Past the ivy-covered windows of
The Angel
Down Athenaeum Lane to the cathedral
Through the churchyard I wandered
Sat for a spell there and I pondered
My back to the gates
My back to the gates
My back to the gates.... of the garden

Fugitive fathers, sickly infants, decent mothers
Runaways and suicidal lovers
Assorted boxes of ordinary bones
Of aborted plans and sudden shattered hopes
In unlucky rows
In unhappy rows
In unlucky rows, up to the gates of the garden

Won't you meet me at the gates
Won't you meet me at the gates
Won't you meet me at the gates
To the garden

Beneath the creeping shadow of the tower
The bell from St. Edmunds informs me of the hour
I turn to find you waiting there for me
In sunlight and I see the way that you breathe
All alive and leaning
Alive and leaning
All alive and leaning on the gates of the garden

Leave these ancient places to the angels
Let the saints attend to their keeping of the cathedrals
And leave the dead beneath the ground so cold
For God is in this hand that I hold
As we open up the gates
As we open up the gates
As we open up the gates of the garden

Won't you meet me at the gates
Won't you meet me at the gates
Won't you meet me at the gates
To the garden


Lyrics submitted by pumkinhed, edited by Mellow_Harsher, johnnykav

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    General CommentIt's about a rendez-vous with a girl in the town of Bury St Edmunds, county of Suffolk, England.
    He crosses Athenaeum Lane street that runs between Angel Hill and Churchgate Street:
    "Past the ivy-covered windows of The Angel
    Down Athenaeum Lane to the cathedral"

    and reaches Bury St Edmunds Cathedral...there he waits his date to come up and he's contemplating the graves:
    "Fugitive fathers, sickly infants, decent mothers
    Runaways and suicidal lovers
    Assorted boxes of ordinary bones"

    at the right time( "The bell from St. Edmunds informs me of the hour") his girl appears and all his sad thoughts dissapear:
    "Leave these ancient places to the angels
    Let the saints attend to their keeping of the cathedrals
    And leave the dead beneath the ground so cold"

    nothing else matters for him but his girlfriend, she's the only thing alive:
    "For God is in this hand that I hold".

    It's very nice the contrast between the dead ones, the cold world, people dead and buried and the light, warm world represented by this woman.
    baudolinoon April 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod I haven't got much of an idea what this song is about 'cause i'm too stupid but i bloody well love it
    -broken-on April 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd say this was about the Gates to a Garden (duh) ..And about the things that have happened, in this place.. And now, he is meeting his fancy-woman or whatever theres.. Not sure about the "God is in this hand that I hold", if it's refering to a girl, maybe he's comparing her to an Angel? I dunno..
    __AwwSugaron January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about a cemetery ( Garden as a euphemism )

    "Fugitive fathers, sickly infants, decent mothers
    Runaways and suicidal lovers
    Assorted boxes of ordinary bones
    Of aborted plans and sudden shattered hopes
    In unlucky rows, up to the gates of the garden
    In unhappy rows, up to the gates of the garden
    In unlucky rows, up to the gates of the garden "

    Sounds pretty clear here .. either that or I am creepily depressed :P
    loobiielooon February 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe "garden" in this song is no more less then heaven; I think
    He's visiting the grave of a deceased lover and contemplates over what has happened and hopes to meet her at heavens gate.
    She's not reaaly dead for him.

    The bell from St. Edmunds brings him back to the real & cruel world.....
    JeffMecon January 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAthenaeum Lane is in Bury St. Edmunds, adjacent to the Cathedral Church of St. James. From the end of the lane, there is a view of a gate.

    maps.google.com/…
    Mausismon February 11, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionI think it is a very good interpertation by budolino.
    Thanks!
    FlyingToasteron April 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHis lover is dead and he imagines being with her as he visits her grave. Interesting twist at the end: "Let the saints attend to the keeping of the cathedrals", which suggests that he is no longer so crippled by grief. The song is about moving on from losing the ones you love, but without forgetting them.
    AlexanderDumbasson September 22, 2015   Link

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