Music and Discernment: Candle In the Wind


Yesterday marked the anniversary of the death of Lady Diana of Wales. What she did in her life is beyond measure, and I see why her country loved her so much. Admittedly, I don't know as much about her as I should, but I see the wave of emotion she left behind, the lives she touched, and the help she tried to bring to this world.

I remember watching the wedding as well as the funeral. I remember Elton John playing on the piano. And I still get a little choked up when I hear the words of this song:


Goodbye England's rose
May you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed itself
Where lives were torn apart
You called out to our country
And you whispered to those in pain
Now you belong to heaven
And the stars spell out your name

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in
And your footsteps will always fall you
Along England's greenest hills
Your candle's burned out long before
Your legend never will

Loveliness we've lost
These empty days without your smile
This torch we'll always carry
For our nation's golden child
And even though we try
The truth brings us to tears
All our words cannot express
The joy you brought us through the years

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in
And your footsteps will always fall you
Along England's greenest hills
Your candle's burned out long before
Your legend never will

Goodbye England's rose
May you ever grow in our hearts
You were the grace that placed itself
Where lives were torn apart
Goodbye England's rose
From a country lost without your soul
Who'll miss the wings of your compassion
More than you'll ever know

And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never fading with the sunset
When the rain set in
And you footsteps will always fall you
Along England's greenest hills
Your candle's burned out long before
Your legend never will


"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." -Diana of Wales

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1 Response to Music and Discernment: Candle In the Wind

September 2, 2007 at 8:01 PM

I was living in England when she died. It was like another world for about a week, and the day of her funeral you could walk outside and see .... nothing. Not a soul. It was spooky.