Who Sang Brief Candles? The Zombies

The Zombies Odessey and Oracle cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1968-4-19
Genre: Rock Pop
Style: Folk Rock/Psychedelic Rock
length: 3:31
producer: Rod Argent and Chris White
engineer: Peter Vince and Geoff Emerick
bass guitar: Chris White
guitar: Paul Atkinson
organ & mellotron & piano: Rod Argent
vocal: Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone and Chris White
drums (drum set): Hugh Grundy
writer: Chris White
There she sits her hands are held
Tight around her glass
She only needs to be alone
She knows this mood will pass
To realize that she was strong
And he too weak to stay
And to realize that she is better off this way

Brief candles in her mind
Bright and tiny gems of memory
Brief candles burn so fine
Leaves a light inside where she can see
What makes it all worthwhile
Her sadness makes her smile

His alone girl fades away
Left out on a limb
Finds he needs her more because
She's no more need for him
He understood so very well
The things she had to say
Soon he'll understand that he is better off this way

Brief candles in his mind
Bright and tiny gems of memory
Brief candles burn so fine
Leaves a light inside where he can see
What makes it all worthwhile
His sadness makes him smile

In the corner see his face
The man just sips his drink
Not one feeling does he show
Far too numb to think
He does not say a single word
No word of love to say
Maybe he will soon believe he's better off this way

Brief candles in his mind
Bright and tiny gems of memory
Brief candles burn so fine
Leaves a light inside where he can see
What makes it all worthwhile
His sadness makes him smile

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Care of Cell 44
  • 2 A Rose for Emily
  • 3 Maybe After He’s Gone
  • 4 Beechwood Park
  • 5 Brief Candles
  • 6 Hung Up on a Dream
  • 7 Changes
  • 8 I Want Her She Wants Me
  • 9 This Will Be Our Year
  • 10 Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914)
  • 11 Friends of Mine
  • 12 Time of the Season