What does Heart of Gold mean?

Neil Young: Heart of Gold Meaning

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Song Released: 1972

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    Nov 25th 2013 !⃝

    these were the times were neil young in being a searcher and a explorer in the goldmine of his own mind to find that purness of somekind of truth to live up to in shareing the find with someone. ''it's these expressions I never give'' - anotherwords I guess that he wants to live and give to what he feels, but for now he is having a difficult time to commit to anything in being grounded, it is out of his reach in reality 'cause he is not standing still on the journey, he seeks in hope of the ''yearning'' that is upahead in his travels to find a heart of gold. I feel that he wants to be caught in the experience of the love object to commit, or vice versa in being saved by the'' heart of gold'' that can be a metaphor for ''the saviour'' to save him as he is getting a little older.


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    Nov 8th 2017 !⃝

    It's basically a break up song. He thought he had found a heart of Gold but it was not. He is not giving up. He recognizes that part of the problem is that he holds back his feelings, so doesn't share his heart of Gold. As is often with a break up there is the feeling that we are too old to start over. A relationship that took years to build is now over. But he is not giving up is the consistent message. He will never give up and he is explaining why he will never give up. It is difficult to figure out the cause of a failed relationship. That's the fine line reference after internal contemplation (my mind).

  3. anonymous
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    Jul 9th 2023 !⃝

    It's these expressions I never give means to me that you are not loved because you cannot love someone else fully because the other person has the same or other problems. You cannot give fully because the recipient is too complicated, mean, greedy, etc. A great song anyway.
    John Blivik

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 26th 2020 !⃝

    It’s mainly to find meaning of life, where Neil says I wanna live I wanna give, I’ve been a miner for a heart of gold. He wanted to live a meaningful life not just to get by, and he also wants to share his happiness by giving it to the world. He’s always been a searcher for the purpose of life.
    Then he describes how money and fame can’t give him happiness that he’s looking for by narrating “I’ve been to Hollywood, I’ve been to redwood, I’ve crossed the ocean for a heart of gold,” he crossed ocean meaning he has been to other continents to find the peace or happiness or the purpose of life but couldn’t find.
    Then he says “I’ve been in my mind, it’s such a fine line” meaning finally he realises that by his clear fine thought or thinking which can ultimately bring happiness, and the process of being happier keeps on as he gets old.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 2nd 2013 !⃝

    This song is mainly talking about searching for fulfillment. He describes how he been to Hollywood and Rockwood but never found the meaning of his existence.

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