There isn’t much healing to be found in First Aid Kit’s “Stay Gold.” But if you’re the type that lingers on failed relationships, this melancholy tune still has its rewards, like that storied pot at the end of the rainbow.
Yes, the lyrics are despondent, but on the other side of the coin, the harmonies are stunning — as always with these Swedish sisters — and the artistic music video beautifully conveys a restless, nostalgic feeling.
Upon the album’s release in June, Johanna Söderberg told CMT Edge about the song’s origins.
“It’s inspired by the poem ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ by Robert Frost,” she said. “It’s just about how everything’s fleeting, and you never know how long something’s gonna last. It’s hard to appreciate things when they’re happening. It’s coming to terms with that and living in the moment and trying not to dwell too much in the past.”
Luckily, it’s not all doom and gloom.
“But there is only forward, no other way/Tomorrow is your hope at the end of the day,” they sing persuasively.
The sisters grew up absorbing their parents’ diverse record collection and have been performing since they were teenagers. Now in their early 20s, they are currently touring stateside behind their latest album, also titled Stay Gold. (They just played the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville last week, followed by a few days of sightseeing with their family.) They’ll return to Scandinavia for six shows this winter, with an eye on the United Kingdom and Australia in 2015.
Take a look at the stunning new video for “Stay Gold.”