Sting: Fields of Gold Meaning
Song Released: 1993
Fields of Gold Lyrics
Upon the fields of barley
You'll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we walk in the fields of gold
So she took her love
For to gaze awhile
Upon the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her...
anonymous Apr 22nd, 2014 4:27am report
It’s the most beautiful song I ever heard.
In my opinion, the song is about a couple whose love is endless and so deep, that even the sky is jealous of the perfect love. But, he died long time ago and she, as an old woman now, returns to the place, the fields of gold, where they once were so happy together.
“You’ll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley” Here, her dead boyfriend who’s the narrator as well “talks” to her because she has returned to the physical place. And with all the love in her heart and the bittersweet memories because she lost him years ago, she stands amid the fields of gold for to gaze awhile, to remember the wonderful time she spent with him.
The narrator (her beloved man) now asks her to stay with him, to be his love, as in earlier times. The west wind is like a lover now in his role as knell because when she dies, the two, finally, can stay together forever.
“We'll forget the sun in his jealous sky as we lie in fields of gold”. During that time, they only lived for the moment forgetting everything around them and they enjoyed every second they had together.
With the mentioned kiss her body rises physically as in earlier times, when the couple made love in the fields, but now, it is her soul that very soon will rise to heaven where her beloved man waits for her.
The west wind symbolises her death soon to come(the sun goes also down in west), and she knows it. He is actually calling her to join him. It also symbolises the circle of life.
Of course, he regrets his broken promises and would do everything much better if he could turn back time. “He will walk (only) in fields of gold with her if there would be some time left on earth.”
I think, the first part of the last passage is written from her point of view. Now, she tells him that many years have passed since they were so lucky. There are real children - not her own - running around in the fields of barley while the sun goes down (her life on earth is going to end soon), and this "picture" symbolises the cycle of life and death again. With the last three lines he again speaks to her that she needn’t fear anything because neither time nor death can touch their love.
anonymous Sep 25th, 9:07pm report
This is such a beautiful song that personally reminds me of a time when my two best friends and myself were dancing and singing obnoxiously to cotton eye joe in a wheat field in Spain. Last week I was at one of their funerals. This song feels like we were being watched and these moments of bliss, silliness and friendship were recorded and made immortal. Taken too soon, but never forgotten by your Adventure Team. I love you Vicky. xx
anonymous Feb 19th, 2018 2:52am report
Today I read the Fields of Gold lyrics for the first time. I always like this beautiful song. My hearing is poor so I never knew all of the words. As with most songs I have interpret or fill in some of the real lyrics, Sting's are much better than I could ever have dreamed. Now I know.
anonymous Jun 3rd, 2017 6:15pm report
In Lyrics By Sting, the singer described the view from his sixteenth-century Wiltshire manor house:
"In England, our house is surrounded by barley fields, and in the summer it's fascinating to watch the wind moving over the shimmering surface, like waves on an ocean of gold. There's something inherently sexy about the sight, something primal, as if the wind were making love to the barley. Lovers have made promises here, I'm sure, their bonds strengthened by the comforting cycle of the seasons."
Yes, moving on is a slow process for some and fast process for some.
He moved on very fast and he lives like I didn't exist or we didn't cross paths and I can see clearly that he is very happy with his world.
anonymous Jun 3rd, 2017 6:18pm report
We all interpret the world from our own perceptions that are filtered by our experiences.
For me, the song is the expression of a man looking back on his regret for breaking his promise to the woman. He longs to return to her and walk in fields of gold but knows that it will not happen. The world has moved on and children now run in the fields of gold.
anonymous Jan 1st, 2017 1:44pm report
For me this evokes wistful memories of beautiful relationships that are no more, whether from death or simply falling apart. When I think of the better parts of those relationships I always remember walking in fields of gold, forgetting the sun in its jealous sky, only the other person and me, experiencing total, beautiful intimacy. I've had this three times - maybe 3 and a half. Fortunately I'm married to one of the three women, but I so wish I had two other lives to experience forever with the other two women what I still am occasionally able to experience with my wife - not because she is any less exciting or beautiful but because of the things in everyday life that drag us down when we let them. The feelings and memories the lines of this song evoke are just amazing. And - I don't want to offend anyone here - I am generally NOT a fan of Sting or The Police - they just never were my style and never grabbed me. But this song - he pulled everything in that he needed and did it perfectly.
anonymous Jul 18th, 2016 7:11pm report
Its a beautiful love song.
anonymous Dec 19th, 2014 12:44am report
I relate this to my ex-bf...we met in the summer of 1999, when we graduated from high school. for some reason we are not together, but in my heart, and i belive in his, we never forget each other. but many years have past, we are not yougn anymore, those beautiful days,we can't go back to, only live in dreams. it's been 10 years since the last phone call we made in 2004. Since then I met him once, but i just looked at him passing by(with a woman), me sitting in the taxi... the year 2007.. That day, i was going to engage with another man,now my husband. That is really life's joke.
is the most beautiful song i've ever heard.
anonymous Jul 29th, 2012 7:26am report
I agree everyone can relate to the lyrics of this song, for me it relates to my Dad, it played in the background as he slipped away, and for me it was my childhood with him, hay bayling, being out in the counrty, we often walked in fields of gold, as a child playing under his watchful eye, he made promises he couldnt keep through not being able to express his emotion and his illness. I scattered his ashes on the farmland he grew up on...yes in a field of gold.
As weird as it might be I can now also relate this to my relationships, and love, often walking in a barley feild hand in hand, watching as it has grown andturned to gold over the months
anonymous Apr 24th, 2012 4:14am report
This is a couple who took vows in a second marriage. The first vows are the promises broken. They make love in the fields of gold. Years later their children play in the fields. Their promise has been kept.
anonymous Jul 26th, 2011 7:58am report
I don't think this song needs interpretation. It is beautiful song about nostalgia of old days, love and hope that it is not over yet:
"But I swear in the days still left
We'll walk in the fields of gold"
anonymous Sep 11th, 2010 9:52am report
This song about dreams. It's describing the field in Stonehenge England and a field of holly trees.
This is an interpretation of the most favorite song from the 1990s music scene. It comes on the radio all the time. This has meaning that everybody can relate to.
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