Eden
 
(Springfield)


Monday morning in the garden of Eden
Looked over and I saw your face
Never felt what you made me feel
Never felt so out of place


The sinner sleeps with the angel
I heard you breathe her name
stumblin through the gates of freedom

In Eden
Standing at the gate
I can be saved
In Eden
Standing at the gate
It's the start of a new day, yea
Yea baby, I can be healed
In Eden
Standing at the gate
it's the start of a new day

I was being nobody going nowhere
through the kingdom of the blind and lame
Wouldn't give myself away
I never thought I'd touch your flame
You opened up the book of love
What was I so scared of
(I'm a prisoner) at the gates of freedom

In Eden
Standing at the gate
I can be saved
In Eden
Standing at the gate
It's the start of a new day, yea
Yea baby, I can be healed
In Eden
Standing at the gate
it's the start of a new day

I wanted so much in my life
I desired everyone I knew
I would not take it kicking and screaming
The only one I want is you

I never thought I'd hear me say
Maybe love will save the day
I'm a prisoner at the gates of freedom

In Eden
Standing at the gate
I can be saved
In Eden
Standing at the gate
It's the start of a new day, yea
Yea baby, I can be healed
In Eden
Standing at the gate
it's the start of a new day
In Eden
Standing at the gate
I can be saved
In Eden
Standing at the gate
It's the start of a new day, yea
Yea baby, I can be healed
In Eden
Standing at the gate
it's the start of a new day
The only one I want is you

(total playing time 3:27)

Song Facts: This can be found on shock/denial/anger/acceptance. Rick first performed this song live when he was doing the Borders Acoustic performances in California in April of 2004 and again in Milwaukee shortly after.

Footnote - background photo was taken at the Borders performance on 4/9/04 by Renata Hearn

 

According to US

Now we've come to the Sting portion of the s/d/a/a album. Thanks for joining us... on the right you'll hear the string section and from the left we have the strong "signature drum beats" of Sting. Ok, how'd he pop up here? :-)

In all seriousness though, after the initial shock (even though it's an acceptance song hehe) of hearing Rick rip-off Sting, I find this one comforting. I really like this song, don't skip it at all, but don't really have a huge opinion of it. We've all heard this before from Rick, just different words with a different beat. He's the sinner, she's the saint....I can be healed... yawn. I was actually quite surprised on my first listen through on this CD that this one was here. I thought Rick was over this already. I guess it was just me that was over it.

I was lucky enough to catch a performance of this live in Milwaukee last year, and it was absolutely beautiful then. Just Rick sitting on the edge of the stage is a pretty sight, but him singing this one just added a certain light to the night that made it special. When he said the line at the end (sans music) "the only one I want is you", I'm sure the whole place felt like Rick was singing just to them. He just has that way, doesn't he? - Michelle P.


Do not shoot your guru, shoot me if I actually have to listen to this song again. I really don't like this song and I don't know why, exactly. It's by far, hands down, my least favorite track on the cd. Interestingly enough, it's the one song that was unanimously voted as an acceptance song, I crave more accepting, happy, love songs from Rick and yet I don't like this one. Hmmm. The part I dislike the most, is the music that goes on behind the lyrics: "the sinner sleeps with the angels..." That drives me nuts. This song also, for some reason reminds me of Sting's "A brand new day" and so when I hear this song, I think of a car commercial. 
I've tried to concentrate on the lyrics without the music, since I think it's the music that is ruining it for me. I don't know. I have heard it live and it doesn't bug me quite as much, but I just think that's because Rick's actual presence can lighten the blow a little.
The one line that I do find very interesting is the "I'm a prisoner" in parenthesis and kind of spoken as a subliminal message before he says "at the gates of freedom". It kind of reminds me of the preface in the book The Lovely Bones when she is telling the story of the snow globe and she says "trapped in a perfect world". Trapped. Prisoner.....I personally think there's less acceptance in this song than there might appear to be. And yes, I know, he's probably saying that he's a prisoner at the gates and she's about to free him, but it's so much more fun to look for hidden meaning, even when it might not be there. - rlh


This one sounds like he is desiring a fresh start in life. "It's a start of a new day"…."standing at the gate, I can be saved"….He has been a prisoner and he's ready to be free… from what though? Hurting and misery? I don't know, just seems he desires healing and freedom. The last line confuses me "the only one I want is you" What the heck is he trying to say? This one just may be a little to deep for me to ever decipher correctly. I do like it though, and it's one of my daughters favorites on this CD. - Amy L.