Won't need no shadow man
Runnin' the government
Won't need no stinkin' WAR
Won't need no haircut
Won't need no shoe shine

After the garden is gone
After the garden is gone
After the garden is gone

What will people do?
After the garden is gone
What will people say?
After the garden

Won't need no strong man
Walkin' through the night
To live a weak man's day
Won't need no sunshine
Won't need no purple haze

After the garden is gone
After the garden is gone
After the garden is gone

Where will people go?

After the garden is gone
What will people know?

After the garden

After the garden is gone
After the garden is gone

We live in the garden of Eden, yeah
Don't know why we wanna tear the whole thing to the ground
We live in the garden of Eden, yeah
Don't know why we wanna tear the whole thing down

And we've got to get ourselves
Back to the garden


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After the Garden song meanings
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    General CommentThis is an environmental song. Neil loves our planet and so do I. Thank you Neil!
    jewellyQon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti dunno, i always interpretted "the garden" as being Bush. y'know, bushes are in gardens?
    either way, this is a great song done by a great man!
    i_am_a_little_roseon March 19, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI took this song a little deeper, but not neccesarily any more "correct". I interpreted the lyrics as being about nuclear war; "We live in the garden of Eden, yeah. Don't know why we wanna tear the whole thing to the ground"
    johnthistleon November 30, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation'After The Garden' the Garden is where we live. The Shadow men are the CIA and DHSS. The sneaking war is the one started against Iraq and Afghanistan, maybe disquiet at the explanations of 9/11 given by the Bush government.

    Yes it can be read as a warning against nuclear war but I see it as being similar to Walking in your Footsteps by the Police.
    However I think it is about climate change/global warming which seems to be escalating. Google "Permian Extinction" for how the garden can be lost.
    Kiwimartinon November 16, 2012   Link

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