From Eden
Hozier Lyrics


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Babe
There's something tragic about you
Something so magic about you
Don't you agree?

Babe
There's something lonesome about you
Something so wholesome about you
Get closer to me

No tired sighs, no rolling eyes, no irony
No 'who cares', no vacant stares, no time for me

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Babe
There's something wretched about this
Something so precious about this
Where to begin?

Babe
There's something broken about this
But I might be hoping about this
Oh, what a sin

To the strand a picnic plan for you and me
A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword




Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to hide outside your door

Overall Meaning

Hozier's song "From Eden" is an intricate piece laden with poetic imagery and metaphors that add depth to the lyrics. The song is mostly about a romantic relationship that is plagued by various issues like loneliness and vulnerability. The opening stanza sets the tone for the track, with Hozier addressing his lover and expressing his observation about her personality. He marvels at her tragic and magic nature, urging her to agree with him. The second stanza invites her to draw closer to him and highlights the need for intimacy and a connection that doesn't involve pretentiousness, sarcasm, or aloofness.


The following stanzas delve deeper into the dynamics of the relationship, where Hozier uses metaphorical language to paint a vivid picture of the turmoil his lover is going through. He likens her to a prisoner and notes how idealism and chivalry have been brought down by circumstances. He also speaks of how innocence has died screaming, a clear reference to the pain and anguish that his lover has endured. Hozier himself is portrayed as someone who is willing to do anything to be with his lover, even crawling back to Eden just to be near her. The final stanza delves into the darker themes of the song, with Hozier singing about a picnic plan that ends in someone being hanged by a tree.


Line by Line Meaning

Babe, There's something tragic about you
The person being addressed has a sadness about them that is noticeable and significant.


Something so magic about you. Don't you agree?
The person being addressed has something special and appealing about them which is hard to miss, and the singer is curious if the person agrees with them.


Babe, there's something lonesome about you
The person being addressed has a sense of solitude or loneliness that is palpable.


Something so wholesome about you, Get closer to me
There is something so genuine and authentic about the person being addressed that it feels like they are refreshingly wholesome, and the artist is inviting them closer.


No tired sighs, no rolling eyes, no irony
The artist wants to imply that there is no sense of apathy or cynicism in their relationship, and there is a kind of honesty that isn't pretentious.


No 'who cares', no vacant stares, no time for me
The singer is indicating that there is no sense of disinterest or disengagement in their relationship, and they are always willing to make time for one another.


Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
The singer thinks that the person being addressed seems familiar to them, like how they used to feel long ago when looking into a mirror, and feels like they understand them in some way.


Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
The artist is implying that society has become a cynical and hopeless place, where values like idealism and chivalry are no longer celebrated, but instead are mocked or neutralized.


Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
The artist thinks that the concept of innocence is no longer valued or celebrated; instead, it is seen as weak and naive, and its slow death is lamentable.


I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door
The artist feels like they may not belong in this dark world anymore and may have lost sight of hope and innocence. They came to the person being addressed to find a peaceful and hopeful place where they feel like they belong outside their door.


Babe, there's something wretched about this
The singer now perceives that there is something more deeply flawed and dysfunctional about their relationship than they originally thought.


Something so precious about this. Oh what a sin.
Although the artist now recognizes the wretchedness in their relationship, there is still something special, tender, and fragile about their bond the artist cherishes, making it sinful to let go.


To the strand a picnic plan for you and me
The singer has made plans for them to go to the beach to have a picnic together as a couple.


A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree
The singer is implying that they might be jealous and have thoughts of harming anyone who would try to come between them, making sure that he won't stand in the way of their relationship again.


Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
The singer repeats this line again to emphasize how strongly they are feeling that the person being addressed is someone they can connect with on a deep level.


Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
The artist repeats this line again to indicate that it is a theme about affairs in society and the decline of goodwill and idealism between people.


Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
The artist repeats this line again to show that they still feel considerable sorrow or regret that the world has become corrupt, and that innocence is a value that is no longer given much importance, with the death of it being violent and painful to see.


I slithered here from Eden just to hide outside your door
The singer changes this line to show that they have become less hopeful and less confident about themselves. They have come here not to blend with their love but to hide, perhaps from the world they criticized, or from other people who might judge them.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Andrew Hozier Byrne

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@haleybagenstos9608

Right now I am going through the hardest time in my life. June 30 my daughter Eden was born and had surgery at 2 days old, now diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. She is 3 weeks now. I can't tell you how many times I have listened to this song. I know it has a meaning that you intended for it but for me it means so much more especially right now.

"Babe, there's something wretched about this
Something so precious about this
Oh what a sin"

Her diagnosis is so horrible , yet she is the sweetest bundle of joy
She is so pure and happy and content while I'm over here falling apart

I just wanted to share to let you know how powerful this song has been for me through this



@sebastiangray4002

THE ACTUAL LYRICS

Babe
There's something tragic about you
Something so magic about you
Don't you agree?

Babe
There's something lonesome about you
Something so wholesome about you
Get closer to me

No tired sighs, no rolling eyes, no irony
No 'who cares', no vacant stares, no time for me

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Babe, there's something wretched about this
Something so precious about this
Where to begin

Babe, there's something broken about this
I might be hoping about this
O what a sin

To the strand a picnic plan for you and me
A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to hide outside your door



@nobreadnojam

Lyrics:
Babe, there's something tragic about you
Something so magic about you
Don't you agree?

Babe, there's something lonesome about you
Something so wholesome about you
Get closer to me

No tight side, no rolling eyes, no irony
No 'who cares', no vacant stares, no time for me

Honey you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits prison, chivalry fell on it's sword
Innocence died screaming, honey ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Babe, there's something wretched about this
Something so precious about this
Oh what a sin

To the strand a picnic plan for you and me
A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree

Honey you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on it's sword
Innocents died screaming, honey ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Honey you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on it's sword
Innocence died screaming, honey ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to hide outside your door



@sebastiangray4002

THE ACTUAL LYRICS

Babe
There's something tragic about you
Something so magic about you
Don't you agree?

Babe
There's something lonesome about you
Something so wholesome about you
Get closer to me

No tired sighs, no rolling eyes, no irony
No 'who cares', no vacant stares, no time for me

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Babe, there's something wretched about this
Something so precious about this
Where to begin

Babe, there's something broken about this
I might be hoping about this
O what a sin

To the strand a picnic plan for you and me
A rope in hand for your other man to hang from a tree

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to sit outside your door

Honey, you're familiar like my mirror years ago
Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on its sword
Innocence died screaming, honey, ask me I should know
I slithered here from Eden just to hide outside your door



All comments from YouTube:

@kingdomofskeough6880

"Idealism sits in prison, chivalry fell on it's sword. Innocence died screaming, honey ask me I should know". Genius. Poetry

@DeniseSantos-qe5ee

Facts

@caitlynmartin4020

Omg I did not know that’s what he said! I thought he said i feel the sun sets in prison lol

@brucealmighty7713

I read this as he sang it lol

@rupkathachakravartty4263

i actually quoted the first half of this in a speech in english class and just smiled to myself because no one else picked it up :'))

@Blackcat-qt1lo

insanely gorgeous lines

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@colinreinagel4339

Hoziers music: a gentle beat with some nice jazzy guitar
Hozier lyrics: innocence died screaming

@thetipsyartteacher5665

i laughed so hard, jesus

@hathaway.1166

Hoziers guitar: Some nice blues
His lyrics: A rope in hand for your other man, to hang from a tree

@kimb4950

right?!

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