Album: Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • "Eden" tells the story of a single mother who is forced to leave behind a life in Boston after she loses her job. She relocates to the Indiana heartland, where she struggles to provide for her kids. Amanda Anne Platt knows what it's like to want to get away and start over, but in the age of social media, there is no escape. "The first inkling of that song came from a drive through Indiana and seeing a little airstream trailer on the side of the road," she explained in a Songfacts interview.

    "More and more these days something that fascinates me is the idea of letting things be simple. We were talking about the internet and social media and everything. So much of me is just wanting to run and hide all the time, and I know I'm not the only person who feels that way. Because one of the things with smart phones and all that, there's just a constant bombardment of information and so much talk about keeping up with the Joneses. It's like people used to envy their neighbors, now they can envy the whole world. Everyone's putting their lives on social media and trying to make them look the best they can."
  • Knowledge may be power, but too much knowledge can drive a person crazy. Platt uses the biblical story of the Garden of Eden to illustrate her point. In the Book of Genesis, Adam and Eve, the first humans, are living in a garden paradise. The only rule is to refrain from eating the fruit on a particular tree, which would give them knowledge of evil. Satan, disguised as a serpent, dupes Eve into trying the fruit and, in turn, she convinces Adam. God evicts the pair from the garden and they are forced to deal with life in a sinful world.

    As Platt learns about the horrors of the world, she begs, "let me back inside the garden, I won't eat anything that's fallen from that goddamn tree." She told us: "That's one thing about the global community is that it's not just your friends' problems or your neighbors' problems or your own problems. It's like now I know what's going on in Syria and that's horrible and how do I deal with that? How do you just go about your life knowing that there's all this intense human suffering and unfairness going on? I don't have an answer for that. You can spend your life just trying to help everybody and putting as much good into the world as you can, and that's so noble and I would love to do that, but then at the same time I feel like it's so overwhelming that I just want to hide under a rock. It's trying to figure out what can I really do in this world, and maybe it is just trying to really love your kids and giving them a safe world to grow up in. If that's the best that you do in this world I don't think that's a bad thing."

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