The Hanging Garden

by The Cure

Duration:
4:32
Released:
May 04, 1982
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Lyrics for The Hanging Garden by The Cure:

Verse 1
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

Refrain
(In the hanging garden)
(In the hanging garden)

Verse 2
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

Chorus
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

Refrain
(In the hanging garden)
(In the hanging garden)

Verse 3
Creatures kissing in the rain
Shapeless in the dark again
In a hanging garden, change the past
In a hanging garden wearing furs and masks

Chorus
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

Bridge
(In the hanging garden)
As the animals die
Cover my face as the animals die

Outro
(In the hanging garden)
(In the hanging garden)
(In the hanging garden)
(In the hanging garden)
(In the hanging garden)
(In the hanging garden)

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Song Facts

“The Hanging Garden” was the sole commercial single release from The Cure’s album Pornography. Two releases of it were under the title A Single. It reached #34 in the UK, becoming their second-highest charting single there at the time – until the following year when “The Walk” broke the top 20.

Cure frontman Robert Smith said in a fanzine, “The Hanging Garden is something like about the purity and hate of animals fucking.” While it’s not very specific, that’s all that’s really known about the song’s meaning. However, the title may be a reference to The Hanging Gardens in Mumbai, India, which is well known for its view of the Arabian Sea and its hedges, which are carved in the shapes of animals.

The lyrics to “The Hanging Garden” appeared in the original comic book The Crow. The group was asked if the song could be used in the 1994 film based on the comic, but Smith reportedly liked it so much he opted to write a new song for the soundtrack instead – “Burn”.

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