CHAMPS is a band from the Isle of Wight. They have appeared on the British Council's Selector music radio show. 'Down Like Gold' is the name of this song and it's also the name of their first album.

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CHAMPS appeared on the British Council's Selector music radio programme, which brings you the best of new, British music. To find out more about CHAMPS and to listen to more of their music, have a look at their websiteMusic and lyrics by Michael & David Champion (cc).

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Did you like the song? Do you think that listening to songs is a good way to improve your English? 

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Laurelinde 26 February, 2016 - 11:02

Oh yes, I liked the song very much. The melody is lovely, it is easy to remember and sing alone. As for lyrics, I enjoyed them also, though my English is not so good to understand all the hidden meanings of words. For instance, "come you down like gold" - does that mean that the woman the song tells us about has a golden hair? Or she has a golden heart? (But she can't have, because it is "so cold") Or... is breaking down with her as easy as spending money (gold coins)? Ok, I'm joking now =)
And yet understanding poems in foreign seems very difficult to me. I really hope that listening to English songs regularly can help to improve my language skills.

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Jo - Coordinator 26 February, 2016 - 11:23

Hi Laurelinde! I like your different ideas about the song. You're right that it's difficult to know for sure what those lyrics mean. Have you read the discussion below? I don't know what it means either but I quite like that! You can imagine what you like and give the song your own personal meaning.
Best wishes, Joanna (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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Ken 26 February, 2016 - 14:32

Hello Laurelinde and Joanna,
I totally agree with your view, Jo: ’We can imagine what we like and give the song our own personal meaning.’ That's why I think everyone can enjoy the lyrics of the song with our own interpretations.
To me, by the way, the song sounds nostalgic and dreamy. How about interpreting 'Here come you down like gold' as 'Here come you Gold (a precious person) who is like down or as soft as down'?? Doesn't that sound happier??
o(*^▽^*)o~

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Laurelinde 26 February, 2016 - 11:47

Thanks for reply, Jo! In fact, it was quite a rhetorical question. I just wondered how many meanings such a small phrase can include... And you are right, considering what the songs or poems are about can be very interesting! I remember reading Shakespeare in original, when I thought over every word for a long time to understand at least something. Still it was a great fun and experience. =)

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Elsa007 8 March, 2015 - 07:12

Lovely but that sounds like a sad song. The man standing in front of the pool looks like as if he was going to drown in water or in tears or in alcohol…. seems like that.
What does 'Down Like Gold' in the charming lyrics mean by the way?

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Jo - Coordinator 9 March, 2015 - 08:20

Hi Elsa007,
Thanks for your lovely comment. I agree with you that the song has a sad, nostalgic feel to it. The lyrics are very open to interpretation - 'down like gold' isn't an expression. 'Here come you, come you down like gold', suggests (to me) that he is remembering a person walking towards him or passing him by. Why do you think this person is like gold? (Could be their appearance, or how he feels about them?)
What does everyone think? What does this lyric make you think of?
Looking forward to hearing your ideas!
Joanna
(LearnEnglishTeens team)

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Elsa007 9 March, 2015 - 09:53

Thank you for a useful hint Joanna! I'm interested in the word 'gold dust' in the lyrics which reminds me of a saying 'Gold dust blinds all eyes'. So I presume this nostalgic tune laps over the man's nostalgia for his past sweet life with someone he was (is) falling for. Or changing my viewpoint, 'someone' could be 'money' which often comes and goes giving a cold shoulder to the owner (not a romantic interpretation!). Anyway, 'gold' must be someone he prizes so much… Beautiful!!

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ChocolateFlake26 19 February, 2015 - 18:22

Great Song! Yeah I think it's a great way to learn English, I think it helped me a lot as well when I was learning Italian.

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patchyplum 6 February, 2015 - 15:59

Yeah the lyrics move heart emotinally and it's rhythm is catching.Listening to songs is one of the best ways to improve English or anyother other language in which you are interested in.Believe me,it worked for me cause songsare temperemental and if you are really lucky,there's a bigger chance of liking the songs you listen to improve your English skills

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