"The Garden" as written by Mark Anthony Owen, Gary Barlow, Howard Paul Donald and Jason Thomas Orange....
And the fishermen came back across the water
And the people started running in the park
And the city stopped, as I held you in my arms
We could hear the sound of sirens all around us
And the scent of burning oil was in the air
And the music played
And it felt so good to hear

This is the life we've been given
So open your mind and start living
We can play a part if we only start believing

There's a stranger on the hill and he is speaking
As the tear from every cloud begin to fall
For one moment then, we understood it all

Everyone, everyone, can you hear the soldiers coming
Everyone, everyone, every man and every women
We all fall, in the end we're just miracles of matter
So come on, let me love you

This is the life we've been given
So open your mind and start living
We can play a part if we only start believing
This is the life we've been given
So open your heart and start loving
We can make a start if we only learn to listen

Then the crowd began to head for the horizon
A million people walking back to work
But you and me, we just lay down in the garden
Yeah you and me, we just lay down in the garden

This is the life we've been given
So open your heart and start loving
We can make a start if we only learn to listen

You and me, we just lay down in the garden
Yeah, the garden


Lyrics submitted by x_gleamingauction

"The Garden" as written by Mark Owen Gary Barlow

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

The Garden song meanings
Add your thoughts

2 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentThe Garden is a reference to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus rested before he was arrested and put on trial.

    "Can you hear the soldiers coming" is a reference to the Roman Soldiers carrying out the arrest.
    RipleyRedDogon June 28, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it's about making the most of "the life we've been given" while we can, and not being afraid to love someone ("... so open your mind and start living" and "... so open your heart and start loving"). Be open to new ideas and taking chances, because this is the only time we've got; we're very fortunate to have the life we have, and we shouldn't waste it. We don't have forever and eventually we'll all be gone ("We all fall in the end...") so while we're here and we have the chance, take a chance, even take a risk ("...so come on, let me love you"). I think they're singing to someone who's afraid of taking risks in case something goes wrong and they're saying you'll never get anywhere like that.

    I think the line "We're just miracles of matter" is saying one of two things. The first: in a vast universe, we're only matter and we're not going to have any bad impact on the rest of it, so if you take a chance and it was a bad one, the world/universe will recover and so will you. The second: it's a miracle that we're here at all, and we may never be here again so don't rely on having another shot at it to do all the things you were too scared to do the first time.

    And then the beginning and end... I think it could be about the feeling of being the only people in the world for a moment ("And the city stopped as I held you in my arms" and "You and me, we just lay down in the garden"). That could be about the fact that even if you go wrong, and bad things happen, you can just come back to the peace and quiet of "the garden", with a friend, and forget about the world and enjoy that moment. Like saying, things can go wrong but there are still other good things, so you can afford that. Even if you make mistakes, there are good, familiar and comforting things to return to and you can always count on them being there, like friends.

    I can't explain every line of this song. But that's my take on most of the lines. Basically that you can go out and live a full life safe in the knowledge that the sanctuary-like garden is a constant and will still be there for you when you need it. I'm interested to hear what everyone else thinks because with a song like this I think there's scope for a lot of different viewpoints.
    Grace18on September 03, 2011   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain