Candle in the Middle

Should your mood be decrepit or your manner insane

If your father he hit you or your dog become lame

When the walls are all cold with no presence to share

Place a candle in the middle sit by yourself

Yes a candle in the middle is a problem shared

 

Should your speed become slow with your grasp a caress

If the problems they grow to a way beyond beware

When you're desolate daunted or derry boat blue

Place a candle in the middle think hollow flame

Buy a bottle of pop smoke a sweet cigarette

Yes a candle in the middle is a problem shared

 

 

Written Autumn 1984, An alternative Country & Western poem in 3/4 timing.

Apparently, according to the editor of USA music magazine No Depression,

this is the first time that the phrase 'Alt Country' was termed.​

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