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Bruce Cockburn — Mango
Album: Breakfast in New Orleans Dinner in Timbuktu
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Released: 1999
Length: 4:48
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She's got a mango in the garden - sweet as can be
She's got a mango in the garden - full of mystery
She's got a mango in the garden - from the original tree
She's got a mango in the garden - shares it with me

Humid gleaming precious well
Love to drink that water
Parallel worlds when the sun goes down
The atmosphere grows hotter

She's got a mango in the garden - sweet as can be
She's got a mango in the garden - full of mystery
She's got a mango in the garden - from the original tree
She's got a mango in the garden - shares it with me

I slip through the glistening gate
Tide began to pound
Tears of light poured over me
And ricocheted all around

She's got a mango in the garden - sweet as can be
She's got a mango in the garden - full of mystery
She's got a mango in the garden - from the original tree
She's got a mango in the garden - shares it with me
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thank you for such a music 
Gonna be at Boulder Theater this Thursday.  Gonna try go.
 fossbo wrote:


It is a mangofore...


For a moment there, I thought she had mayo in her garden... Hmmm...
 hencini wrote:

Hmmm... The one thing I can't figure out after listening to that song in its entirety is what, exactly, she has in her garden.  Anyone?  





hmmmmmmm.......   uh....     I got nothing
He's in Looooove!
She's got a mango in her valley...
Sublime segue once again - this one following Nick Drake's Three Hours
 jademon wrote:

The word 'mango' sounds very much like the slang word in Japanese for a particular part of the female anatomy.  I wonder if that was Bruce's intention?


FALSE
My Japanese wife tells me the slang word is "awabi" - it's Japanese for abalone. The resemblance to a live abalone is uncanny.

brilliant combo. Cockburn after Drake. RP never ceases to impress me
 hencini wrote:

Hmmm... The one thing I can't figure out after listening to that song in its entirety is what, exactly, she has in her garden.  Anyone?  








She's got a XXX in the garden - full of mystery
 westslope wrote:

Really?

The song title is: .... Dinner in Timbuktu , NOT Dinner in Tokyo.  

Did you know that Bruce was once upon a time a 'reborn Christian'?    His fervour has softened in recent years.  But I do not believe I have ever heard him use profanity in conversation, in an interview, talking to audiences or in his lyrics.  


I was about to agree when "some son of a bitch would die" popped into my head.  I believe I've seen him play three times, all excellent.  Miss him kicking the wind chimes.
Love instrumental break. Fantastic album
 bruceandjenna wrote:

Research, research, research.
I am reminded of Rachel Heyhoe Flint being asked if women cricketers wore boxes. "Oh yes, we call them 'manhole covers...'



 memoryboxer wrote:
"I'm not in this lousy jungle... I'm somewhere with Raquel Welch. I'm gonna make some mango cream pudding and kinda rub it all over us. Gotta be a mango tree 'round here somewhere..." *enter TIGER*
 

Tiger Woods?  4...play.
proof that you goota take the rough with the smooth.   we used to call these album fillers.
Normally Bruce gives me cockburn, but this time it's mango's.
7 from the lowlands.
"I'm not in this lousy jungle... I'm somewhere with Raquel Welch. I'm gonna make some mango cream pudding and kinda rub it all over us. Gotta be a mango tree 'round here somewhere..." *enter TIGER*
 pugifat wrote:
I could guess WHERE her garden is, but WHAT is her mango?
 
Research, research, research.
 ozburns55 wrote:
Bruce is a legend.
 
Up there with Lenored Cohen 
Bruce is a legend.
 hencini wrote:
Hmmm... The one thing I can't figure out after listening to that song in its entirety is what, exactly, she has in her garden.  Anyone?  

I’m still struggling to figure that out.
shocking

 

Bruce Cockburn sighting: I sat next to him and his daughter on the San Francisco Muni train last week. We had a nice conversation -- I didn't want to be too intrusive, but what an absolute treat after listening to him for sooooo many years. He stands out in a crowd too -- I instantly knew it was him, but had to ask him for confirmation. That was a rare, good public transportation experience. 
How many times have you asked, "When is a mango not a mango?"

Answered.

Any other questions?
 hencini wrote:
Hmmm... The one thing I can't figure out after listening to that song in its entirety is what, exactly, she has in her garden.  Anyone?  
 
A papaya; duh!
why.
Deep....NOT
 hencini wrote:
Hmmm... The one thing I can't figure out after listening to that song in its entirety is what, exactly, she has in her garden.  Anyone?  



