"Wisteria" as written by Erik Ron, Matt Cooper, Matthew Parkitny, Alex Pearson, Jamal Sabet, Trent Smith and Joel Tyrrell....
This is where we fall,
Sleepers scattered in the soil
A finger deep, dragged through the ground
A blessed thought in harrowed halls.

We could think of nothing else
But what our patch of earth contained,
Reminded by our dirt-stained clothes
Of planted possibility.

In tender ground, as bare as birth,
A shoot emerged from beneath the earth.

Mary, Mary, tell me how your garden grows.
Tell me what it takes to come alive, to see what you have sown
Because I've grown into the ground and there are branches in my bones
I am overgrown.
I am overgrown.

Between two branches, a rope and tire we cast
Between two worlds, each one higher than the last.
I chose the air, chose higher still and left an Eden, found,
But in abandon, lost my grip, and shattered, chose the ground

In unkept chaos, as bare as birth,
A garden, grey, of tangled earth.

Mary, Mary, tell me how your garden grows.
Tell me what it takes to come alive, to see what you have sown
Because I've grown into the ground and there are branches in my bones
I am overgrown.
I am overgrown.

I've been lying here too long,
The branches pushing me apart where weakness showed,
But then September swept the overcast aside,
Dusted off the winter's curse, and she cut me through like knives.

She whistled proudly her season's song
And showed me that I was alive all along.

Mary, Mary, tell me how your garden grows.
Tell me what it takes to come alive, to see what you have sown
Because I've grown into the ground and there are branches in my bones
I am overgrown.
I am overgrown.


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"Wisteria" as written by Erik Ron Alex Pearson

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    General CommentIf this isn't about a breakup, and how he has let himself go and how she has moved on to a better life and how he has been excluded from it, then I have just been let down immensely. This song has hit the nail on the head as to how I've been feeling.
    FANEliteon April 04, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think (I made this interpretation up) that this song is about overstepping ones bounds, or trying to "fly too high". It begins "on the ground" (lyrics: scattered in the soil, finger deep, dragged through the ground")
    the narrator (for lack of a btter term) only thinks of moving onwards and upwards, in society or something, using growing as a plant for a metaphor
    (lyrics: We could think of nothing else but what our patch of earth contained...
    In tender ground, as bare as birth, a shoot emerged from beneath the earth.)
    The narrator then is talking about being on a tire swing (lyrics: Between two branches, a rope and tire we cast between two worlds) which might mean he has grown a tree, and he swings or moves ever higher (lyrics: I chose the air, chose higher still and left an Eden, found)
    Eden, found, might mean he had reached a "good place" but instead of staying where he was, he swung higher, and ends up falling (lyrics: But in abandon, lost my grip, and shattered, chose the ground)
    the narrator reached too high and fell
    as for the chorus, it repeats a question to "Mary"- how does your garden grow
    as in, how is she grounded, having found the balance and not reaching too high, nor remaining on the ground
    the narrator wants to learn her secret for the optimal balance (lyrics: tell me what it takes to come alive)
    The whole song uses a garden growing as a metaphor. Wisteria is a type of vine that can grow up poles, which fits nicely with the idea of a growing garden. The line "Mary, Mary tell me how your garden grows" is part of an old nursery rhyme of disputed meaning, the significance of which is unclear to me.
    StormBirdon January 27, 2015   Link

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