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Heart of Gold
Neil Young Lyrics


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I want to live
I want to give
I've been a miner
For a heart of gold
It's these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
For a heart of gold
And I'm getting old
Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
And I'm getting old

I've been to Hollywood
I've been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean
For a heart of gold
I've been in my mind
It's such a fine line
That keeps me searching
For a heart of gold
And I'm getting old
Keeps me searching
For a heart of gold
And I'm getting old

Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
You keep me searching
And I'm growing old
Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
I've been a miner
For a heart of gold

Overall Meaning

The song "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young is a reflection on the search for a deeper, more meaningful connection to life, love and spirituality. The repeated phrase "I've been a miner for a heart of gold" is a metaphor used to represent the human search for something precious and elusive, something that imbues life with a sense of purpose and joy. The miner is a symbol of the journey that each person must undertake in order to find their own heart of gold.


The lyrics of the song speak of the singer's movement through different places and experiences, including Hollywood and Redwood. Each of these experiences has left an impression on the singer, but none has quite satisfied the deep longing inside him. The fine line he speaks of is the fine line between hope and despair, between love and disillusionment. It is this line he walks and searches for his heart of gold. The singer is getting old, and the urgency of his search is heightened by this fact.


The song is often interpreted as a call to keep searching for the good in life, even when circumstances are difficult or disappointing. The message is one of hope and perseverance, even in the face of challenges. Young encourages listeners to never give up on the search for their own heart of gold, no matter how old they get or how many times they stumble.


Line by Line Meaning

I want to live
I have a desire to truly live my life to the fullest.


I want to give
I have a desire to be of service to others and make a positive impact on this world.


I've been a miner
I have spent a great deal of time searching for something very valuable, like a miner looking for gold.


For a heart of gold
I have been searching for something that is pure, rare, and precious, like a heart of gold.


It's these expressions
It's the way I choose to express myself and communicate with others.


I never give
I am always searching and striving to find what I am looking for, never giving up on this pursuit.


That keep me searching
It is the passion and drive within me that keeps me searching for my heart of gold.


And I'm getting old
I am aware that time is passing by and I need to find what I am looking for soon.


Keep me searching
I am pleading and hoping for something or someone to keep me motivated and energized in my pursuit.


I've been to Hollywood
I have experienced the glamour and excitement of fame and fortune in Hollywood.


I've been to Redwood
I have traveled to see the beauty and wonder of nature in the Redwood forests.


I crossed the ocean
I have traveled and explored far and wide.


I've been in my mind
I have been reflecting and introspecting deeply within myself, searching for answers.


It's such a fine line
It is a difficult and delicate balance to strike between searching for what I need and appreciating what I have.


That keeps me searching
It is this fine balance that keeps me striving, never giving up, and remaining determined in my search.


You keep me searching
I need someone or something outside of myself to motivate and inspire me to continue my pursuit.


And I'm growing old
I am aware that time is slipping away and I need to find what I am looking for soon.


I've been a miner
I have been mining for something valuable, something precious that I have yet to find - a heart of gold.


For a heart of gold
I am searching for something that is true, honest, and pure-hearted. Something that is as rare and precious as a heart of gold.




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Neil Young

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@haydenhoopla

I want to live,
I want to give
I've been a miner
for a heart of gold.
It's these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.
I've been to Hollywood
I've been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean
for a heart of gold
I've been in my mind,
it's such a fine line
That keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.
Keeps me searching
for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.
Keep me searching
for a heart of gold
You keep me searching
for a heart of gold
And I'm getting old.
I've been a miner
for a heart of gold



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@Candy_Mountain

I want to live
I want to give
I've been a miner
For a heart of gold
It's these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching
For a heart of gold
And I'm getting old
Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
And I'm getting old
I've been to Hollywood
I've been to Redwood
I crossed the ocean
For a heart of gold
I've been in my mind
It's such a fine line
That keeps me searching
For a heart of gold
And I'm getting old
Keeps me searching
For a heart of gold
And I'm getting old
Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
You keep me searching
And I'm growing old
Keep me searching
For a heart of gold
I've been a miner
For a heart of gold
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Neil Young



All comments from YouTube:

@bgcmotivates

This song really brings me back to when I could listen to Neil Young on Spotify…

@Harley831

Till he went libtard🥵

@snowball4982

I love Neil and I don’t like Joe Rogan but it’s so dumb that he pulled his music. 99% People who listen to Joe Rogan’s podcast have no clue who Neil Young even is.

@jvall5879

The good ol days 🥲

@patrickmarsh2538

Wtf happened?

@ThatOherDude

Right 😩 like I hate that he pulled his music, but I get it. Gotta stick to your morals

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@davidcoblentz6264

It's April 15th 2024. I'm leaving this here as a message to anyone who reads this. Cherish all the important people in your lives. We never know when their clocks will end. Some live longer than others. Most Importantly cherish your loved ones. Today marks the final chapter of someone important to me. I'm tired of everyone dying. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

@nalaandsimba2177

Lost my sister in Aug 2023. Tragic accident...my life will never be the same...I hear you loud and clear. God bless you and yours. ❤

@nalaandsimba2177

P.S. She loved Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Kidd Rock and old soul country rock. 🙏 Never a day she didn't smile...

@yeve5819

It’s so true, you never know when your last breath will be. I just got out of the doctors office, I am fortunate enough that the news that I got today were good news. The last couple of weeks had been really tough for my mind. This weeks made reflect a lot about what I’m doing with my life. About how much I really love my family and much I love living. It might sound silly but many times we just take life for granted but it’s not. Life is full of good and bad surprises. Sending you a big hug🫂 🤍

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