America: Sister Golden Hair Meaning
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Song Released: 1975
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They are great friends. They survived the 60's and 70's. She will always be "Sister Golden Hair Surprise" They've been their for each other since their youth, since their Sunday school days. Now he is realizing that he is gay. His communication has slacked off, but he sure misses her. Of course, he can't go to church because he feels sinful. He indeed tried to fake it, he explains to her. He explains his situation. "Will you Love me just a little? Just enough to show you (still) care? And, of course she does love him, her soul mate.
anonymous May 15th, 5:58pm report
This song resurfaced on my memory because of a Facebook challenge of listing albums that inspired me in the past. This was my favorite song years ago but I never really knew what the song meant. Guess I'm not alone. I used to think it about a guy having cold feet at his wedding day. But not any more. I that that would be taking the song too literal. The same for if this guy likes a nun or about priesthood.
So, here goes my current interpretation ...
I think this song is about the relationship between a woman who is more religious than the guy. I see as she thinks of him as a friend and has invited him to go to church on Sunday. He tried to fake it. To pretend he's believes in going to church. Also to pretend that it's okay for them being just friends. But he admits that he can't do either. He likes her too much as he keeps on thinking about her. Despite trying to play it cool keeping his distance like just a friend, he still hopes she shows a sign of more than just a friend.
anonymous Apr 12th, 2020 4:53am report
I read in an interview back in 1975 that America's Gerry Beckley wrote it about a kite that wouldn't fly because the tail wasn't originally long enough. The kite's tail was golden. He made it longer and it flew that's why meet me in the air is used. After the song was completed, he didn't like the lyrics. He tried writing it in Jackson Browne's style as America was touring with him.
anonymous Feb 3rd, 2018 2:03am report
micheal leone is the closest interpretation...its like this imo he is breaking dates/promises to her didnt make it sunday was gonna make it monday...he dont call he dont write etc. and he aint ready to get married "the alter" so he is asking for a compromise its simple....meet me in the middle love a little....but the carpet dont match drapes surprise lmfao in the 60s most had a bushy one...the nun one is imo the dumb one ha!
anonymous Aug 15th, 2017 8:25am report
"Golden hair surprise" means the carpet doesn't match the drapes.
anonymous Jan 31st, 2012 1:53pm report
Its about a man thats indifferent about a woman. He never saw women as people that could share companionship with him,so he is having issues coping with his relationship. Since he hasnt had a woman like the one he found he isnt used to keeping in touch and spending time with her. He still loves her and may consider marrying her later in life, but in the present state he is contemplating his love.
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