"Each Small Candle" as written by and Roger Waters....
Not the torturer will scare me
Nor the body's final fall
Nor the barrels of death's rifles
Nor the shadows on the wall
Nor the night when to the ground
The last dim star of pain, is hurled
But the blind indifference
Of a merciless, unfeeling world

Lying in the burnt out shell
Of some Albanian farm
An old Babushka
Holds a crying baby in her arms
A soldier from the other side
A man of heart and pride
Breaks ranks, lays down his rifle
To kneel by her side

He gives her water
Binds her wounds
And calms the crying child
A touch gives absolution then
Across the great divide
He picks his way back through the broken
China of her life
And there at the curb
The samaritan Serb turns and waves ... goodbye

And each small candle
Lights a corner of the dark
Each small candle
Lights a corner of the dark
Each small candle lights a corner of the dark
When the wheel of pain stops turning
And the branding iron stops burning
When the children can be children
When the desperados weaken
When the tide rolls into greet them
And the natural law of science
Greets the humble and the mighty
And the billion candles burning
Lights the dark side of every human mind

Each small candle
Each small candle (repeated)
Each small candles lights the dark side of every human mind

And each small candle
Lights a corner of the dark


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"Each Small Candle" as written by Roger Waters

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    General Commentthis song inspired me to sponser a child in Africa.
    werummon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentroger-waters.com/… This explains it all. The most awe inspiring song of all time. The music, the words, the singing. All of it. Stories like these and the power behind it should be burnt into the minds of every human at birth. Roger Waters is the greatest philosopher and musician of our time and more people need to know this.
    Eskimo_8on October 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentagreed. I heard this song just a week back and since then I have been playing it over and over. It's lyrics is the best part and of course sung in a typical 'Waters' style.
    avi.floydon March 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOut of all of Waters' solo material, this is the one that sounds the most like a Pink Floyd song (in my opinion), with the soft synth intro, the echoing vocals in the first verse, and the powerful guitar solos (although, I'm sure if done by the then Floyd, the song would probably stretch to 12, even 14 minutes long, and have less female vocals).

    The song basically says that even one person can have an effect on the world, and that that one person might influence others to follow in their actions.

    To me, this is arguably Waters' best song since departing himself from Pink Floyd.

    I changed up the lyrics just a bit more according to the live version taken from In the Flesh Live.


    Not the torturer will scare me
    Nor the body's final fall
    Nor the barrels of death's rifles
    Nor the shadows on the wall
    Nor the night when to the ground
    The last dim star of pain is hurled
    But the blind indifference
    Of a merciless unfeeling world

    Lying in the burnt out shell of some Albanian farm
    An old Babushka holds a crying baby in her arms
    A soldier from the other side
    A man of heart and pride
    Breaks ranks, lays down his rifle to kneel by her side
    He gives her water and binds her wounds and calms the crying child
    A touch gives absolution then across the great divide
    He picks his way back through the broken China of her life
    And there at the curb The Samaritan Serb turns and waves goodbye

    And each small candle
    Each small candle
    Lights a corner of the dark
    Lights a corner of the dark
    Each small candle
    Each small candle
    Lights a corner of the dark
    Lights a corner of the dark
    Each small candle lights a corner of the dark
    When the wheel of pain stops turning
    And the branding iron stops burning
    When the children can be children
    When the desperadoes weaken
    When the tide rolls into greet them
    When the natural law of science
    Greets the humble and the mighty
    And the billion candles burning lights the dark side of every human mind

    Each small candle
    Each small candle
    Each small candle
    Each small candle
    Each small candle
    Each small candle lights the dark side of every human mind

    And each small candle
    Each small candle
    Lights a corner
    Of the dark
    FaaipDeOaidon September 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI hate people who claim the first verse was written by a torture victim in South America. It's a translation of the poem "Ikke Bødlen" by Danish poet Halfdan Rasmussen.

    The song itself is about the way the individual can do great good. In this example, if the Serb had not broken ranks to help the Babushka and the baby, they would likely have starved or been killed by other soldiers.
    Tackowaton September 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTruly?
    Even the official site says it's from the tortured person.
    That's a pretty nasty mistake!

    In any case, brilliant song with a phenomenal build up of tension and way of keeping it all the way through.
    The_Promiseon August 31, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA great, great song!
    mohsen1103on June 26, 2016   Link

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