Released on: Everything Must Go (Single #18) Epic Records, 22 July 1996
Peak UK Chart Position: #5
Band Ranking: #24
This curious and very gloomy effort was the first B-side from the Everything Must Go single and is a good example of the fairly wild stylistic departures that B-sides can allow for. In this particular case the most noticeable thing is the very prominent and funky bass part which clashes dramatically with the oppressive and bleak nature of both the rest of the music and the lyrics. Unfortunately, this dominant bass performance is really the only truly remarkable thing about the recording, which is one of the least auspicious of the EMG era. Looking at the lyrics, for example, reveals really only one decent line. As for the meaning, well… there’s a bad place called the black garden and that’s about the long and the short of it.
Two distinct versions of ‘Black Garden’ exist; the original and now quite scarce version actually released as the B-side contains a fading snippet of ‘Glory Glory’; this is omitted in the version released with the tenth anniversary edition of EMG.
Choice Lyric (Full Lyrics)
“I used to throw stones but now I have none”