Song Analysis – “Fields of Gold” – Sting

 

Artist: Sting
Album: Fields Of Gold
Title: Fields of Gold

 

You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
You’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we walk in fields of gold

[In P.B. Shelley’s “Ode to the West Wind,” the west wind symbolizes the poet’s own wandering soul. Sting may be using the same symbolism. He speaks of the sun in a “jealous sky.”  He seems to be talking about a powerful or domineering man who tries to control a woman. Or he could be referring to the sun itself which the speaker claims is jealous of his love.]
So she took her love
For to gaze awhile
Upon the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down
Among the fields of gold

 

[He describes a romantic moment between two lovers taking place in a pleasant pastoral setting.]
Will you stay with me, will you be my love
Among the fields of barley
We’ll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we lie in fields of gold

See the west wind move like a lover so
Upon the fields of barley
Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth
Among the fields of gold

[Sting uses an elegant simile here that compares the gentle blowing wind to a lover, tenderly caressing a woman.]
I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I’ve broken
But I swear in the days still left
We’ll walk in fields of gold
We’ll walk in fields of gold

 

[The speaker looks back wistfully upon his past. He regrets being dishonest and breaking promises in the past. But he makes an oath that for the rest of his life, he and his lover will “walk in fields of gold.” He means that he will keep the romance alive and keep his love fresh.]

Many years have passed since those summer days
Among the fields of barley
See the children run as the sun goes down
Among the fields of gold

 

[These lines seem to be about the loss of innocence. As he sees young children playing in the fields, he remembers his own youth. The sun going down probably symbolizes time and how he has grown older.]
You’ll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold

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  1. #1 by lt786 on April 10, 2009 - 4:25 pm

    I like this song…

  2. #2 by Kikolani on April 14, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    I love this song… I always thought he was switching between first and third person talking about a brief relationship with a woman. Thanks for the interpretation. 🙂

    ~ Kristi

  3. #3 by hoho on July 21, 2009 - 9:58 pm

    Aren’t the field of barley a metaphor for Valhalla, heaven of the Norse gods?

  4. #4 by Emon on September 11, 2011 - 10:14 pm

    I am no expert…. never was when it came to poetry & lyrics
    But really liked the way you explained it 🙂
    Thanks

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