I know what I did
cause if you're my friend
i've lied to you this far

i'm no one to trust
i've got a brand new pen
and I drink too much

there I was like a holy lantern
I was held up bright but
I was held up battered
you know, you know, you know ill burn out soon

there you were like sunday mass
all the boring little hymns that'll never pass
you know, you know, you know...

don't go to bed in the garden
i've been throwing apples away
when no ones awake

there I was like the devils mouth
with a terrible lie that I want to announce
you know, you know, you know ill burn out soon

there you were like a broken lamb
you're eyes, they shut not to open again until
you know, you know that i've burnt through

don't go to bed in the garden
i've been throwing apples away
when no ones awake
don't make your bed in the garden
ill be planting flowers all may ay ay

"someone here has seen the culprit!"
someone here has found me out
"someone here has seen the culprit!"
"no one here is getting out!!!"

don't go to bed in the garden
i've been throwing apples away
when no ones awake
don't make your bed in the garden
ill be planting flowers all may

until my pitchfork breaks
until my pitchfork breaks
until my pitchfork breaks


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A Fox in the Garden song meanings
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    General CommentIt seems to me that the person speaking is yearning for someone they care deeply about.
    You can tell by the way he whines "Doooon't go to bed in the garden.." that something inside is killing him about the situation he is in, and keeping him up all night: "I'll be throwing apples away, when no one's awake.."
    It seems a helpless situation that he cannot, for some reason, be proactive about-- Either by will or actual helplessness, in that even if he made an effort, nothing would change.
    So instead, he let's it eat away at him. He tries thinking out loud (the chorus) so that maybe she will hear him, but of course, she won't.

    He reminisces about the moment when he first laid eyes on her: "There you were like Sunday mass.."
    The way he keeps talking about her, and his first impression, notes that she is important to him, and there are feelings he has towards her that he has been keeping in the dark.
    Since he is not telling her directly, it seems he doesn't want her to know, but he wishes she did at the same time.

    Apples to me, signify the hours that he is throwing away staying up and concerning himself with the conflict at hand. Apples are seen in biblical texts as vital, or sacred, and important, as in Adam and Eve, and "DON'T eat the apple!"
    Time is a valuable part in the the human life, so precious time should not be wasted, and neither should good apples.

    And judging by the way he promises that he'll by planting flowers till his pitchfork breaks, insinuates that he isn't going to give up until something is achieved or solved.

    I may be off, but it seems that he is placing himself in the role of the Devil as the snake from the garden in the story of Adam and Eve, and that he knows that he has bad intentions, or has been a bad person in the past, and he doesn't want to hurt the girl, but wants what he wants regardless. What he wants is to still be decided.
    ittypandaon November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMake sure you read Song of Solomon 2:15 before you try to analyze this song. I'm nearly positive that this song is viewed through that lens ie foxes are essentially spoilers of the purity of the garden. Here's a link blueletterbible.org/….
    theBushon August 08, 2010   Link

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