"Backyard" as written by Antonio Reid, Kenneth M. (a/k/a Babyface) Edmonds and Cheryl "salt" James....
In the backyard
In the garden
You were always there
Digging down where roots would burrow underneath

Now the grass is always overgrown
And the weeds are choking out the sun
Pretty soon they'll come under the door
And you don't care

In the backyard
In the garden
Almost nothing left
Just some pieces of the roots that once dug in

And the grass is always overgrown
And the weeds are choking out the sun
Why do you still come home anymore
when you don't care?

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    General Commenti think this is about a person who has lost interest in something they once loved....they used garden as their metaphor b/c a garden takes a lot of care, and if it is not cared for they will do their own thing kinda like "now the grass is always overgrown
    and the weeds are choking out the sun
    pretty soon they'll come under the door" which is all the effect of "and you don't care"

    and if you dont agree please dont rip my head off :) i like it
    drgusteron July 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou're right, and I think the meaning of this song is hidden well, but if you look carefully, you can find it. I'd like to point out some key words and phrases first. The most important line is "Why do you still come home anymore". To me, this is all about someone who has left their family, or is about to leave their family. The garden to me symbolizes many things. The house, the family, and most importantly, the problems of the family. In the beginning, he used to always go to the "garden" and deal with the problems (weeds). He/she would even go so far as to dig down to the roots to resolve the problem. But now, the person isn't dealing with the problems, and they continue to build up more and more. And as the problems begin to build up, he/she no longer cares. Now in the "garden" hardly any of the beautiful flowers and plants are left, and everything about the family is almost gone. Finally, the last stanza just drives the issue home that the person has given up on their family, and why are they even around anymore..."when you don't care?"

    I love Guster
    kinger2713on April 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti agree with you guys . .it could be family or a long distance relationship or someeethinng. i really like the music after they're done singing. .it sounds so beautiful. and i think at the very end i hear someone say. ."change it" or something. .hmm?
    Madison5on May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a couple who broke up after being together a while and promised to stay friends, but one of them is not even attempting to maintain the friendship. Which is opposite of how he/she acted when they were in the relationship "you were always there..." working on and putting everything they had into the relationship.
    M3on June 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti love the part of the song where it is just the harmonica solo... it is amazing..
    airbagon September 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHey, Madison the guy says key change(that's what Brian said in the studio journal). Anyway, this is my favorite song on the new album. It's really cool. The harmonica solo is my favorite part of the song too.
    gusterswonderfulon October 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthey guys great interpretation i do agree. i love guster! what album is this on?? and does anyone know about any upcoming shows?
    Tarak162on October 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentkeep it together is the album. .and the only upcoming shows are in the UK. .they did a tour this summer. .check out guster.com :)
    Madison5on November 05, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"Every guest musician on the album will be forced to do one take on Boneyard on an instrument of our choice before they leave. Ryan's singing the song right now. And it appears it will be "Backyard," not "Boneyard." Cool lyrics about a neglected garden (or something) on this one." Brian, February 5th 2002 studio journal entry
    crimsonandcloveron June 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song really reminds me of england, for some reason. like an english moor. and great expectations. and thats a totoally personal take on the song, but thats the image it creates for me.
    smacon22on October 28, 2007   Link

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