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Wildcare 08 Sep 98 - 09:19 PM
Joe Offer 08 Sep 98 - 09:50 PM
Alex 08 Sep 98 - 10:43 PM
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Wildcare 09 Sep 98 - 09:54 PM
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Peg 29 Dec 01 - 09:17 PM
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Subject: Fields of Gold
From: Wildcare
Date: 08 Sep 98 - 09:19 PM

Does anyone have the lyrics to this song by "Sting"?

Specifically, is he singing about fields of folly, barley, or what?


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Sep 98 - 09:50 PM

Hi, Wldcare - pop songs like that are best found in places like The International Lyrics Server. "Fields of Gold" are what are found almost everywhere here in California, from May to December. That's why they call us the "Golden State." Of course, since I'm not a native Californian, I know the "gold" is really "brown." Maybe Sting spent too much time in California, or listened to too may travel agents' glowing descriptions of California.
Aw, I shouldn't be so cynical. It really is a pretty song, even if it isn't a folk song. I think, though, that Sting left the type of gold up to the listener's imagination - although some of the fields are specifically defined as barley.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: Alex
Date: 08 Sep 98 - 10:43 PM

Ach, Joe, you have no poetry in your soul. In Britain, especially Scotland, toward harvest time when the grain is ripe, the sun is low in the sky and the spectrum is into the red, the grain fields, literally, shine like gold. That is, if it isn't raining!


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: Wildcare
Date: 09 Sep 98 - 09:52 PM

Thanks for your replies. I don't think I was very clear about what I wanted to know. Within the lyrics, he sings in several places "on the fields of _______", and the word in the blank place sounds like folly - or barley - or there are several other words that could fit. I just can't hear good enough to decipher it.

I'll try the other site you recommended. Thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: Wildcare
Date: 09 Sep 98 - 09:54 PM

Bless you, Joe. I just clicked over to the web site you recommended - which you had queued to the right place, and there was the song - complete with the word I was having trouble with - "barley".

Thanks again.


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: GUEST,Ryan
Date: 29 Dec 01 - 05:32 PM

And it's not the golden barley from California anyway, I believe Sting said, on a recent chat show (Parkinson) that he wrote it in England somewhere (can't remember where he said) while he was looking out over fields of barley - and whenever I've seen barley fields they seem to shine gold to me, not brown, even when it's raining. Maybe we have some special wheat where i live!


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 29 Dec 01 - 08:46 PM

For a really beautiful version of this song, listen to Eva Cassidy. I think it is on the Songbird CD.


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: Peg
Date: 29 Dec 01 - 09:17 PM

Mary Black sings it in concert, too; which means perhaps for a "pop" song it has some connection to the world of folk and traditional singers...


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: SDShad
Date: 29 Dec 01 - 10:23 PM

Thanks for mentioning Eva's version, Arkie. When I read your post, I consciously realized that the version that started running in my head when I clicked on this thread wasn't Sting's, though I do love the original, but instead was Eva's. What a talent. Ah, me, but some of 'em die too young....

Chris


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: Mudlark
Date: 30 Dec 01 - 04:34 AM

I live in dry-farmed barley country....gold, definitely gold. It's the wild grasses (and weeds) covering California's rolling, golden hills that turn brown. A barley field is a thing of beauty...even the bales, looking like some vast version of a low-lying stone henge, especially in the late, slanting afternoon sun, are stunning. (And I think Cassidy's version captures the aching beauty of these fields perfectly).

Much as I like a drop or 2 of cabernet as well as the next imbiber, I hate to see these fields of gold all being converted to regimented vineyards by the 1000 acre.


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: Roger in Sheffield
Date: 30 Dec 01 - 04:45 AM

another thread
Or just jump to here Sting Lyrics


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Subject: RE: Fields of Gold
From: bobby's girl
Date: 30 Dec 01 - 08:02 AM

John Kirkpatrick also sings a very fine version of this song.


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