On Vineland, past the candle shrine
That burns on every night
For someone
She lets herself go
Like an angel in the snow
She lays down on her back
Down on her back she goes

Take me over when I'm gone
Take me over, make me strong
Take me over when I'm gone
Will they burn for me?

On Vineland past the candle shrine
That melts into the street design
She waits for someone
Tonight she'll give herself away
She'll break apart all by herself
It's so easy how we come undone

Take me over when I'm gone
Take me over, make me strong
Take me over when I'm gone
Will they burn for me?

She pulls me in, strips me down
She pulls me in, turns me out
She pulls me in, strips me down

Take me over when I'm gone
Take me over, make me strong
Take me over when I'm gone
Will they burn for me?
Will they burn for me?


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Candleburn song meanings
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    General Commentthe song means this:

    . "I wrote that last summer after coming across a roadside shrine in Los Angeles on my way to rehearsal. For four weeks I passed this candle filled shrine twice a day, and yet I never saw the person who tended the shrine. In the middle of LA, which can often seem so fucked up and twisted, here was something so real and touching it was intense."


    that was a quote from jr richards, the lead singer of dishwalla
    dmar619on March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so incredibly beautiful, it makes me cry. I do think its about losing urself and letting someone else have that "special" thing letting go of it so eaisily.
    toast_and_jamon October 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti abolutely love this song. when i listen to it, i think of past relationships, current relationships... and everything in between. HOWEVER... i was always under the impression that this was about death. i don't know why that is... i thought i knew, but apparently... i know nothing.
    liquidJon November 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFavorite Dishwalla song for sure. I think it's funny how so many people see it as being about sex, because while I can see how it can be interpreted as such there's an intense, haunting, deeply human sort of quality to it that makes the lyrics resonate so much deeper. Can't pin down the meaning, but if you listen the song you feel it.
    silentsailoron July 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so beautiful. i think it might be about someone who has lost someone and is so depressed that she'll do anything to make the pain go away, even if just for a moment. i think the point of the "take me over" is that the grief is consuming her entire life and she just wants it to go away. makes me cry!
    emeraldrealmon October 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song isn't about sex but about death. The candle shrine is created at the location of someone who passed away and is an act of paying respect to the deceased. The woman tending to the candle shrine lost someone very important such as a significant other, son or daughter. She wants the candles to burn for her when she dies. "take me over when i'm gone".
    thorthoron August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMany seem to think this song is about either love/lovemaking or death – I think it is about both – a candle burning can symbolize so many things - light’s possible triumph over darkness, the question of life’s conquest of death, bearing the remembrance of a loved one or even a unity candle at a wedding when two distinct flames become one

    To me, he seems to be speaking from beyond life or someone facing death – we all struggle with such issues as to our life’s meaning or wanting to be remembered, “Will they burn for me?” Some think that through love we do somehow continue in this world – and love is truly what makes a strong man weak “she pulls me in and strips me down”... the woman he made love to holds a new piece of him – us living on earth still carry the torch of the existence of our beloved deceased “Take me over when I’m gone” for even in the act of lovemaking a new creature comes into being bearing our image – A tone of sadness, wonder, hope – beautifully represented, universal human reflections
    c.lilaon January 20, 2008   Link
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    MemoryThanks to all for providing meaning to this fantastic song by Dishwalla. I had heard the song many times and always thought the song was about prostitution due to the lyrics of her waiting for someone on the street and laying down on her back. So it was sort of depressing but so great to listen to. However, I had never actually read the lyrics themselves until today. Now I understand the song to relate to death via the candle shrine which makes it much more depressing. After reading the lyrics today and all of the above interpretations I had a long cry. I was not sure why the lyrics now touched such a nerve with me until I remembered something I not thought about for many years --- that was the death of my first son many years ago. Even then I couldn't identify why these lyrics triggered such a response from a man who shows little to no emotions. The answer was that my son would have been 30 years old this very month, a fact that I had completely forgot about until today. They say that a parent should never outlive their children as losing them is too damn painful.
    krazyntxon November 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is just an incredibly beautiful song with so much emotion put into it and it has meant so many things to me in the past few months. It makes me cry nearly every time I listen to it, and I'm not even sure why...I have no clue what it's supposed to mean, but I know what it means to me...there's a candle that burns (so to say) in every relationship, and let's just say that I hope this one keeps burning strong.
    90percent_angelon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti'm not sure, but i talked about it with one of my friends and we came to the conclusion that this song might also be about like how girls give themselves away to guys so easily, sometimes realizing what they're doing and sometimes not. Sex is really casual now and it's "so easy how we come undone" and give ourselves away. Anyway, thats just what it means to me...probably way off from the actual meaning.
    heatherplayeron June 09, 2003   Link

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