It’s still Chanukah!

So here’s another Chanukah song: “Light One Candle,” by Peter Yarrow, sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary:


Video from the PBS Holiday Concert, posted by Loren Newsom

(The top comment on this particular YouTube is by the producer and director of the PBS show, how awesome is that?)

Peter, Paul, and Mary debuted “Light One Candle” during their 1982 Holiday Concert at Carnegie Hall. If you keep count, you will see that the lyrics “light one candle” repeat exactly eight times–and if you watch carefully, you can see that the children light one candle each time that phrase is repeated, making them a human menorah.

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Last day of Chanukah!

(Which follows the last night of Chanukah.)

I finish up the holiday with two–count ’em!–Chanukah songs.

The first is “Light One Candle” by Peter Yarrow, sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary:


Video from the PBS Holiday Concert, posted by Loren Newsom

Peter, Paul, and Mary debuted “Light One Candle” during their 1982 Holiday Concert at Carnegie Hall, and if you keep count as they sing, you will see that the lyrics “light one candle” repeat exactly eight times–and if you watch carefully, you can see that the children light one candle each time that phrase is repeated, making them a human menorah.

(The top comment on this particular YouTube is by the producer and director of the PBS show, how awesome is that?)

And the second song is “Al Hanisim”; words from an extra paragraph inserted into the daily prayers on Chanukah (and Purim), melody by Dov Frimer, sung by Shira Kline:


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Enjoy the end of Chanukah!
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Have another in honor of the other holiday

“Light One Candle” by Peter Yarrow, sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary:


Video by ShoutFactoryMusic

The song was debuted during Peter, Paul, and Mary’s 1982 Holiday Concert at Carnegie Hall (with the New York Choral Society), and if you count as they sing, you will note that they do indeed “light one candle” eight times, which is entirely appropriate for Chanukah! But the lyrics also lend themselves to less holiday-specific meanings, as in the rendition below:

“Light One Candle by Peter Yarrow, sung by Benny Friedman:


Video by Benny Friedman