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Deconstructed cover
Ke$ha
Written by Hugh Moffatt
Rosemary Sebert
Produced by Greg Kurstin
Sean Cimino
Length 3:37 (Deconstructed version)
4:26 (Rainbow version)

"Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" is a song performed by Joe Sun. It was written by Kesha’s mother and covered by Dolly Parton, which gave the song mainstream success.

Kesha's versionsEdit

Kesha covered the song on her second studio extended play, Deconstructed. On the Kesha and the Creepies: Fuck the World Tour it was frequently performed live. Kesha covered the song yet again on her third album Rainbow in a duet with Parton.

LyricsEdit

Rainbow versionEdit

Downtown tonight, I saw an old friend, someone who
I used to take comfort from long before I met you
I caught a spark in his eyes of forgotten desire
With a word, or a touch, I could've rekindled that fire

But old flames can't hold a candle to you
No one can light up the night like you do
Flickering embers of love
I've known one or two
But old flames can't hold a candle to you
Oh, yeah, ooh

But sometimes at night, I think of old lovers I've known
And I remember how holding them helped me not feel so alone
(feel so alone)
Then I feel you beside me, and even their memories are gone
Like stars in the night, lost in the sweet light of dawn

Oh, but old flames can't hold a candle to you
No one can light up the night like you do
Flickerin' embers of love
I've known one or two
But old flames can't hold a candle to you
But old flames can't hold a candle to you
Oh, yeah

Deconstructed versionEdit

Downtown tonight
I saw an old friend
Someone who I use to take comfort from long before I met you
I saw a spark in his eyes of forgotten desire
With a word, or a touch, I could've rekindled that fire

But old flames can't hold a candle to you
No one can light up the night like you do
Flickering embers of love, I've known one or two
But old flames can't hold a candle to you

Sometimes at night, I think of old lovers I've known
Remember 'em holding them helps me not feel so alone
And I feel you beside me
And even their memories are gone like stars in the night
Lost in the sweet light of dawn

But old flames can't hold a candle to you
No one can light up the night like you do
Flickering embers of love
Flickering embers of love, I've known one or two
Old flames can't hold a candle to you, mmm