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Eva Cassidy — Fields of Gold
Album: Song Bird
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7.3

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Total ratings: 1672









Released: 1998
Length: 4:40
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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.
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Beautiful voice covering a magnificent song.  Of course I always think of Sting's original but this gets a 9 from me.
Stirring, real poetry sung absolutely from the soul. We miss ya' Eva, bone cancer- jeezis! .
The first time I heard this I really liked it. But every time it repeats, I lower my opinion of it and just want to hear Sting again. I'm trying to figure out why I'm having that reaction. 
11/10, can't decide which version is better, Eva's or Emi Fujita's:)
Love Eva.  Play Wade in the Water.
 pankman wrote:
I tend to prefer original versions but for some reason this cover hits my heart like an arrow. Maybe it's just that wonderful angelic voice. I'm forced to rate this a 10.
 
Nicely put. I'm not giving it a 10 but I think it's an excellent cover.
{#Wave}
One of the most stunningly beautiful voices ever. just perfect. 
I tend to prefer original versions but for some reason this cover hits my heart like an arrow. Maybe it's just that wonderful angelic voice. I'm forced to rate this a 10.
 aspicer wrote:
Not good!  Pretty lame cover. 

 
By what standards?  Eva Cassidy was so incredible, and so tragically taken so young.  I absolutely love what she did with this song.  Are there better covers?  Who cares!
I'd like to hear Colleen Rennison cover this, she'd blow Eva's version into the weeds.
FOG:EC::H:JB
Not good!  Pretty lame cover. 
I'd like to have that song played on my funeral when I die...

Like it even better than Sting's original...
 Posted: Apr 08, 2012 - 06:37

hayduke2 wrote:
thank you RP for playing Eva on a clear spring morning, her voice was a blessing to all lucky enough to hear it.
Had to wikipedia her sad history, the info is only one part, the recordings are the most important, please play People Get Ready for us 

 
she was quite a beautiful singer
 molson wrote:
{#Yawn}

 
Right.... the original was pleasant enough, but in no way do we need a lame cover of it.

PSD 
A Terry Wogan Maid, in the best sense. She achieved some success several years after the track faded, due to his playing the track.
 fitmartin wrote:
Singing in heaven, with the Angels 
RIP lovely one! 
 

Amen.  
 AvoidingWork wrote:
averybadcat wrote:

Excuse me but this is not the sole or original property of sting. Although lovely, and as much as I admire sting, it knowingly references 400 year old songs from when people knew what fields of barley were and where theirs were located.
The flaw in this performance for me is that it is too slow and plainly arranged, so becomes boring.

 

 
I know what fields of barley are for....   Making BEER!  And Scotch!  2 row and 6 row!  Malted heaven!

{#Cheers}  Cheers!

 
bread
Thank you...
{#Yawn}
Singing in heaven, with the Angels 
RIP lovely one! 
averybadcat wrote:

Excuse me but this is not the sole or original property of sting. Although lovely, and as much as I admire sting, it knowingly references 400 year old songs from when people knew what fields of barley were and where theirs were located.
The flaw in this performance for me is that it is too slow and plainly arranged, so becomes boring.

 

 
I know what fields of barley are for....   Making BEER!  And Scotch!  2 row and 6 row!  Malted heaven!

{#Cheers}  Cheers!
moving 5 > 4 ... too slow ... 
 otaznick wrote:
Poor copy of Sting's masterpiece. {#Rolleyes}

 
Excuse me but this is not the sole or original property of sting. Although lovely, and as much as I admire sting, it knowingly references 400 year old songs from when people knew what fields of barley were and where theirs were located.
The flaw in this performance for me is that it is too slow and plainly arranged, so becomes boring.

 
.....lovely Eva - best rendition of this song ever .....with all due respect to Sting.

