Monday, June 29, 2009

Fields Of Gold

Sometimes you think you know a song so well that in actual fact you don't really know it at all. By that I mean there are songs that I have always thought were around for ever, which are decades old and whose composition originated from a certain country. One song that I have forever thought was both of Irish origin and had been around for many, many years is Fields Of Gold. The song is in fact from 1993 and written by Sting. It was a number 23 hit for him on the Billboard Hot 100 and 16 in the UK. Fields Of Gold was taken from his Ten Summoner's Tales album. That album also featured Shape Of My Heart which Sugababes sampled on their single Shape. A few days ago I did a post on the pop group Six. This was the group Nadine Coyle was almost a member of. Nadine went on to compete and win her place in Girls Aloud. Early in this decade Nadine appeared on several TV shows including The John Daly Show in Northern Ireland and on The Late Late Show here in Dublin. On both shows she sang Fields Of Gold. It was by then a song that was well known because of Eva Cassidy as well as Sting's original version. I think Nadine made the song so much her own, that since then, I have always thought it was an Irish song. I think that song endeared audiences, especially those of us here in all of Ireland, to Nadine. There are clips of Nadine singing the song on the shows mentioned but the audio isn't great. Below is a lovely, clear version. It is a song that makes me sad each time I hear it. It really is a beautifully composed song.

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