Garden Gnome

from How It Is Nowadays (2003) by Mailbox

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"Garden Gnome" is my favorite Mailbox song ever. Thank you for listening.


Off into the grown-up world I went
I was once a little innocent
Now it's just another memory
Fading hints at what I used to be

I used to be oblivious to pain
Slept without a worry in my brain

I wish I had the map
I dreamed of in a nap
to find my way

Would they ever know
If I went back home?
No one lives there now
Except my little garden gnome

Once there was a little girl I knew
She grew up to miss her childhood too
So she wrote to me in purple ink
Is it possible? What do you think?

Could we really find our way back to the time
When all the world was yours and it was mine?
I'll take a little nap
and try to find the map
to find our way

Would they ever know
If I went back home?
No one lives there now
Except the little garden gnome

Garden Gnome is waiting for us
He's sending out a line
Garden Gnome is calling for us
He's putting up the sign

Welcome Back Class of Way Back
The map was in your head
The dotted lines
The hidden signs
And there I was in bed

A hundred years ago, give or take
There was a little boy who'd stay awake
So he'd never lose sight of it
Still, he aged but never grew a bit

Now every year on the 4th of June
He sends the signal bouncing off the moon
So big boys and girls
Lost in their grown-up world
Can get home soon


from How It Is Nowadays (2003), released October 31, 2003
music: Adam Rabin
lyrics: Adam Rabin


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Adam Rabin Burlington

Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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