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Hanging Gardens

This song is by The Legendary Pink Dots and appears on the album Brighter Now (1982).

Twisted East South North with the wind that rippled his hair. Ice stare constant, laughing - but the joy had gone. Snuffed out by the dawn, the rope had torn his flesh and broke his neck, set him dancing on the air... in the Hanging Gardens.

Dancing with the dead... so peaceful there.

Branded as a thief, they stole his name, they stole his face. Gone without a trace, they killed his dignity, squeezed him dry. Cries for mercy lost on judges with no ears, no hearts, smart in their black caps... in the Hanging Gardens.

Love notes and carnations, fading, slowly dying, lying at his feet. Sweet aroma lingered on the air. She stood and stared. Was numb now. Cried so much it had no meaning. So much salt and water flowing free... in the Hanging Gardens.

Blow gently, blow gently... feed the weeds...

Dressed in virgin's white, she masked her eyes with cold surprise. Cursed her name, the pain was creeping swiftly... twisted her inside, she retched and reached out for a hand. Landed on her face. Disgraced. No place for fainting queens... in the Hanging Gardens...

A place for me, a place for you...

Bell is tolling.


The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, also known as the Hanging Gardens of Semiramis, near present-day Al Hillah in Iraq (formerly Babylon), is considered one of the original Seven Wonders of the World. They were built by Nebuchadnezzar II around 600 BC. He is reported to have constructed the gardens to please his wife, Amytis of Media, who longed for the trees and fragrant plants of her homeland Persia. The gardens were destroyed by several earthquakes after the 2nd century BC.

This song could portray a story that occurs here, of a Queen and her love who is branded a thief unjustly and is sentenced to death by hanging (another kind of hanging garden) at dawn, whereupon the queen faints, her royal demeanor disgraced.

Edward's exploration of hanging also continues in songs like

"This Could be the End" from the album "Asylum", ("It's over. Complete. And the trapdoor collapsed. And your hair's pretty neat through your neck snapped in half")

"Third Secret" from the album "The Maria Dimension", ("New martyrs swinging in the wind")

"Illumina 2" from the Edward Ka-Spel solo album "The Scriptures of Illumina", ("The eyes of wise guys, slick reporters now hanging from the Judas tree.")

"The Hanged Man" from the album "Hallway of the Gods"

"Illumina 3" from the Edward Ka-Spel solo album "Red Letters", ("J says 'It's best to hang 'em high!'")

and "Georgie the Parasite" from the Tear Garden on the "Kollabaris" compliation, ("Hung your conscience high up from the tallest tree 'Cause I refuse to be a martyr to your wicked cause")

"Love Notes and Carnations" is the name of a Tear Garden song from the album "The Last Man to Fly"

There seem to be interesting shades of the idea of to "hang", as in to keep a jury from rendering a verdict by refusing to agree with the others - a "hung" jury. Also, to be doubtful or undecided; waver or hesitate; remain unfinished or undecided; be delayed.

[Perhaps LPD like hanging around, and hanging on to cherished ideas. I know I do.]

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