Everybody took everything that they could
and they made a little town out of stones and out of wood,
And they made a little king out of plastercine,
And they threw the rules away but they kept the wisdom in.
And all the birds and the bees lived so peacefully
And all of the babies they slept so gently until...

Little Red, Little Red, Little Red, Little Red, Little Red, Little Red, Little Red, Little Red.
Little Red, Little Red, Little Red, Little Red Little, Little Red came knocking.

Little garden, how do I make your flowers grow,
when i already do everything that i know?
I bring you sunshine and i bring you rain but still you refrain.
All the other gardens are so full of flowers.
They're so colouful, yeah, I spend all these hours
trying to make you as beautful as them but sti-i-i-il you refrain.

knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, scratch.
knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, scratch
and a knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, scra-a-atch.
and a knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, knock, scra-a-a-atch.

Little girl, why are you crying,
just because the flowers in your garden are dying?
There's so much that you could be doing,
and all of your neighbours,
well, they haven't got a clue.
Come on with me and we'll have a little fun,
It's not too dangerous, yeah, and we won't hurt anyone.
Yeah, we'll cause some havoc between the birds and the bees,
We'll paint the town red and we'll shake the trees.
Oh, come on with me and i'll show you a good time,
All you have to do is a jump and a climb.
Yeah, i'll take you over to the other side of town.
There's so much to do there and everybody wheres a crown.

Should I go or should I stay?
My flowers are dying and i'm sick and tired anyway.
This boy seems kind of cool,
his jeans are kind of low,
Well, I think i'll go.

jump. jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump and a jump, jump, jump and a climb.
and a jump, jump, jump and a jump, jump, jump and a jump, jump, jump, and a climb.
and a jump. jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, cimb.
and a jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, jump, climb.

Oh let's pack a picnic and then go for a drive.
We'll go to a funfair and go on all the rides.
We'll climb up a mountain and take in all the sites.
We'll jump in a plane and fly.

If you want you can come back to mine.
We'll drink some coffee and you can spend the night.
We'll do anything that makes you smile
'Cause your smile is beautiful and it makes me happy.
'Cause your smile is beautiful and it makes me happy.

Well, this little girl grew up and moved away.
And she lived her life full of risk and full of play.
And she lived her life with so much to say,
And her flowers, they grow more beautiful every day.


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    General CommentI feel the first few lines are about the established world. The gardens are the lives of people. She has watched other's lives and now is ready to work on her own but it isn't working out and she doesn't know why. This person comes to show her to live her life and through the experiences she gains her garden finally grows. My take at least.
    Phyrixon February 02, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst, this song is (shockingly) gorgeous. I'd not expected anything from a (so-called) pop author to be anything close to this pretty.

    Secondly, this is my first time posting here, and I've only discovered Kate Nash's music today, but I think I have a *plausible* (if not necessary correct) interpretation of this song. I don't expect I have the energy to go far into this, but I hope that at least this will provoke some thought that others may or may not wish to discuss later. Disclaimer: I don't know the artist's background, so this is probably just what it means to me.

    This song seems largely analogous to the Christian creation story, and the introduction of the Garden of Eden. (Yes I'm aware that as song/literature analysis goes, this is pretty cliche...)

    The first stanza speaks of a perfect model of a perfect world, wherein the materials are gathered from whatever matter was available, and formed into this idealistic model. This model started with all the wisdom conceivable, but no rules (except don't leave--i.e. don't partake of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil). There was absolute peace; the young new race of (mortal) humans slept peacefully, as if they were babes in the best of cribs; the animals didn't quarrel with one another. This was heaven on earth...until...

    This leads to the point where the inhabitants begin to wonder why, in this perfect world, they can't quite attain to the beauty and fulfillment that they wanted. The "flowers"--perhaps representing the inhabitants' desires to flourish, themselves, and find beauty and meaning in their own existences (rather than simply having beauty around them)--are dying, and no matter what the speaker (the "I" voice) of this song does, they will not grow into the beauty and fulfillment that the speaker desires.

    Little Red scratches and knocks on the "door" of this garden (perhaps more aptly, the "door" of the minds of its inhabitants), requesting entrance. This person/creature is persistent, similar to how a pet who needs to come in/go out might bang and scratch on the door until those with the power to open it do so.

    Little Red makes an offer. Why are you staying here, being unfulfilled, when you could come with me and live the life you want to live--the life you CHOOSE to live? Nobody has to know. It's not too dangerous. You can have a great time! In my interpretation of this analogy, this is a basically sinister offer, but the results thereof are, in my view, most certainly not sinister--and arguably not as Little Red planned.

    Throwing aside the notion of Little Red being Little Red Riding Hood, one could postulate that in order to best "tempt" a girl/woman, Little Red would be male. Thus follows the modern-world description of what it might look like for a girl to go out gallivanting with this questionable person ("low pants," "paint the town red," and so forth).

    In the following stanzas, the tenor of the activities turns from being all about "fun," and being more about climbing(/jumping) to greater heights--just to experience what's there. It becomes less about hedonistic fulfillment, and more about a deeper, more lasting fulfillment. These two personnas--the little girl and her boyfriend, as it were--grow together and learn that there's more to life than simply having fun. They learn that the greater/greatest fulfillment lies not in (1) staying put in a perfect, harmonious place; (2) not in hedonistic pleasure; (3) not even in mere achievement; but rather, this fulfillment comes from doing something to make another person--especially the one you love most--smile. As seems to be a common interpretation of the Christian Garden of Eden narrative, humankind goes with the devil, rather than staying in the utopia with God, and learns to find fulfillment and happiness in this sinful world--by finding ways to make each other--and thus all of us--happier:

    If you want you can come back to mine.
    We'll drink some coffee and you can spend the night.
    We'll do anything that makes you smile
    'Cause your smile is beautiful and it makes me happy.
    'Cause your smile is beautiful and it makes me happy.

