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    The meaning of the song line

    Can you please try to guess what the American songwriter probably meant saying that: (first line explanation needed)

    You know a heart of gold won't take you all the way
    And in a world so cold it's hard to keep the faith
    I'm never gonna fade away..


    I think he means that even with a gold heart you can't gain everything in the world. I don't think it's right though.


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    Re: The meaning of the song line

    "try to guess" is right!

    Here's mine:

    First verse: tough childhood, and blamed himself for how bad things were (probably, bad between his parents that then also affected him. He dealt with that the only way he could at that age - pushed them away: they weren't giving him love, so he didn't give anyone love in return.
    Then he realized, he was wrong in doing this (presumably, when he experienced the friendliness, the difference, of other people as he grew.)

    I've been looking for a lifeline
    For what seems like a lifetime
    I'm drowning in the pain
    Breaking down again
    Looking for a lifeline

    So I put out my hand
    And I asked for some help
    We tore down the walls
    I built around myself
    I was struck by the light
    And I fell to the ground

    He experienced kindness for the first time.

    I've been looking for a lifeline
    For the love (now that he has experienced and really felt and appreciated 'kindness' - good feeling and good will from another - from someone 'out there'

    You know a heart of gold
    Won't take you all the way
    And in a world so cold
    It's hard to keep the faith

    But no matter how much love he realizes he has to give = even to the point of having 'a heart of gold' = the kindest, most generous loving person in the word - it's not enough, and how long can he keep going, just hoping there is someone else out there ('hard to keep the faith'): he needs someone to love him in return (which his parent's did not do.)

    Is there anybody out there?
    Can you pull me from this ocean of despair?
    Looking for a lifeline

    Perhaps this is an oblique cry to someone he has met, that he is beginning to love now, and so indirectly asking, 'is anybody out there'=are you the person who can/will love me; 'and pull me from this ocean of despair' = of being so isolated, on my own, unloved.
    Last edited by David L.; 23-May-2009 at 19:01.

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    Re: The meaning of the song line

    Frankly, I didn't really expect someone to write a full explanation of the song here.
    I've come to realize that this song has even a lot more meaning about it than I previously thought.
    Thanks a million!

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