Now having said that I wonder why I need to make a comparison anyway.. This just happens to be my favourite version. 
Perhaps these two versions are a beautifully matched pair
I know I'm going to get slammed for this, but upon hearing this I thought, "Wow!  Annie Lennox just didn't try when she made this song."  But I see how horribly wrong I was.  Sorry Annie.
 otaznick wrote:
Poor copy of Sting's masterpiece. {#Rolleyes}

 
I politely disagree as as far as I am concerned neither rendition is better than the other , both sang with equal passion and clarity
Thank you, RP.... 
Poor copy of Sting's masterpiece. {#Rolleyes}
Beautiful.
Better than the original says this observer! 
 TJS wrote:
 4 > 3.  She's a great singer but she just sucked the life out of this song and turned it into boring, monotone tripe.

  Would you say the same about Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah?" Because this, to me, is a slightly lesser singer doing a moderately lesser song, which is not a knock as it's still nice, though not on a par with Buckley's H-a.

 bentonian wrote:
It may be terrible, but it is long!

 

This is funny. : )
This might qualify as "good music", but it just doesn't do it for me. 
 simorich wrote:

I like her voice! She sings like an angel!



 
......... oh yes, voice from the Gods
 TJS wrote:
 4 > 3.  She's a great singer but she just sucked the life out of this song and turned it into boring, monotone tripe.

 
agree

I like her voice! She sings like an angel!


There's no one quite like Eva Cassidy.
 Toke wrote:


Yes jgruesen I was just about to post the same.. its just ''Simply Beautiful'' and I bet Sting gets the shivers as well as it must be a great feeling from his point being the author listening to Eva.

 
I was just thinking the same thing!
 
The ring in that voice 

that sound really stays with you 
As I woke up to this today, this one inspired me to turn off RP and dig out all her MP3's.  Bill, play some of other cuts, like Wade in the Water when they fit.  Truly Great.

I first hear of her when the network newscasters were reporting on their experiences covering the Kosovo war.  They couldn't get broadcast radio, and someone had her albums.  They played them incessantly and fell in love with her.  With such a glowing report, I looked her up, and collected all that I could find after agreeing with their report.  One of my favorite artists now.
 TJS wrote:
 4 > 3.  She's a great singer but she just sucked the life out of this song and turned it into boring, monotone tripe.

 
Oh dear o dear such an unmusical comment, makes me wonder sometimes on comments like yours if we are listening to the same artist and track. 
 jgruesen wrote:
Never did like this song when Sting did it (and wrote it). But Eva hits it out of the park. Gives you shivers.

 

Yes jgruesen I was just about to post the same.. its just ''Simply Beautiful'' and I bet Sting gets the shivers as well as it must be a great feeling from his point being the author listening to Eva.
Never did like this song when Sting did it (and wrote it). But Eva hits it out of the park. Gives you shivers.
Now that is really good. Love it - and I'm a sucker for the original.
It may be terrible, but it is long!
 4 > 3.  She's a great singer but she just sucked the life out of this song and turned it into boring, monotone tripe.
 I think the fact that I'm an idiot is well established.
  However,my dissatisfaction about Sting not being an awesome bass player anymore and a pretentious guy turned me off from this song originally.

 However,this version is totally,completely awesome beyond belief.

I mean, this chick could sing. What a loss. {#Cry}


 jagdriver wrote:

Because she completely destroyed his excellent original?
 
No, he liked it and he doesn't normally care for covers of his music.
wow! Puts Sting to shame! loved it{#Hug}
You just made my day.:)
Thanks.
 Stingray wrote:

A Lover once sent me this song, said she loved me - then cheated me at the same time!

 

 
There's a song for that, Stingray.
Blimey, what utter saccharin tosh. {#Frustrated}
 jagdriver wrote:

Because she completely destroyed his excellent original?
 

Beautiful rendition
Sting's original has the emotional depth of an ocean, this is more like a puddle. A shallow one.
 chelsiaann wrote:
I'm confused. 1979? Can that be right?
 
