Thorn Tree in the Garden

Album: Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (1971)
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  • There's a thorn tree in the garden, if you know just what I mean,
    And I hate to hurt your feelings but its not the way it seems,
    'Cause I miss her.

    She's the only girl I've cared for, the only one I've known.
    And no one ever shared more love than we've known.
    And I miss her.

    But it all seems so strange to see,
    That she'd never turn her back on me
    And leave without a last goodbye.
    And if she winds up walking the streets,
    Loving every other man she meets
    Who'll be the one to answer why?
    Lord, I hope it's not me, it's not me.

    And if I never see her face again, I never hold her hand.
    And if she's in somebody's arms, I know I'll understand
    But I miss that girl. I still miss that girl.

    Maybe someday soon, somewhere. Writer/s: BOBBY WHITLOCK
    Publisher: MUSIC SALES CORPORATION, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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Comments: 8

  • Vince from 06111I agree with Tom from Carolina although I would have "kicked" some if not all of the stuffing out of that guy...
  • Tom from CarolinaIf Bobby Whitlock had "punched out" the guy, as no doubt he should have, the world would not have this beautiful song to enjoy. Instead, he channeled his emotions into writing this beautiful love song. But after he wrote the song, he should have punched out that despicable guy.
  • Roseland67 from ChicagoI was a very young impressionable 14 year old guitarist when that album came out.
    It was great in early 1971, still is, and other than the Allman’s “Live at Fillmore East”, Layla is my favorite album.
    Actually searched for years until I found an American made strat like the one on the back of the album, I play it often.

    Would like to meet Bobby Whitlock
  • Tom Manning from Bensenville IlSuch a sadly beautiful song and a great closer to an equally great album.
  • Randy Upton from Mattoon, Illinois 61938Probably the very best of an era by the very best musicians all about the best of loves ..it has my passion and I love this album! Great job!
  • Chris L from Denver, CoWow. I was under the impression that Clapton wrote this, and it was about George Harrison's wife (who he ended up marrying). I must've been thinking about another song. Either way, it's one of the most beautiful songs of all time!
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkI always connected with this song and knew it had to be about a pain greater than a love gone bad. I thought it was Eric singing too and would feel the tears well up when he'd cry "maybe some day soon, somewhere" because his grief was raw; pleading in my ears. To know that the act of someone killing his dog inspired it makes this song more precious to me. I'm glad that Tom and Eric put it right after the energy of Layla fades out. It's the perfect ending to one of the greatest albums ever created. Bobby, I hope that guy feels two inches tall whenever he hears this and I pray that you found a way to forgive him, thorns and all.
  • Spencer from Rhode Islandthis is a beautiful song, and matched with the end of Layla, a perfect way to end an incredible album.
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