Melanie took her song about common folk to Woodstock after she was unexpectedly asked to play. She was nowhere close to being a celebrity at that time; so green and so young, in fact, that her mother actually drove her to the concert.
"I took that childhood experience with me upstate to Woodstock and what an event and experience that was. The only time something like that, of that magnitude, ever happened. I was one girl, playing three chords on my guitar, with attendees who came for some big rock performers. I thought they may stone me or throw tomatoes, but I resonated with 500,000 people instantaneously."
That Woodstock experience exposed Melanie to the masses. It also inspired "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
," which would later seal her stardom.