"Gold on the Ceiling" (CD Single)



Alt-rockers cut clean track about ultimately embracing love.

What parents need to know

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

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

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHazeJW May 5, 2012

I love the black keys

They say "I ain't got just a matter of time" does any one wonder, to do what? I love this song though. It's one of my favorite.
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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 song is amazing!!!
Kid, 11 years old March 14, 2013

Great Song!

Really catchy song. It's awesome.


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