"Fools Gold" as written by Ian George Brown and John Squire....
The gold road's sure a long road
Winds on through the hills for 15 days
The pack on my back is aching
The straps seem to cut me like a knife
Repeat
I'm no clown I won't back down
I don't need you to tell me what's going down
Down down down
I'm standing alone, I'm watching you all
I'm seeing you sinking
I'm standing alone, you're weighing the gold
I'm watching you sinking
Fool's gold
These boots weren't made for walking
The marquis de sade never made no boots like these
Gold's just around the corner
Breakdown's coming up round the bend
Sometimes you have to try to get along dear
I know the truth and I know what you're thinking
Down down down
I'm standing alone, I'm watching you all
I'm seeing you sinking
I'm standing alone, you're weighing the gold
I'm watching you sinking
Fool's gold


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"Fools Gold" as written by Christopher Hamilton Bell Tom Bailey

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  • +6
    General CommentI heard it's about ian's brother who was in the army, 'pack on my back in aching, straps seem to cut me like a knife' and 'these boots were made for walking' are lines which could certainly back this up.
    maybe he's emphasising on the fact that people want glory for fighting for their country, 'I'm no clown I won't back down' is the opinion of people who don't want to be called a coward for not going to war. It's what propaganda did to people, made them believe they were cowards for not fighting (or should we say dying?) for their country. But really, the're not going to get glory for going to war, the're getting a fool's victory. Fool's gold.
    wordsandbirdson May 12, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General Commentboomp bomp bubba bubba bomp bubba bubba bubba bu bomp bomp.. the bass line is bitchin'
    shoegazinon April 17, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIts about avaracious desire and rejecting the selfish greed that surrounds us all.
    BoHoon February 06, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's based around the character development of Humphry Bogart and co ithe classic Treasure Of Sierra Madre film from the 1940s. "I'm standing alone, I'm watching you all.." Bogart and his friends go gold prospecting in the mountains and slowly greed turns him insane and jealous.
    If you think about it on another level it's also Brown commenting on the band's slow and rocky rise to fame.
    In hindsight it's his greatest set of lyrics ever as it really shows what happened to the Roses. The greed of manager Gareth Evans and the drugs and fall-outs which destroyed the band.
    He wrote it before his fallout with Squire but now it just speaks volumes about Squire.
    Incidentally it's the greatest single of all time, almost 20 years after I first heard it still.
    withnailson December 14, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo me this song is about how good it is to be right, in a kind of "told you so" way. You know it's fool's gold and you just sit back, relax and watch them sink into the mire.
    alexvickerson June 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSure some of you know this song was used for the last scene of "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells"

    And any other song would have ruined the scene, in comparison. It's that good.
    lolitsjohnon April 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust think it's about greed.

    If you want to hear a song about smack, listen to Hey Jude.


    Anybody heard from Squire?
    pton August 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSquire and Brown went hitching round europe, im sure i read that this refers to that in some way. My take is that its telling some girl to stop being so money obsessed. Got to be one of the most poetic dance songs ever recorded and the de Sade line is sh*t hot.
    hipshoton January 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'd have to agree with hipshot, the Marquis de Sade reference is absolutely fantastic. If there's one good example of Ian Brown and ohn Squire working together, it's this. Classic Roses, if I were to compile my own personal Stone Roses greatest hits this would be on it, no mistake.
    alfiebabyon March 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is a play on the book The treasure of sierra madre, read the book and you will find out the meaning of the song
    Stevemhullon December 12, 2006   Link

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