Brief Candles

Album: Odessey and Oracle (1968)
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Songfacts®:

  • Written by Zombies bass player Chris White, this song was inspired by a book of Aldous Huxley stories published in 1930.

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  • James from Utah, UsaIn this song, three different members of the Zombies take a turn sing the verses. Keyboardist Rod Argent sings the first verse. The song's composer, bassist, Chris White, sings the second verse. Vocalist Colin Blunstone sings the choruses and third verse. The verse that Chris White sings in Brief Candles is his only one of two lead vocals with the Zombies, the other, the lead vocal on his composition, Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914).
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