Welcome to the garden of Eden
Can you see even me, when I'm pushed
Call it a fall and lay all the blame on me

From where I'm standing, it's a long way down
Up here, at the top of a building
Top of a mountain, top of a crowd
Watching all the people moving down there in their clothes
It's like they're hiding, but there's nothing left
That everybody doesn't already know
I feel alright; i'm not coming down
until I remember, and I will remember

Where I'm standing, it's high enough,
I'm looking over miles and miles of highway signs
Do you know how to get out when you run out of reasons
Ran out of reasons nights ago
And I will remember,
if I still remember the garden of Eden
You could see even me, when I'm pushed
Called it a fall and lay all the blame on me


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    General Commentthis is a really good song
    im surprised no one has commented it yet
    christyx_ohon August 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree, personally this is my favourite emily haines song, and although i'm not sure, this is what the song conveys to me: I think it's slightly about adolescence, all the feelings and thoughts it conveys, "Can you see even me, when i'm pushed. Call it a fall and, lay all the blame on me." maybe about feeling pushed into everything so fast, feeling exposed , and then making mistakes as you grow and having it seem like everyone blames you for everything.
    "From where I'm standing, it's a long way down
    Up here, at the top of a building
    Top of a mountain, top of a crowd
    Watching all the people moving down there in their clothes
    It's like they're hiding, but there's nothing left
    That everybody doesn't already know
    I feel alright; i'm not coming down
    until I remember, and I will remember" - looking around you, feeling detached from the world, watching everybody else and then taking a step back and thinking: hey, they're just like me, like everyone else, hiding and trying to fit in even though its hard to hide all the natural flaws. and then her just wanting to stay where she is, to stay and watch and not have to be exposed to growing up and everything, waiting until she can see why it is she would even want(or need) to come down or grow up.
    "Where I'm standing, it's high enough,
    I'm looking over miles and miles of highway signs
    Do you know how to get out when you run out of reasons
    Ran out of reasons nights ago
    And I will remember,
    if I still remember the garden of Eden
    You could see even me, when I'm pushed
    Called it a fall and lay all the blame on me" shes still stuck between the two halves, she can see it all, but shes doubtful and doesnt know if she wants to actually be a part of it. She's thinking, can you get out when you dont want it anymore? no, you cant, and shes still doubtful. But she remembers what its like to be a child, free of danger and long decisions you cant back out of(her garden of Eden) but yet again, even when shes trying not to be a part of the crowd, when she falters, you can she even her.
    bRoKeN-mInDeDon September 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf you know the story of the Fall of man and what happened in the Garden of Eden, you'll know that Satan tempted (pushed) Eve into eating the apple, who gave it to Adam, and then they were blamed and sent to earth. Emily is singing about how she feels that God let Satan push Adam and Eve and laid all the blame on them. They're looking over Earth, where they are going to be sent.
    sadXgreenXeyeson August 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with sadXgreenXeyes - its about the Garden of Eden, and the Fall. I think though, it is from the point of view of Eve, commenting on how God, Adam, and men in general have since blamed Eve for humanity's expulsion from the Garden.

    "Can you see even me, when I'm pushed?
    Call it a fall and lay all the blame on me." - Eve is commenting how the serpent 'pushed' her into taking the apple, by exploiting her ignorance. Both God and Adam know this, but still insist on calling it 'a fall', as if it was her fault, and not that of the of the serpent. Adam ate the apple, fully aware of what he was doing, yet it is Eve who is always blamed.

    "From where I'm standing, it's a long way down
    Up here, at the top of a building
    Top of a mountain, top of a crowd
    Watching all the people moving down there in their clothes
    It's like they're hiding, but there's nothing left
    That everybody doesn't already know" - the mention of clothes is reference to the knowledge that Adam and Eve received, as is the line that follows. The reference to society and people is talking about humanity as a whole, which if believed, Eve is the mother of all.

    "I feel alright, I'm not coming down
    until I remember, and I will remember" — this line sounds almost threatening: “I WILL remember” — as in, Eve will remember what Adam did to her (ultimately, it was him who had them removed from the Garden) and remember the injustice that was put on her.

    The rest of the song pretty much reflects what has already been said. It is a song of bitter reflection, on the injustice that Eve suffered as a result of Adam, God, and the serpent.
    Kwalabubson February 03, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe most interesting aspect of the Garden of Eden story as told in Genesis, is that Eve, even though she is later portrayed as a Jezebel who ate the apple and made Adam join her in her wickedness, actually exercises far more intelligence and dignity than Adam.

