Music Friday: Christina Perri Looks for a Ticket to a Higher Place in Her New Single, ‘Burning Gold’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you great new songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. Today, we feature “Burning Gold,” the second single off of Christina Perri’s latest album, Head or Heart.

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In this song about pursuing one’s dreams and looking for a ticket to a higher place, Perri “sets fire” to the remnants of her past until what remains is “burning gold.”

The song, which she co-wrote with Kid Harpoon, was inspired by Perri’s decision as a 20-year-old to move from her home in Philly to pursue a musical career in Los Angeles.

In an interview with Radio.com, Perri said, “A lot of times our dreams aren’t where we grew up. We have to go find them… I would not stop until my life was burning gold, which I think it is now.”

Perri revealed to Billboard magazine that “Burning Gold” almost didn’t happen. She was at “gnarly point” in her career when she wasn’t enjoying music anymore. Perry was finishing up a tour of the U.K. when her manager insisted that she meet with songwriter Harpoon. Reluctantly, she agreed, and the collaboration — which took place at four in the morning — netted “Burning Gold.” She said the song was “birthed” in 20 minutes and represents a “whole new sound” for her.

If “Burning Gold” sounds familiar it could be because the 27-year-old songstress performed the song live this past Monday on NBC’s TODAY Show, which was seen by four million viewers. A clip of that performance is included at the end of this post. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Burning Gold”
Written by Christina Perri and Thomas Hull (Kid Harpoon). Performed by Christina Perri.

Looking for an exit in this world of fear
I can see the path that leads away,
Momma never left and Daddy needs me here,
I wish the wind would carry a change.

I’m setting fire to where I gotta go,
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go,
We started fires,
We started fires ’til our lives were burning gold,
‘Til our lives were burning gold.

I’ve had enough,
I’m standing up,
I need, I need a change.
I’ve had enough,
I’m chasing life,
I need, I need a change.

I’m setting fire to where I gotta go,
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go,
We started fires,
We started fires ’til our lives were burning gold,
‘Til our lives were burning gold.

Looking for my ticket to a higher place
I can see my chance begin to fade,
One step forward into back again,
I wish the wind would carry a change.

I’ve had enough,
I’m standing up,
I need, I need to change.
I’ve had enough,
I’m chasing life,
I need, I need to change.

I’m setting fire to where I gotta go,
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go,
We started fires,
We started fires ’til our lives were burning gold,
‘Til our lives were burning gold.

Looking back I see, I had flame in me,
I’m the wind that’s carrying the change.

I’ve had enough,
I’m chasing life,
I need, I need to change.

I’m setting fire to where I gotta go,
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go,
We started fires,
We started fires ’til our lives were burning gold,
‘Til our lives were burning gold.

I’m setting fire to where I gotta go,
Let’s start a fire everywhere that we go,
We started fires,
We started fires ’til our lives were burning gold,
‘Til our lives were burning gold.

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