From a reader: A verse from Rush’s “Trees”

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

9 responses to “From a reader: A verse from Rush’s “Trees”

  1. One of Rush’s more popular songs – and lyrics for the ages, like most of Rush’s music – thx, Neil Peart , RIP …

    Full Lyrics:

    “The Trees”

    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

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  2. Such an awesome song from an awesome band. Got to see this performed live once

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  3. And the meek shall,inherit the earth…saw them in the Bay Area many moons ago. 2112 was an excellent album. Still,listen to,the CD.

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  4. I think I still have Rush, 2112, and Fly by Night on 8 track somewhere in a closet

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  5. Rush? Must have missed them. Something something tom sawyer?
    I’ll just go check them out, shall I? ;o)

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  6. My husband ,on houseboat we rented for a Christmas getaway on the Suwanee River, stood on top of the houseboat holding his Bose radio blasting “Working Man”. What a sight to behold. He is the embodiment of the working man. After that we played “Fanfare for the common man”,(Emerson Lake and Palmer). Great man, great holiday.

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