"Days Were Golden" as written by and Jeremy Enigk....
The days were golden
We were known to be
We won't escape this memory forward on
To the place we sail

All to believe
When you raise an iron hand
This place without a song for all
The words just crawl

Glimmering and everything another skull
You said it was dangerous
Found out the place where you're going
Follow me down the path
I take your hopes I promise you this
A dying cold world but gold
Shimmering gold

Come momma now tell me the story
Only laughing
About our gilded wasteland
Devoured torn into pieces
Come now we shine
Small things ever calling out your name
You hear some other time unchained alive
A world undefined

All to be free
When you raise an open hand
This place without a wall
The words just grow


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"Days Were Golden" as written by Jeremy Enigk

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    General CommentSunny Day Real Estate....
    Is it possible to put on paper how this band touches anyone who loves them?
    Iv loved this band since 1996, Jeremy Enigk has been my fav. artist since then. Theres not another vocalist out there who expresses emotion in such a way as Enigk. The howling... The Falsetto... If its not pounding you with wave of bitterness after wave, its uplifting beyond Cloud 9.
    NothingTwoLoze1988on January 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA very good song.
    melancholy_jellyfishon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti know hes talking about the old days being golden...but is he talking about his mom too??
    Astiocleson April 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me fall to pieces.
    ReOffenderon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm 100% sure he says 'come on now tell me the....'
    Pustulioon December 08, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionBest SDRE Song of all, in my opionion.

    I can only take a guess at what it is supposed to mean, given that this song is just as hard to interpret as pretty much every other Sunny Day Real Estate song!

    I think that Enigk is talking about how his life used to be when he was a child, more carefree and innocent. Perhaps it is about realizing that certain things his mother had taught him in his youth he should have listened to more...

    "glimmering and everything another skull
    you said it was dangerous
    found out the place where you're going
    follow me down the path
    I take your hopes I promise you this
    a dying cold world but gold
    shimmering gold"

    I think this verse is supposed to represent the fact that Enigks mother tried to instill religious ethics in him, but maybe he didn't take it to heart until later on in his life when he had a change of heart..

    Agian this is just my take, this is a very complex song if you ask me...
    SVTristanon October 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is simply dripping with nostalgia, which makes it so compelling. Back a few months ago going through some "difficult" stuff, the live version really teared me up.
    regahsofon May 13, 2010   Link

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