"Devil Was In My Yard" as written by and Steele....
Now the Devil was in my yard then
But the Devil ain't in my yard no more
Now the Devil was in my car then
But the Devil ain't in my car no more

How long, long girl? How long?
How long 'till you know that?
How long, long girl? How long?
How long?

Devil was in my yard then
But the Devil ain't in my yard no more
Now the Devil was in my car then
But the Devil ain't in my car no more

I'm gonna make it
I'm gonna make it
But whenever I break you I will not see you
But whenever I break you I will not see you

I'm gonna make it
I'm gonna make it
But whenever I break you I will not see you
But whenever I break you I will not see you

But whenever I break you I will not see you
But whenever I break you I will not see you

Oh, Devil was in my yard
Oh, Devil was in my yard


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    General CommentMmm, boy, Luke Steele continues to be positively hot.
    This, I feel, is a rather interesting song. I'm not sure what it actually means but I enjoy singing about the devil supposedly being in my yard.
    hot song, hot Luke Steele, hot band really.
    Lotus_9on January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLotus, you've got your finger on the pulse my friend. Its about saying "Look I was a tool, and I did all this dumb stuff, but I'm alright now... for the most part" but its cheeky enough to try and blame everyone else 'the devil made me do it'.

    I love it. Mostly because the devil makes me do all kinds of crap and this just soundtracks too well.
    Daneonfireon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think its blaming the devil exactly, I think Luke is using the Devil as a metaphor. Often Personality seems like one big song to me, all the songs linked into one idea, one concept. I think Devil Was In My Yard is really closely linked to Higher Than Hell.

    In terms of this song alone, I'd say Daneonfire is pretty much right. He's explaining, using the metaphor of the devil, that he is no longer that person. The devil is evil obviously, and evil was dwelling in his yard, in other words his proximity. Now the devil is gone, he's ok. Like the lines 'I'm going to make it'. The only thing is, this 'girl' doesn't understand. He is impatiently asked, 'How long girl, how long, how long 'til you know that?', Like, what more could I possibly do to convince you I'm a good guy and I'm done with all that stuff? What more proof do I need to give you?

    I personally think in this song, the speaker is Luke Steele himself, saying that the devil isn't in his yard anymore, or that he's done with a part of his life he isn't proud of. Drugs, maybe?

    The biography on the Sleepy Jacksons website also offers some insite into songs like Devil Was In My Yard on the Personality album-

    "It was only after Id worked on the songs for a while that I realized they were all to do with the conflicting sides of my personality explains Luke. When they first come to me they seem to be about specific incidents to do with our last manager and things in the band going haywire. But after a while they go into another realm. I realised they were more to do with the spiritual conflict between God and the Devil. I surprised myself with how angry and intense they were. But I like that paradox; uplifting tunes with these lyrics about struggle and resolution."

    What I like about this song, lyrically, is that, unlike other Sleepy Jackson songs, its very straight forward in its meaning. Normally I like to have to delve a little deeper, but with this song I appreciate the fact that all the metaphors are quite direct.
    TheEngineDriveron June 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNice one, EngineDriver...i like to hear stuff from the horse's mouth and this horse is Luke Steele hisself. What was the devil doing in the yard though? The garden? I totally love Luke's fucked up singing on this.
    Beekarryon July 18, 2007   Link

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