"Fields of Gold" as written by Gordon Sumner and Dusan Bogdanovic....
You'll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley
You'll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we walk in fields of gold
So she took her love for to gaze awhile upon the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down among the fields of gold

Will you stay with me, will you be my love among the fields of barley?
We'll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we lie in fields of gold
See the west wind move like a lover so upon the fields of barley.
Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth among the fields of gold

I never made promises lightly and there have been some that I've broken
But I swear in the days still left we'll walk in fields of gold
We'll walk in fields of gold

Many years have passed since those summer days among the fields of barley
See the children run as the sun goes down among the fields of gold
You'll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky when we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold, when we walked in fields of gold

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"Fields Of Gold" as written by Dusan Bogdanovic Gordon Sumner

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  • +7
    My InterpretationIt's about two young lovers, soulmates, it's also a very spiritual song. The man dies young, and many years later, as the woman nears her death, she goes back to the place where she was most happy in her life and remembers him. The title itself "Fields of Gold" means that their love was worth far more than gold, and walking in "fields of gold" means that they have something very special and glorious between them, their love is so deep that it transcends everything, including time, space, lives, etc.
    The first stanza is going back in memory and remembering that time when she was happy with him. It describes falling in love and how exciting that feeling was. There, they swear that their love will be forever. A line I love is "we'll forget the sun in his jealous sky..." I've always taken this to mean that their time in that life is limited, that he will die a young man, and she will have to live many years without him. Forgetting the sun in the jealous sky talks about that cycle of day and night that is comparable to life and death. They are forgetting for a while that their moments together are limited and that the life they have together will end rather soon. For that while, they are just enjoying their time together, living in the moment and not thinking about anything else.
    "Many years have passed..." she returns to that physical place where she was happy with him, but also she returns to the place in her mind. It has been a long time, so things have changed. She watches children (not her own, just children playing) near this place, and the sun is setting. Here again is the life/death cycle.
    As for the west wind, it's like a trigger for her memory, that feeling ignites her memories again, and they are bittersweet, she remembers the happiness she felt for him, but there is also the pain of losing him. I've always thought of the last stanza as a switch of perspective. Whereas till that point, he was basically speaking to her telling her she will remember him, now she is speaking to him. "You can tell the sun in his jealous sky when we walked in fields of gold", meaning that because he's already passed away, he now sees the bigger picture and can tell that time cannot touch their love, for it transcends everything.
    MurasakiGreyon April 17, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song to me means he is in love deeply with a girl, and as they make love in the golden fields the sun-a powerful literary device, is actually jealous of their perfect love. It's a nice song and I'm glad it's not a real downer.
    JackSmirkingRevengeon July 18, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentSting wrote this song whilst he was looking out into his garden and watching his children (the ones he has with Trudie Styler, I presume) playing. I think its about a man looking back on his life, at the mistakes, and the happiness, and feeling satisfied.

    I adore this song. Eva Cassidy sang it very nicely, but at the end of the day, Sting wrote it, it will always be his. The way he sings it ... wow. It is the most amazing song he has ever written, even people who dont like other things he has done enjoy fields of gold. Its truely amazing.
    theladysopalon October 20, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentNo one has mentioned the Tantric aspect to this song...

    I agree that it's generally a straightforward love song, but Sting has a "spiritual" (and specifically Tantric) disposition, which I think plays into this song, particularly with the puzzling line:
    "You'll forget the sun it it's jealous sky."

    In some spiritual traditions, like Tantra, there's the concept of an ascendant and a descendant path. Ascendant is transcendent, heavenly, almost otherworldly; while descendant is worldly, manifest. (Both paths can be seen as legitimate, you can either try to transcend the world to find "God" or embrace everything of the world to find God.)

    Now, he says "Forget the sun" because he's asking her to embrace this human love, here on this earth, symbolized by the worldly "fields of barley." And he's saying that they will have such profound Love that the fields of barley will actually become "Fields of Gold." (Which is also why the Sun is jealous, because the Sun will always be transcendent and thus will never be able to experience the sacredness of manifestation.)
    KentKenton October 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is one of the most beautiful songs i ever heard
    jwiselyon January 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. As time passes these common events in our lives, like ordinary Barley, sometimes become the ones we remember and cherish and find strength in. They become Gold- the color of the ripe barley harvest. There was sorrow but the enduring relationship overcame it. Children offer hope. They could be the couples. There was common stuff like betrayal but somehow they endured and time healed.
    Whatsthewordon April 03, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Fields of Barley" means earth, and "Fields of gold" means heaven (Heaven on earth) Just watched the movie The Knowing with Nicolas Cage at the end of the movie there is the scene with the tree of life and two innocent children running through the fields of (gold)_ (barley) Stings words i feel were influenced from the teachings of the Kaballah.
    wissolighton August 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe most beautiful song ever written!!