I was too!  My "Ten Summoner's Tales" CD is copyright 1993.  Wikipedia places this album in 1998.  Whew, I was afraid Gordon was misleading us!
 chelsiaann wrote:
I'm confused. 1979? Can that be right?
 

When I was cheated? Certainly not!

Cheat and song were some 20 years later


"... some that are broken!"

Yes, indeed - broken!


 Stingray wrote:

A Lover once sent me this song, said she loved me - then cheated me at the same time!

 

 
She does say, "I've never made promises like these, and there have been some that I've broken..."
Aye, that sucks.
I'm confused. 1979? Can that be right?
so beautiful.....

A Lover once sent me this song, said she loved me - then cheated me at the same time!

 


What a voice! I had to raise my previous rating from 7 to an 8. Nice!
thank you RP for playing Eva on a clear spring morning, her voice was a blessing to all lucky enough to hear it.
Had to wikipedia her sad history, the info is only one part, the recordings are the most important, please play People Get Ready for us 
Jagdriver's comment makes about as much sense as . . . um, I don't have a comparison . . . 

I LOVE this song/version. 
 toterola wrote:
The legend is that this version of Sting's song made him cry when he heard it. I totally understand... {#Clap}

 
Because she completely destroyed his excellent original?
The legend is that this version of Sting's song made him cry when he heard it. I totally understand... {#Clap}

Perfect for tonight, thanks B & R.
beautifully expressive. wonderful vocal control and and unhurried arrangement and performance that shed a new light on this piece.  Brilliant interpretation.
Just wanted to point out an error in RP's database - this album was released in 1998, not 1979.

was just listening to phobe snow..seems an appropriate follow up. bueno.
Still goosebumps after all the listens i gave this one.... 9 —> 10  a well-deserved rating from my part
Very nice cover of Sting's song, in fact, I think that I might like Eve's cover more than Sting's version.
 LizK wrote:
"I promise, in the days still left, we will walk in fields of gold." 
I surely hope you did.

"You will remember me,when the west wind blows."
I surely do.


 


I love Eva Cassidy's singing on this track. I have the Songebird album and it's high on my favourites list. All the tracks are beautifully sung, alternating between "soft and slow" and "lively and energetic". So sad that we lost her at so young an age.
I like both version's; Sting's version was good, but Eva's is better. 
"I promise, in the days still left, we will walk in fields of gold." 
I surely hope you did.

"You will remember me,when the west wind blows."
I surely do.


 drife wrote:
This is a song that simply should not be touched. The original was cast in a mold quickly broken by those whose ears were first blessed by its magic, when they soon realized the impossibility of improving upon perfection.
 
Huh, I like the description and the original Sting version was good but not sacrosanct.... 

Thats reserved for Bring On The Night

:)

 

My wife's favorite song.  Gotta give it a 10.  So sad she died so young.  Incredible voice.
The more I hear this song, the more I want to hear her sing others.  So, I've decided to buy it at Amazon.
 siandbeth wrote:
I feel like I'm in a store that sells apricot lotion and teddy bear christmas tree ornaments and it's really depressing.  
 
Thank you!  I was trying to put my finger on that feeling, and you've summed it up brilliantly.
 Cynaera wrote:
Kate Bush, nestled in between the late Phoebe Snow and the late Eva Cassidy - please tell me Kate's still alive!!!!  This is a beautiful version of the song - so simple and sweet. I much prefer it to Sting's slaughtering of it.
 
Yeah - Kate is still with us...
Not a dry eye when this was played at my mum's funeral.....
She sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" so clearly she is not deterred from covering a signature song. 
Kate Bush, nestled in between the late Phoebe Snow and the late Eva Cassidy - please tell me Kate's still alive!!!!  This is a beautiful version of the song - so simple and sweet. I much prefer it to Sting's slaughtering of it.
I feel like I'm in a store that sells apricot lotion and teddy bear christmas tree ornaments and it's really depressing.  
A beautiful soul, voice and person. She added class to this song like even Sting couldn't do. It's sad that she is no longer with us. Miss her.
WHY?!!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Killer set today: Starlight, Running up that Hill, and now Fields of Gold. Lovely.
This is right up there with covers I like more than the original.
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Jimmy - Watch Tower
Lyle Lovett -Friend of the Devil 

Bill's always got a great ear for the covers. 
This is a song that simply should not be touched. The original was cast in a mold quickly broken by those whose ears were first blessed by its magic, when they soon realized the impossibility of improving upon perfection.