    The serpent goes to Eve, because it knows that (unlike stupid Adam), she is more likely to question God's decree and think for herself. When she is certain she will not die from the fruit and that wisdom is desirable, she eats the apple and shares it with her mate. She does not convince him to join her - the Bible simply states that she brought it to her husband and he ate it.

    It's what happens next that makes the story (and this song) so interesting:

    God asks Adam, "Where have you been?" Adam says, "Well I was naked, so I went to hide and cover myself." God replies, "Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat fruit from the forbidden tree." Adam, frightened, says, "Yes, I did. But! It's all Eve's fault. Because the woman you gave to be with me gave me the fruit, and I ate it." Implied, of course, that had Eve not deceived HIM, he never would have sinned.

    Eve, of course, defends herself and blames the serpent for convincing her. Even so, Eve gets the brunt of the punishment with her child-bearing woes and the assertion that she will be ruled over by her husband, the same husband who was too naive and stupid not to question the apple and why his wife wanted to share it with him.

    We all know the outcome. Banished from the Garden. Sent out to toil in the soil and suffer. Mortal now.

    Obviously, this has already been mentioned, but "When I'm pushed, call it a fall and lay all the blame on me" is most likely a statement about how Eve was pushed into her fall from grace by the serpent, who appealed to her curiosity and convinced her to think for herself. But Adam, and later, a majority of men and priestly figures, will blame Eve for the fall of man, as if ignorance is really better than suffering because you must decide for yourself the distinction between good and evil.

    "From where I'm standing, it's a long way down
    Up here, at the top of a building
    Top of a mountain, top of a crowd
    Watching all the people moving down there in their clothes
    It's like they're hiding, but there's nothing left
    That everybody doesn't already know"

    From "where I'm standing" it seems like the narrator is standing from a high place both physically and spiritually - possibly from the Garden of Eden, although "top of a building" and "mountain" might be references to the Tower of Babel or Mt. Sinai - both sites in which conversation with God is possible or at least the goal.

    Again, clothes is a reference to the nakedness that Adam and Eve realize upon eating the apple. They are hiding from God, like Adam, because they are ashamed. Yet they are clothed. Is it shame about what's under the clothes - under the skin - their souls? But "there's nothing left that everybody doesn't already know." This last line is hard for me to figure out. Is it a comment of the fact that humans, because of man's fall from grace, have knowledge?

    But I don't think this song is necessarily a revenge song about how Eve will remember what Adam did to her.

    Maybe the singer is upset with God? Perhaps she's asking God, as she's standing from his perspective (which of course is not the perspective all the "people moving down there" have), can you see me, your child, who you created to be a companion to lonely Adam (and if you notice there are two different accounts about how woman was made --- one says she was made from Adam's rib - the other claims they were made together equally in the image of God --- both imply that Eve is God's opus of creation - the final thing he gives birth to)?

    Can you see me, your child, who you created, and then cast out of paradise because I wanted to have eyes of my own - knowledge and a perspective to decide for myself what to make of the world? God wanted to protect Adam and Eve - didn't think they could take knowing what's right and what's wrong unless He told them. How could you call it a fall? The snake told me you lied to me - that the apple wouldn't kill me, and it didn't. So how could you blame me? You were the one who put the snake there. You were the one created the tree.

    Because the singer wants to remember what happened in the garden, but can't, it seems to me that she thinks God does not help guide his children - only tries to send them on detours. Hence the deal with the garden, since he purposely created the very things that led to the fall of man. Also, the lines: "I'm looking over miles and miles of highway signs
    Do you know how to get out when you run out of reasons"

    She is looking at signs, but still can't find a way out, and asks God, but he won't tell her. And she can't remember it for herself, because it has been a long time since Eve was in the garden of Eden.

    A complex song - more complicated than it looks at first. One of my favorites. Hope I provided some insight or at least got ppl thinking about the song...
    patquinnchinon August 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm not that familiar with the story of Adam and Eve, but when i listened closely to the song i thought it was about suicide and depression.
    "From where I'm standing, it's a long way down"
    -she's standing up high like she's going to jump
    "I will remember", and "when i'm pushed"
    -these lines seem like she is blaming others for her suicide
    "Do you know how to get out when yo run out of reasons not to go"
    -this says she has nothing left to live for.
    llamapersonon May 10, 2011   Link

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