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October 25, 2006

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?

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Earliest reference I can find is a quote from the poet Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967) "Our lives are like a candle in the wind".

Can't find the context so it is hard to know precisely what he meant. Mostly people seem to assume it is a metaphor for life's fragility and the certainty of death...a candle in the wind will inevitably be blown out.

Cheery topic for Thursday morning :-)

i think a candle in a wind means like our life is like the candle.. and we are living in the wind which potray many obstacle and prospect.. sometimes the wind can be very windy, sometimes breezy yet sometimes dry.. just like our life, there's ups and downs.. the candle also potray time ..our life time... we depend on the flames to live.. the longer it flame, the longer our life is and the more obstacle we will face.. as the candle slowly dying, so does our time of living... so candle related closely to human life..at least that's what i think...

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