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The Black Keys: Gold on the Ceiling Meaning


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Song Released: 2011

Gold on the Ceiling Lyrics

Down in the waves
She screams again
Roar at the door
My mind can't take much more
I could never drown in

They wanna get my
They wanna get my
Gold on the ceiling
I ain't blind
Just a matter of time
Before you steal it


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    Jan 9th, 2012 1:20pm report

    Here's my take. The whole album is about vices and falling for the wrong/greedy women (also vices). This song is about a guy who's got a woman (possibly women) after his money but he just can't give her (them) up. He keeps his gold in the ceiling which is a perfectly normal hiding place (http://mithan415.hubpages.com/hub/storing-gold-in-your-home ). He knows he's got a vice, he knows they want his gold, but he doesn't care about it because it (the gold) is not a god to him (not the most important thing to him).


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    Mar 12th, 2012 3:51am report

    NO DAMMIT !!!!
    He is talking about the GOLD on the Ceiling! He's talkin about his girl. She's ridin him and he's lovin the gold on the ceiling!!!! She's cumming in the first of the song... down in the waves... she screams again!
    He can't do without - even tho he knows it won't last and someone will steal her...

    Listen with your pecker to their songs - NOT your pocket!!!!


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    Apr 18th, 4:10pm report

    How about it being about success in the music world? You know are on top but it may not last, not that important. Also how sometimes with success some relationships don't survive the stress of the transition into the limelight.


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    Aug 14th, 2016 8:43pm report

    Strung I'm strung out I just can't go without come on an obvious reference to heroin addiction!!!


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    Mar 28th, 2016 3:39am report

    Song of Solomon anyone? The gold the Pilate keeps on her ceiling in the green bag?


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    Mar 19th, 2016 3:52pm report

    I think it is simply about prostitution being that she want his money and she is climaxing her ass off in the beginning of the song


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    Feb 10th, 2016 2:23pm report

    I think its about him trippin out on some drug. The gold on the ceiling being only a hallucination and that hes thinking about his hirl in the shower or somthing like that. And the parts about him thinking that someones trying to steal his "gold" is just his scrambled thoughts making him paranoid.


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    Aug 25th, 2015 8:10pm report

    The song is about rolling acres mall in ohio which was right where they grew up. Near the food court was a room with gold ceiling tiles (actually tin) and when the mall closed in 2008 people were stealing all the metal in there. Where all the drug stuff came from is blogs like this. Fun fact.


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    Oct 14th, 2014 10:14am report

    Isn't this song just about you/us (the fan) throwing our hands in the air to the sound of a good track? If you imagine gold on the ceiling, it would only be a matter of time before you steal it...


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    Sep 22nd, 2014 9:04pm report

    Hmmm, I always thought the gold on the ceiling was the sun above the water and she is drowning trying to get to the gold. But they "death,whatever" is gonna steal it.


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    Jul 8th, 2014 7:13pm report

    He is talking about gold diggers. They are trying to get at his shit and are using sex as their ticket in. And as long as they are trying to get at him with sex,he is not going to try to stop them(ain't no guard at my house ). Let em keep trying all they want,as long as his dick benefits.


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    Jun 26th, 2014 6:01am report

    People are trying to take what's his because he has it good (gold) and it's only a matter of time before they try to take it and climb up the ceiling like the little social climbers/ gold diggers they are


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    May 7th, 2013 5:24pm report

    simple fools, its about groupies! now that they are famous, gold digging girls want his "gold on the ceiling" (money) and he is fighting the temptation. also a sign of good lyricists is songs being able to be interpreted many different ways i.e. Bob Dylan


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    Nov 30th, 2012 11:33pm report

    I think the song is about being tripping out on drugs


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    Oct 12th, 2012 10:41pm report

    Gold on the ceiling is the spiritual crown on his head. No matter how much he tries to protect it, he realizes that the powers of darkness and money will eventually take his crown away.


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    Sep 18th, 2012 9:44pm report

    Someone needs to learn about safety deposit boxes.


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    Sep 15th, 2012 9:11pm report

    its about a purple gel cap acidtrip of a gold face shinning down and waving in 1999 in ohio an how it would be taken and used use for lyrics kind of a reversal of abby hoffman steal this book, if you put dont steal it aways gets taken, the guy that took the trip lives and watches over a farm, and how did jimmy hendrix die drowned on drugs

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