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The title track for the American band Iron Butterfly’s 1968 album, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Being widely considered as a milestone between and , the song is a proper example of a one-hit-wonder. The album version of the song is a 17:05 piece that occupies the whole B-side. It also has a 2:53 single edit version.

The song is said to be entitled as “In the Garden of Eden” originally. There are many stories about this mondegreen. One of them is that during the recording session, the singer of the band, Doug Ingle, was drunk and he mispronounced the words. Another explanation is that the drummer was listening the song through headphones. He misheard the title of the track told him by the singer and the name stuck.

It is covered by many bands and artists among which there are the band Slayer and the German pop band Boney M.


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