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 . . .


Lyrics submitted by NineMenOnRocks, edited by nemov, Mellow_Harsher, Aragorn224

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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