"Gold on the Ceiling" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Alt-rockers cut clean track about ultimately embracing love.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

The cryptic messages in this song suggest that, on the one hand, love can hold you back ("cloud's covered love's barbed wire snare"), but on the other, being open to love makes you truly free ("just a matter of time before you steal it / it's alright, ain't no guard in my house").

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lyrics encourage listeners to embrace rather than repress emotions like love.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in much the same vein as many an alt-rock song, "Gold on the Ceiling" contains ambiguous but clean lyrics. It features no allusions to sex, substances, or violence, just some obscure descriptions of the way love can be binding yet ultimately liberating. Overall, it's an acceptable choice for younger fans of the genre.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byredtruck1 April 13, 2012

Jeff's review

Awesome beat,guitars are fantastic and clean lyrics
Teen, 17 years old Written bymoviewannabe June 6, 2013

This song is amazing and it should appeal to kids of all ages

I consider this song a fresh and clean rock and roll song for all ages. My mother and I love this song. Even though I prefer '60s to '90s rock, this s... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 14, 2013

Great Song!

Really catchy song. It's awesome.

What's the story?

"GOLD ON THE CEILING" is the second single from the seventh full-length record by The Black Keys, a garage-rock duo originally out of Akron, Ohio. Co-produced by Danger Mouse, one half of the hip-hop act Gnarls Barkley, this single follows the usual alt-rock lyrical formula: little mature content but lots of ambiguous lines. The tune describes a person who feels the pull of love -- and recognizes that it can sometimes have an overpowering, quicksand-like effect. Yet in the end, opening yourself up to emotion is the healthiest way to live: "They wanna get my gold on the ceiling / I ain't blind, just a matter of time before you steal it / It's alright, ain't no guard in my house."

Is it any good?

Driving guitars and pounding percussion form the backdrop of this infectious garage-rock song. With a rousing guitar solo reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz in his prime, this track will undoubtedly grab the attention of fans who appreciate quality rock when they hear it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about alt-rock. What do you like about the genre? What makes it different from pop or rock?

  • Why do so many alt-rock songs have cryptic or obscure lyrics? Do you like finding meaning in these words?

  • Is it disappointing when a lesser-known band gains mainstream popularity? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: The Black Keys
  • Release date: December 6, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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