Silver and gold
Silver and gold
Everyone wishes for it
How do you measure its worth
Just by the pleasure it gives
Here on Earth

Oh, I'm getting old
Oh, I'm getting old
Everyone wishes for youth
How have I wasted my life
Trusting the pleasure it gives?
Here on Earth

Lord come with fire
Lord come with fire
Everyone's wasting their time
Storing up treasure in vain
Trusting the pleasure it gives
Here on Earth

Oh, I see the end
Oh, I see the end
Everyone is waiting for death
How do you measure its worth?
Justice delivers its gift
Here on Earth

Silver and gold . . .


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Justice Delivers Its Death song meanings
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    General CommentI think this song is pretty obviously about the futility of everything we do on this Earth and how death is a final and beautiful justice for those who place their treasure in heaven and not on Earth. Stevens sings, "Lord come with fire." He incites God to end the misery that accompanies the trust put in Earthly treasure.
    In a way the song comes as a large surprise on the album. When we see "Silver and Gold" on the cover of a Christmas Box Set, we might think of Christmas-y things like the gifts of the Magi, sparkly Christmas lights or precious moments shared between friends and family members. In fact Stevens adds a deeper meaning to the phrase "Silver and Gold"; something so much more important than the goofy Christmas Spirit we all enjoy in Stevens' Christmas music.
    dani.r36on November 10, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionThis song expresses to me how the inbred belief that we all are to strive for siler and gold on this earth is questionable. Comparing yourself to others that have more or being obsessed with obtaining more worldly possesions means little in the end or the scope of things.

    Sufjan is saying your gift is right here on earth but your looking right past it. All the material wealth is not what defines you. You define yourself with your actions here on earth and not in your religious belief that in the afterlife your salvation will come based on the silver & gold you mistook for happiness in this world.
    cosmos44on February 08, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthis song has a lot of parallels to the book of Revelations. "Lord come with Fire" parallels the angles trumpets the spit fire down in earth during the end of the world. The part about wasting time storing treasure also comes from the part in revelations where the Angels have sounded their trumpets and the four horsemen have come, yet there were still people who did not repent and clung to their idols of gold, silver, bronze... These people trusted in their earthly pleasures until the very end.

    Sufjan is calling out for earthly pleasure to end. Earthly pleasure might not always seem to be a bad thing but it is in direct conflict with what God wants for us. So Sufjan is asking for God to finally come and take Earthly pleasure away. Similar concept in his song Angels we have heard on high, where he basically says Christianity is where dreams become your greatest danger. He is saying here that doing whatever you want all the time doesn't fly in Christianity. It's all about God and what He wants for you.

    I love Sufjans music and lyrics so much. I don't like giving a Christian meaning to all his songs because I don't think all his songs have Christian undertones, but this one is pretty blatant with the mention of the Lord.
    alpacas21on January 23, 2015   Link

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