"We Are Golden" as written by and Michael Holbrook Penniman....
Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
Running around like a clown on purpose
Who gives a damn about the family you come from?
No givin' up when you?re young and you want some

Running around again
(Running around again)
Running from running

Waking up in the midday sun
What's to live for?
You could see what I've done
Staring at emotion
In the light of day
I was running from the things that you?d say

We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden

Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
Running around like a clown on purpose
Who gives a damn about the family you come from?
No giving up when you?re young and you want some

Running around again
(Running around again)
Running from running
Running around again
(Running around again)
Running from running

I was a boy at an open door
Why you staring
Do you still think that you know?
Looking for treasure
In the things that you threw
Like a magpie
I live for glitter, not you

We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden

Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
Running around like a clown on purpose
Who gives a damn about the family you come from?
No giving up when you?re young and you want some

Now I'm sitting alone
I'm finally looking around
Left here on my own
I'm gonna hurt myself
Maybe losing my mind
I'm still wondering why
Had to let the world let it bleed me dry

We are not what you think we are
We are not what you think we are
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden

Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
Running around like a clown on purpose
Who gives a damn about the family you come from?
No giving up when you?re young and you want some

Running around again
(Running around again)
Running from running
Running around again
(Running around again)
Running from running

We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden


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"We Are Golden" as written by Michael Holbrook Penniman

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  • +4
    My InterpretationTo me it seems rather obvious and is just about the teenage, young adult 18-21 lifestyle.

    Waking up in the midday sun
    What's to live for?
    You could see what I've done
    Staring at emotion
    In the light of day
    I was running from the things that you'd say


    So this (as well as the chorus) sets the scene for the protagonist as someone who parties hard and wakes up at midday. He's finding himself as all young adults are, and not in the best of ways. There is an authority figure here saying grow up, but he/she is ignoring and just doing their own thing.


    I was a boy at an open door
    Why you staring
    Do you still think that you know?
    Looking for treasure
    In the things that you threw
    Like a magpie
    I live for glitter, not you


    This is what really seals the deal for me. As I am completely over the whole clubbing, getting drunk phase, however looking for treasure could not be more true. In the quest to define myself, I have tried about everything there is always looking for the greener grass over the hill, the shiny treasure. An example would be relationships, I've had my fair share and these days I just do multiple open relationships, so for example I live for the ride not the people (or her).


    Now I'm sitting alone
    I'm finally looking around
    Left here on my own
    I'm gonna hurt myself
    Maybe losing my mind
    I'm still wondering why
    Had to let the world let it bleed me dry


    This is the sad ending, say 5 years or so has passed, and he never did find himself unfortunately.
    baluptonon August 10, 2009   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThis is probably one of my all time favorite songs! I've been listening to is non-stop for the past hour and it just makes me grin from ear to ear.

    To me, this song is just about discovering yourself. People tend to really experiment with who they are during their teens/early 20's and I think this song embodies this confusing time perfectly.

    Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
    Running around like a clown on purpose
    Who gives a damn about the family you come from?
    No giving up when you're young and you want some

    These lines are sort of saying that teens run around and seem to be up to no good but are just sort of having fun and trying to find themselves. The part about the family seems to mean that you can be whoever you want to be, regardless on the type of family you came from. Your family doesn't define you, you define yourself.


    I was a boy at an open door
    Why you staring
    Do you still think that you know?
    Looking for treasure
    In the things that you threw
    Like a magpie
    I live for glitter, not you

    Like bibop, I think this song also touches on MIKA himself trying to discover who he is. Mika being "a boy at an open door" could relate to the fact that many believe he is gay but he hasn't confirmed not denied this. And this part is just about him coming to terms with who he really is. He's wondering why people stare at him, possibly pointing out that whether he is gay or not doesn't really matter in the long run. He's also sort of musing about how people speculate about his sexuality with the line "Do you still think that you know?"

    He lives for his music and his fans, the "glitter" of his life. His personal life doesn't matter since he's found himself and he's happy with who he is. He doesn't care what others think about him because he lives "for the glitter, not you." I believe this also ties into the song title and repeated line, "We are golden." Everyone is golden because teens in the song are just having fun and trying to find themselves. By saying they are golden, Mika is sort of saying that you are perfect that way you are and that once you find yourself, you will be golden.
    VioletteSkyon August 11, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI believe that this song is saying that it doesnt matter where your from, your sexual orientation, race, gender, or political ideas, because we are all precious and unique.
    scottishbumpkinon September 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe this song is about exploring his homosexualty and the confusion of discovering this feelings... Having problems with someone who can't accept it, feeling bad about it on the one hand (because of the "hurting himself"-line) but on the other hand also enjoying it and being pride.
    bibopon August 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe chorus is awfully close to the hook from "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (Rick Nowels/Ellen Shipley; most people know Belinda Carlisle's recording). Not sure whether to take it as a tribute or just a near-copy...
    Professor Mon September 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think the song is trying to say teenages all have dreams and asking them to live it out no matter who you are or what family background u come from and etc
    ForsakenSoulzon November 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt doesn't take too much to understand what's going on here. As far as I'm concerned, there are two types of people over 20: the ones who actually remember what it's like to be a teenager, and the ones who pretend they don't. I'm with Mika on this -- it can be horrible, but it can also be brilliant and creative and wonderful. The trick is that you have to *force* the wonderfulness. Even then, it will only be some of the time, but that's the part that defines you. I'm well out of my teenage years, and I don't think there's anything you could do to convince me to go back, but I think both Mika and I approached those years the right way -- which includes not forgetting how intense everything is.
    Professor Mon March 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI always thought i was a kind of cheer up song for 'outsiders' do not know the word
    To encourage them to keep being the person they are even if it is not widely accepted as cool
    I think Mika was a outsider to and still is a bit. So the message is: Be different if you are you are cool that way
    BrILjanTjeon May 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am very confused about this song.
    i THINK its like, adults blame young people for a lot of rubbish, when infact, the young people are innocent.
    and their fed up of it?
    i have no idea its quite confusing :L x
    bexaayon August 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm getting two opposing voices: the kid who claims to know best (who gives a damn, we are not what you think, etc), and the one who finally realises they're all alone after they abandoned their family.
    senillseson August 05, 2009   Link

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