"The Gardener" as written by and Amanda Palmer....
Sorry for swipe off
But you know they'll hunt you down
Drop every box and step back
The spring might come out

My little miss cotton
You're quite the stubborn kind
If we cant make it work
We will take it out in blood

[Chorus]
We'll make a man out of you yet
We will cram brambles in your bed
Just close your eyes and count to ten
This is as good as it will get

And it's a little mellow whipping
A flutter to your knees
They hung two things before me
Oh the possibilities

Thank you for the warning
But I still see inside
A little global warming
Never hurt no one

[Chorus]

Don't rest my little flower
You're getting put to use
You've always been a failure
But now you're bearing strange new fruit of hell
The insides are all useless
But the rest is fertile still
I'll take the belt from off the hook
And watch the garden grow

We'll make a man out of you yet
You won't know what will hit you next
The gardener's coming to collect
You wanted love that's what you'll get
The gardener's coming to collect
The gardener's coming to collect
The gardener's coming to collect
The gardener's coming to collect


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"The Gardener" as written by Amanda Palmer

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  • +1
    General Commentthese lyrics are all wrong

    try this:

    sorry for the setback
    i know i let you down
    turn back the clocks
    and step back
    the spring might come around

    uh oh, oh, oh
    uh oh, oh, oh

    my little misbegotten
    you're quite the stubborn bud
    if we can't make you open
    we will take it out in blood

    we'll make a man out of you yet
    we will plant brambles in your bed
    just close your eyes and count to ten
    this is as good as it will get

    uh oh, oh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    know this my little willow weaping
    flutter to your knees
    the untilled things before me
    oh, the possibilities

    uh oh, oh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    thank you for the warning
    but i still see the sun
    a little global warming
    never hurt no one

    we'll make a man out of you yet
    a crown of thorns around your head
    get off your knees and have a look
    this is as good as it will get

    uh oh, oh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    at last my little flower
    is getting put to use
    you've always been a failure
    but now you're bearing strange new fruit

    uh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    the insides aren't wilting
    the rest is fertile so
    i will take the belt from off the hook
    and watch the garden grow

    uh oh, oh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    thank you for the warning
    but i still see the sun
    a little global warming
    never hurt no one

    we'll make a man out of you yet
    you won't know what will hit you next
    the gardener's coming to collect
    you wanted love: thats what you get

    the gardener's coming to collect
    the gardener's coming to collect
    the gardener's coming to collect
    the gardener's coming to collect

    the gardener's coming to collect
    iggy1110on January 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the song is about unwanted pregnancy and giving birth to unwanted child

    Sorry for the setback
    I know i let you down

    mother is telling about the pregnancy and who is the father, creating problems for him

    Turn back the clocks and step back
    And spring might come around

    irony about the time that cant be turned back

    My little misbegotten...
    You're quite a stubborn bud!

    to her fetus...misbegotten=bastard

    If we can't make you open
    We will take it out in blood

    if there is no dilation, there will be caesarian

    We'll make a man out of you yet!
    We will plant brambles in your bed!

    to the father...warning about what will come
    he will become a man/father/parent

    Just close your eyes and count to ten...
    This is as close as you will get...

    restless nights

    Oh is our little willow weeping?
    Flutter to your knees
    The untilled things before me,
    Oh the possibilities

    the mother accuse the father for being scared to be a parent

    Thank you for the warning,
    But i still see the sun...
    A little global warming
    Never hurt no one...

    cant understand that one, if someone have an idea please share...

    At last my pretty flower
    Is getting put to use
    You've always been a failure
    But now you're bearing strange new fruit...

    the mother to herself... the flower and the fruit being metaphors for womb and fetus

    The insides are all useless

    she's been told she wont have another child

    But the rest is fertile, so

    she is healthy otherwise...

    I will take the belt from off the hook
    And watch the garden grow

    so she's forced to punish herself and carry the child, despite she does not want it...because this is her only chance to be a mother

    We'll make a man out of you yet
    You won't know what will hit you next
    The gardener's coming to collect
    You wanted love?
    That's what you get...

