"Little Golden Age" as written by and Spencer Kyle Krug Arlen Thompson....
You live in a place long long ago
Where nothing moves, and time goes slow
And someone sang about a golden age
In summertime park, drinking in the dark
This place was the machine that put the iron in your heart

So we hung around, and we hung around, and we hung around for days
In the parking lot stoned, the stars shone out of phase
And the rain came down, cassettes were out, oh no
And you left town, feeling pretty down
With your headphones, and your coat, and your dirty graduation gown

You were in the bedroom singing radio songs
Sing loud, sing all night Emily
Needed something to help you along

Freeze, freeze, freeze little golden age
Freeze, freeze, freeze little golden age

And I don't miss my little golden age
Cause the body takes the heart, takes the heart from place to place
But this place still stands, this place remains unchanged
And you can't go back but who would want to anyway

You were in your bedroom singing radio songs
Sing loud, sing all night Emily
Needed something to help you along

My little golden age, golden age
My little golden age, golden age
My little golden age, golden age
My little golden age, golden age


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"Little Golden Age" as written by Dan Boeckner Arlen Thompson

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    General CommentThis song is about growing up and graduating high school in a small town.

    "“Graduating in a small town is such a very specific thing – you probably already have job, you’re thrust into adulthood,” he said.

    “It’s not like you have the option to go study mythology at McGill , it’s a very rural middle class thing to idolize your last high school summer.”

    The key lyric from “Little Golden Age” was an effort to fend off any nostalgia for that rural reverence: “I don’t miss my little golden age, ‘cause the body takes the heart... around from place to place...you can’t go back, who would want to anyway?” It’s a line that doesn’t refer to the revisiting of his roots, but rather the reopening of old wounds."

    seemagazine.com/article/music/music-previews/just-a-small-town-boy-4459/
    stealthissoundon July 30, 2010   Link
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    General Comment*This song is about college (if you enjoyed it the right way.)

    You live in a place long long ago
    Where nothing moves, and time goes slow
    And someone sang about a golden age
    In summertime park, drinking in the dark
    This place was the machine that put the iron in your heart

    * Its a time that feels long ago, but really wasn't that long ago. Where everything was carefree and you were having the time of your life and you thought it would never end.


    So we hung around, and we hung around, and we hung around for days
    In the parking lot stoned, the stars shone out of phase
    And the rain came down, cassettes were out, oh no
    And you left town, feeling pretty down
    With your headphones, and your coat, and your dirty graduation gown

    * This part of the song relates to the time after the graduation where they hung out in their college town for a little longer. Then it was time to move on (the rain came down) and college was over and that part of their lives was done and it was hard to let it go.

    You were in the bedroom singing radio songs
    Sing loud, sing all night Emily
    Needed something to help you along

    * This Emily character is still missing that life and music helps her cope with leaving college behind and facing the real world

    Freeze, freeze, freeze little golden age
    Freeze, freeze, freeze little golden age

    * wishes college could have lasted forever

    And I don't miss my little golden age
    Cause the body takes the heart, takes the heart from place to place
    But this place still stands, this place remains unchanged
    And you can't go back but who would want to anyway

    * Singer states he doesn't miss it because there will be good times to be found along the road and even though the college and the town are still there as they always were, they really aren't there for his graduating class any more because their times have passed and its a whole different world now so whats the point of going back?


    * After hearing this song one time, I connected it with leaving the college world and entering the real world. Maybe cuz Im a recent graduate so I can really relate.




    gadrobcm16on June 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is just kind of simply about not wanting a really good time to end. And looking back on it after its over and realizing you can never go back to where you were or those times.
    allyfalcon42on July 14, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti agree allyfalcon42

    he's doesnt want to look back at his past and realize that his best, most fun years were behind him. If you think about, that's a really depressing thought.

    I guess people who have this great experience of college in all of it's excesses & glam, as gadrobcm16 described in their theory, can somewhat relate to this sad epiphany.
    sonoflifeon July 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTo me it seems that the song starts out pretty nostalgic, with him remembering another time before responsibility, when you would "sing about a golden age."

    I think the most important part of this song is certainly this stanza:

    And I don't miss my little golden age
    Cause the body takes the heart, takes the heart from place to place
    But this place still stands, this place remains unchanged
    And you can't go back but who would want to anyway

    He doesn't miss it, because he realizes that every part of life is simply another phase, and if he wants to return to one phase, he'll find himself missing out on all the other phases of life. He also makes the statement that his little golden age will always be the same. It will always be perfect, and I think he doesn't want to return to that time because the nostalgia will be gone and it will no longer be perfect.

    Perfect song for the everyman.
    TheDonutDanon January 05, 2015   Link

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