"Garden" as written by Stone C. Gossard, Jeffrey Allen Ament and Eddie Jerome Vedder....
The direction of the eye
So misleading
The defection of the soul
Nauseously quick
I don't question
Our existence
I just question
Our modern needs

I will walk, with my hands bound
I will walk, with my face blood
I will walk, with my shadow flag
Into your garden
Garden of stone

After all is done
And we're still alone
I won't be taken
Yet I'll go

With my hands bound
I will walk, with my face blood
I will walk, with my shadow flag
Into your garden
Garden of stone

I don't show
I don't share
I don't need
What you have to give, yeah

I will walk, with my hands bound
I will walk, with my face blood
I will walk, with my shadow flag
Into your garden
Garden of
I will walk, with my hands bound
I will walk, into your garden
But I don't know
I don't know
I don't care
I don't need your


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"Garden" as written by Jeffrey Allen Ament Eddie Jerome Vedder

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  • +4
    Song MeaningThe current lyrics at the end are wrong and are very important to the interpretation of the song.

    I don't know
    I don't care
    I don't need you for me to live

    The song is about facing death without buying into the consolation provided by faith in a religion that promises an afterlife. "Garden of stone" is a cemetery.

    The narrator has lost his faith.

    "The direction of the eye
    So misleading
    The defection of the soul
    Nauseously quick"

    He doesn't care about questions of existence. He is concerned with the present .
    "I don't question our existence
    I just question our modern need"

    He has come to terms with the finality death, and though he accepts it he will strive to get all he can out of this life until that day inevitably comes

    "I will walk...with my hands bound
    I will walk...with my face blood
    I will walk...with my shadow flag
    Into your garden
    Garden of stone"

    He emphasizes once again that "after all is done we're still alone."

    "After all is done
    and we're still alone
    I won't be taken
    Yet I'll go"

    He keeps his lack of faith to himself and would appreciate if you kept your faith to yourself.

    "I don't show
    I don't share
    I don't need what you have to give"

    Lastly he explains that he doesn't know and he doesn't care. He can live without that consolation.

    "I don't know
    I don't care
    I don't need you for me to live"
    Bonesmagooon January 16, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentlike dylan thomas and "do not go gentle into that good night" the protagonist will not leave this mortal coil without a fight!
    sbhangeron August 15, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with many of the post that this song was probably has references to the Persian gulf war - the time line works since the 10 album came out in August of '91 and the war started in August of '90.

    1st verse -
    She don't wander in
    Don't wander in here, she
    She don't wander in here
    Don't wander in here

    I think the idea that first verse is about a mother who has lost a child in the war who does not want to go to the "garden of stone" AKA the cemetery.

    2nd verse -
    The direction of the eye, so misleading
    The defection of the soul, nauseously quick
    I don't question our existence
    I just question our modern needs

    first 2 sentences have me bewildered a bit - but the last 2 lines are about the mom questioning why her child died in this war - She knows what life is suposed to be about (I don't question our existence) but she questions our reasons for the war - our need for oil.. which was a HUGE discussion among liberals that oil was the real reason for our "interest" in the region.

    3rd verse -

    She don't wander in
    Don't wander in here, she
    She don't wander in here

    there is the sad mom again not wanting to go in to the cemetery

    4th verse -
    I will walk with my hands bound
    I will walk with my face down (I always thought this was the word "blood")
    I will walk with my shadow flag
    Into your garden, garden of stone, yeah

    The religious imagery here is CRAZY BLATANT - just like Jesus walking Calvary - with is hands tied and the crown of of thorns on his head making his face bloody - and his head down - but instead of carrying a cross he is carrying the weight of a flag - a shadow flag - does it really have meaning or is it a farce..

    5th verse -

    After all is done and we're still alone
    I won't be taken Yet I'll go
    with my hands bound
    I will walk with my face down
    I will walk with my shadow flag
    Into your garden, garden of stone

    She eventually takes the plunge and goes to the cemetery - she won't be taken - she will go for her child

    5ht verse -
    I don't show, I don't share
    I don't need, yeah
    What you have to give, yeah

    She does not show her emotion - she doesn't talk about her feelings - she doesn't need anyone - because her child is gone and she is merely a shell of her former self


    That is what I think - PJ forever!
    gigilizon June 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey did on 8/12/00 in Tampa FL. I have a copy if you want, email me at benplace@yahoo.com
    Benplaceon June 19, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't see the "garden of stone" as a cemetary. I think it means that where there should be growth and nature, there is conformity, which makes people like stone. By walking through the garden, he is making his own choice and defying the conformity.
    Regos the Saneon May 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo whohemademe: ??? whatever dude.
    Necronicon October 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhohemademe and blksky:
    why you choose this forum to explain things that are not related with the theme un here? i have no problem with your religious message, but I think you can go to religious web page, can´t you? and blksky, you really think PJ song´s are that superficial?, I think you haven´t been paying attention to the lyrics. Nirvana and PJ didn´t go on so well, but that doesn´t mean one is over another, just 2 great bands.
    I agree with the nowadays lifestyle version of the song, there are so many things we just don´t need, we have lost the true meaning of life.
    beatakeshion December 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt seems obvious to me that "garden of stone" is a metaphor for a graveyard. This song is about death and being taken but not wanting to go.
    Darth Eddie Vaderon August 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI may be the only one with this view of the song, but I think it is about abortion. (I may be totally wrong, but this is just my interpretation.)

    In an interview I saw from the early 90's, Eddie was talking about the album 10 and all the different song meanings. He said there was a song about an abused child (jeremy), homeless (evenflow), and abortion. I've wondered which song was about abortion and I believe it is this song although it is not perfectly clear.

    I think the song is from the viewpoint of a man in a relationship with a women. She becomes pregnant and they decide not to have the baby. Once they have the abortion, their relationship is changed completely. She is not the same.

    "She don't wander in here...don't wander in here...

    The direction of the eye, so misleading
    The defection of the soul, nauseously quick
    I don't question, our existence
    I just question, our modern needs"

    She doesnt look at him the same, "the direction of the eye." she doesnt wander in here meaning she is not in his heart like she once was.


    "After all is done, and we're still alone
    I won't be taken, yet I'll go...with my hands bound
    I will walk...with my face blood
    I will walk...with my shadow flag
    Into your garden, garden of stone"

    After all is done, meaning the abortion is done and they are back to where they were before, except now they feel more alone. Walking with his hands bound, and his face blood, and his shadow flag, meaning he has to live with his decision to have an abortion and the effect it has had on his relationship.

    And, lastly I think "into your garden." is a reference to her whom.

    This is just I have interpreted this song after listening to it countless times. Not saying I'm right, its just how I hear it.

    An argument against my view is that Eddie is very liberal and pro abortion. So my view sounds a little anti-abortion.
    seiffest39on February 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is about willingly accepting death without necessarily believing in an afterlife and being okay with it. The term "garden of stone" is a cemetery and the narrator is accepting death as the end of everything and is at peace with it.
    Alice_in_Soundweezeron March 16, 2017   Link

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