"Tear Garden" as written by and Chris Corner....
I saw bright, open common sense
I do evil things and evil things return
And I'm praying now
Praying for me

You can't hide
I remove from you
Every tiny strength in everything you do
And I'll kick you down
I'll break you with a tender touch

Then the tears cried in the tear garden will be for life

In the west they have made a plague
We have built the ship that sailed it to our veins
And God forbid
Anything should break that chain

At our root, we are connected through
A biology, a universal cruelty
Send me home
Return me to a lonely womb


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"Tear Garden" as written by Chris Corner

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    General CommentI saw bright, open common sense
    I do evil things and evil things return
    And I'm praying now
    Praying for me

    You can't hide
    I remove from you
    Every tiny strength in everything you do
    And I'll kick you down
    I'll break you with a tender touch

    Then the tears cried in the tear garden will be for life

    In the west they have made a plague
    We have built the ship that sailed it to our veins
    And God forbid
    Anything should break that chain

    At our root, we are connected through
    A biology, a universal cruelty
    Send me home
    Return me to a lonely womb

    ...

    (according to the insert.)
    tgxon June 13, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is a little bit of a play on words with german.

    'Tier' is german for animal, which sounds like tear.
    'Tiergarten' is german for Zoo (animal garden)

    So, This song is about animals, and zoos, being trapped etc.

    The imagery is quite clear: 'Break chains' 'animals crying in zoo' 'a biology'

    It all makes sense! - The video has animals in it too.

    Hope this helps.
    wiicorneron January 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti don't think it'sfor life
    This song reminds me of the Hoosiers
    Mofokukuon March 17, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnvm for life
    Mofokukuon March 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. Its so beautiful :) Mofokuku r u serious? The Hoosiers?! LOL
    crazychick3point0on January 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo extend a little further on what wiicorner and Waveshaper have said (even if it was not, perhaps, in Corner's intentions), there was a zoo in early 20th century Germany known as the 'Tierpark Hagenbeck', which was started by Carl Hagenbeck Jr. Following the footsteps of his father's work, he revolutionized such 'tiergartens' by using moats instead of barred fences, so he could create visual panoramas of several sorts of animals living in 'harmony', when really, they were still seperate from eachother. He also held lucrative human zoos.

    I feel the lyrics reflect upon zoos in general, though -- it's especially obvious in the second verse:

    ' You can't hide
    I remove from you
    Every tiny strength in everything you do
    And I'll kick you down
    I'll break you with a tender touch '

    Zoo animals can't hide. Their 'tiny strengths' are all the things they live for; their instincts to hunt, kill and survive are taken away from them, and they are broken by the 'tender touch' of domestication.

    It's really a very potent song.
    callipygouson June 13, 2011   Link

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