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“The Garden was one of the first songs we came up with for the record. Actually, Ged wrote most of it. He did some work one evening, and I came in the next day and heard that opening bass part and the verse. The idea was that we would keep it simple and heartfelt. The sentiment was very much about being at the end, of being retrospective, so there had to be a sweetness to it.
“Nick was a little wary of it getting too sweet, however. The demo was very acoustic. The piano parts were there, as were the strings, but everything was kind of soft. Nick wanted us to toughen it up some.
“We stepped in a little bit more on the bridges and the choruses – it doesn’t have the light strumming of the verses – and we developed the whole middle section. The solo is one of my favorites. It’s so suited to the rest of the music. When I listen to it, my eyes well up with tears. There’s something about it that grabs me, the way it fits in with the rest of music.
“The outro chorus keeps building and building and building… until it gets to that that final breath. It’s a great way to end the record.”