Fields of Gold
Eva Cassidy Lyrics


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You'll remember me when the west wind moves
Among the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold

So she took her love for to gaze awhile
Among 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?
And you can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in 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

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

Ooh
Many years have passed since those summer days
Among the fields of barley
See the children run as the sun goes down
As you lie in fields of gold

You'll remember me when the west wind moves
Among 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, ooh

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Eva Cassidy's song Fields of Gold describe a memory that will last, even when time has passed. When the west wind moves, the singer will be remembered by the person they are addressing, and this memory will be associated with the fields of barley. It is through the setting of the fields of barley that their memory will be anchored. The jealousy of the sun is anthropomorphized, and suggests that the moment in the fields of gold was so beautiful that even the celestial bodies were envious.


The second verse of the song offers more detail about the moment in the fields of barley. The woman in the song is taking time to gaze at the fields of barley, and is joined by a lover. They embrace among the fields of gold, again describing sunlight in anthropomorphic terms as being jealous. The imagined conversation between the two lovers suggests a hope for a future together.


The final verse reflects back on the memory, years later. The children running as the sun goes down and the fields of barley suggest a continuity of life and love in the natural world. Even in the future, the west wind will blow and the sun will still be jealous, but the memory will still be cherished.


Line by Line Meaning

You'll remember me when the west wind moves
You'll think of me when the westerly breeze blows


Among the fields of barley
In the midst of the barley fields


You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
You can see the sun, enviously glaring down on us


When we walked in fields of gold
When we strolled together amidst the golden fields


So she took her love for to gaze awhile
She went to admire her love for some time


Among the fields of barley
In the midst of the barley fields


In his arms she fell as her hair came down
She fell into his arms as her hair tumbled down


Among the fields of gold
In the midst of the golden fields


Will you stay with me? Will you be my love
Will you remain by my side? Will you be my beloved?


Among the fields of barley?
In the midst of the barley fields?


And you can tell the sun in his jealous sky
And you can see the sun, enviously glaring down on us


When we walked in fields of gold
When we strolled together amidst the golden fields


I never made promises lightly
I never made promises carelessly


And there have been some that I've broken
And there were some promises that I've failed to keep


But I swear in the days still left
But I pledge to you, in the days to come


We'll walk in fields of gold
We'll take leisurely strolls in the golden fields


We'll walk in fields of gold
We'll take leisurely strolls in the golden fields


Ooh
A vocalization expressing emotion


Many years have passed since those summer days
A great deal of time has gone by since those summer days


Among the fields of barley
In the midst of the barley fields


See the children run as the sun goes down
Observe as the children run when the sun sets


As you lie in fields of gold
As you rest in the golden fields


You'll remember me when the west wind moves
You'll think of me when the westerly breeze blows


Among the fields of barley
In the midst of the barley fields


You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
You can see the sun, enviously glaring down on us


When we walked in fields of gold
When we strolled together amidst the golden fields


When we walked in fields of gold
When we strolled together amidst the golden fields


Ooh
A vocalization expressing emotion




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Gordon Sumner

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@saltrockshakers4205

To those who hear and are drawn to the beauty of Eva Cassidy's "Siren" song, let this, the only poem I've ever written, be a warning as to the power of her music's seduction. It references Homer's Odysseus having to adopt defensive techniques to sail around the deadly but enchantingly beautiful song of the Sirens:

Title: "Séduit par le Premier son d'Eva"
"Seduced by the First Sound of Eva"

As Odysseus heeded Circe's warning of euphoric demise,
so should you also abide.
Have yourself tethered to your ship's mast,
or you may suffer a similar fate such as mine.

Yes, it’s too late for me, for I've heard the enchantment of her Siren sound,
and I've sailed too close to her perfection.
I've seen her beauty, her golden hair,
and I've seen my ship collide amongst the sea-sharpened peaks of her divine inflections.

And like iron to a magnet,
I've plunged myself into the surrounding waves,
and I've swum to her island's shore.
Yet, though I die in the meadow of her sweet song, ecstasy abounds o're and o're.



All comments from YouTube:

@stephenkass6724

Eva was my sister-in-law. She played at our wedding. Her talent speaks for itself.

@user-nq6mf2gu7z

we miss her dearly ❤

@karlaterasinski304

What an angel. Gone too soon. Her music still resonates and will for generations to come. May God Bless. 😢

@natasamladenovic1765

The best version.❤

@sherrifox3719

What a talent

@yvindaarsnes8221

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFbrlbv0GzA

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@barbaraball7654

I’m 85 years old and I’ve just lost my Husband of 65 years,I played this at his funeral last week everyone was so moved by this beautiful song it was so poignant and unforgettable. God bless you Eva

@simonchilli2088

Katie Melua does a nice version too. This week, 31 12 2021 my wife and I will have been married for 30 years. 65 years is amazing.

@jasoncraig3461

And god bless you and your late husband, Barbara.

@barbaraball7654

@@jasoncraig3461 thank you so much Jason that’s so kind of you.I wish you a Happy New Year.

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