Candle on the Water

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"Candle on the Water" is a torch song written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn from Walt Disney Picture's live action/animation film Pete's Dragon.[1] It is sung by Helen Reddy, who plays Nora in the film, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song in 1977,[2] 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" has been 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".[3]

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