"Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" as written by Obie Trice, Marshall B. Iii Mathers and Luis Edgardo Resto....
Lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown
Lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

We were so close, there was no room
We bled inside each others wounds
We all had caught the same disease
And we all sang the songs of peace

Lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown
Lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

So raise the candles high
'Cause if you don't we could stay black against the night
Oh, raise them higher again
And if you do we could stay dry against the rain

Lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown
Lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

We were so close there was no room
We bled inside each others wounds
We all had caught the same disease
And we all sang the songs of peace
Some came to sing, some came to pray
Some came to keep the dark away

So raise the candles high
'Cause if you don't we could stay black against the sky
Oh, oh, raise them higher again
And if you do we could stay dry against the rain

Lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown
You gotta lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown
You gotta lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown
You gotta lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown

Lay down, lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown
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Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown
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Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown
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"Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" as written by Melanie Safka

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  • +2
    General Commentwhite birds- doves=peace
    the ones who stand and frown- those in favor of the war/military action

    if you're bleeding inside eachothers wounds, you're pretty close

    the same disease= longing for peace

    if you raise the candles high enough, people will see you- not just your silhouette

    the rain- tears?

    people came for different reasons, but they all came to do the same thing with other people in an effort to be noticed and make a difference
    aMaidensPrayeron May 24, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI get chills when she really belts it out
    poz52000on October 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm thinking aids.
    cateyes0oon January 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a weird thing to say cateyes0o my Dad saw this Live way back when and he said there was a huge projection screen of a tank comming over a hill towards the audience it is a non-violence anti war protest.
    barbie10on February 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, this song is from 1970 and AIDS wasn't heard of much at all, if at all, before the '80s.
    Whatsifsowhatsiton August 23, 2008   Link
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    MemoryThe inspiration for the song was what she saw when she performed at Woodstock: it rained, and afterward people lit candles. The imagery is vivid throughout--and I can certainly understand how the images of sharing blood and catching the same disease would, these days, make one think of AIDS, though given the song's time and the context, I think the "disease" is the desire or the motivation to work for peace.

    I can't think of this song without the spoken intro that was the B-side of the single; the FM stations I listened to at the time never played the song by itself.

    "Little sisters of the sun
    Lit candles in the rain
    Fed the world on oats and raisins
    Candles in the rain
    Lit the fire to the soul
    That never knew its friend
    To be there is to remember
    Candles in the rain
    So lay it down, lay it down,
    Lay it down again
    Meher Baba lives again
    Candles in the rain
    Men can live as brothers
    Candles in the rain"
    jejones3141on September 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentEven so, some songs could only have been written during the gap between Woodstock and Kent State - which (tragically) disabused everyone of the notion that there could be such a thing as "non violent protest"
    imrazoron July 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA Vietnam War protest song, right? I really don't think it's AIDS.
    stayfluffyon December 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI agree with you, especially "the same disease" = longing for peace.

    "We bled inside each others wounds" = we are close, opening up to one another, acceptance.

    This was long before aids.
    carolkon September 30, 2013   Link
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    MemoryTotally Melanie at Woodstock...Check out the 4 sides Lp that turns into a box...Awesome stuff never to be outdone.
    Pigeonfeederon April 16, 2014   Link

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