Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)

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"Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"
In some countries—including the United States and Australia—the album and single art were identical.
Single by Melanie
from the album Candles in the Rain
B-side "Candles in the Rain" (spoken word)
Released March 7, 1970
Format 7" single
Genre Pop, psychedelic
Length 5:46
Label Buddah
Writer(s) Melanie Safka
Melanie singles chronology
What Have They've Done to My Song, Ma
Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
Ruby Tuesday

"Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" was the second single from Melanie's 1970 album Candles in the Rain. The song proved to be her breakthrough hit in the United States, climbing to #6 on the U.S. Billboard charts and #3 on the U.S. Cash Box charts.

The song, released in March 1970, was a collaboration with the Edwin Hawkins Singers, who provide gospel vocals in the background of each chorus. Melanie wrote the song after performing at Woodstock the year before; the song's lyrics describe what she felt as she looked out at the sea of people attending the music event.[1]

It is also associated with certain events occurring during the November 1969 Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam.

It became a Top Ten hit in several countries, including the United States, where it was a Cash Box Charts fixture for 17 weeks,[2] and in Australia, where it stayed on the Go-Set charts for 23 weeks.[3]


Chart (1970) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 3
Canadian Singles Chart[5] 5
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 1
French Singles Chart[7] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 6
U.S. Cash Box Charts[8] 3


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