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The Garden

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The Garden

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:18 am


THE GARDEN
Album:
Use Your Illusion 1, 1991, track no. 11.

Written by:
West Arkeen, Del James and Axl Rose.

Musicians:
Drums / Percussion: Matt
     Bass: Duff
     Lead and Rhythm Guitars / Slide Guitar / Acoustic Guitar: Slash
     Acoustic Guitar: West Arkeen
     Vocals: Axl, Alice Cooper
     Background Vocals: Axl, Shannon

Live performances:
'The Garden' was played live for the first time at Frank Erwin Center, USA, February 23, 1993. It was only played during 1993. In total it has, as of {UPDATEDATE}, at least been played {THEGARDENSONGS} times.
Lyrics:

You know you're all alone
       Your friends they aren't at home
       Everybody's gone to the garden
       As you look into the trees
       You can look but you don't see
       The flowers seem to tease you at the garden
       Everybody's there, but you don't seem to care
       What's it with you man, and this garden

Turned into my worst phobia,
       A crazy man's utopia
       If you're lost no one can show ya,
       But it sure was glad to know ya
       Only poor boys take a chance,
       On the garden's song and dance,
       Feel her flowers as they wrap around,
       But only smart boys do without

     You can find it all inside
       No need to wrestle with your pride
       No you ain't losin' your mind
       You're just in the garden
       They can lead you to yourself
       Or you can throw it on the shelf
       But you know you can look inside
       For the garden

     I wasn't really scared
       Lost my virginity there,
       To a gypsy with blond hair
       But now no one seems to care
       Like a mouse inside a maze
       Wandering round 4 daze
       With a smile upon my face,
       I never wanna leave this place
       Only poor boys take a chance,
       On the garden's song and dance,
       Feel her flowers as they wrap around,
       But only smart boys do without
       Turned into my worst phobia,
       A crazy man's utopia
       If you're lost no one can show ya,
       But it sure was glad to know ya
       Bye bye
       So long, bye bye
       It's glad to know ya
       Bye bye
       Bye bye
       Aw...so long


Quotes:
[West Arkeen] wasn't the type who wanted to be in a band, but he was an incredible guitar player. He ended up writing songs with several of us. He had a hand in an unreleased song called 'Sentimental Movie,' and in 'Yesterdays' ad 'The Garden,' which eventually turned up on Use Your Illusion. All of those songs were written there on El Cerrito [where Duff lived] together with various members of our band [Duff's autobiography, "It's So Easy", 2011, p. 86-87].

Talking about the slide playing: [i][...] For 'The Garden,' where it's got a big solo session, and slide all the way through it, I did that overhand [...] I came up with it that day in the studio, so there wasn't much practising involved. I had the basic idea, improvised it, and did it a couple of times [Guitar For The Practising Musician, April 1990].

[i]Axl sang a part in 'The Garden,' and it sounded exactly like Alice Cooper. I mean, it sounded exactly like Alice. So we were like, 'Let's get Alice to do it,' you know, rather than just steal his style. So Alice came down and sang it. It was cool [Guns N' Roses The Illusion Of Greatness by Lonn M. Friend; RIP June 1991].

I came up with it that day in the studio, so there wasn't much practising involved. I had the basic idea, improvised it, and did it a couple of times. I played it overhand. This solo is particularly focused, in terms of where your energy is. I thought of Jeff Beck. That's cool. I like Jeff Beck. That's another one that was one take. It's aggressive. I think I have my regular Les Paul with the Alnico pickups that I use most of the time. The same one I used on the last record [No Illusions, Guitar - April, 1992].

West Arkeen and Axl Rose jamming to The Garden some time in 1989:

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