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GUEST,ClaireBear Lyr Req: Fields of gold?/West wind blows? (23) RE: Lyr Req: Fields of gold?/West wind blows? 02 Dec 04


I don't believe that is the way Sting wrote it. Look a bit deeper, please. This whole verse is missing in Eva's version:

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 think this verse is life-affirming in a way that is not consistent with Eva Cassidy's rendition (note that the missing verse is all in the present tense, which, along with all the sexual imagery, is part of the reason it's so uplifting). Some of the other differences have the same effect: All the references to "We'll forget the sun...as we walk" have been changed to "You can tell the sun...when we walked", subtly recasting more of the song in the past tense. Whereas in Sting's version the very first verse makes me think the couple will again be walking through fields of gold in the hereafter, Cassidy's version puts all that in the past and leaves the partner walking through those fields alone.

Although it doesn't compromise the song, there's also a slight, poetic death reference in Cassidy's version that wasn't in the original -- Sting's "See the children run as the sun goes down among the fields of gold" becomes "See the children run as the sun goes down as you lie in fields of gold."

Finally, there is a tiny text change that further clouds the imagery: "upon the fields" has been changed to "among the fields" in a couple of places.

I know I'm being incredibly picky -- but hey, I'm an editor, I can't help noticing.


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