In the Garden (Van Morrison song)
|"In the Garden"|
|Song by Van Morrison|
|from the album No Guru, No Method, No Teacher|
|Genre||Celtic, Folk rock, Jazz|
|No Guru, No Method, No Teacher track listing|
Recording and composition
The lyrics of "In the Garden" contain a line which gives the album its name: "No Guru, no method, no teacher/ Just you and I and nature/And the Father in the garden." Some of the words also fall back to Astral Weeks territory with mentions of "childlike visions", "into a trance" from the song, "Madame George" and "in the garden wet with rain" from "Sweet Thing". According to Morrison, the song is based upon a form of transcendental meditation, which takes about ten minutes before a person arrives at a degree of tranquility.
Biographer Johnny Rogan has highlighted the song as one of the defining tracks of Morrison's career, comparing it with works such as "Into the Mystic", "Listen to the Lion", and "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the River". He also believes that "Morrison himself recognises 'In the Garden' as perhaps the key recording in the Eighties career."
"In the Garden" was one of the songs performed and featured on Van Morrison The Concert, Morrison's video film released in 1990. It was included on The Best of Van Morrison Volume Two In 1993. A live version was one of the songs on the 1994 album, A Night in San Francisco. The compilation album issued in 2007 Still on Top - The Greatest Hits contains a remastered version of the song.
Personnel on original release
- Van Morrison - vocal
- David Hayes - bass
- Jeff Labes - piano
- Chris Michie - guitar
- Baba Trunde - drums
- Heylin, Can You Feel the Silence?, p. 525
- Hinton, Celtic Crossroads, p. 255
- Rogan, No Surrender, p. 359
- Heylin, Clinton (2003). Can You Feel the Silence? Van Morrison: A New Biography, Chicago Review Press, ISBN 1-55652-542-7
- Hinton, Brian (1997). Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison, Sanctuary, ISBN 1-86074-169-X
- Rogan, Johnny (2006). Van Morrison: No Surrender, London: Vintage Books ISBN 978-0-09-943183-1