    Well, this little girl grew up and moved away.
    And she lived her life full of risk and full of play.
    And she lived her life with so much to say,
    And her flowers, they grow more beautiful every day.

    In closing, this person--the little girl--who I find analogous with all of humanity, from Adam/Eve to present--has found that her flowers--the representation/manifestation of her joy and fulfillment--grow brighter and more beautifully than they ever could have, if she had always counted on her surroundings and the "fate" of staying therein to make her happy, rather than taking the huge risks involved in falling into an imperfect, sinful world, wherein misery can and often does exist in equal or greater proportion to happiness, but wherein we have opportunity to CREATE happiness of our own, by making others smile and seeing our own dreams fulfilled by means of "the sweat of our brows." In this retelling of the classic "Garden of Eden" story, mankind is much better off, having taken the fall and worked hard to climb back up from the bottom, than we ever could have been if we'd accepted the stasis of menial contentment that was offered in that garden.

    I hope you enjoy reading/thinking about the above. I know that my own beliefs/background are coloring my analysis, and I hope that it doesn't offend anybody or give the impression that I'm trying to "convert" somebody. I just thought that this would be an interesting, and perhaps uplifting interpretation to share with others.

    Have a nice day.
    dmutterson November 25, 2011   Link
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    General Commentaaah sweet jesus i love this song
    normally narrative songs get on my tits, but kate's are amazing and i love this song
    iv tried in vain to work out the piano a million times dammit
    alex_and_raon May 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgolly gosh i love this song i went to see her last night and i hadn't heard it before...it was just...wow...
    mrs_dilkingtonon June 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so pretty :] yet i have no clue to what it means - any ideas? x
    Fairy_Of_Iceon August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so pretty :] yet i have no clue to what it means - any ideas? x
    Fairy_Of_Iceon August 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love Kate Nash. I just bought "Made Of Bricks" on Sunday and already know most of the lyrics to the songs. However, this one puzzled me. I think it is so beautiful and now I've learnt most of it. I think maybe it's something to do with "Little Red Riding Hood" and the perfect kingdom of "Far Far Away" or somewhere in Fairystories. It also seems very person. Perhaps it has something to do with Kate's own childhood memories and 'Little Red' is her child self?
    Maid Maria1on August 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentiheard this song ages ago
    and i loved it.
    so beautiful.
    and her voice is superb on it.

    well..
    this to me is she is using a garden as a metaphor of a relationship/love.
    and when her flowers are dying it is talking about her relationship dying.. like falling apart..

    and the very beggining to me is though people have helped get them together in a relationship and she uses all these nice little phrases to talk about the relationship.

    tehn it goes on to say about the dying garden..

    then when it says, and the bit after it..
    "Come on with me and we'll have a little fun"

    i imagine this to be a boy, (not the boy in the relationship) and he loves her and is trying to comfort her and he is persuading her to maybe cheat.. and nobody will find out and its all just a bit of fun..
    but it could alsop mean in a friendly way aswell.
    "It's not too dangerous, yeah, and we won't hurt anyone."

    my favourite bit in the song is..

    "Should I go or should I stay?
    My flowers are dying and i'm sick and tired anyway.
    This boy seems kind of cool,
    his jeans are kind of low,
    Well, I think i'll go."

    it relates alot tome in my life at the moment..

    and i interpret it as
    the girl like questioning herself whether to go along with this other boy..
    her flowers are dying.. her relationship is dying.
    this boy seems kind of cool.. shes like weighing up the pros and cons
    well i think i'll go.. she;s finally decided and realised she needs to have some fun and get away from her relationship for whatever reason..

    im thinking this reason is because her boyfriend like thinks he's better and stuff and it's all boring cos it says..
    "There's so much to do there and everybody wheres a crown"

    then it goes on to say what they do when theyve gone to wherever tehyve gone and it's all lovely and shes glad she made the right desicion.

    one of my favourite lyrics ever..
    We'll do anything that makes you smile
    'Cause your smile is beautiful and it makes me happy.

    (L)

    and the very last verse sums up how this girl made the right desiscion of going off with the other boy cos now she lives her life full of risk and full of play..
    so its worked ou for the best.


    sorry for waffling on,
    but it's so beautiful.
    x
    brittanyyon August 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTotally agree with you there Brittanyy!

    I think at the start of the song she's just plodding along in the relationship she's in. Then she meets this other guy (Little Red) and soon after his arrival she starts to notice flaws in her current relationship and how it seems to be her putting all the effort into the relationship she's in. She then gets to know and see more of Little Red and realises he can offer her the thrill, attention and love that she not only desires but deserves. And of course in the end she leaves her fella for Little Red and all's peachy!

    Its a lovely song and 1 I keep listening to again and again (And on the album I think it deserves to be more than just a bonus track!!!) I keep listening to it because I've got my own Little Red at the door but unfortunately he's got a girlfriend he's been wi for years who he says he is still in love with but that he also loves me too. Hmm...I'll keep listening to the song and c if it'll tell me what to do! but like I said, a totally gorgeous song on a totally brilliant album. Well done Miss Nash! x
    littlemissmeon August 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, I agree with you two above me.
    But i guess it doesnt need to be a relationship, i dont like the thought that nearly every lyric has to deal with relationships, love and so on.

    I guess the narrator lives in a situation that he/she doesnt like (so it CAN be the relationship) and there is something new which can cheers up him or her. in order to get "something new" he/she has to give up on familiar surroundings..
    somefacileon October 26, 2007   Link

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