Each Small Candle
In The Flesh, ©2000
Halfdan Rasmussen / Roger Waters
A touching and powerful human right's song that was inspired by several sources. The first verse of this song was taken directly from a poem by Danish poet Halfdan Rasmussen. The poem "Ikke Bodlen" was written for Amnesty International in 1979 and published in a book of poems about human rights. Roger Waters explained, "The English translation (which represents the first stanza of the song) proved to be very moving, and was set to music. The words remained untouched...Until Kosovo."
The remainder of this song was inspired by a Serbian soldier's courageous and humane act of kindness in the midst of war. Waters stated, "The London Times had a piece which told the story of a Serbian soldier who saw an Albanian woman lying wounded in a burned-out building. He left his platoon, went over and helped her, and then joined his men and marched off. There was sense in that image. The rest of the song is about that."
In 2004 Roger Waters wrote and recorded two
new songs, "To Kill The Child" and "Leaving Beirut," in
Source(s): Each Small Candle / Press
release, Roger Waters.com
Roger Waters Music and Lyric Resources:
and Related Works:
Witness ( external page )
YouTube – “Leaving Beirut” (external link)