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SotD: Rush - The Trees

Submitted by Druss on Mon, 2010-09-13 01:29

Today's Song of the Day, and the same for the last few weeks in my car has been Rush's The Trees, off their 1978 album, Hemispheres. While the song is interesting musically, what truly captivates are the lyrics which are pasted below:

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream 'Oppression!'
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
'The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light'
Now there's no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw

I also love the build-up to the solo although the solo itself does not live up to its build-up. In any case, this is a most excellent song.