♫ Band of Gold ♫ (Redux)

It was the oddest thing … this song crept into my head today (Friday) and would not leave.  So, when it came time to choose a song for tonight, I checked and found that indeed, I had already played this one … exactly two years ago to the day!  Isn’t that odd?  So, since the song is virtually demanding to be played, and since I am tired and out of sorts and just want to go to bed and read for a bit, I am reduxing this one …


It may be the case that I have no imagination.  I tend to take things at face value, and song lyrics (when I can hear them at all) are no exception.  So, imagine my jaw-dropping moment when I read the following from Songfacts …

“There is some mystery to this song. Some people think it is about an impotent man, while others think it is about a frigid woman.”

I thought it was about a woman whose husband had left her!  My tendency toward the literal is why my college Literature professor pulled his hair out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and he bought me a lovely lunch at the end of the term, begging me not to take another class under him!

Now, according to Lamont Dozier who co-wrote the song …

“The story was, the girl found out this guy was not all there. He had his own feelings about giving his all. He wanted to love this girl, he married the girl, but he couldn’t perform on his wedding night because he had other issues about his sexuality. I’ll put it that way.  It was about this guy that was basically gay, and he couldn’t perform. He loved her, but he couldn’t do what he was supposed to do as a groom, as her new husband.”

Oh well … so much for my interpretive skills, eh?  In my defense, I only ever knew the first six lines, which, when I sing this song get repeated over and over.  In a very bad, non-existent key with warbles.  And now you see why my girls almost constantly wear headphones.  ♫  🎧

Because of the subject matter, Freda Payne did not want to record this at first. She thought the song was about a woman who was a virgin or sexually naïve, and felt it was more suitable for a teenager.  When Payne objected to this song, Ron Dunbar (co-writer of the song) said to her, “Don’t worry. You don’t have to like them! Just sing it,” and she did. Little did she know that this song would become her biggest hit and would give her her first record of gold.

Released in April 1970, the song hit #1 in the UK and #3 in the U.S.

Band Of Gold
Freda Payne

Now that you’re gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the memories of what love could be
If you were still here with me

You took me from the shelter of my mother, I had never known
Or loved any other
We kissed after taking vows
But that night on our honeymoon
We stayed in separate rooms

I wait in the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Oh, don’t you know that I wait
In the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold

Songwriters: Edythe Wayne / Ronald Dunbar
Band Of Gold lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

14 thoughts on “♫ Band of Gold ♫ (Redux)

  1. I know this song intimately. I just had to see the title to immediately hear the melody and words. It all works so well together. Like Keith (and his wife), I was gobsmacked to discover the song was about something else. But ANOTHER co-writer, Ron Dunbar tells another tale (according to wikipedia): ‘Dunbar continued, “They said this song is a smash in the gay community. And I said, gay community? They said, yeah man, it’s a smash. And I says, why is it that? And they said, well it’s what the lyrics are saying. She said the guy couldn’t make love to her so they figured he had to be gay! And I said oh no! And I remembered when they said that to me and I listened back to the song and there was a part in there… because I remembered when we were editing that tune, it was too long, so we had to cut a section out of the tune so the section we cut out of the song really brought the whole song [story] together.”‘

    Yeah, it’s all as clear as a Trump word salad. Cheers

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    • PS – I asked my wife if she knew the meaning behind the song and this was a surprise to her as well. By the way, have you considered doing any Buddy Holly or Ricky Nelson songs? On the way back from a hike, we heard Holly’s “Little Sheila” and Nelson’s “Lonesome Town.”

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