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Candle on the Water
Candle on the Water
Originally performed by
Composer Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Feature films Pete's Dragon
Short films
Television programs Helen Reddy
Video games
Albums The Music of Disney: A Legacy in Song
McDonald's Celebrates Disney Music - Volume 1: Buddy Songs
Classic Disney - Volume II
Disney's 75 Years of Music & Memories
Disneymania 4
Disney's Greatest Love Songs
Preceded by Passamaquoddy
Followed by There's Room for Everyone
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Pete's Dragon - Candle on the Water

"Candle on the Water" is a song written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn from Walt Disney Picture's live action/animation film Pete's Dragon. It is sung by Helen Reddy, who plays Nora in the film, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song in 1977, though it lost to "You Light Up My Life".

The setting for the song is entirely on the lantern room balcony of the lighthouse in which Nora and her father, Lampey, live. Nora sings the song to her lover Paul, who has been lost at sea for over a year but Nora believes will one day return. One night Lampey mocks her about this and she retires to the lighthouse balcony to sing toward the ocean, assuring Paul that she is still waiting for him.

"Candle on the Water" was sung on the DisneyMania 4 album by Anneliese van der Pol. It was also sung briefly by Kristin Chenoweth and an unidentified a cappella group in the dramedy Pushing Daisies in the episode "The Legend of Merle McQuoddy".

According to Helen Reddy, she was told by Kasha and Hirschhorn that "they deliberately placed religious and spiritual symbols within the song."


I'll be your candle on the water,
My love for you will always burn,
I know you're lost and drifting,
But the clouds are lifting,
Don't give up you have somewhere to turn,
I'll be your candle on the water,
'Till ev'ry wave is warm and bright,
My soul is there beside you,
Let this candle guide you,
Soon you'll see a golden stream of light,
A cold and friendless tide has found you,
Don't let the stormy darkness pull you down,
I'll paint a ray of hope around you,
Circling in the air,
Lighted by a prayer,
I'll be your candle on the water,
This flame inside of me will grow,
Keep holding on you'll make it,
Here's my hand so take it,
Look for me reaching out to show,
As sure as rivers flow,
I'll never let you go,
I'll never let you go,
I'll never let you go...

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