Life beyond style

Thanks to the music community that is we now have the full lyrics to the track “Garden Shed,” the song that lit up the internet just a few hours ago due to Tyler’s alleged admission of being gay. The song features Estelle on the chorus and bridge, while the second verse in particular seems to address Tyler’s suppressed homosexual desires.


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As Genius annotators lucidluxury and IJUSTLEFTEARF note, the line “Garden shed for the garcons / Them feelings I was guarding” supposedly addresses “the garden shed as a metaphor for a closet, which derives from the phrase ‘coming out the closet.'” The word “garçons,” meanwhile translates to “boys” in French.

Other telling lines include “Thought it would be like the Frank poof, gone / But, it’s still going on,” which lucidluxury reads as: “Frank famously came out on his Tumblr in 2012. Here, along with the line before, Tyler is saying that he thought this was a phase and that it would ‘poof, gone,’ just like Frank infamously disappeared after releasing Channel Orange. Actually though, ‘it’s still going on’ and Tyler has recognized that it hasn’t disappeared as he thought it would. These lines could be showing Tyler’s struggle to accept himself after suppressing his feelings for boys for so long.”

There are a few other references too which are certainly worth a closer look, many of which are not surprising given Tyler’s track record of toying with his sexuality in the past.

Check out the full lyrics below and a few more promising annotations over at

[Chorus: Estelle]
Don’t kill the rose
Boy, it could move
Love every flower
Out the cocoon

[Verse 1]
You don’t have to hide
I can smell it in your eyes
That there’s something more to say
Them words
(Damn, run it back)

[Bridge: Estelle]
If I could, if I could
If you could
Find the words to say

(Find the words to say
Find the words)


[Chorus: Estelle]
Don’t kill the rose
Boy, it could move
Love every flower
Out the cocoon

[Verse 2]
Garden shed, garden shed, garden shed, garden shed
For the garden
That is what I was hiding
That is what love I was I in
Ain’t no reason to pretend
Garden shed, garden shed, garden shed
Garden shed for the garcons
Them feelings I was guarding
Heavy on my mind
All my friends lost
They couldn’t read the signs
I didn’t wanna talk and tell em’ my location
And I didn’t wanna walk
Truth is, since you kid, I thought it was a phase
Thought it would be like the Frank poof, gone
But, it’s still going on
Big fan of the base 10
Polk a dot nose how it goes
Had to keep it on the subwoofer
A couple butterflies when I float
I was always like ehhh
Barely interested, but I went to my boys like bruh
This is a crucial subject matter
Sensitive like cooking batter
‘Till the temperature that’s rising
Stepping on that ladder
Tryna grab the rings of Saturn
I’m a plant it by the time you hear this
Chittin’ chatter bout to heat it
It will not fucking matter

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