Put your hands on the wheel
Let the golden age begin
Let the window down
Feel the moonlight on your skin
Let the desert wind
Cool your aching head
Let the weight of the world
Drift away instead

These day I barely get by
I don't even try

It's a treacherous road
With a desolated view
There's distant lights
But here they're far and few
And the sun don't shine
Even when its day
You gotta drive all night
Just to feel like you're ok

These days I barely get by
I don't even try



Lyrics submitted by AlkalineSkiba1

"The Golden Age" as written by Craig Mackenzie Armstrong, A. R. Rahman

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    General Comment:To me, this song is about someone who only finds escape--their "Golden Age"--in forgetting their problems, though they seem to aknowledge that it's just a temporary fix. It makes me think of driving through the desert all night all alone and thinking of both nothing and everything. Very lovely.

    Oh, and by the way, this was used in the second half of the "Friday Night Lights" trailer.
    Pomaceouson January 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:this song is really really freaking good. it sounds like he just broke up with his gal. and he feels like goin for a drive. like he just wants to get away. like he needs to get his mind straight. and this song is how hes feeling when hes driving. when my girlfriend broke it off with me i played this album straight for like 2 months. was a good help. i also listened to moon safari by air. also nice.
    caramelprisoneron June 18, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I'm not trying to act all "high and mighty", but when I read your comment I thought "The Velvet Underground" doesn't do that song. And I checked before I said anything. They don't. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.
    blink_kitty23on June 03, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:They dont...

    But this song is so powerful... I've said it for all the songs on this album, and that's because I listen to albums as a whole... This was a perfect way to start Sea Change. Sort of set the mood for the album. This album is Beck's finest so far, in my opinion. It almost brings a tear to my eye.
    kaisuteon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:This song is similar to many and the song "California" by phantom planet comes to mind when I hear this song. The song suggests the experience of returning to Traditional values and meaning of the Solar or Sun cultures of the past. From aztecs to norwegians this worldview is well known in European cultures but almost unheard of in the States.

    The vedas write about an age called Kali Yuga which is our present age and it is also known as the age of Iron. The dark age. Where nilhism and decadense rule and people are isolated from truth, meaning, and values.

    The return to the golden age is about this time and the changes to come. Those who have been good students of culture and history will understand this interpretation. Writers like Julius Evola are authors who explained clearly how this age has come to be as it is and what can be done to survive it. The golden age is the cycle following the end of the iron age and is likely to end in a destructive way as current events clearly show. The song is a strong reminder of how the fire of truth can be as effective as any nuclear force can be in changing things. Although, the truth is the much prefered fire of change compared to its alternative! Let the Golden Age Begin!
    PrethGOGon May 10, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:Man, did you write a term paper on this or something, Preth? Kudos to your excellent writing.

    The golden age hasn't begun yet, though. (In the context of the song)

    The golden age may be the time and changes to come, but the third stanza (particularly) conveys a sense of desolation.
    Imagine driving a long, long time. Imagine, even, immigrants coming to America in the 1800's. You're leaving what you've known behind, and you're looking for something better... but there's an awful lot of space inbetween what was and what will be.

    I'm not saying that this is a story, by any means, but it's beautiful, by god.

    Peace.
    Greyshoeson December 11, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:this song means to me that even though he's still going through the mess of a break-up, he's starting to get that feeling you get when you just about know you're going to make it through this. Kinda like the end of a movie. All the bad shit has happened and although everything's not all right, the person made it through all of it and is driving off in the end to a better life. I don't know. It's a beautiful song.
    gandalf1980on April 26, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:yeah its pretty straight forward

    if youre ever feeling depressed, pop in this cd and take a nice and calm late night drive. let the golden age begin..
    abusingeddieon July 16, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:I like the intruments in the song. I cant really make out what some of them are. Windchimes or retuned guitars or something? Ah well its a great song!
    whiskeyclonehotelon September 04, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:The album sea change reflects his depressed state after he split up with his long, long-term girlfriend. To me, this song seems to be written from the perspective of a lonely guy wandering through sadness and lonliness, pondering on whatever reasons he has left to live, "These days, I barely get by..."
    Tom_999on February 11, 2006   Link

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