a short site about The Divine Comedy

French version

Secret Garden

Lyrics & Music: Neil Hannon

Published by: Copyright Control / Damaged Pop Music / BMG Music Publishing Ltd.

Originally interpreted by: The Divine Comedy


To see the lyrics, click on the name of the version you are interested in (on the left).




It was very probably played during the promo of Fanfare For The Comic Muse, then, being part of an album which Neil tried more or less to deny, it wasn't played... until 2006, for the promo of Victory For The Comic Muse. Why? Well, with this album Neil was definitely going back to Fanfare..., if not in style at least in theme. This song holds the key of the problem it seems. Before being recorded for Fanfare for the Comic Muse, it was recorded as a demo in Active Studio, Banbridge. Actually, it appears that the demo and the album version are different. Indeed, Neil changed half the 2nd verse in the bargain. Originally, it contained a reference to Forster's book A Room With A View, which leads me to think that Neil might have read the book before the recording of Fanfare for the Comic Muse rather than after.

'Secret Garden', which probably owes its title to a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is a love song, full a lust. Usually, the phrase is used to allude to somebody's intimacy, in an abstract, psychological, meaning. Here the phrase gets a more... physical sense.