joseph Moore....
I see a dog start divin' at his magic, snatchin'
Keeps me up awake, go crystal-cracking
I can't wait
I can't stay, a candle
Gotta change my mind before it burns out

I'm the Cocker on the rock
Wind is whipping through my stupid mop

I see a falling snow girl walking Broadway
Turns the corner at 14th and I know there's no way
It's alright
It's alight, candle
And I know she'll be okay by Sunday

I'm the Cocker on the rock
Humming bash starts shining
In your electric clock

It's safe to say, candle
Tonight's the day, candle
It's alright now, candle
The wind's away, candle
Never thought I'd see a dog star falling

I'm the Cocker on the rock
Wind is whipping through my stupid mop


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"Candle" as written by Lee M. Ranaldo Kim Gordon

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  • +1
    General Commenti dont know what thurston is gettin' at really, but songs to me attach themselves to memories i have. this song makes me think about a realistion of how i felt for a person and become quite symbolic as i lay there drunk listening to this song and pondering how i felt for them, since then references to candles have come up in my poetry a lot and the song has had a great impact on me, even the music, not just the lyrics represent how i feel, one minute the song is nice and melodic, the next its discordant and angry, i really relate to this a lot
    masterprotectoron June 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is very obviously about crystal meth (speed).

    Thurston]
    I see a dark star drivin' at his magic, snatch it
    KEEPS ME UP AWAKE go crystal cracking
    *You cant sleep on speed as its an amphetamine, its also a crystal that cracks. *
    I can't wait
    I can't stay, uh candle
    *When you want speed, you REALLY want it bad, you will go through ANYTHING to get it *
    Gotta change my mind before it burns out
    *He knows its stupid, speed eventually burns out your mind and destroys it, but he is addicted.*
    I'm the cocker on the rock
    Wind is whipping through my stupid mop
    *Isnt a cock a male rooster, the king of its domain? A rock of speed. You think your king of the world on speed. Wind is whipping through his hair, but he knows doing speed is stupid.*

    I see a falling snowgirl walking Broadway *Snow = Coke*
    Turns the corner at 14th and I know there's no way
    It's alright *You always think life is going to be alright no matter what when your on speed*
    It's a lighted candle *On speed you tend to stare at lights, especially white ones. He is staying up all night, twacked out of his mind staring at a candle*
    And I know that she'll be okay by sunday

    I'm the cocker on the rock
    Coming back start shining
    In your electric clock
    *You stare at clocks , time has no meaning because your staying up all night spun out of your mind*
    It's safe to say, candle
    Tonight's the day, candle
    It's alright now, candle
    The wind's away, candle
    *He is still staring at this candle*
    Never thought I'd see a dark star falling

    I'm the cocker on the rock
    Wind is whipping through my stupid mop
    Matamoroson January 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, Matamoros, Sugar Kane is about Marilyn Monroe(She used that name as her alias). I don't know what this song is about. Thurston has a tendency to write in stream of conciousness style. Also, he flat out LIES sometimes...But, what can ya do?? Still love his music, I guess. This song is the soundtrack to a rainy morning...Sitting in my kitchen with some tea and toast, watching the rain outside on the street. The lonely feeling, ya know? Really quiet. Just the sound of the cars hitting the puddles...
    rocket426on March 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes anyone know if the Pearl Jam song "Stupid Mop" is a reference to this song?
    JohnnyLurgon October 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanother great art-indie record that nobody has heard!! If you havent heard 'daydream nation' (the album) then get it
    Lets_kill_musicon July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta love song to a candle?
    stainon August 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believed how little posts sonic youth gets. their soo good
    instant_karmaon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believed how little posts sonic youth gets. their soo good
    instant_karmaon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah. they're the best

    just wondering, is "stupid mop" referring to thurston's hair? that's how i've always thought of his hair like that, a mop.
    kyasarinon June 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentY love intro on this song.The intro is really cool.
    i think that in this song candle is a metaphor for sex....hm,maybe :)))if not for sex than for something else same special as sex.
    Pixie_zoriloron May 05, 2004   Link

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