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I want to stand with you on a mountain
I want to bathe with you in the sea
I want to lay like this forever
Until the sky falls down on me

Savage Garden (1995 - 2001) were an Australian duo, consisting of Darren Hayes (the brunette) as vocalist and Daniel Jones (the blond) as instrumentalist, whose brand of soft-rock mixed with straightforward pop was a surprise international hit in the grungey 1990s. Though they only released two studio albums (in an era where artists didn't shell out an Updated Re-release to tide fans over), they had many successful singles including "I Want You", "To the Moon and Back", "Truly Madly Deeply" and "I Knew I Loved You".

After splitting in 2001, Darren Hayes continued with a solo career to some success.




  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The "chicka cherry cola" line in "I Want You". And contrary to popular belief, it's not the title of the song, despite the title phrase appearing more often than the former.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Darren Hayes, before he officially came out around 2005-ish.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Gunning Down Romance".
  • Breakup Breakout: Darren Hayes, who had a very successful career for the remainder of the Turn of the Millennium. Daniel Jones (not to be confused with Daniel Johns from Silverchair) pretty much became The Garfunkel, although he still produces and plays instruments on tracks for new artists. This is perfectly understandable as Daniel's main reason for ending Savage Garden is that he didn't like being in the spotlight, whereas Darren did.
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  • Broken Bird: The girl described in "To The Moon And Back" fits this to a tee.
  • The Cameo/Retroactive Recognition: A young Kirsten Dunst plays the Love Interest in the "I Knew I Loved You" video.
  • Domestic Abuse: "Two Beds And A Coffee Machine" is about a woman and her children dealing with the aftermath of domestic abuse.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The song "She" started as a sparse piano song in 1994 (released years later on The Singles), had new Spanish-influenced music written for its 1995 demo (leaked) and the music of said 1995 demo was reworked for a totally new song "I'll Bet He Was Cool" (a B-side) in 1996. Whilst the 1994 and 1996 recordings stand alone, the 1995 shows their link.
  • Grief Song: "You Can Still Be Free".
  • In the Style of...: From the first LP, "Violet" in the style of INXS and "Break Me Shake Me" is in the style of Michael Jackson (HI Story era).
    • From "Affirmation", "I Knew I Loved You" is deliberately in the style of a Backstreet Boys ballad - it was initially a jab at the record company's demand for a commercial hit...then ended up stereotyping the band.
  • "I Want" Song: "The Animal Song" expresses the singer's desire to live a more natural, stress-free way of life
    'Cause I want to live like animals
    Careless and free like animals
  • List Song: "Affirmation" is a list of things that the lead singer believes in.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Both male and female versions appear in the "Crash and Burn" video, which include, but not limited to: Fireflies, Ostriches, and Spiders.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Promises".
  • Lyrical Tic: The Title Track from Affirmation is a series of (sometimes controversial) statements preceded by "I believe".
  • Motor Mouth: "I Want You" is a prime example. The few clear lyrics, "Chick-a-cherry cola", are often mistaken for the title.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "I Want You" ended up being the ending theme for Jojos Bizarre Adventure 's fourth season, "Diamond Is Unbreakable". Main protagonist Josuke poses and even lip-syncs along as it plays!
  • Refrain from Assuming: "The Animal Song", is not called "I Want to Live".
  • Shout-Out: Savage Garden was named for a line in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles:
    The mind of each man is a savage garden.
  • Overcrank: Often used in their videos, especially in "Truly Madly Deeply".
  • Silly Love Songs: A whole lot of them. It was what they were known for in the eyes of the general public, even though they had recorded harder-edged pop-rock songs like "Break Me, Shake Me" or "Memories Are Designed to Fade". To a general audience, they were basically The '90s' answer to Air Supply. Not too surprising, given they worked with Charles Fisher who produced for that group.
    • It should be noted, that most of the silly love songs had Ambiguous Genders, which could be applied to just about any kind of relationship, Sans for a few songs, like "I Knew I Loved You".
      • The first album really only has Truly Madly Deeply and Santa Monica to fit this description, but Affirmation has a whole lot more, due to the band aiming for a radio hit. "I Knew I Loved You" was frequently mistaken for the Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC when it came out, such is its overt poppishness.
  • Stock Shout-Outs: The chord progression from "I Want You" has become a staple of Electronic Music's romantic side as one of the go-to riffs for upbeat and slightly nostalgic Silly Love Songs and their trance equivalents.
  • Too Good to Last: Only 2 studio albums in their 6 years together, still considered one of the biggest Aussie bands of the late 90s, with their Self-Titled Album going 12x Platinum in Australia and 7x Platinum in the US, and Affirmation doing a respectable 8x Plat/3x Plat as well.
  • Video Full of Film Clips: The video for "The Animal Song" is intercut with clips from the Juliette Lewis movie The Other Sister.
  • You Are Not Alone/A Friend in Need: "Crash and Burn".
  • Zeerust: The video of "I Want You".


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