Five Candles (You Were There)

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"Five Candles (You Were There)"
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Single by Jars of Clay
from the album Much Afraid
Released 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:38 (Radio Edit)
3:48 (Album Version)
Label Essential/Silvertone
Songwriter(s) Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Stephen Mason, Matt Odmark
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Jars of Clay singles chronology
"Crazy Times"
(1997)
"Five Candles (You Were There)"
(1997)
"Fade to Grey"
(1998)

"Crazy Times"
(1997)
"Five Candles (You Were There)"
(1997)
"Fade to Grey"
(1998)

"Five Candles (You Were There)" is a song written and performed by Jars of Clay. It is the second radio single from their 1997 studio album Much Afraid. The song was initially written for the soundtrack to the motion picture Liar Liar, starring Jim Carrey. However, the ending credits, when the song would have been played, were changed to an outtakes and bloopers reel, thus cutting the song from the film. A working title of the song during the writing and recording studio sessions was "The Wish", which fits in with the themes of Liar Liar, just as the eventual title, "Five Candles", as the story of the film revolves around the wish Max made as he blew out the five candles for his fifth birthday. The song was later used in the 1998 Michael Keaton film, Jack Frost, and was featured on that film's soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

Written by Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Stephen Mason, Matt Odmark

  1. "Five Candles (You Were There)" (Radio Edit) – 3:38
  2. "Five Candles (You Were There)" (Album Version) – 3:48

Performance credits[edit]

Technical credits[edit]

  • Stephen Lipson - producer
  • Robert Beeson - executive producer
  • Heff Moraes - engineering, mixing
  • Chuck Linder - recording
  • Mike Griffith - engineering
  • Adam Hatley - engineering assistant
  • Stephen Marcussen - mastering
  • Don C. Tyler - digital editing

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