Melanie’s most well-known song is “Brand New Key”:
“Melanie performed at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the inspiration for her signature song, “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)“, apparently arose from the Woodstock audience lighting candles during her set (although most of the “candles” were actually matches or lighters). The recording became a hit in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States in 1970. The B-side of the single featured Melanie’s spoken-word track “Candles in the Rain”. “Lay Down” became Melanie’s first Top Ten hit in America, peaking at Number 6 on the Billboard singles chart and achieving worldwide success.” -Wikipedia
Apparently, in the liner notes to her album Ring the Living Bell: A Collection. In it, she said,
“I’m a total Libertarian, and I am not a Democrat, a Socialist, or a Republican… Vote Libertarian, [and] don’t worry about wasting your vote.”
She also had this to say about government: “Totally leave us alone and we’ll be better off.”
So far, so good. A musician, self-described libertarian, and an advocate of peace.
Hooray for art and liberty.