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Woodstock: does the garden reference refer to Garden of Eden?

Asked by smilingheart1 (6377 points ) August 24th, 2011

Well, I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, ‘Tell where are you going?’
This he told me
Said, ‘I¹m going down to Yasgur’s Farm,
Gonna join in a rock and roll band.
Got to get back to the land and set my soul free.’
We are stardust, we are golden,
We are billion year old carbon,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.
‘Well, then can I walk beside you?
I have come to lose the smog,
And I feel like I’m a cog in something turning.
And maybe it’s the time of year,
Yes and maybe it’s the time of man.
And I don’t know who I am,
But life is for learning.’
We are stardust, we are golden,
We are billion year old carbon.
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.
We are stardust, we are golden,
We are billion year old carbon.
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.
By the time we got to Woodstock,
We were half a million strong
And everywhere was a song and a celebration.
And I dreamed I saw the bomber death planes
Riding shotgun in the sky,
Turning into butterflies
Above our nation.
We are stardust, we are golden,
We caught in the devil¹s bargain,
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden

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DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Yes, it does. But not in the traditional Christian sense (though that is one viable interpretation as well.) What it signifies to me is that….of returning to a state and a recognition of our own infinite innocence.

By the way….this was written by Joni Mitchell, my favorite lyricist and musician…her lyrics stand alone as poetry. Her music stands alone as beauty.

YoBob's avatar

I am pretty darned sure it is a reference to this famous event

Edit: Sorry, misread the question. I though you were asking if Woodstock was a reference to the Garden of Eden. So, in answer to the actual question, yes, the garden the song admonishes to get back to is the Garden of Eden.

chyna's avatar

I always thought it referred to the Garden of Eden. And I didn’t think it meant in a religious way, just to go back to nature and innocence.

filmfann's avatar

Yes, the Garden of Eden. Return to our beginnings, before the fall of Man.

Vpeter7543's avatar

Yes, the garden of Eden is our Internal Life like return to our beginning, before our creator.

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