I've always liked this song, yet I never new it was a cover of Sting's original. So I had to go back and listen to the original... but my god!. Eva slayed this track. What a talent!

(...and despite being crushed over the story of her short life... I am hooked. Eva baby... wow!)
Yo Mandible wrote:
holymotheragod, how have I never heard this before. Her voice is magic. Thanks, Bill.
 


Well, thi{#Sleep}
Lord, did she have a voice....

Never really cared for this song.  This version isn't doing much to change my opinion. . .

{#Yawn}


I still prefer the Sting version, but this is quite good, and I think it would be nice to hear a blend of the two — maybe a duet.
Sleepy, sleepy, sleeeepy...
First time I ever heard Eva sing this...incredible cover of a Sting song I thought nobody else could ever do.  I was wrong. 
 bachbeet wrote:
It says this was released in 79.  So, I guess it was Sting who covered it and not her covering Sting.
 

Must be wrong. Sting wrote it.

But I prefer Eva's version.  She was incredible.  Hard to convey what it is that makes so many of her covers so good. 

Maybe knowing that she died of cancer doesn't make the work more poignant but rather the essence of the bittersweet melancholy that pointed to a certain discomfort with life and hence an early letting of it that made it so.

No doubt had you heard this live,it would've had the same effect.  

It says this was released in 79.  So, I guess it was Sting who covered it and not her covering Sting.
simply amazing

Eva Cassidy by ~Arabian-Alice
Martyna  ©2008-2010 ~Arabian-Alice

Eva Cassidy

a gift for Katie Melua :)


holymotheragod, how have I never heard this before. Her voice is magic. Thanks, Bill.
Wow. So much better than Sting's version.
Was just thinking that it's been too long since I listened to Eva. Like Bill read my mind....
Goosebumps...

'Nough said...

9
 tkosh wrote:


Music/art is so much more than just the quality of someone's voice, or lyrics, or any other one thing.  It's all about how it affects the viewer/listener.  The fact that Eva left us so early, and under the circumstances of her death, hugely impacts me every time I listen to her.  This guy's girlfriend surely hears and experiences her differently now than she did before.  What is ridiculous about that?
 
Nothing is ridiculous about that. It's called empathy. We could all do with a good dose of it, IMHO. {#Wave}
Release date is wrong!  I am pretty sure this came out in the 90's.  Beautiful song!

Definitely a very good cover.  I think one way to judge the quality of a cover, for me, is that it temporarily makes me forget who did the original.  By that, I mean that it adds such a different take that it sounds so much different from the original that I don't even remember the tone of the voice in the original or the way it was sung.
 JSteven3 wrote:
Another talent gone too soon!  Beautiful.
 
She died at 39 in 1996 of cancer.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Cassidy 
 Jelani wrote:
What does dying of cancer , or any other thing have to do with this song? Dying of cancer makes it a better song?

Ridiculous.
 

Music/art is so much more than just the quality of someone's voice, or lyrics, or any other one thing.  It's all about how it affects the viewer/listener.  The fact that Eva left us so early, and under the circumstances of her death, hugely impacts me every time I listen to her.  This guy's girlfriend surely hears and experiences her differently now than she did before.  What is ridiculous about that?


The perfect seduction cover.
Another talent gone too soon!  Beautiful.
This is one of those rare covers that out shines the original.
wonderful {#Daisy}
mmm barley (and hops), making me thirsty{#Drunk}
A 9 from me. {#Good-vibes}
Nice...VERY nice.