 

Sometimes a mango is just a mango.
Odd lyrics aside (although it is poetry after all, so anything goes), I really like the arrangements in this song. 
We need a radio like this in Brazil!
Cool album cover art. Miserable song.
Wonderful!
 MrsTom wrote:
"She's got a mango in the garden - shares it with me

I slip through the glistening gate"


Eww - I hope this isn't a mettyfor

 

It is a mangofore...
Thanks to Radio Paradise, I can't even hear the word mango without this dumb song going through my head!! {#Roflol}

BRUUUUUCE!!!!
 Proclivities wrote:

...apparently it's sweet, full of mystery, and does a few other things, then some tears poured and ricocheted.

 
I think he was in a hurry when he was deciding whether to just repeat the same (fairly vacuous) lyric over and over again in this one...
Of the Bruce Cockburn songs that could have played, this one rates way down there. It's not a bad song, just not nearly even close to his best. For those of you who think the lyrics puerile and simplistic, I invite you to explore him a little more closely.

To wit, from "After the Rain:"
After the rain in the streets light flows like blood
I can just taste salt on the humid wind
Here comes that gasoline
Spreading hungry rainbow over shiny black tar
I'm blown like smoke and blind as wind
Except for when your love breaks in
Maybe to those who love is given sight
To pierce the wall of seeming night
And know it pure beyond all imagining

Or from "Tibetan Side of Town:"
Pretty young mother by the temple gate
Covers her baby's face against diesel fumes
That look of concern - you can see it still -
Not yet masked by the hard lines of a woman's
Struggle to survive
Hard bargains going down
When you're living on the Tibetan side of town

Or from "You've Never Seen Everything:"
Nobody's making me say this
I'm talking to you
Been traveling 17 hours
Irradiated by signals, by images
Of viruses, of virtues
Like everyone
Like exiled angels we swing out of the clouds
Above night city-
Fields of light broken by the curve of dark waterways
On the other side of the world
An unhappy teenage girl sets fire
To herself, her house, her neighborhood and some that dwell therein
Sorry simulacrum of sad dawn
You've never seen everything
 yofitofu wrote:
I think he's trying to say she has a mango in her garden, but I'm not sure.
 
...apparently it's sweet, full of mystery, and does a few other things, then some tears poured and ricocheted.
7
i really, really, really wish he'd go away. his stuff is the worst.
 midget wrote:

Here! Me! ME! I know it. It's a banana, right? {#Dancingbanana}

 
No I think , he's got the banana ,,,,
I think he's trying to say she has a mango in her garden, but I'm not sure.
Not his best.
 jademon wrote:
The word 'mango' sounds very much like the slang word in Japanese for a particular part of the female anatomy.  I wonder if that was Bruce's intention?

 
Really?

The song title is: .... Dinner in Timbuktu , NOT Dinner in Tokyo.  

Did you know that Bruce was once upon a time a 'reborn Christian'?    His fervour has softened in recent years.  But I do not believe I have ever heard him use profanity in conversation, in an interview, talking to audiences or in his lyrics.  
Great artist. Not his greatest song, however.
 jademon wrote:
The word 'mango' sounds very much like the slang word in Japanese for a particular part of the female anatomy.  I wonder if that was Bruce's intention?

 
It would have sounded silly, if it had been a cumquat tree.
The word 'mango' sounds very much like the slang word in Japanese for a particular part of the female anatomy.  I wonder if that was Bruce's intention?
{#Sleep}
haretic wrote:
Yah, how shallow of Cockburn to express his gratefulness to his woman for bringing him into her garden, and sharing the mysteries of Eden's innocent sexuality with him! And all of that beautiful music is just a distraction, eh? ~8~

Thank you, Bill and Rebecca, for bringing such extraordinary music into my life!
{#Meditate}
  

 
On_The_Beach wrote:

Seconded.

 
Thirded {#Biggrin}
9 for me, inclined to give it 10 {#Cheers}
 haretic wrote:
Yah, how shallow of Cockburn to express his gratefulness to his woman for bringing him into her garden, and sharing the mysteries of Eden's innocent sexuality with him! And all of that beautiful music is just a distraction, eh? ~8~

Thank you, Bill and Rebecca, for bringing such extraordinary music into my life!
{#Meditate}
 
Seconded.
 gerritv wrote:
I've been listening to Radio Paradise for years but have been too lazy to give any song a rating either good or bad.  This song however, is the most ridiculous song I've heard all year and sucks so badly that I was finally inspired to rate it.  "She's got a mango in the garden...blah blah blah"  Thank goodness for the PSD function.  I will definitely use it should RP ever decide to play this song again!

