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(C45s)Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)/ Candles In The Rain by Melanie

Label: Buddah 167 Year: 1970
Picture sleeve included: M-
Condition: M- $16.00
Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)/ Candles In The RainAhh... Now that I see the lyrics (printed on both sides of the picture sleeve), I realize I've been mistaken all these years about one line, and enlightened about another I could never understand. I always thought Melanie was acting in the vanguard of the budding women's movement by singing: "We were so close, there was no room / We bled inside each others wombs." Though admirable, I thought the writer was leaving out half the population at Woodstock with that sentiment. Well, turns out I was wrong about that most significant word, "womb." She is really singing "wounds"!

And the mysterious line at the end of the chorus is now clear:

Let your white birds smile up at the ones who stand and frown.

It's so great to be able to cross those mysteries off my list. :-)

Note: The A side features backing vocals by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

Note: The picture sleeve is a weak Near Mint, with some top-edge wear and a touch of ringwear. (This scan is a representative image from our archives.)

Condition Detail:Label: M   |   Vinyl: M-   |   Audio: M-Written by: Melanie Safka (A&B)Produced by: P. SchekerykChart info: #6p in April 1970Track time(s): A: 3:49 | B: 1:42Mix: Mono


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 Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) (M), Eric 219, 1970: $8.00 
 Image available for this 45 record Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)/ Candles In The Rain (M-), Buddah 167, 1970: $11.00 
  Ring the Living Bell/ Railroad (M), Neighborhood 4202, 1972: $12.00 
 Ruby Tuesday/ Merry Christmas (M-), Buddah 202, 1970: $9.00 
 Image available for this 45 record The Good Book/ We Don't Know Where We're Going (M-), Buddah 224, 1971: $10.00 

If you like this kind of music, take a listen to . . .
   American Tune by Paul Simon (M-), Columbia AE7 1105, 1973: $12.00
   American Tune/ One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor by Paul Simon (M), Columbia 45900, 1973: $18.00
   American Tune/ One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor by Paul Simon (M), Columbia 45900, 1973: $14.00
  Feelings/ Let Me Stay With You by Barry Mann (M-), Scepter 12281, 1970: $14.00
   One Tin Soldier/ Live For Tomorrow by The Original Caste (M-), T-A 186, 1969: $12.50
  Proof/ The Coast by Paul Simon (M), WB 19464, 1991: $5.00
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