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Album: Greatest HitsReleased: 1995Charted:
This tender ballad is about a woman who is very guarded in relationships; if you prove your worth, she might let you into her heart, but there is always a place - her "secret garden" - that is off limits to everyone but her.
Springsteen wrote this for his 1992 album Human Touch, but decided not to use it on that album. He didn't record it until 1995 and released it on Greatest Hits.
In the liner notes of Greatest Hits, Springsteen wrote: "Men and women... and the big man sweeter than ever." The big man is sax player Clarence Clemons.
This became a radio hit when a disc jockey mixed in bits of dialogue ("You had me at hello") from the film Jerry McGuire, starring Tom Cruise and Renée Zellweger. The song was featured in the movie.
This song was an influence on Howie Day's 2003 hit "Collide
," which is about a person who keeps closed off emotionally.