Bridgers released "Garden Song" on February 26, 2020, as the lead single from her second studio album, Punisher
. In a press release, the singer used the words "crying" and the feeling of numbness to describe its contents. She explained to Stereogum
the record's theme is about how though she has been blessed with everything she wants - a successful career as a musician and supportive friends - she's not happy. This is because the tools she used to deal with past traumas are holding her back from the things she enjoys.
"That's what this record feels like, someone who started to go to therapy and work out some of the things you can't change about yourself no matter your circumstances," Bridgers concluded. "You just have to do it."