 
Yah, how shallow of Cockburn to express his gratefulness to his woman for bringing him into her garden, and sharing the mysteries of Eden's innocent sexuality with him! And all of that beautiful music is just a distraction, eh? ~8~

Thank you, Bill and Rebecca, for bringing such extraordinary music into my life!
{#Meditate}
I bet Cockburn was laughing the whole time he wrote those lyrics.
Lotta fun comments so far...

All I can say is: go man-go!{#Wink} 
 MrsTom wrote:

"She's got a mango in the garden - shares it with me

I slip through the glistening gate"
Eww - I hope this isn't a mettyfor

 
{#Lol}
Gonna go find my wife and get some "mango" this afternoon.
Is he singing "She's all mangled in her garden and it smells like pee"?
Yes, the lyrics are kinda silly, but a beautiful song nonetheless.
I got it....there is a mango in the garden. Move on.
I've been listening to Radio Paradise for years but have been too lazy to give any song a rating either good or bad.  This song however, is the most ridiculous song I've heard all year and sucks so badly that I was finally inspired to rate it.  "She's got a mango in the garden...blah blah blah"  Thank goodness for the PSD function.  I will definitely use it should RP ever decide to play this song again!
Boring
from the "Sledgehammer" school of metaphor. (i.e. a reference to Peter Gabriel, not to the subtly of the metaphor. Though...) 
-> 7

I find myself humming this song to myself every once in a while, even when I haven't listened to RP in a while.
The comments about this song are hilarious, was definitly a good read.

"She's got a mango in the garden - shares it with me

I slip through the glistening gate"


Eww - I hope this isn't a mettyfor

The instrumental is worthy, the lyrics are cringeworthy.
I will have that insipid chorus in my head for the balance of the evening. 
 hencini wrote:
Hmmm... The one thing I can't figure out after listening to that song in its entirety is what, exactly, she has in her garden.  Anyone? 
 
Here! Me! ME! I know it. It's a banana, right? {#Dancingbanana}
I really like mangoes
Hmmm... The one thing I can't figure out after listening to that song in its entirety is what, exactly, she has in her garden.  Anyone?  



 jmk999 wrote:
That was awful. Truly bad. Miserable. Insipid.
 
Makes me look at my watch. Some people can make even sexual innuendo numbingly boring. Bruce usually does better. 
Cant divine t'wat he's referring?  Ask the one-eyed milkman. He's lookin' for a mouth that cannot bite.

Mangoes and peaches -- nature's tufted treasures!

How do you want them?
Jellyroll or a donut?
A pie for the oven in the house under the hill.  Lip-smackin' good.

Playing the two-finger tango brings a vertical smile to old mossy face.
Bruce even sings and whistles in the dark when he eats out.

{#Hug}






Mango in Her garden She Has

Master (Mango) Yoda
she's got a what in her garden? A Mugro? ;)
Just the right amount of semi-trippy for finishing up the cube's day's work.
A Mystery Mango in her garden?  Obviously no Platonic Papaya, that fruit.  Isn't there a Kama Sutra practice known as "Peeling the mango"?
 Cynaera wrote:
Fire bad, tree pretty. I just love the song. I know the sexual connotations, and they're duly noted in the back of my brain, but the song would be sensual if he'd just hummed the words, or done it as an instrumental. The mood, the music, the beat.... Yum.... {#Sunny}
 

{#Yes}  {#Cheers}
I,ve folowed BC for many years and he never dissapoints. This isnt one of his best but he constantly re-invents himself
Time for a Mango Smoothie...
Very tasty cover art.
very cool
i'm digging the mideast rhythms and the original tree
Wow, the instrumentation in this is outstanding! Especially that Asian-sounding guitar doing its own little dance throughout the song....and the nuance of the backing vocalist is wonderful. {#Good-vibes}
I guess it takes all kinds to make a world, but sometimes, I understand why some species of females eat their young. 
 dillydoo wrote:
bruce's cock burns.
 
Hey dilly, you must be like 4 years old and have the entire Beavus and Butthead DVD collection.
Yes!

{#Clap}
kerr wrote:
B U M P W O R T H Y

 SkyTyper wrote:
I love songs like this.  Mango? In the garden?  That's it?  So astonishingly meaningless that it elevates all other music. If there was not bad music there could not be good music.
 
The mango isn't in "the" garden, it's in "her" garden.  

I prescribe 3 years of pop culture and/or lit theory classes.

