"Sister Golden Hair" as written by and Gerry Beckley....
Well I tried to make it Sunday, but I got so damn depressed
That I set my sights on Monday and I got myself undressed
I ain't ready for the altar but I do agree there's times
When a woman sure can be a friend of mine

Well, I keep on thinkin' 'bout you, Sister Golden Hair surprise
And I just can't live without you; can't you see it in my eyes?
I been one poor correspondent, and I been too, too hard to find
But it doesn't mean you ain't been on my mind

Will you meet me in the middle, will you meet me in the air?
Will you love me just a little, just enough to show you care?
Well I tried to fake it, I don't mind sayin', I just can't make it

Well, I keep on thinkin' 'bout you, Sister Golden Hair surprise
And I just can't live without you; can't you see it in my eyes?
Now I been one poor correspondent, and I been too, too hard to find
But it doesn't mean you ain't been on my mind

Will you meet me in the middle, will you meet me in the air?
Will you love me just a little, just enough to show you care?
Well I tried to fake it, I don't mind sayin', I just can't make it

Doo wop doo wop ...


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"Sister Golden Hair" as written by Gerry Beckley

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  • +3
    General CommentI think it's about a commitment-phobic man who just can't seem to get up enough "huevos" to actually marry the woman he says he adores.
    CuteSparkinaon May 09, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about a guy who, although tried to prevent himself from falling for this woman, did so anyway. Because he resisted her at first, she keeps her distance from him now and, now he regrets pushing her away at first.

    Great song by the way.
    craigbenjion April 18, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAwesome song.
    One thing to add though--
    Why does he call her "*Sister* Golden Hair?"
    And why would he want to make it Sunday anyway?
    Yes, the altar thing could be interpreted as simply his reluctance to marry, but I'm not sure.
    My mom says that she must be a nun, which *would* explain a lot-- make it all a lot more romantic too, him professing his love, and in such beautiful terms, to someone who has made vows against intimacy. "I ain't ready for the altar" -- instead of being interpreted as his reluctance at the thought of marriage, maybe his reluctance at the thought of devoting himself to the priesthood?

    I'm not saying it's what the song really is about, but somehow I feel I'd like it better if it *were* about that.
    synthwrron May 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThe song was inspired by the mothers of the three band mates - all blonde, hence the collective term "sister golden hair". The meaning is obvious, a man unable to commit but realizes he cannot live without the woman he was unable to commit himself to - his message to her is he still loves her in spite of this and now he is seeking it all out. Will she meet him in the middle etc. - he now is not afraid to admit that he can't live without her but will she allow him the chance.
    Snowdazedon February 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't by any means think this is what it's about, but I thought.... well what if the guy is gay? I mean he did say stuff about the whole " I do agree there's times when a woman sure can be a friend of mine". But then I thought, well no because that doesn't go along with the whole I love you thing.
    I agree with pretty much everyone else. And I like the nun thing.
    I have to say though, maybe he only thinks of her as a sister. SHE wants it to be more, but he's going.... well no. I'm not ready for the altar. But I can't live without you because I love you, but in a sisterly way, and I tried to fake that I love you, but I really don't love you as a lover. And it would be depressing if you were in a situation like that.
    Well there's my two cents.
    mongoosestalkeron December 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwho shoved a spoon up rigel's ass? good lord.

    i can't see the nun angle, either. there just isn't enough to back it up. the first two lines, though, really describe how I feel... well, just about every weekend. you wake up sunday, ready to do something important, and you start feeling unproductive (depressed, as he says). you do nothing all day but goof off and prepare for the week ahead. saying "i got myself undressed" is symbolic of that. it also plays in with talk about the altar later in the verse. I think the whole sunday-altar religious thing is there, but it's just a theme and not the actual subject of the song. there isn't a single definitive reference to religion or nuns in the whole song.

    one should not overly complicate lyrics... if it looks like a love song and sounds like a love song... well, i think it's a damned love song. ... which is also an amazing piece of music.
    epiphanysterroron May 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Well I tried to make it Sunday, but I got so damn depressed
    That I set my sights on Monday and I got myself undressed"

    This offers that he made an effort, and that he tried to arrive on 'Sunday' (I took it to be a wedding), but when he got depressed, he set a new goal for Monday, trying to focus on something else. Also, this 'Sunday' may have been or happened a while back and he is explaining..

    "I ain't ready for the altar but I do agree there's times
    When a woman sure can be a friend of mine"

    The meaning of the first line is obvious. His use of "but" makes me think that by saying "a woman sure can be a friend of mine" insinuates not just a stereotype friend as such, but a more rather personal, lover-type because he is saying he isn't ready for it, but that is not to say there isn't times when he feels he is ready.

    "Well, I keep on thinkin' 'bout you, Sister Golden Hair surprise
    And I just can't live without you; can't you see it in my eyes?"

    Here, whether he has only just realised it or not, he knows he "can't live without" 'Sister Golden Hair'.
    My take on his choice word of 'Sister' is that it doesn't necessarily imply the love or relation of a sister, maybe more of a term of indearment..
    'Golden Hair surprise', obviously, she has 'golden' hair, but whether it was her golden hair that was the surprise, 'Sister Golden Hair' herself, an event that took place, or the fact that she has token hold of his love.

    "I been one poor correspondent, and I been too, too hard to find
    But it doesn't mean you ain't been on my mind"

    So she has/had been trying to get in touch with him, whether by mail or whatnot, and can/could not find him..
    But he goes on to say that although it may seem as if it is deliberate, his lack of correspondence has nothing to do with the fact of loving her or not, and he does think of her.

    "Will you meet me in the middle, will you meet me in the air?
    Will you love me just a little, just enough to show you care?"

    Now, perhaps after a while, he is asking if this woman will forgive him, and even though he may not have met her at halfway before, he is willing now and is asking for her back.
    Maybe the line "Will you love me just a little, just enough to show you care?" infers his efforts to find her again, and is asking for her to "love" him enough to show she cares by "corresponding" with him again.

    "Well I tried to fake it, I don't mind sayin', I just can't make it "

    I think this could be a link back to that 'Sunday', to bring your mind back to where this all started, and to repeat what he first felt in the beginning, and that it doesn't necessarily mean he is feeling this now, after he has said and done all this to gain 'Sister Golden Hair''s love back. Maybe, though, it could mean that he still isn't ready for said 'alter', but he wants her back and is willing.

    "Well, I keep on thinkin' 'bout you, Sister Golden Hair surprise
    And I just can't live without you; can't you see it in my eyes?
    Now I been one poor correspondent, and I been too, too hard to find
    But it doesn't mean you ain't been on my mind

    Will you meet me in the middle, will you meet me in the air?
    Will you love me just a little, just enough to show you care?
    Well I tried to fake it, I don't mind sayin', I just can't make it "

    And the verses and chorus again, to reinforce his efforts and love.

    I'm not sure about it, that's just my take on it all or what I think it could mean. I don't think anyone will ever be 100% correct, whether it is guessing which words symbolise what, or the reasons behind it.
    I do love this song, though.
    Gemhead.on August 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"CuteSparkina" hit the nail right on the head...at least to me that's what the song is about.
    Thia007on November 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah golfret I gotta agree with rigel......they're a good band, but they weren't exactly rock and roll.....more folk like....and your signature sucks
    Sukaion June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally this is my favorite America song. They were a really good soft rock band and that definately played a role in the whole picture of rock music. Soft rock is as important as any other derivative (progressive rock, hard rock , heavy metal). They would have been better if the lyrics had been better
    liverdudeon June 25, 2003   Link

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