Band of Gold

Album: Band of Gold (1970)
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  • 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
    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 Writer/s: Edythe Wayne, Ronald Dunbar
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 23

  • Sg from CalifornianThis song leaves a lot of open interpretations. Probably best that way. My interpretation is the guy had served and was scared by military service and the things he saw or did. You probably don’t understand but my guess is it’s about how difficult it is to love or care for someone once you come home and adapt to a “normal life”. The song clearly says she’s younger and I guess her innocence and the older man explains part of it but interpret it how you like.
  • Larry from UsaTwo virgins' getting married was not as rare in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The song states he took her from a mother she had barely known, meaning her mother never told her much about sex. She was scared, likely not physically ready(lubricated) and him trying to do it may have hurt or been almost impossible. So she sent him away and it made her sad and she prayed he would come back and try again because she loved/wanted him. Back then it was a trough transition to go from "having sex is dirty and you will go to hell" to "your married so its OK now". Don't ask me how I knew what this song was about before finding the extended lyrics that made it clear... Its not about us but it could have been. Good news is 35+ years later we are still together and the sex is GREAT. My wife can do things now that make me never want anyone but her and I am much better as well. It took time to get to that point though.
  • Gonnif from New YorkAccording to Dubar, one of the writers and producer of this song, the meaning of the lyric has nothing to do with the husband being gay or impotent. The original lyrics and what was actually recorded clearly imply it was a the girl turn the man away (implications that she was a virgin). The meaning of the song was changed, changed utterly, because of something that happened in the studio in Detroit after it was originally written. The single was too long, it had to be cut by 50 seconds, and various other alterations also had to be made. In the documentary "Band of Gold – The Invictus Story," in which Dunbar explains that the lines “And the memories of what love could be, if you were still here with me” in Verse #1 were a late replacement for “And the memories of our wedding day, and the night I turned you away”. They also had to dump a longer bridge that was repeated several times in the song. It goes: “Each night, I lie awake and I tell myself, the vows we made gave you the right, to have a love each night.”
  • Motorcidy from DetroitJust also want to give credit to and respect to Sharon Holland who was married to Brian Holland of Holland Dozier and Holland. She received writing credits also, but has never been mentioned as being a writer of that song...I wonder why???
  • Derrick Camper from BaltimoreI was 15 when this song came out. I thought its about a couple getting married a day before the husband has to go to Vietnam.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 14th 1970, Freda Payne performed "Band of Gold" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Four months earlier in July 1970 the song peaked at #3 {for 1 week}; its last day on the chart was September 5th...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show she also performed "Deeper and Deeper"; at the time it was at #27, fourteen days earlier it had peaked at #24 {for 2 weeks}...
    Between April 1970 and January 1972 she had six Top 100 records; "Band of Gold" was her only Top 10 hit, her next biggest hit was "Bring the Boys Home", it peaked at #12 {for 2 weeks} on August 1st, 1971...
    Freda Charcilia Payne celebrated her 72nd birthday two months ago on September 19th {2014}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 19th 1970, "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #93; and on July 18th it peaked at #3 (for 1 week) and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 20 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    And on September 19th, 1970 it reached #1 (for 6 weeks) on the United Kingdom's Singles chart (and it was also the day she celebrated her 28th birthday)...
    The week she was at #3 on the Top 100; the #1 record was "(They Long To Be) Close To You" by the Carpenters and #2 was "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" by Three Dog Night.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhOh in those innocent days of 1970s I always thought this was about a couple who had a fight. Whatever the subject matter, this woman's voice is strong; I love the way she belts the song out.
  • Brian from Calgary, AbFreda Payne did marry a gay man so that explanation has some merit.
  • Donna from Maryland, MdI always wondered if the writers of this song (late 60s) were thinking about the 1965 movie "Inside Daisy Clover" with Natalie Wood and Robert Redford. In the movie, the two teen stars marry and Redford abandons Wood during their honeymoon. Wood is devastated only to find out afterward that her managers knew Redford was a closet homosexual. Playboy Redford was so amazingly handsome and the Tomboy Natalie, naive. When I first heard this song, and to this day, the movie plays in my mind. The movie was mediocre (but interestingly reflects something not that uncommon apparently as we see in todays press), but the song is one of the best!
  • Angela from Portland, OrI always thought it was about a man who was gay who married a woman.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyIn 1955 an artist by the name of Kit Carson charted with a song called "Band of Gold", it was a completely different song. It was Carson's only record to ever make the Top 100, and poor Kit just missed making the Top Ten, for the record peaked at #11, but it did stay in the Top 100 for 22 weeks!!!
  • Dane from Lima,ohio, Fl"I'd wait in the darkness of my lonely room... filled with sadness,filled with gloom..."I always liked this song.I'm in agreement about the sexual dysfunction part.Dude couldn't "perform".That's why they stayed in separate rooms.
  • Ethan Bentley from Southampton, -Hey, heard this on Flaming Oldies and thought I'd look it up:
    I found these extra lyrics on the Unedited Alternative Version (3:41min)from The Best of Freda Payne (2009)on Spotify.

