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8.09-BRIEF CANDLES (Zombies)

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There she sits her hands are held
Tight around her glass.
She only needs to be alone.
She knows this mood will pass.
To realize that she was strong
And he too weak to stay
And to realize that she is better off this way.

        Brief candles in her mind
        Bright and tiny gems of memory.
        Brief candles burn so fine
        Leaves a light inside where she can see
        What makes it all worthwhile.
        Her sadness makes her smile.

His alone girl fades away
Left out on a limb,
Finds he needs her more because
She's no more need for him.
He understood so very well
The things she had to say.
Soon he'll understand that he is better off this way.

        Brief candles in his mind
        Bright and tiny gems of memory.
        Brief candles burn so fine
        Leaves a light inside where he can see
        What makes it all worthwhile.
        His sadness makes him smile.

[Break]

In the corner see his face
The man just sips his drink.
Not one feeling does he show
Far too numb to think.
He does not say a single word
No word of love to say.
Maybe he will soon believe he's better off this way.

        [Chorus]

[Coda]


Brief Candles is another piano and mellotron composition, which, especially in the break, sounds a great deal like the Moody Blues of In Search of the Lost Chord. The melodic line is longer than any of the other Zombies songs herein reviewed, but the lyrics fall into a dialectic and resolution with only a change of pronouns in the chorus. The lyrics tell of a break up of a couple in which “she” was evidently in the right, and “he” still needs to understand how he can benefit from her point of view. By reflecting on the “brief candles” of memory she can see the truth of the situation whereas he cannot quite make it out despite the fact that the two reflect on the same experiences. Since he doesn’t get the message while his memory of the affair is still well lit, he ends up withdrawing and losing contact with his ability to love. His only way of believing he’s better off is by getting drunk. The song ends with the melody played on piano as if a dirge, with echo and fade having the effect of a funeral procession passing out of the neighborhood.

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