Candle On The Water


In my latest drawing Candle On The Water, I’ve revisited my favorite time period around the turn of the century, when visual design and fashion had a distinctly delicate and hand-fashioned aesthetic. Perhaps it’s that timeless and romantic quality of craftsmanship that I love in Victorian imagery. This drawing turns back a page from my early childhood memory of Helen Reddy singing Candle On The Water in the old Disney film Pete’s Dragon. It was a beautiful love sonnet sung by a timeless voice.

I'll be your candle on the water
My love for you will always burn
I know you're lost and drifting
But the clouds are lifting
Don't give up, you have somewhere to turn

I'll be your candle on the water
'Till every wave is warm and bright
My soul is there beside you
Let this candle guide you
Soon you'll see a golden stream of light

A cold and friendless tide has found you
Don't let the stormy darkness pull you down
I'll paint a ray of hope around you
Circling in the air, lighted by a prayer

I'll be your candle on the water
This flame inside of me will grow
Keep holding on, you'll make it
Here's my hand, so take it
Look for me reaching out to show
As sure as rivers flow
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you go