"The Garden" as written by and Polly Jean Harvey....
And he was walking in the garden
And he was walking in the night
And he was singing a sad love song
And he was praying for his life
And the stars came out around him

He was thinking of his sins
And he's looking at his song-bird
And he's looking at his wings
There inside the garden

Came another with his lips
Said, 'Won't you come and be my lover?'
'Let me give you a little kiss'
And he came, knelt down before him
And fell upon his knees
Said, 'I will give you gold and mountains
If you stay awhile with me'
And there was trouble taking place.

There inside the garden
They kissed, and the sun rose
And he walked a little further
And he found he was alone
And the wind, it gathered round him
He was thinking of his sins
He was looking at his song-bird
And he was looking at his wings
And there was trouble taking place.

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"The Garden" as written by Polly Jean Harvey

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    General Commentthe song is about a couple of angels who fall in love with each other, the garden is obviously heaven and their love is the sin represented by 'the golden mountains', their sins are carried with them, the 'trouble taking place' is the punishment, since angles live a life of survitude and adoration, not for thinds such as love. the song beard is God who watches.
    Mettaflareon November 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn the end Miss Harvey says "Looking FOR his songbird/Looking FOR his wings"
    Not "at".
    It seems minor, but I think it makes a big difference. Since this affair, the songbird and his wings have disappeared. I can't say much about the songbird, but the wings certainly represent innocence or at least being an angel. After what happened, he lost his wings and became a fallen angel of sorts. He sacrificed it all for such a sinful desire, but he was deceived and left with nothing but a fall from grace.
    TheGreenBuddhaon December 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is obviously about two men...one of them desparately wants somebody, anybody. Another comes to him, they kiss, and he's gone the next morning. It's about the desparate one being taken advantage of 'cause it says "I will give you gold and mountains if you stay a while with me" and "they kissed and the sun rose, he walked a little further, and he found he was alone." He was taken advantage of and ended up worse off than at the beginning of the song. It's a great song and very meaningful to me.
    arcia500on February 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthmm sins? garden? veryy religious sounding to me. something forbidden.
    fauxglamouron May 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis seems like a creative retelling of Jesus' position in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus reflecting on his life, beseeching to save his life and encountering a dangerous and beguiling situation.
    cgnjnyon October 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHas NO ONE considered the Biblical reference to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? Original Sin, Fall from grace, Paradise Lost... they're all very basic religious motifs, and this album is full of literary references. This was one that was very clear to me.
    cgnjny, I liked the idea of Jesus' last night in Gethsemane, but he had no sins to think of. He was perfect.
    The idea of passion, lust, sin and loss of innocence seem to point clearly to a very intriguing (and more poetic than Biblically accurate) interpretation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Another of the literary references I've noticed in this album, along with "A Perfect Day Elise" "The Wind" "Angelene" "Catherine", etc.
    foreignwordson April 23, 2009   Link

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