▶ Song: “Come Light The Candles” — Sammy Davis Jr and Marvin Hamlisch (Oscars, 1978)

The Song “Come Light The Candles” was composed by Marvin Hamlisch, with Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. (Performance: Oscars, 1978)

This version was performed by Sammy Davis, Jr. with Marvin Hamlisch at the piano to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). (Oscars, Year 1978) Visit the Oscars

Sammy Davis and MH The song was performed during the “In Memoriam” segment.

Beautiful music and Lyrics!

We remember Sammy Davis Jr. (1925–1990) and Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012)

WATCH — Song: Come Light The Candles:

Lyrics (By Carole Bayer Sager)

Standing here amidst the lights

Another year, a special night


Another chance

to see my friends

I hope this party

never ends


I love the music

and the madness

How I love the party. The party.

Come light the candles

So the party can begin.

Sing tomorrow in

Just one more time.

Just when I think I see

Those candles growing dim

Your song plays

One more time.

Friends I hope to touch again,

Share my laughter

just with them.

Where are they Tonight?

Feeling pride in those we choose

Though some will win,

we all will lose, tonight.


This party should have been

For them you see

How they loved the party!

My friends. A party!

Come light the candles

So the party can begin

Sing tomorrow in

Just one more time.

Let’s drink a toast

To the ones we miss the most

As their song plays

One more time

You always knew

How much this world

Could use a party

But did you know

How much we needed

You to come.

And if you had to take a pass

At one more party

I tell you this

Should not have been the one.

Just one more time

Just close your eyes

And we’ll see their face again.

Though your days are gone

They live on, they lead on.

Let your song play

One more time

One more time.

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Source: Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Music of Marvin Hamlisch