    "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 our wedding day
    And the night I turned you away.

    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

    Each night I lie awake
    And I tell myself
    The vows we made gave you the right
    To have a love each night."

    During the Coda the singer mentions that the man in question is "out of my life".

    Hope this is of interest.

    EB
  • Philippe from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysiaif i'm not mistaken thi is the 1st. no. 1 song by a female african american in the UK.
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiI love this song,too. I like both Kimberly Locke and Frieda Payne.I never Heard the Belinda Carlyle or Afghan Whigs' version.
  • Shannon from Brooklyn, NyI always thought this song was about a naive young girl who married a closeted gay man. The lyric is not "love me like you did before" but "love me like you TRIED before". It seems to allude to a man who is really gay or is experiencing sexual dysfunction!
  • Tanya from La Verne, CaShe's either frigid and had romanticized the whole notion of the wedding night, or he was impotent.
  • Michael from Carlsbad, CaThis has always been one of my favorite songs. I even sang it once in a karaoke bar while on vacation! Great tune!
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoHenry, I don't remember an earlier release. I'm sure 1970 was when it was a big hit. Went to #1 and got played once an hour when I was at camp. The counselor, an old guy way up at 16 or 17, complained, "This is a good song, but they play it way too much!" Which impressed me, but I still liked hearing it every hour! As a kid, I just thought the estranged couple had an argument. Then years later my girlfriend insisted the guy was impotent, and I was like, "Oh, hmmmm..."
  • Don from Newmarket, CanadaBand of Gold was written by Holland-Dozier-Holland (as Ronald Dunbar-Edith Wayne after they left Motown.
  • Henry from Grand Rapids, MiI was listening to the oldies station on the way home and heard "Band of Gold." I really have enjoyed it my whole life. But this song has a history for me. I remember this song back when I was a kid, and years later I was working at a bakery wilth a fellow worker, and a friendly arguement started between us when we heard it played at work.
    He remembered very clearly that he was just out of High school when he heard the song played(1969 or so), and I said it had to be some years earlier (about 1966 or so)that I heard it as a teen.
    Well I have moved on in work and life, but have always remembered that arguement. Was that song ever released earlier then 1970,(a date I read on this sight). I firmly remember hearing it on a 45 rpm my father received from a radio station, or something like that. But I must have been mistaken if it is not so. And that would make my friend happy, if I could find him and show him that he was right.

    So I decided to try and find out myself today and found this site. When I found this comment bar to post notes, I thought I would try and ask this eternal question of mine. Whatever the answer, thanks.
    My e-mail is, hraccts@sbcglobal.net
  • John from Levittown, NyThe Afghan Whigs do an outstanding cover of this on Uptown Avondale, their Sub Pop Motown covers album.
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