Don't Refrain - Single

by Candle

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Don't Refrain =========== For twenty nine years, it's been so long Since I felt the rain Or heard a song For twenty nine years, maybe more I've been in pain Staring at the door And where will I go now Out into this dark world My friend? And where can I go now That I'm free, free to be anyone In the end? Don't stop to patronize Don't stop the tears in my eyes Don't stop all the pain Don't remain, don't refrain Don't stop to patronize Don't stop the tears in my eyes Don't stop all the pain Don't refrain, don't remain The road to hell is paved With good intentions But we walk this road Of our own free will Our choices are Our only constraints A prison of our Own making So I walk the road Encumbered by my freedom Hoping to choose The shortest destined path Don't stop to patronize Don't stop the tears in my eyes Don't stop all the pain Don't remain, don't refrain Don't stop to patronize Don't stop the tears in my eyes Don't stop all the pain Don't refrain, don't remain I walk through the night I still see the light
Animated Degradation ================== So maybe this is what it's all about… Two paths before a storm With no choice but to move on In fickle times the need did arise For every man to live a lie Our masks conceal the truth Our souls given up in youth To conform to expectations An animated degradation Verily, I see the herd in front of me Told how to think and who to be Idolizing an image of virtue A dream that was misconstrued Don't degrade me…


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Lead single for the forthcoming album "Methodical Variations Volume V" featuring the alt-rock song "Don't Refrain" & exclusive angst-filled protest B-Side "Animated Degradation". Originally recorded as part of the 2020 edition of February Album Writing Month (, the song asks a number of existential questions while harkening back to Candle's angst ridden younger years.


Reviews of Don't Refrain:

"'Encumbered by my freedom' Nice word picture. Also, 'And where can I go now That I'm free'. I like those thoughts. The crazy deep music is totally appropriate for the mood of the lyrics."

- J Madison from FAWM:

"So much going on here that I don't know where to start. The multiple guitar tones that interact with each other fascinating. The vocals are strong, more aggressive than I'm accustomed to from you (could also read as passionate). I like the clean vocal sound and the way it's echoed by your harmony vocal layers or whatever is going on there.

The lyrics are really powerful and it all hangs together well."

- apertome from FAWM:

"It sounds so prog and epic with very little, really nice.
I'm getting such an exhilarating feel from your performance, I picture you letting your inspiration take you away and then float freely in a sonic sky.
Great guitar playing."

- Joanne Gabriel from FAWM:

"Really awesome piece. Your vocal effects with the echos on your voice at the chorus just intensifies the musical waves you are making. Solid track all the way through."

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released July 1, 2020

Music, Lyrics, Performance, Recording & Production: Darby Spicer
Image by Marwane Sami from PixaBay
Layout by Darby Spicer


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Candle Kenora, Ontario

Darby Spicer’s ongoing experimental-space rock project CANDLE fuses psychadelic & progressive rock stylings with ambient sounds & textures that create emotion driven soundscapes that only need to be experienced to be understood.

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