I just now discovered that the lyrics in Sting's Fields of Gold are about fields of barley and not, as I had always thought, fields of parting, like lovers parted by fate. As in,

You'll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley

I can't decide if my misheard lyrics are more poetic or more clunkily on-the-nose.
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From: [personal profile] shati


It makes some sense, at least! I never even made it to a coherent mishearing, I just spent my entire childhood hearing upooon the fields of [????]. (Although even if I had been able to tell what he was saying, I didn't know what barley actually was.)
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From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks


Hee!

For years I thought Eric Clapton's song was about a PORTABLE man, not a FOREVER man.

I feel ya.
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From: [personal profile] legionseagle


Barley in English and Irish folk songs is an indication of place and heritage; it can grow in colder and wetter climates than wheat can, so it's seen as poor person's food (the rich eat wheat bread, from grain brought in from elsewhere, such as the south of England). By referring to ripe barley as "fields of gold" I think it's a "love transcending material concerns" allusion.
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From: [personal profile] liviapenn



I always used to think it was "fields of autumn," myself. (Which doesn't really make sense b/c fields generally aren't gold in autumn, but I guess I never thought of that.)

From: [personal profile] indywind


I always used to think it was "fields of holly" even though that doesn't make any sense. But it sounds picturesque.

From: [identity profile] mrissa.livejournal.com


For quite some time I thought they were about the fields of Bali.

From: [identity profile] sovay.livejournal.com


For quite some time I thought they were about the fields of Bali.

Same!

From: [identity profile] ckd.livejournal.com


I thought they were fields of pollen, which I would personally want to avoid.

From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com


Conversely, when there was that bombing in Bali a few years back, the BBC reporters sounded to me like they were saying "the barley bombing."

From: [identity profile] tool-of-satan.livejournal.com


I think most things are more poetic than barley. I have nothing against barley, but I have trouble thinking of it as poetic.
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From: [personal profile] chomiji


YMMV, I think. If one is to consider agricultural fields of any sort as romantic in the first place, barley is at least as romantic as wheat or corn (maize).


From: [identity profile] tool-of-satan.livejournal.com


Yeah, I wouldn't like it any better with wheat or corn.

Now I'm trying to decide what kind of field I WOULD find romantic and am having trouble. Maybe it's me.
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From: [personal profile] chomiji


A field rippling in the wind on a sunny day, or under moonlight, can be attractive to me. Maybe that's what he meant?

The fact that the song is about "fields of gold" makes me think that a ripe field of grain symbolizes a particular mood for Sting ... possibly along the lines of a post-coital mellow.

I'm sure I'm thinking too hard about this.


From: [identity profile] tool-of-satan.livejournal.com


A field rippling in the wind on a sunny day, or under moonlight, can be attractive to me. Maybe that's what he meant?

I guess so. It never occurred to me to actually find out what the lyrics to this song were (and I have a close to 0% chance of telling what they are just by listening).

From: [identity profile] adrian-turtle.livejournal.com


Barley is one of those things that transforms into poetry by drinking enough beer. Or maybe that's the other way around? I always heard "Fields of Gold" as a breakup song about John Barleycorn; ie, a song about going sober.

From: [identity profile] filigree10.livejournal.com


I think a field of ripe barley looks really beautiful - the awns give it a hazy look compared to wheat so it can appear to shimmer in the sun.

From: [identity profile] tool-of-satan.livejournal.com


Apparently I just don't have enough experience with barley.

From: [identity profile] anglerfish07.livejournal.com


I like your interpretation/ misheard lyrics better, Rachel. :) Fields of parting sounds nicer.

I thought they were about the Fields of Bali.

Hee!

From: [identity profile] lnhammer.livejournal.com


"Fields of barley" is playing off imagery from English folk-songs, which (as I understand it) are intended to suggest parting by allusion. So your mishearing moves the meaning from connotation to denotation.

---L.

From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com


I think your mishearing is very beautiful.
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