"The Hanging Garden" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Simon Gallup....
Creatures kissing in the rain
Shapeless in the dark again
In the hanging garden please don't speak
In the hanging garden no one sleeps

Catching halos on the moon
Gives my hands the shapes of angels
In the heat of the night the animals scream
In the heat of the night walking into a dream

Fall fall fall fall
Into the walls
Jump jump out of time
Fall fall fall fall
Out of the sky
Cover my face as the animals cry
In the hanging garden

Creatures kissing in the rain
Shapeless in the dark again
In the hanging garden change the past
In the hanging garden wearing furs and masks

Fall fall fall fall
Into the walls
Jump jump out of time
Fall fall fall fall
Out of the sky
Cover my face as the animals die
In the hanging garden

In the hanging garden


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"The Hanging Garden" as written by Robert James Smith Laurence Andrew Tolhurst

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  • +6
    General CommentFrom Robert himself, "the hanging garden is something like about the purity and hate of animals fucking, and i think siamese twins is about the hate and purity of people fucking too ..." R. Smith, from cure news Number 9, 1990
    nsjdogon December 28, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIncidentally, there was a book published in 1980, called The Hanging Garden, by someone called Wagoner.
    Pornography was released in 1982. Grounds for speculation? I think so.

    The book is about “a patch of ground where someone has been making a practice of hanging every sort of animal, from dogs to spiders.” You should look into it…
    vampirelipson November 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI personally hold a grudge against the Cure because they try to be gothic and dark but half of their songs are very happy at base and when you listen to songs like this the lyrics are very weak and almost half-assed. Either way this song is about using fur as clothing. The "Hanging" Garden means a store where fur is hung on racks. "Wearing furs and masks" , "cover my face as the animals die". It's all pretty self explanatory
    thom657on August 30, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think that the song might have meanings beyond the few words by Rober Smith, beyond his conscious intentions and beyond the limited and banal "animal rights" interpretation. The song has many allusions to suicide ("hanging"), love and death. It is as if the song of a man just after his suicide by hanging. Suicide I guess has been an obsession for Smith in the early years, especially after Ian Curtis' death by hanging. As someone has said, the "hanging garden" might be seen as an allusion to Babylon and I'd add, to this world, our transient, ephemeral life on earth.
    The allusion to the kiss might also be seen as the kiss of death ("Creatures kissing in the rain").
    There are different metaphors of dying ("Shapeless in the dark again").
    Death is not sleep, it is irrevocable ("In the hanging garden no one sleeps")
    A seemingly ironic view of the the lunaticism of trusting in forms of otherworldliness ("Catching halos on the moon / Gives my hands the shapes of angels").
    The "animals" as all the living beings, including us humans as reduced to the biological being, that is as human beings that are dead as humans and only live as unconscious animals ("In the heat of the night the animals scream"), the reference to the "scream" might be seen as screaming at a funeral.
    Falling "into the walls": another way of representing being buried.
    Dying and making love as both ways of being in "ecstasy" beyond the earthly life ("Jump jump out of time ... out of the sky").
    Other allusions to being buried during a funeral ("Cover my face as the animals cry").
    Suicide and "fucking" as attempts to change one's traumas an one's identity ("change the past", "wearing furs and masks"). Wearing furs and mask is an allusion to dying of one's authentic self in the "theatre" of social life and in a world where human life is reduced to biological, "animal", unconscious life.
    In the end there is something like a prayer for avoiding to see the pain of universal death "Cover my face as the animals die" (this allusion recalls the theme of the other song "One hundred years" in the same album).
    Benzoxon October 22, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the original ver. is better because the chorus is done with power without making it more hardcore, which is something I think was bad for the atmosphere of the song that AFI did. Also Havok seems to rush his ending "Hanging Garden".

    I'd hate to try to interpret a Cure song, none the less something so emotionally invoked as this was, but I think it's just about physical actions towards love without any real substance of love there.
    NoSocialGroupon October 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like NoSocialGroup's thoughts on this song more than Robert Smith's...

    -Katie. xoxo.
    Disposition___on January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really haunting, and personally I love The Cure's original version better than any cover. Just the drums in the background as well. Saw them do this live on the Trilogy DVD (I think...) and it was amazing...
    tokyo_eyeon March 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUgh, stupid little pop rock bands covering excellent songs like this.
    It frustrates me so much, because so many kids don't know it's by the Cure originally.
    ikkunaprincessaon August 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg. The trilogy dvd is amaaazing. i watch it all the time. it is my favorite. the visuals and camera angles were incerdible. best buy i ever made. anyways...it almost seems like a person was left for another and he is angry. like creatures kissing in the rain. i always think of the person staring at the couple as they kiss with such hatred. when i hear garden i see beauty. but change the past..like living regret from that past relationship. im may be way off. im barely learning how to interpret lyrics. bare with me here =)
    All Cats are Greyon September 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentikkunaprincessa - did someone else cover this? Because if you're talking about AFI's cover, then man that was a long time ago before AFI were anything remotely close to pop (I agree, they are pop now, and I love them for it).
    An amazing cover of a brilliant song.

    But I really can't dig Robert Smith's thoughts on the meaning of it.
    Manxbasson October 25, 2006   Link

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