She'll let you in her house
If you come knockin' late at night
She'll let you in her mouth
If the words you say are right
If you pay the price
She'll let you deep inside
But there's a secret garden she hides

She'll let you in her car
To go drivin' round
She'll let you into the parts of herself
That'll bring you down
She'll let you in her heart
If you got a hammer and a vise
But into her secret garden, don't think twice

You've gone a million miles
How far'd you get
To that place where you can't remember
And you can't forget

She'll lead you down a path
There'll be tenderness in the air
She'll let you come just far enough
So you know she's really there
She'll look at you and smile
And her eyes will say
She's got a secret garden
Where everything you want
Where everything you need
Will always stay
A million miles away

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Secret Garden song meanings
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  • +12
    General CommentWhen I heard this song, I first just thought it was another love song. But after listening to it, I realized that it said much more. To me it's talking about that little part of all of us, that, no matter what, will always be ours alone. A place that only we can reach and no one else. There's always that secret place deep inside us that makes us tick, makes us who we are, and we are the only ones who can get there. The people we love may recognize it and see it, but that won't fully understand it.
    insatiableon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +10
    Song MeaningMorons! This song, like most of Bruce's, is not about prostitutes or sluts, etc. He's filling you in on a basic fact. No matter how well you think you know her; there's a part of her; her 'Secret Garden'; where you will never penetrate. She will not tell you, or let on, but that's that's how it it is. Married 10-20 years, still; you will never enter the "secret garden". Don't like it? TS. Think about becoming Gay. Otherwise; learn to live w/ it. It's as true as the sunrise. Those with alternate theories; wait till your 40 years or older, otherwise, shut your pie holes.
    tbmtbon July 30, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI think that the great thing about songs and song lyrics is that while the song writer may have their own idea about the song while they are writing it, everyone else gets to interpret it in their own way. It wouldn't be very much fun to listen to songs with such great lyrics and be like 'oh those don't mean anything, he's just talking about a prostitute; I saw it in an interview'. It's so much more fun to 'guess' the meaning. :)
    For me, I think this song is about a girl who has suffered a lot of pain in her life, someone who lost someone she loved. And because of that she has a hard time opening her heart to love. When she smiles, it's sad, because she hurts, and people's love hurts her. She hides her pain, trying to let people in, but she'll never truly let anyone in. She can't do this because no matter how far she goes, or how long its been, the pain, the sadness, is there with her all the time. She can't forget the pain, but it hurts her too much to remember everything, all the details that caused the pain. (Hence the line, You've gone a million miles How far'd you get To that place where you can't remember And you can't forget, which I think is amazing). I think anyone who has lost someone they loved in tragic circumstances will understand that. As for the secret garden, I think that's where she keeps her memories of whoever she lost, good or bad, about their life or their death, and they are just too personal, as some memories are, to explain or show to another person. Anyway, that's just what I get from the song, I don't think its a love song really. Sorry this is super long :)
    joker204on September 01, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI just love this song. I think it is absolutely amazing and though bruce springsteen has many many wonderful songs, this is my favourite. I think it is about a man falling in love with a woman who, no matter how hard he tries, always keeps her distance and guards her privacy with her life...he realizes that he could spend forever trying to get through to her ("you've gone a million miles, how far'd you get") but that he never can get to that part of herself that she hides away. Its just so bittersweet - I love it!!
    WishYouWereHereon July 29, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIn his book titled "Songs" he wrote that Secret Garden "was darkly erotic and centered around the mysteries that remain between partners, even the closest of relationships"

    So for those of you who aren't willing to understand that songs can pertain to more than just prostitution, or love, there you go!
    heres the link if you like:…
    basinger1987on May 10, 2009   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationI don't think anyone has listened to this song the way I have and might be because I just experienced a break up that fits this.

    The girl and the guy in this song, they care very deeply for one another. However the female has things that are troubling her from her past that nobody knows about her and she's afraid to tell anyone in case they judge her poorly.

    The guy however loves her with all her heart and is like no other guy she has ever had cross her path whether relationship or any other sense. He just wants her to know this but she is too scared to be vulnerable and puts up walls to protect from more pain that she only knows of in her "secret garden".

    She isn't a "bitch" or mean at all, she is hurting from lots of pain from her past and she wants to love the guy and will try forcing herself to do so even if it is hard. Though when she tries she breaks down thinking back to the pain of the past and hides away from him again.

    They'll never get to be together in the end because shes scared, even though he is the exact kind of guy that she needs forever.
    PonderThison July 30, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentif you come up with an explanation for these lyrics, then you need to be able to justify it with more than a few carefully selected lines.

    'into the secret garden dont think twice.'


    'youve gone a million miles.....'
    'there be tenderness in the air'
    'lead you down the path'

    you get my point.
    lyrics are often deliberately ambiguous, so to work out a true meaning will be usually difficult.

    to me the song seems to make me think of true intimate love as opposed to love that is shallow and worthless. i dont say this is the intended meaning, but it is where i go when i hear it. even when we add our comments the box says 'what does this song mean to you'...not 'explain this and prove its meaning'.
    me4now777on March 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThis song is entirely based on what it is and what it means to fall in love with a woman. How she will do anything for you, "into her car...into her heart..just far enough so you know shes really there"... but in the end there so many depths and levels to a every woman where her "Secret Garden" is kept that you will never see, even when she "leads down the path" she will "look into your eyes" and you will still know that her secret garden will always remain "a million miles away".

    Its a part of her you'll never really completely know about, as its just hers and hers alone.
    CarbonChrison August 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about a girl, who seems to be absolutely perfect, everything the guys has dreamt of, but in the end she's just as insecure as anyone, she just hides it better. Deep down inside she is scared or completely opening up to him, although she knows he loves him truly, her heart refuses to believe it, so, she keeps leading him on, making him think that she will open up to him, but just in a split second she runs away again(but she knows he will always follow, so she just keeps doing that)
    Chamigaon December 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNothing funny about it, putinsolitary. Me thinks you've just decided to be immature and take a shit on it, is all.
    The reason people associate this song with Jerry Maguire is because it was used in it, and appropriately so.

    Developing a relationship and falling in love always involves a certain mystique - hence, the 'Secret Garden'.

    Not too hard to figure...
    WhiteDoveon April 28, 2006   Link

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