What does the phrase 'a candle in the wind' actually mean?
Whilst we were having dinner in Kaiserhof on Saturday over the radio came Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997", which was the second time we had heard it in the space of a few days.
I finally had to confess to Claire - I have actually got no idea what the metaphor "A candle in the wind" actually means.
What is it - that a candle in the wind has been placed in the wrong time and place?
That it hasn't been sufficiently pampered and sheltered?
That it doesn't perform any kind of useful function because it clearly can't be lighting or heating anything efficiently whilst being buffeted by a storm?
That the wind was blowing solidly in one direction causing the wax to drip into some sort of parody of a 80s flick hairdo?
That it is really flighty, and doesn't know which way to turn, and will seek any port in a storm?