Candle on the Water (Song)

Last Updated on: February 20th, 2023

Candle on the Water disney song music“Candle on the Water” is a song from the 1977 Disney live-action and animated musical film “Pete’s Dragon“. The song was composed by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, and was performed in the film by the character Nora, played by the actress Helen Reddy.

The song is a ballad that expresses Nora’s longing for her lost love and her hope that he will return to her. The lyrics use the metaphor of a “candle on the water” to convey Nora’s belief that her love will guide her partner back to her, even in the darkest and most treacherous of circumstances. The song’s melody is gentle and melodic, and is accompanied by strings and woodwinds, as well as the sound of a lighthouse bell.

“Candle on the Water” was a commercial success and became one of Helen Reddy’s most well-known songs. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and also won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. The song has since become a beloved classic and has been covered by numerous artists, including Anne Murray and Lea Salonga.

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  • Song Written By: Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
  • Song Performed By: Helen Reddy
  • Year Released: 1977

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