"From Eden" as written by and Andrew Hozier Byrne....
Babe
There's something tragic about you
Something so magic about you
Don't you agree?

Babe
There's something lonesome about you
Something so wholesome about you
Get closer to me

No tired sighs, no rolling eyes, no irony
No 'who cares', no vacant stares, no time for me

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Babe, there's something wretched about this
Something so precious about this
Oh what a sin

To the strand a picnic plan for you and me
A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to hide outside your door


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"From Eden" as written by Andrew Hozier Byrne

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  • +17
    General CommentTommyG nailed it. This is about a man in love with a married woman (or one in a committed relationship) whose husband (or boyfriend) is cheating on her. He's there to comfort her, finding her in a "tragic" and "lonesome" state. He tells her it's happened to him ("you're familiar like my mirror years ago") and he knows how painful it is to have the idealism/chivalry/innocence of your relationship "die screaming" ("Honey ask me, I should know"). However, he knows his intentions are far from pure, and just like the snake in the Biblical tale, he's slithering to her door hoping to tempt her into having sex with him (or otherwise cheating on her other man).

    The copy of the lyrics on this site are missing an important part of the second verse that makes the meaning of the song much more clear: "Babe, there's something broken about this/But I might be hoping about this/Oh, what a sin." Even though he hates seeing how broken she is, he's hoping it will benefit him in the long run, and he hates that he thinks that way.

    Or at least that was my interpretation of it. One way or another, it's a beautiful song.
    ermoranon December 03, 2014   Link
  • +10
    My InterpretationThe author who "slithers" from Eden is clearly a reference to the serpent in the Garden of Eden, there to tempt this woman, the object of his desire, into sin. There is a reference to the "other man" she will be cheating on. In this context, there is only one person the song is addressed to. "Honey" and "Babe" are one and the same. She is more hesitant to engage in this affair, while the author shares that he once would have felt the same moral reservations, but experience has taken away that idealism/innocence/chivalry.
    tommygon November 28, 2014   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationThis song is about an affair and is lyrically broken up into two parts featuring his lover and his wife.

    He refers to his lover as Babe. She is mysterious, alive, broken like him, looking for way to escape. She is not judgmental like his wife, and loves him in the moment. In the chorus he refers to his wife as Honey. She is familiar, boring, and the lyrics speak to the reasons why his marriage is failing. He has to slither back home from Eden where he has sinned with Babe. “just to sit outside your door” is a metaphor to the fact that when he’s home with his wife Honey he’s still mentally far away with Babe in Eden.
    Musical Morphineon November 19, 2014   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI like to interpret this song differently. I think it's about a gay man who is in love with a straight man. He describes himself as the serpent in the Garden of Eden, for the sin of homosexuality is his crime. He is madly in love with another man who is in the closet, describing him as both positive and negative adjectives, because he is beautiful yet not true to himself. "Vacant stares" is the man's response to the gay man's invitations to homosexual activity.
    The man is familiar to the gay man, like looking in his "mirror years ago", when he was in the closet too and feared a open homosexual life. "Idealism" is the perfect nuclear family, with a man and a woman, and "chivalry" is men looking after their ladies. His "innocence died screaming" was how he faced homophobia, which he thought he would not have to face. The gay man persists the closeted man, "sitting outside your door" is a metaphor or trying to tempt the man out of the closet and love him back.
    He describes his "sin" as both precious and wretched, which alludes to the sin of homosexuality, also the theme of Hozier's song "Take Me To Church".
    "A rope in hand for your other man" is about the closeted man's father, who would be ashamed to have a gay son, or about God, who would be angry that men were committing this sin.
    Shoggyon January 26, 2015   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningI see a lot of people saying it's about a man and woman, but none have noticed, it's is actually from the point of view of the devil. (I'm not kidding, Hozier confirmed it in a 'Track By Track' video on his channel)
    Anyway, I think the whole song can be looked at as Satan talking to and about God. Here we go:


    Babe, there's something tragic about you
    Something so magic about you
    Don't you agree?
    Tragic, that those who worship him can only see him once passed away, dead. And magic, all the miracles he has performed.

    Babe, there's something lonesome about you
    Something so wholesome about you
    Get closer to me
    A story of how the devil came to be is that he literally fell from grace, the devil was once an angel, but wanted to become the equal of God, since God is the one and only, he made Satan fall from heaven down to hell, then Satan continued being evil from the lack of God's love and the want for revenge. Leaving God all alone, lonesome.
    But something so wholesome, so pure, that is God. Satan wants to get closer, back to heaven, back to God, or, to pull God down to hell, get closer to him.

    No tired sighs, no rolling eyes, no irony
    No 'who cares', no vacant stares, no time for me
    This is the Devil's thoughts as he fell from grace, God wasn't tired or bored of letting go of Satan, there was no rolling of eyes, no time for him.

    Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
    Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
    Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
    I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door
    Satan is saying to God how familiar he looks to as he was a time ago, his ideal situation now sits with him in the prison of hell, and chivalry (all the qualities expected of the ideal knight (oh my goodness this fits so well because Angels are often considered God's Soldiers!!)) was lost, fell on its on sword, for he lost all those qualities in his descent. Satan lost his innocence in a fury, and Satan, often depicted as a snake, dithered out of Eden, God's home, only to sit outside the door, wanting to return.

    Babe, there's something wretched about this
    Something so precious about this
    Where to begin
    So wretched, this whole predicament, yet something so precious, so unique about it, he doesn't even know what to say about it.

    Babe, there's something broken about this
    But I might be hoping about this.
    Oh, what a sin
    Satan is broken, yet he was hoping for all this in a way, he is his own sort of God, but oh, what a sin it is.

