Fields of Gold

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"Fields of Gold"
Fields-of-gold-sting.jpg
Single by Sting
from the album Ten Summoner's Tales
Released May 1993
Format Compact disc
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:42
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Sting
Producer(s) Sting & Hugh Padgham
Sting singles chronology
"Seven Days"
(1993)
"Fields of Gold"
(1993)
"Shape of My Heart"
(1993)

"Seven Days"
(1993)
"Fields of Gold"
(1993)
"Shape of My Heart"
(1993)
Music video
"Fields of Gold" on YouTube

"Fields of Gold" is a song written and recorded by Sting. It first appeared on his 1993 album Ten Summoner's Tales. The song was released as a single but only made it to number 16 on the UK Singles Chart and to number 23 in the United States Billboard Hot 100. However, it became one of Sting's most famous songs, with many renowned artists covering the song.

Background[edit]

"Fields of Gold" and all the other tracks on the album were recorded at Lake House, Wiltshire, mixed at The Townhouse Studio, London, England and mastered at Masterdisk, New York City. The harmonica solo is played by Brendan Power, and the Northumbrian smallpipes are played by Kathryn Tickell. The music video was directed by Kevin Godley. The cover of the album was photographed at Wardour Old Castle in Wiltshire, as was the cover for the album Ten Summoner's Tales.

In Lyrics By Sting, the singer described the view from his 16th-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.[1]

The music video features a silhouette of Sting walking through a village containing common features seen throughout the UK such as a red telephone box and a red pillar box.

Release[edit]

"Fields of Gold" was the second single released from the album after "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You". The single reached No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100[3] and No. 2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart.[4] It was a hit in Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and many other countries.

The song was included in Sting's first compilations album issued under the title Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994 and released in 1994 and in a later compilation The Very Best of Sting & The Police in 1997. It was re-recorded by Sting in 2006 as a bonus track for his classical album Songs from the Labyrinth, in which the song was accompanied entirely by a lute.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK 4-track CD single[5]
  1. "Fields of Gold"
  2. "King of Pain" – Live
  3. "Fragile" – Live
  4. "Purple Haze" – Live
  • Rare UK limited edition 4-track gatefold CD single[5]
  1. "Fields of Gold"
  2. "Message in a Bottle" – Live
  3. "Fortress Around Your Heart" – Live
  4. "Roxanne" – Live

Covers and performances[edit]

The song has become a modern MOR standard and has been covered extensively by other artists. Eva Cassidy recorded a version which first appeared on her 1996 live album Live at Blues Alley and later on the 1998 album Songbird and the 2012 compilation album The Best of Eva Cassidy. Other covers include:

"Fields of Gold" was performed as a duet by Barry Gibb and Cliff Richard on Richard's 2006 album Two's Company The Duets.

The Croatian music duo 2CELLOS played a melody version live at Arena di Verona in 2017.[6]

In 2002, the song was remixed by CJ Crew. The track appeared on the Dancemania Speed 9 album.

The song is popular with musical reality television contestants. It was sung by Nadine Coyle, taking part in Popstars The Rivals in 2002, by Danielle Tedford, a contestant on series 2 of British Pop Idol in 2003, by Niki Evans, a contestant in British season 4 of the 2007 UK series of The X Factor and by Lauren Talbot, a contestant in season 4 of Deutschland sucht den Superstar in 2007. It was interpreted by Swedish contestant Robin Bengtsson in 2008 during season 5 of the Swedish Idol series with the ensuing single peaking at #15 on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart.[7] The Welsh contestant Bronwen Lewis sang it in the blind auditions of season 2 of The Voice UK in 2013 as a bilingual rendition in English and Welsh.[8] The American contestant Joshua Davis interpreted it in 2015 during season 8 of the U.S. The Voice.

On 14 March 2016, Ellie Goulding performed it live at Westminster Abbey as part of the Commonwealth Day celebrations in presence of Queen Elizabeth II.[9]

In November 2017, Katie Melua released her cover of the song as a charity single for BBC Children in Need. She revealed it was one of Terry Wogan's favourite songs and thus was a huge honour to sing and record it in his memory.[10]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lyrics by Sting - to be published as a Dial Press Hardcover on October 23, 2007...". Sting.com. Retrieved 21 May 2017
  2. ^ a b "Official Charts > Sting". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Sting > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Sting > Chart History > Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Sting CD Singles, Sting CDs, Buy Rare Sting CDs". Mattscdsingles.com. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  6. ^ 2CELLOS (20 February 2017). "2CELLOS - Fields Of Gold [Live at Arena di Verona]" – via YouTube. 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "swedishcharts.com - Robin [SE] - Fields Of Gold". swedishcharts.com. 
  8. ^ Sisk, Emma (13 September 2014). "Bronwen Lewis turned rejection on The Voice into Pride role". 
  9. ^ "Watch Ellie Goulding Perform Sting's 'Fields of Gold' for the Queen of England". 
  10. ^ "Katie Melua to release BBC Children in Need's official single for 2017". BBC. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  11. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  12. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Sting - Fields of Gold (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (24.06.1993-30.06.1993)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts (search by artist: Sting)". irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  15. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". 
  16. ^ "dutchcharts.nl (Dutch charts)". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "hitparade.ch (Swiss charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Sting > Chart History > Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Sting > Chart History > Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1993". RPM. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 

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