"The Garden Of Allah" as written by and Don/corey Henley....
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    General CommentIn his interviews Henley talks about the setting comes from a Hotel referred to as "The Garden of Allah" where the Fitzgerald's and Huxley's of the 1920's frolicked in a Bohemian lifestyle.

    The expert appearance lines I think are in reference to the media circus of the OJ Simpson trial.

    He does a backhanded jab at a pop group of the time known as "Collective Soul," when he points out it was "a lousy year for rock and roll."
    Hatzon September 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentLet's see. I never quite understood what this song was about. But just now reading the lyrics, I find that it's seemingly about the world today and how the devil has nothing left to claim because we are all such sinful and evil people.
    brain_stewon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe video to this features one of the last appearences of Kirk Douglas as the devil.
    ptmphon September 26, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionThis is one of Henley's deepest songs..

    The devil is holding evil people accountable for their wrong doing on this earth.
    If you are not evil, you are not being talked to by henley's devil. the gomorah-by-the-sea
    comment can refer to any Corporation, institution where wrong doing is taking place.
    The "i am an expert witness...." and data manipulation, is classic Henley. I get him
    as if I hand written the song with him. I have dedicated this song to my Coroporation
    for Discrimination and retaliation. Henley is a philosoper that thinks exactly like me
    and sings and writes about the racisim that still exits in this country.

    Jamber98on September 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's: "no more room" and not "no more ruin".

    Heavy lyrics!
    Are we so sinful and evil? Maybe our biggest sin is our ignorance - letting ourselves be misled by the Gods battling each other and gathering our souls as their armies.
    I sure wish Don Henley would say a couple of words about this song! If anyone sees him, please ask him to do so ;-)
    SRangelon May 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBitter bitter bitter. Henley's been a disillusioned cynic since (at least) the Hotel California days. And he lets it fly full force on this tune. He's holding nothing back in terms of his distaste for modern global culture.

    Being a native Texan of his age, Henley undoubtedly heard more than his share of fire and brimstone in his younger years. And those apocalyptic references are showing more and more in his later work in not so subtle ways..."Building the Perfect Beast" being another example. And this tune is pretty much right in line with traditional Judeo/Christian philosophy in that the devil is the ruler of this world.

    There's are lines in Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" that say:
    "We are caught in the Devil's bargain"
    "And we've got to get ourselves back to the Garden" (Eden)

    There was the innocence of the 60's with Woodstock. Then Henley wrote "The End of the Innocence". But at this point, the difference is that Henley doesn't see a way out. At least not culturally:

    "the serpent's eyes shine
    as he wraps around the vine"

    In other words...we're nearing the end of this experiment.

    I'd like to see him do a Gospel album. Maybe find something positive to sing about. Somewhere.
    jtharrison December 08, 2009   Link

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