    Blaming the father for the pregnancy, threatening she's giving birth to the child

    The gardener's coming to collect

    Doctors are coming to extract the baby

    THESE ARE BRILLIANT VERY POWERFUL LYRICS!!!!!!! THANK YOU AMANDA!
    g.velevon September 04, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's all about sex, and using people for your own desires. The Gardener is probably the lover and he's
    'coming to collect' the price paid for love, in this case, sex. i also got the sadomachism thing too.
    bentonselecton June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbesides the obviously dark meaning (whatever it may be), how sexy is this song!?! the bass, the continuous, stripped-back drumming, amanda's amazing voice going impossibly deep... how the two of them keep their hands off each other i will never know.
    mixitupon July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell to me this song doesnt seem to be about sexual abuse, more just physical abuse.
    the lines:
    'I'll take the belt from off the hook
    And watch the garden grow'

    the garden that is growing could be scars from the beatings, god knows scars can be like a garden.

    thats my two cents, anyway
    spork_nesson December 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics are all wrong

    try this:

    sorry for the setback
    i know i let you down
    turn back the clocks
    and step back
    the spring might come around

    uh oh, oh, oh
    uh oh, oh, oh

    my little misbegotten
    you're quite the stubborn bud
    if we can't make you open
    we will take it out in blood

    we'll make a man out of you yet
    we will plant brambles in your bed
    just close your eyes and count to ten
    this is as good as it will get

    uh oh, oh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    know this my little willow weaping
    flutter to your knees
    the untilled things before me
    oh, the possibilities

    uh oh, oh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    thank you for the warning
    but i still see the sun
    a little global warming
    never hurt no one

    we'll make a man out of you yet
    a crown of thorns around your head
    get off your knees and have a look
    this is as good as it will get

    uh oh, oh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    at last my little flower
    is getting put to use
    you've always been a failure
    but now you're bearing strange new fruit

    uh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    the insides aren't wilting
    the rest is fertile so
    i will take the belt from off the hook
    and watch the garden grow

    uh oh, oh oh
    uh oh, oh oh

    thank you for the warning
    but i still see the sun
    a little global warming
    never hurt no one

    we'll make a man out of you yet
    you won't know what will hit you next
    the gardener's coming to collect
    you wanted love: thats what you get

    the gardener's coming to collect
    the gardener's coming to collect
    the gardener's coming to collect
    the gardener's coming to collect

    the gardener's coming to collect
    iggy1110on January 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI mostly agree with iggy1110 on the lyrics corrections; however both my recording and the version when I heard them perform have slightly different lyrics from even that (out, not around; ARE wilting rather than AREN'T; plus parts of the song were in a different order...) Besides that...
    There's actually a neat thread in the Shadowbox (the Dresden Dolls' official forum) where someone posted the lyrics, and they tried to discern what the actual lyrics were and started discussion the meaning. There was a neat idea that it's about the relationship between God and Jesus (cast in a very negative sense), which if you think about it makes sense. Here's the thread if anyone wants to look at it (I think you can read it without an account): theshadowbox.net/forum/…
    The Star is Vainon January 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment^Yes, I posted them.
    iggy1110on March 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThose lyrics are not incorrect, and it's not about sex.

    On the new release of No, Virginia, the lyrics are completely different of that, but that is an early version of the song. If you pay attention, a lot of Amanda's songs are completely different from the original writings. Artists constantly work on and change songs and Amanda said it herself: She can't always remember the lyrics to her songs and often switches parts around or puts in different words.
    soulessfatalityon May 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"the gardeners coming to collect..." - sexual conditioning- as in abusive relationships- he's made what s/he wants and now s/hes going to harvest it for all it's worth...he might replant/rebuild or he might leave it barren and dead and start all over with a new 'garden'.
    -Kat-G-on May 25, 2008   Link

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