    The melody and lyrics are a poem and I could listen to his voice forever! As soon as the song begins, I can immediately picture the beautiful fields of gold and the important scenes in life that take place within those fields...
    WhiteWolfDiefon September 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFor me, Fields Of Gold is one of the best songs ever written.
    The music as well as the lyrics are very deep and full of emotion.
    I guess the song is about a relationship that broke up long ago (I think so because of the repeated phase “You’ll remember me...”) although it seemed to be so perfect, that even the sun was jealous of it.
    The change of perspectives is quite striking: the first, third, fifth and sixth verses as well as the bridge (“I never made promises lightly...”) are written in the perspective of the lyrical I (Sting himself — the person who had the relationship) in a kind of retrospective, it seems he wants his former girlfriend to remember the past relationship, too, because he lists some of the beautiful moments the couple had (going for a walk together — 1st verse; Sting’s confession, that he loves her — 2nd verse; lie together in fields of gold). Maybe he has still got some hope, that one day this relationship will get a second chance (?).
    As a contrast, the second and fourth verses are written from the view of a third person who seems to watch another couple’s meeting in the same place (“Fields of Barley”- verse 4). In verse 4 Sting even seems to describe the feelings of the other man (“Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth”). Perhaps Sting wants to express, that there are much more broken hearted people with the same destiny he had — first a perfect relationship, but later a disappointing experience (?)
    And, finally, I think the sunset in the 5th verse is a symbol of universal transience and the running children can be seen as a symbol of hope.

    This song makes me also remember a quite similar experience of my own life. Once I performed Fields Of Gold on guitar at school together with a keyboarder I loved very much. Singing and making music with him was indescribably intense, but he didn’t love me, so all that’s left for me are these memories and the music.
    groovybassiston September 18, 2012   Link
  • +1
    MemoryThis song is so wonderful. I forgot about it for a long time, but I heard it at Starbucks on May 5 and remembered how much I loved it. It reminds me of at least 6 different things: my childhood/family, Maine, California, another song, the guy I like, and his mother.

    I was born in 1992, and Fields of Gold came out in 1993. It used to play a lot on the soft rock station my parents listened to. My parents are currently going through a separation after 29 years of marriage, and whenever I listen to this song, I think of when my parents used to at least speak to each other, when my brother and sister still lived at home, when I used to play with my neighbors before they all turned into druggies, criminals, and psychos...and everything else I loved about the '90s. I think of all the years my family lived in this house, and how that's all going to be over very soon. Listening to it often makes me cry, and the line, "See the children run as the sun goes down," makes me want to do everything I can to have a good marriage and raise good kids and not end up like my family did. Also, like other people said, this song is about commitment. He has broken promises, but the best he can do is try his best to make things work in the future.

    My family moved to Maine for my first two years of high school, and the first time I heard this song while I was there, the imagery reminded me of Maine's golden fields (like the ones on the farms I got to go past every day on my way to school) and how beautiful it was when the sun was setting over them. It was sort of the same thing when I moved back to California, except that when California's fields aren't green, many of them are more brown than golden. ; )

    I tend to like songs that are about places--this one, Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, James Taylor's Copperline, etc. Fields of Gold reminds me a lot of Copperline. I believe when I was in Maine they both reminded me a lot of a certain pretty, hilly, open area in the woods at the end of my road.

    I'm not quite sure why, but Fields of Gold also reminds me a lot of the guy I like and his mother. Besides the fact that they are beautiful too, maybe it's related to the fact that it also reminds me of the '90s and my family. Their house/his mother's business is right next to the main highway in our town, and I've probably gone past it thousands of times, but I didn't know until recently that that was what it was, or that our families both moved here in 1991.

    When I hear the line, "In his arms she fell as her hair came down," I imagine that it's a courtship at the beginning of a lifelong commitment, the woman looks like me, but older, and her hair is golden like the fields. And I love how every time he says upon/among, it sounds different. Someone else said they liked the Eva Cassidy version better because of the clarity of her voice, but I like how Sting's voice is somewhat unclear in this song. I think that makes it sound more relaxing, which is just what this song is to me. I love the way he sings the words "west wind moves" (when I hear it it's almost like I can feel the warm breeze) and many other lines. Just one of the most beautiful and touching songs I've ever heard.

    P.S. I love what norcalguy101 said.
    SuperGnaton May 15, 2011   Link

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