This song is about a woman's *ahem* genitalia, and how very much Bruce admires her.  It's very romantic, and not meaningless at all.  
 Verpeiler wrote:
Although repetitive I kind of like it. Now I want me some Mango, dammit.
 

Stop it!  Get out!  You can't hav'a da mango!
Out of all the excellent Bruce songs, this one?  {#Rolleyes}
Fire bad, tree pretty. I just love the song. I know the sexual connotations, and they're duly noted in the back of my brain, but the song would be sensual if he'd just hummed the words, or done it as an instrumental. The mood, the music, the beat.... Yum.... {#Sunny}
I love songs like this.  Mango? In the garden?  That's it?  So astonishingly meaningless that it elevates all other music. If there was not bad music there could not be good music.
Beautiful, sensuous song. Nice.
.
From my garden last summer.



Beautiful segue from the Cello Song... Bravo!     {#Music}
dillydoo wrote:
bruce's cock burns.

For the mango...in her garden

Mango from SNL

MANGO!
 lawman wrote:
I think — I'm guessing here — I think she's got a mangle in her garden.  (Or is it a mango? He doesn't say it often enough for me to tell.)
 
Very funny.

I like Bruce Cockburn, but this is definitely not a song I would have chosen to play from him.  This is one of those songs that, if I hadn't already known of him for some time, I would not bother looking up any further info.
I could hear Zero 7 covering this with Jose singing...
Just silly.
I think — I'm guessing here — I think she's got a mangle in her garden.  (Or is it a mango? He doesn't say it often enough for me to tell.)
Although repetitive I kind of like it. Now I want me some Mango, dammit.
AWH . . . MAH . . . GAWD!  She's still got that freakin' MANGO!      AWH . . . MAH . . . GAWD!  And it's still in her GARDEN!     AWH . . . MAH . . . GAWD!  and it's still on the ORIGINAL TREE!  This song reminds me of the "Young Lovers" (with Rachel Dratch and Will Ferrell) on SNL!  LMAO!!!!

 pugifat wrote:
I could guess WHERE her garden is, but WHAT is her mango?
   not too familiar with the female anatomy huh?  keep digging in the garden, you'll find the mango soon enough!



 smackiepipe wrote:
I'm not sure, but I think she has a Mango in her Garden.
 

...wait, what does she have in her gar...OH sry, he just answered it 2,367 times kthx.

I could guess WHERE her garden is, but WHAT is her mango?
Nice guitar break and playing throughout. Lots of other good tracks on the CD as well.  Thanks RP for giving Bruce air play.
 smackiepipe wrote:
I'm not sure, but I think she has a Mango in her Garden.
 

She does.
Love that mangle picture.
I'm not sure, but I think she has a Mango in her Garden.
wally42 wrote:
I have seen a lot negative posts on this board about Bruce. I really don't know why. Bruce is not only a stunning songwriter, but can play a pretty mean guitar. Both of these talents are indisputable. I have never heard an intelligent discourse on his supposed lack of talent and il-gotten praise. jmk999, You should try listening to some more of the body of his work. Bill, Please play "Pacing the Cage" beauty is in the eye of the beholder. and in this beholder's eye, cock-burn is unlistenable.
bruce's cock burns.
jmk999 wrote:
That was awful. Truly bad. Miserable. Insipid.
I have seen a lot negative posts on this board about Bruce. I really don't know why. Bruce is not only a stunning songwriter, but can play a pretty mean guitar. Both of these talents are indisputable. I have never heard an intelligent discourse on his supposed lack of talent and il-gotten praise. jmk999, You should try listening to some more of the body of his work. Bill, Please play "Pacing the Cage"
this song's makin' me feel homesick for my mango trees boo hoo
jmk999 wrote:
That was awful. Truly bad. Miserable. Insipid.
This from someone who rates Tori Amos (Kate Bush without the talent) a 10. Nuff said.
That was awful. Truly bad. Miserable. Insipid.
She wants a mango in the garden?
mmm, I'd like to share someones mango...
kerr wrote:
Ha ha ha! what a beautiful mangle-in-her-garden! Surprised no one commented on this response. Someone actually said here Bruce has no passion? Have they ever actually listened to any of his songs?!
Daniel_Pittenger wrote:
Clear Channel was made for people like you, now go on, piss off.
Oh, snap.
I hear the Drake influence, yepper. I'd really like to hear The Coming Rains if you're gonna play Cockburn. . . it's an excellent song. This is OK, but not his best.
Nice follow up to Nick Drake, I never noticed the ND influence on this song before. Anybody else feel it? PS this entire disc is a 10.
Playing a lot of songs with fretless bass today.