Truly Madly Deeply

Album: Savage Garden (1997)
Charted: 4 1


  • Originally released in Australia as the third single off their self-titled debut album (after debut hit "I Want You" and "To The Moon And Back"), this passionate love song took off in America after a radio station in Dallas added it to their playlist. The song became a worldwide hit, but was particularly popular in the States, where it climbed to #1 on January 17, 1998 and stayed for two weeks. The Savage Garden album went on to sell a remarkable 7 million copies in America.
  • Savage Garden is the Australian duo of Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones, who wrote this song together. When it hit #1 in the US, it was the first Australian record in 15 years (since Men at Work) to achieve the US top position. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jo - Newcastle, Australia
  • This spent a record 123 weeks on the US Adult Contemporary chart, topping it for 11 weeks. In 2011, Billboard magazine published their list of the top 100 Adult Contemporary songs of all time, and "Truly Madly Deeply" came in at #1, ahead of the #2 "Lead Me On" by Maxine Nightingale and #3 "Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker. Darren Hayes said of the certification: "I'm completely overwhelmed to be honest. I feel incredibly proud. That song changed my life and apparently continues to do so!" >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • This was originally an older Savage Garden song called "Magical Kisses," which they reworked to become "Truly Madly Deeply." It was included on the band's first-ever demo cassette that they shopped to labels in 1994. Vocalist Darren Hayes recalled to Billboard magazine in 2011: "The verses were exactly the same, but I'm rather embarrassed to admit the chorus did not exist. Instead, I'd written a rather awful lyric about magical kisses.

    There was always something incredibly magical about the song, however, and when it reached the ears of producer Charles Fisher, who produced the first Savage Garden album, he proclaimed it to be a potential hit. It sat on the bottom of the pile of our demos for the entire eight month recording process until the eve of the last day. I sat alone, at the Bayswater Cafe in Sydney, and completely re-wrote the chorus you hear today over a cup of coffee. I sang it the next day and the rest is history."
  • This was the love theme in the 1998 Jude Law movie Music From Another Room. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    DC - Kansas City, MO
  • If you saw the name without hearing the music, you would think Savage Garden was a metal band. That is, unless you're into vampire novels. The name comes the Anne Rice novel Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles #5), specifically the passage, "In the Savage Garden you shine beautifully, my friend," which describes the landscape inhabited by the vampire. Darren Hayes of Savage Garden feels an affinity for vampires, not because he drinks blood, but because as a performer, he had to navigate a world where he was often misunderstood.

Comments: 19

  • Starlena from Greshamthis song is the most romantic song ever
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyF.Y.I.
    Here are the seven records that round out the Top 10
    on Billboard's Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs of All-Time...
    #4. Heaven by Los Lonely Boys
    #5. Born Free by Roger Williams
    #6. Hello Dolly! by Louis Armstrong And The All Stars
    #7. You Needed Me by Anne Murray
    #8. Change the World by Eric Clapton
    #9. Hero by Enrique Iglesias
    #10. Lonely No More by Rob Thomas
  • Antaheen from Howrah, IndiaLovely and very beautiful song !!
  • Keith from Philadelphia, PaGreat!!!
  • Liesa from Roy, UtGreat song, so romantic! :)
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaGuys: leane the refrain & sing it in bed. after, you know, & you'll endear her to you forever!
    I wanna stand with you on a mountain;
    I wanna lay with you in a sea;
    I wanna lay like this forever;
    Until the sky falls down on me!

    Then pull her close & kiss like you mean it!
  • Amy from Morecambe, United KingdomThis is such an awsome song, so beautiful..
  • Stacey from Nowra, AustraliaThis band was huge in Aus it was national news when they broke up. they are now both married and successful. this was my first CD when I was like 7 and i listened to it constantly
  • Charlotte from Lismore, AustraliaDarren Hayes and Daniel Jones each succesful in thier own right not only has Darren had emense succes in his solo career but daniel jones has made personal triumphs two very happy men who had a briliat band that ended on a high note!
  • Annie from LondonThanks for the info Dave of Cardiff, Wales.
    I have this track in my playlist. Love the lyrics, so lovely and sweet.
  • Mjn Seifer from Not Listed For Personal Reason, EnglandIt's been covered now, And it's a pretty good cover the only thing is the cover artsis ("Cascadia" or something) is about 46 and it's a bloody dance version!!!
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesIn the UK, this was Svage Gardens' first hit, peaking at No.4 in April 1998, their secnd "To The Moon and Back" was their biggest, peaking at No.2 in December, follwoed by "IWant You '98", which reached No.12... Their second album in 1999 also yielded three more UK Top 20 singles, but in 2000 the band split up, and Darren Hayes pursued a less sccessful solo career
  • Kim from Wyong, AustraliaI uused this song as my bridal dance at my wedding! My fave song ever!
  • Derek from Cambridge, New ZealandGreat song, great lyrics!!!
  • Katherine from Perthtruly an awesome song
  • Faith from Perth, AustraliaThis is the sweetest song ever.
  • Ashleigh from Palm Coast, FlThey broke up a couple of years ago, that's why there are only 2 albums.
  • Rick from Humboldt, Iawhy only two albums? why!?!?!
  • Brittany from Richmond, KyI used this song in my middle school talent show when it first came out, I love it!
see more comments

Editor's Picks


WeezerFact or Fiction

Did Rivers Cuomo grow up on a commune? Why did they name their albums after colors? See how well you know your Weezer in this Fact or Fiction.

Real or Spinal Tap

Real or Spinal TapMusic Quiz

They sang about pink torpedoes and rocking you tonight tonight, but some real lyrics are just as ridiculous. See if you can tell which lyrics are real and which are Spinal Tap in this lyrics quiz.

Zakk Wylde

Zakk WyldeSongwriter Interviews

When he was playing Ozzfest with Black Label Society, a kid told Zakk he was the best Ozzy guitarist - Zakk had to correct him.

Michael Franti

Michael FrantiSongwriter Interviews

Franti tells the story behind his hit "Say Hey (I Love You)" and explains why yoga is an integral part of his lifestyle and his Soulshine tour.

Dan Reed

Dan ReedSongwriter Interviews

Dan cracked the Top 40 with "Ritual," then went to India and spent 2 hours with the Dalai Lama.

Paul Williams

Paul WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

He's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."