I found a little plot of land
in the garden of Eden
it was dirt and dirt is all the same

I tilled it with my two hands
and I called it my very own
There was no-one to dispute my claim

Well, you'd be shocked at the state of things
The whole place has just cleared right out
It was hotter than hell, so I laid me by a spring
For a spell, as naked as a trout

The wandering eye that I have caught
Is as hot as a wandering sun
But I will want for nothing more, in my garden
start again, in my hardening to every heart but one

Meet me in the garden of Eden,
Bring a friend, we are going to have ourselves a time
We are going to have a garden party, it's on me
No, sirree, it's my dime

We broke out hearts in the war between
St. George and the dragon
But both, in equal part, are welcome to come along
I'm inviting everyone

Farewell to loves that I have known
Even muddiest waters run
Tell me what is meant by sin, or none, in a garden
Seceded from the union in the year of '81?

The unending amends you've made
Are enough for one life, be done
I believe in innocence, little darling, start again
I believe in everyone

I believe, regardless, I believe in everyone


Lyrics submitted by kitteh, edited by sethbrown, random_monkey, Spiderland

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    General CommentFirst off, I think "in my heart and into every heart but one" should be "in my hardening to every heart but one"
    To me this stunningly sweet and beautiful sad song is about starting over again, rebuilding a paradise that was lost in heat and confusion. It is about reclaiming innocence and simplicity. I love Joanna's voice in this one! Though I always enjoyed her quirky and emotional voice her singing has really matured.
    sprout13on January 27, 2010   Link

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