"Blood Of Eden" as written by and Peter Gabriel....
I caught sight of my reflection
I caught it in the window
I saw the darkness in my heart
I saw the signs of my undoing
They had been there from the start

And the darkness still has work to do
The knotted chord's untying
The heated and the holy
Oh they're sitting there on high
So secure with everything they're buying

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
With the man in the woman and the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
We wanted the the union oh the union of the woman, the woman and the man

My grip is surely slipping
I think I've lost my hold
Yes I think I've lost my hold
I cannot get insurance any more
They don't take credit, only gold
Is that a dagger or a crucifix I see
You hold so tightly in your hand
And all the while the distance grows between you and me
I do not understand

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
With the man in the woman and the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
We wanted the the union oh the union of the woman, the woman and the man

At my request you take me in
In that tenderness I am floating away
No certainty, nothing to rely on
Holding still for a moment
What a moment this is
Oh for a moment of forgetting
A moment of bliss

I can hear the distant thunder
Of a million unheard souls
Of a million unheard souls
Watch each one reach for creature comfort
For the filling of their holes

In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
I feel the man in the woman and the woman in the man
In the blood of Eden lie the woman and the man
I feel the man in the woman and the woman in the man

In the blood of Eden we have done everything we can
In the blood of Eden, so we end as we began
With the man in the woman and the woman in the man
It was all for the union, oh the union of the woman, the woman and the man

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"Blood of Eden" as written by Peter Gabriel

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    General Commenthow beautiful. this ranks right up there with "Red Rain" and "Mercy Street" as being one of peter gabriel's best kept secrets.

    a modest song about a fail relationship, which seems to be a recurring theme throughout this album. it would almost appear that the narrator is reaching, even longing, for simplicity in the already failed relationship. he may even be seeking love in it's purest form when Creation still was very new, the legacy of the Garden of Eden.

    Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden for defying God's only request. it seems possible the narrator could have royally screwed up that led to the split.

    he appears to be brooding over his regrets. and just as i am sure adam and eve wished they could have gone back and corrected their severe error in judgement, so the narrator wishes the same thing.
    roger wilcoon June 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI sent this in an email a couple of years ago, after listening it and Peter's thoughts on it...I was thinking of Adam and Eve. I always wondered what they where like. What do you say to each other after a thing like that? I often wonder what went through Adam’s mind when he realised what Eve had done. Did he even consider his options. Did he even look at the creature before him in a different way. I mean defying God isn’t your average awkward moment around the coffee machine.
    And sometimes I wonder what the world would have been like if he hadn’t taken the apple. What a dull world, no big slurpy kisses, no songs of wooing, no sonnets, no Casablanca. And sometimes I wonder if all this occurred to Adam as he stood before her and perhaps he choose to bite the apple because he couldn’t bear to be without the woman he loved. That perhaps love does conquer all and sometimes, and I will tell you people that this, this is my point, that love, love conquers all, even God and maybe that’s the point. I love that big goofy bastard, I really do. Fuck, maybe Adam couldn’t take losing another body part. But what about that idea, that the fall of man was God’s greatest achievement. Hey, he’s the one who says he’s a man with a plan…
    the_toolshedon June 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthey the toolshed...would you be opposed to me using the idea of your post in a movie script someday? i'd totally credit you for it...i mean, that's just amazing...i totally agree with you...it really puts the idea of "original sin" in a new perspective...
    TheSyndicate88on January 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe whole album the song comes from ("US") centers around his divorce. It makes for a lot of great sad songs like this one, and angry songs like "Digging in the Dirt"
    BlimpyJoneson April 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI really like what the toolshed has to say. The "moment of forgetting--a moment of bliss" is what makes us feel alive. Sure, the price of heartbreak is a great price, but for those moments of floatiing in ecstasy, soaring above the pain and "shocks that flesh is air to" (as Hamlet would say) is worth it. Each of those blissful moments to which tollshed alludes gets its sweetness from the very fact that death and suffering and heartbreak are on the other side of the coin. The Red Hot Chili Peppers would agree, as they sing: "I like pleasure spiked with pain." If there was no pain, no lapse of judgement and fall--there would be no TRUE bliss. That's the irony of life (at least for the Christian) because we want to get back to the garden, but would life be interesting. We need "imaginary gardens with real toads in them"--this is how Adrienne Rich defines poetry, and this is at the crux of what makes art so powerful--what makes this song so powerful.

    As for the allusion to Macbeth in "is this a dagger or a crucifix I see," I consider the speaker in the song as one confused by guilt and the destructive force of the subject of the poem. I heard that Gabriel's divorce was a direct result of an affair on the part of his wife. I could be wrong, but I suspect, as in "Digging in the Dirt," that the shame of this cross has been devastating and destructive--after all, in Macbeth it was Lady Macbeth who brought about the fall of Dunsinane, as Eve brought man the knowledge of earthly power.

    In any case, it was all worth it. It was all "for the union" which God wanted anyway--the union of love.
    jhudelson21on December 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPlease do...I genuinely touched, thank you.
    the_toolshedon January 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHey, I like they way you guys are thinking. ... cant wait for the film "syncicate88"!
    I would add, that we can only define The Garden before for the fall (i.e. oneness with the creator) in our own human and flawed terms. The very definition of "The Fall" is that life and love that we experience now are just a shadow of what they can be. And maybe the union on man and woman gives us the strongest hint of this - but its still just a shadow.
    ( ... and talking in metaphor - Im not a creationist!)
    Saw PG in Morrisons supermarket last month - in the frozen section with his son!
    mattcol99on May 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHieros-Gamos.

    "The knotted chord untying" is the destruction of marriage.

    I think "The heated and the holy" is a reference to the Catholic Church.
    InsectOmanon September 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentexcerpt from John Galt's speech in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged

    What is the nature of the guilt that your teachers call his Original Sin? What are the evils man acquired when he fell from a state they consider perfection? Their myth declares that he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge - he acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evil - he became a moral being. He was sentenced to earn his bread by his labor - he became a productive being. He was sentenced to experience desire - he acquired the capacity of sexual enjoyment. The evils for which they damn him are reason, morality, creativeness, joy - all the cardinal values of his existence. It is not his vices that their myth of man's fall is designed to explain and condemn, it is not his errors that they hold as his guilt, but the essence of his nature as man. Whatever he was - that robot in the Garden of Eden, who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without love - he was not man.

    Man's fall, according to your teachers, was that he gained the virtues required to live. These virtues, by their standard, are his Sin. His evil, they charge, is that he's man. His guilt, they charge, is that he lives. They call it a morality of mercy and a doctrine of love for man."
    Calebuson December 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about trying to patch up emotional and existential holes with consumerism. The point is that the heated and the holy are just as vulnerable to emotional turmoil, as well as to doing evil, as were Adam and Eve. In the end, wealth proves unsatisfying, and he only trully finds redemption in the embrace of his love. The blood of Eden, which flows through him and takes over in the end, is that powerful longing for connection between "the woman and the man".
    santiagopmon December 09, 2012   Link

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