GARDEN: SONG BY SONG
Fly Fly Fly
This song, written and recorded as a B-side for a single, ended up being slipped onto
the album after songs like "Butterfly," "If God Is My Father," and "I Hope I'll
See You In Heaven" were removed from the album. MGM believed "Fly Fly Fly" might be
a commercial hit but Larry felt that this censorship marked the end of their relationship.
He prepared to set up his own company, Solid Rock Records, as soon as he could be
released from his contract.
The Same Old Story
Because man does not necessarily gain wisdom with his experience, the same scenarios
repeat endlessly in literature and song. The unfaithful or unreliable woman is the source
for many blues songs, but when it is happening to you it is much more than a cliche.
Larry wrote this about the problems he faced in his own personal life.
Lonely By Myself
Adam walked with God in the garden, but Adam was still lonely, so God created woman.
Now man has woman but is still lonely without God. In Manhattan, New York, during the
same trip in which he wrote "Nightmare #49" he saw a wall in the subway spray painted
with the words, "isn't anybody out there, doesn't anybody care" and it inspired him to write
"Lonely By Myself."
Be Careful What You Sign
This is the story of Faust which plays itself out in every man's life. If we follow the things of
the flesh and choose the world over God, we shall lose our soul and perish in ignorance.
Larry places himself back in time, a few centuries earlier, and tries to express the
anguish a young nam might have felt about his unreturned love during an age when men
believed the earth to be flat and love to be more important than self worth. Sailing to the edge
of the earth would be a poetic suicide. The baroque period was a very ornate, effulgent era;
musically, sartorially, philosophically. Baroquen spirits refers to the spirit of that
age, not to demons.
Larry wrote this in the white cottage in 1970 and only later discovered that he
was sharing writing credits when Randy recorded a version with an extra verse
squeezed in and then added it onto Born Twice after Larry had stopped working
with Randy and was on tour in England. The Garden recording contained the
original version with no Stonehill lyrics.
She's A Dancer
Larry grew up in San Francisco, near the panhandle of Golden Gate Park, and he wrote this
song about himself, actually. He is the dancer. And he is also the man reading the paper
as he watched himself grow up, struggling with creative self-expression at a time when music
and dance was considered a "sissy" thing to pursue, while hanging out with a juvenile
gang was considered manly. But the song is also about loneliness, the separation from God that
was brought about in the garden of Eden, and the isolation we all experience one from another.
Again, a song about personal loss. On one hand Larry is singing about the experience of turmoil
in his private life. On the other hand he is singing about abject sorrow and the focus of pain
that pushes away hope.
This song starts in Babylon with Shirley Temple representing the "virgin queen," Ishtar;
Guy Kibbee representing the patriarchs; Bill Robinson representing the nations of slaves,
and workers of the world. Harpo is the Oracle who suddenly, out of film character, talks,
no longer mute; speaking great plagues and calamities upon the world. He first adddresses
the ecologies of self destruction. Then he lists summaries of mankind's continued debasements.
Let the hearer hear. Have you counted the words? Who was the man with the camera, representing
the unprepared witness to history? And the simple sermon of Elmo Lincoln is to forget the
dreams of Babylon and a new world made perfect by governments. The end is nigh. Prepare. Repent.
Watch. And wait.