"Candle Of Life" as written by and John Charles Lodge....
Something you can't hide
Says you're lonely
Hidden deep inside
Of you only
It's there for you to see
Take a look and be
Burn slowly the candle of life

Something there outside
Says we're only
In the hands of time
Falling slowly
It's there for us to know
With love that we can go
Burn slowly the candle of life

So love everybody
And make them your friend
So love everybody
And make them your friend

Something you can't hide
Says you're lonely
Hidden deep inside
Of you only
It's there for you to see
Take a look and be
Burn slowly the candle of life

Something there outside
Says we're only
In the hands of time
Falling slowly
It's there for us to know
With love that we can go
Burn slowly the candle of life


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"Candle Of Life" as written by John Charles Lodge

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    General CommentI think this one's pretty straightforward, really well done, but I think it's pretty clear; Realize that eventually the candle of your life will be exstinguished, so enjoy what you have, and love, learn how to love.

    Is it just me, or are there way too few comments on these Moody Blues songs? It's such an amazing band, but only one in ten of their songs has even one comment...it's sad.
    live2daygone2morrowon September 02, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst off I am 28, not sure why I should mention that, however this song is so incredible and WAY ahead of its time even still. A girl I dated once both agreed that the feeling of the song, the tune and melody of the song makes this brilliant. We used to get goosebumps listining to this. The portion of the song where Hayward sings "in the hands of time" is so bold, so glourious, something about the way it's mixed is just astonishing. And slowly the Candle of Life, seize the moment I suppose, at least that's how I look at. Such a graceful song. Love it!
    mad4it2011on January 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI know why you gave your age- the candle of life. I'm 57 years of age, and the song struck me as it did you years before you were born (1969 I think). I just got a slight case of vertigo when I said that. That tune still holds its... power(?). The Moody Blues do that to me a lot.
    dhiles1on February 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI agree, this is the best secular song ever written.
    Most people don't understand that a couple of the band members are strong Christian believers. Christian themes abound in many songs (along with stories of LSD trips).

    The theme of the album is space travel. By the time we get to side B of the album, we are doing interstallar travel (Gypsy). Traveling at relativistic speeds, the candle of lfe does indeed burn slowly. At .99C, the interstellar traveler would only age at a small fraction of the rate as those on earth. If is very, very lonely in space. A tiny whisper or candle of life in a multi-generational star ship traveling to colonize or explore other star systems. That is why the traveler never thought he'd get to be a hundred, much less a milion.
    Fabulous, fabulous song and album written with great knowledge of relativity and what it would be like to cross the great gulfs of space.
    dir57on January 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree! and there arent nearly enough comments for the moody blues an they are so kick ass, ugh i dk .....but for all of you ppl out there, COMMENT ALREADY! i mean this band is awesome!
    blood_red_butterflyon December 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNice interpretation. Loneliness and hope all rolled together in one song. Great, great song. Loneliness, time, love - these are the themes from To Our Childrens Childrens Childrens that this song comes from (great album, too). This song evokes so many emotions all at the same time (sadness, loneliness, hope for love, etc.)
    Digi-Gon July 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with live2day's interpretation. The entire composition of this song is amazing. Definitely a great example of Moody Blues in their prime!
    webmasterdeeon April 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn, these guys can harmonize.

    This is song about how overclocked life can become. I hear stories about the rat race and how gamers overclock their computers to play the newest of newfangled timewasters, and they are missing out. Life is meant to be experienced, not wasted like a precious natural resources because it is the only one you have.

    This song rules.
    OpinionHeadon June 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsiggmaestro this isn't the place for proseltyzing.

    Candle of Life is an amazing song, one of my favs from this album., which is my favorite of the Moodies. The production is jut remarkable. The whole album revolves around our connection to the universe, and this one. It's there for us to know, it's there for us to see... that is the core message of this one, to realize ourselves at the ultimate level. It talks to the sanctity of life, and the purpose for our existence.
    Watcher2on May 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm only 25, yet The Moody Blues' work is some of my favorite. Growing up, my dad gave my sibling and I a cassette tape with Days of Future Passed and Question of Balance on each side. As I've grown, I've had the chance to expand my tastes a bit. I love this song, I think its meaning is simple, straight forward, and powerfully delivered. Let that light burn, but not without hope, or honor, or noble deeds and the chance to live it.
    Asuyukaon August 26, 2012   Link

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