    To the strand a picnic plan for you and me
    A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree
    This could be talking about Cane and Abel, and how Cane led Abel away from their parents, Adam and Eve, and then Cane committed the first murder, killing Abel because he had made a greater offering to God then Cane, and Cane was overcome by jealousy, thinking God loved Abel more.

    Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
    Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
    Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
    I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door
    Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
    Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
    Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
    I slithered here from Eden just to hide outside your door
    Chorus, same idea, x2

    The song could be looked at less religiously, but I think it fits. Great work as always by Hozier.
    Mochemonon April 15, 2015   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about the dark beauty of sinning in the name of the heart. This love is so real he will slither, like the animal that was damned to be on it's belly, to sin with her, and DAMN her man lol.

    Its LOVE, or really infatuation.
    meteacheyon May 31, 2014   Link
  • +2
    TranslationI might be wrong, but I think that when the author says, "To the strand a picnic plan for you and me," he is using the German word strand, meaning beach. :)
    clara10155on December 11, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation“From Eden,” to me, sounds to me like there’s a woman he’s in love with - or having an affair with - who clearly has a significant other.

    Babe, there’s something tragic about you. Something so magic about you. Don’t you agree? Babe, there’s something lonesome about you. Something so wholesome about you. Get closer to me. Something about her sadness draws him in.

    No tired sighs, no rolling eyes, no irony. No ‘who cares’, no vacant stares, no time for me. He doesn’t get the most dreaded parts of a relationship since she’s with someone else. Him not having that portion of it means she has no true time to be invested in him and be exclusive.

    Honey, you’re familiar like my mirror years ago. She reminds him of himself when he was younger.

    Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword. Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know. Ideally, he’d like to be with her the way a real couple should be… but in an ideal world, they’re together in a wholesome manner, and not just having a fling on the side which is anti-chivalrous. He knows firsthand because he’s experiencing it in their relationship. Before this relationship, he was probably against adultery, but now he’s sucked into his own hypocrisy and his innocence on this subject has died.

    I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door. He’s referring to himself as the serpent in the story of Adam and Eve. He is the one who suckered her and lead her into temptation, much like the serpent did to Eve. He’s sitting outside her door… waiting? For her to give all of herself to him?

    Babe, there’s something wretched about this. Something so precious about this. This sin is very wrong to him, but being with her feels so good.

    Oh, what a sin.
    This line is the most obvious. Adultery is listed as a sin in the Bible. But I think he’s saying this in a “how sweet it is” sort of way.

    To the strand a picnic plan for you and me. A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree. Here I think he’s saying he’d (her man) kill for her. To make her completely and utterly his. He dresses up in the previous line, presenting the idea to her with a nice date first… but ultimately abandoning that scene for the kill.
    BrokenBalladson June 26, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is so full of biblical allusions, it is definitely referencing to Adam & Eve. Like everyone is saying , she is a married/taken woman, but I don't think that is what the whole song is about. I think it focuses more on her innocence. When he says "Honey your familiar like my mirror years ago" I think he is referencing to when the devil was once an angel, and he is now the devil and she is this good, innocent, maybe christen girl that reminds him of his old, angelic like self. And of course when he says "I slithered here from eden" he is obviously alluding to the serpent in Adam and Eve, someone who wanted eve to go against gods wishes and rebel. The song, I think, is over all about the story of Adam and Eve and how it fits perfectly with his situation with an unavailable, innocent woman that is a reflection of the good person he once was. He wants to get the boyfriend/husband/Adam out of the way so she can sin with him. That is my take on the song, it's one of my favorites by Hozier :)
    Reed_096on November 15, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo first I understand the following words as such.

    Babe: Realism (divine truth/knowledge from the heart and spirit... Beyond the mind)

    Honey: idealism (what one knows only exist in ones mind... Not true reality)

    The lyrics interpreted.
    Babe/What's truly real... The path of the heart and spirit... Is misunderstood and has the magic of more peace and joy than one could possibly believe in the mind. Following a path beyond the mind can be lonely because it's beyond societal views yet can fill that void in which we've been longing to feel. Embrace what's beyond the mind... Get closer to heart/spirit/truth. In truth there are no tired of life, no rejection of the world, no ignorance, no abandonment from our purpose... No loss of true vision and no entertainment of false ideas.

    Honey/idealism (the mind and social conformity) is familiar, accepted, known. Yet it keeps one in prison never truly knowing what life can hold. In ones mind only disappointment meets you and all that one held as truth is distorted... Only what is mind can truly be hurt. Innocence (heart and spirit) can be smothered by the mind but it doesn't go without a screening fight. And the minds view is the serpent slowly killing one and is always there tempting you to disbelieve in your heart and spirit... To follow the sheep instead and only believe in the mind and collective belief of the whole.

    Babe (heart and spirit) there's something so painful yet so precious about abandoning the mind. To the strand a picnic (which comes from slavery when white people would pick a nig... (Black person) And lynch/hang them from a rope... As they happily celebrated with packed meals and are on white table cloths which absorbed the blood of the lychee... Which is why picnic blankets are red and white) so to hang the mind and celebrate its loss is what it takes for the heart/spirit to be free.

    So overall... I think it's about letting go of ego, societal views and what the mind believes is real. The only true place of suffering... And instead have a love affair with that which there is true vision in the heart and spirit. To rise above perception and beyond to a place of true perfection. To have the courage instead, to look beyond, to something truly greater than our physical limitations. Towards spirit... Towards Love.
    Jenni3don February 23, 2015   Link

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