Regarding the song and the era in which it was written, Melanie told Songfacts
: "There was, without getting into it, a strong force going against it, and who would want to look at that? The powers that be do not want a bunch of free happy beings running the planet, end of story, 'nuff said. But here it is, a literal visual of the world that was. Black and white harmony, unity and power. This WAS the world! The dream? You may say I'm a dreamer... candles in the rain."