Get out of my garden

Passion vine
Texas sage
Indigo spires salvia
Confederate jasmine
Royal cape plumbago
Arica palm
Pygmy date palm
Snow-on-the-mountain
Pink powderpuff
Datura
Crinum lily
St. Christopher's lily
Silver dollar eucalyptus
White african iris
Katie's charm ruellia
Variegated shell ginger
Florida coontie
Datura
Ming fern
Sword fern
Dianella
Walking iris
Chocolate cherries allamanda
Awabuki viburnum

Is there room in my heart
For you to follow your heart
And not need more blood
From the tip of your star

Walking iris
Chocolate cherries allamanda
Awabuki viburnun

Natal plum
Black magic ti
Mexican bush sage
Gumbo limbo
Golden shrimp
Belize shrimp
Senna
Weeping sabicu
Golden shower tree
Golden trumpet tree
Bird of paradise
Come in
Vaiegated shell ginger
Datura
Ionicera
Red velvet costus
Xanadu philodendron
Snow queen hibiscus
Frangipani
Bleeding heart
Persian shield
Cat's whiskers
Royal palm
Sweet slyssum
Petting bamboo
Orange jasmine
Clitoria blue pea
Downy jasmine
Datura
Frangipani

Dividing Canaan
Piece by piece
O let me see
Dividing Canaan


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Datura Lyrics as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    "Datura" by Tori Amos came to me at a very difficult time. Odd thing is, four years prior, one of my best friends in New York City had often pontificated on how important this song was to him - but I neither took note of why nor really showed any interest in why. At the time I heard "Datura", I was sitting outside of a church waiting for my mother, very down and out, having just returned from a rather dark and scary four-month period in San Francisco: my boyfriend had left me and moved back to our hometown Hollywood in Florida; I had gotten raped twice; I had become highly addicted to Crystal Meth; and was quite persecuted and beaten down by a lot of people in San Fran. When "Datura" hit my ears, the first thing that struck me was the riff just before or after the one minute mark on the song: it was...hm...transcendent: I looked around me, stared at the sifting cars, the people walking by, the sky blue, vast and omniscient and it felt like I saw myself, life and God all at once (and no, I wasn't high). Music does that to you: regardless of the lyrics or the varying meanings that can be read in a song, it's the music...where it takes you...what it evokes from you...that's important. And of course, when I heard the lyrics:

    Is there room in my heart For you to follow your heart And not need more blood From the tip of your star

    I realized this song was not talking about the drug Datura, or just about Tori's garden - no, it was talking about me, my love for myself, my love for others, and my love for that thing that I and all of creation (as a whole) creates: joy, truth, love and GOD.

    Mark-Alexison February 17, 2005   Link
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    To me, this song has always been about survival. It's about persisting, staying strong when you have the most reason to give up. No matter how badly you are torn apart, there is still that fire within, everything still alive and flourishing inside of you (represented in the song by the plants).

    wiresandwoodon July 29, 2007   Link
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    "I was in a mood that day. . . . We were supposed to be cutting something else, and it wasn't coming together. Matt [Matt Chamberlain] was running around, but the band hadn't shown up yet -- meaning Caton [Steve Caton] and Jon [Jon Evans] hadn't come. And I just had this thing about my garden. I got a list from my gardener about everything that was in my garden that was still alive."

    "...I'm talking about the times when lines have been crossed by men. Men can be dangerous, like in the song Datura about how sometimes they can bring you gold and sometimes they can be the bearer of poison. The plant Datura is a hallucinogen and it's like men. If you get the right amount you'll walk into the garden and become a woman, but if too much seeps in in the wrong way and at the wrong time - it'll kill you."

    "'Datura' is this plant that if you put too many leaves in to steep--even though it does have altered-state potential in a big way, like bella donna--if you don't steep it correctly, I hope you like to fly . . ." [Tori; Tower Records' Pulse Magazine, Nov99]

    merchantpierceon May 03, 2002   Link
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    Tori's garden sounds amazing.

    It's always amazing for me, reading other people interpretations, because it then always changes what I think of a song, how I picture it and whether it still sounds beautiful. Still beautiful to me.

    myheartbaiton March 27, 2009   Link
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    what an absolute power-song

    gohome12on November 02, 2004   Link
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    I love this song...it sounds strange but if you\'re in the right mood for it, it\'s perfect. I think it\'s quite clear what it\'s about. The line \"Is there room in my heart/for you to follow your heart\" means to me, that you\'re not sure if it\'s safe to let somebody else into your heart...can you trust the person? do you have room for him/her?

    manus21on January 21, 2005   Link
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    "Is there room in my heart / For you to follow your heart / And not need more blood / From the tip of your star" Can I find it in me to let you chase your passion and to not take out my feeling of abandonment on your dreams, to not sabotage your dreams becoming to life

    Carableaon July 02, 2008   Link
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    This video is my response to the song, and I think Tori would approve.

    youtube.com/watch

    gravygoodon September 11, 2008   Link

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