Friday, April 26, 2013

Fields of Gold

Eva Cassidy is one of my all time favorite voices.  I didn't get turned on to her until after she died, but I fell for her in a big way.  She sung everything.  Blues, R and B, soul, gospel, folk, pop tunes, jazz.  She could do it all.  

This from WikipediaEva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996) was an American vocalist and guitarist known for her interpretations of jazzbluesfolkgospelcountry and pop classics. In 1992, she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by the 1996 live solo album entitled Live at Blues Alley. Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington DC, when she died of melanoma in 1996.

NPR did a lengthy feature on her after she died and suddenly she became very popular outside of the DC area.  She was a humble and hardworking woman.  She was a landscape artist, a gardner.  I heard that she didn't have a checking account or a credit card.  She lived simply.  And died too young.  Most of her recordings (and there are a great many) were from live performances or practice tapes remastered and overdubbed.  But her voice and her guitar are so simple and pure.  Timeless.

I love Sting's song and he is the master.  But Eva does it justice I think.  You will too (Nic).



"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

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

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
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

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
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














1 comment:

Nic E said...

Bless you, I do love the song very much. I love Sting's version. But see, Eva is another one I don't really feel a connection with. I think she was a lovely lady, I do like her voice, but again, I cannot warm to her. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe I'm in love with Joni and Sandy Denny too much to let another woman into the mix!