"Garden Of Eden" as written by W. Axl Rose, Saul Hudson, Duff Rose Mckagan, Izzy Stradlin, Darren A. Reed and Matt Sorum....
It's a critical solution, and the east coast got the blues
It's a mass of confusion, like the lies they sell to you

You got a glass-jawed toothache of a mental disease
And they be running 'round back, see them line up on their knees
'Cause the kiss-ass sycophants, throwing penance at your feet
When they got nowhere to go
Watch them come in off the streets
While they're banging out front
Inside they're slamming to the crunch
Go on an throw me to the lions
And the whole damn screaming bunch
'Cause the pissed-off rip-offs, they're everywhere you turn
Tell me how a generation's ever supposed to learn

This fire is burning, and it's out of control
It's not a problem you can stop
It's rock n' roll

I read it on a wall, it went straight to my head
It said, "Dance to the tension of a world on edge"
We got racial violence, and who'll cast the first stone?
And sex is used any way it can be
Sometimes, when I look out, it's hard to see the day
It's a feeling, you can have it, it's not mine to take away

Lost in the Garden of Eden
Said, we're lost in the Garden of Eden
And there's no one who's gonna believe this
But we're lost in the Garden of Eden

This fire is burning, and it's out of control
It's not a problem you can stop
It's rock n' roll
Suck on that

Looking through this point of view
There's no way I'm gonna fit in
No, you tell me what my eyes see
Don't you tell me who to believe in
I ain't superstitious, but I know when something's wrong
I've been dragging my heels with a bitch called hope
Let the undercurrent drag me along

Lost in the Garden of Eden
Said, we're lost in the Garden of Eden
And there's no one who's gonna believe this
But we're lost in the Garden of Eden, come on

Most organized religions make a mockery of humanity
Our governments are dangerous and out of control
The Garden of Eden is just another graveyard
Said, if they had someone to buy it
Said, I'm sure they'd sell my soul

This fire is burning, and it's out of control
It's not a problem you can stop
It's rock n' roll
Lost in the Garden of Eden
Said, we're lost in the Garden of Eden
Said, there's no one who's gonna believe this
But we're lost in the Garden of Eden
This fire is burning, and it's out of control
It's not a problem you can stop
It's rock n' roll


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"Garden of Eden" as written by Izzy Stradlin Saul Hudson

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  • +7
    Song MeaningThis song is one of my favorite of all time, mainly because of its amazing lyrics.

    Garden Of Eden is all about criticism of the system as it works, manipulating people with religion and entertainment to prevent them from revolting against oppression. In this sense, I would link it with Peace Sells from Megadeth.
    Axl expresses that society is sick, it does not work functionally ("mental disease","world on edge" etc). Because changing what's wrong with it would cost the greedy leaders their powers, they refuse to acknowledge the truth and lie about the real situation ("syncophants", "lies their sell to you").
    Because people are feeling something is wrong ("the east coast got the blues"), they try to distract them from political issues with religion, medias and drugs. The "it's not a problem you solve; it's rock n' roll" line actually reckons that rock n roll and its lifestyle (that GNR embodied at the time) by superficially relieving people from their everyday life problem encourages them to do nothing.
    The medias are hypocritical, when everybody feels angry about their place in society ("we've got racial violence" refers to racism and gang problems while "sex is used anyway it can be" is about rape and religious rejection of sexuality ), they ask to dance it away.
    The Organized Religions, working like companies motivated only by greed and power ("if they had someone to buy it they'd sure try to sell my soul") and helping the gov to control people, encourages passive behavior and imposes its outdated version of reality ("we're lost in the Garden of Eden", we can't escape the religious moral, but it doesn't convince people that much because "it's just another graveyard"). Those last lines actually sound pretty nietzschian to me, God and faith are dead and you have to replace it with something new, the christian set of rules and morality must be destroyed ("we're not talking about no golden apple or some missing rib, you hear?") and replaced by something new.
    RattleheadVicon September 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHate this song, way to fast. Seems to put down religion tho it's hard to tell what it's about until you pick through the lyrics. For me it's Guns N Roses worst song.
    musicmuron August 20, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTotal kick ass song, videos great and i can sing along to ALMOST all of it!
    hattieon May 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song the video is v. funny. But i don't know what the lyrics mean.
    Aerosmithloveron December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song....i love listening to it...it gets me pumped and the video is awesome.. GN'R kicked major ass when they were still around. (well the ORIGINAL gn'r members)
    metallica_fanon January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDude velvet revolver rule. saw them on the 18th jan. Fuckin rocked!
    sweet addictionon January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah i saw Velvet Revolver a few days ago...Fuckin awesome...Probably the best concert I have ever been to..
    johnnycabollion February 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis may be a stupidly fast song, but it's a good stupidly fast song. Still the meaning eludes me
    K-nuxXxon March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI do not know what it means but the song is great.
    Dominican Phenomon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe video with dizzy being a complete fucker in the background makes me laugh! *lol* The words at the bottom of the screen...*LOL*
    Popcorn_adleron May 04, 2005   Link

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