Light One Candle

Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow

English Lyrics

Light one candle for the Maccabee children.
Whose faith in the light didn't die.
Light one candle for the pain they endured,
when their right to exist was denied.
Light one candle for the pain and the suffering,
that justice and freedom demand.
Light one candle for the wisdom to know
when the peace-maker's time is at hand.

Don't let the light go out:
it's lasted for so many years.
Don't let the light go out:
let it shine through our love and our tears.

Light one candle for the strength that we need
to never become our own foe.
Light one candle for those who are suffering
the pain we learned so long ago.
Light one candle for all we believe in,
let anger not tear us apart.
Light one candle to bind us together,
with peace as the song in our heart.

What is the memory that's valued so highly
that we keep it alive in that flame?
What's the commitment to those who have died,
we cry out they've not died in vain?
We have come this far, always believing,
that justice will somehow prevail.
This is the burden and this is the promise
and this is why we will not fail.

Don't let the light go out. (3x)


clip here from Cindy Paley's CD Channukah: a Singing Celebration In the second line of the final verse, the "dies" needs to be changed to "died" Comment: Although this song is generally sung for Chanukah, it also refers to the Nair Tamid, the Everlasting light which is kept burning at all times in each synagogue as a symbol of strength, endurance and sacrifice.


Added December 1st, 1999