The Trees (Rush song)

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"The Trees"
Single by Rush
from the album Hemispheres
B-side "Circumstances"
Released 1978
Format 7"
Genre Hard rock, progressive rock
Length 4:42
Writer(s) Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
Producer(s) Rush & Terry Brown
Rush singles chronology
"Cinderella Man"
(1977)
"The Trees"
(1978)
"Circumstances"
(1978)
Hemispheres track listing
"Circumstances"
(2)
"The Trees"
(3)
"La Villa Strangiato"
(4)
Exit...Stage Left track listing
"Broon's Bane"
(8)
"The Trees"
(9)
"Xanadu"
(10)

The Trees is a song by progressive rock band Rush from their 1978 album Hemispheres. The song is also featured on many of Rush's compilation albums and has been a perennial fan favorite of the band's live shows. On the live album Exit...Stage Left, the instrumental "Broon's Bane" is performed as a short classical guitar introduction to the song.

Lyrics message[edit]

The lyrics relate a short story about a conflict between maple and oak trees in the forest. The lyricist/drummer Neil Peart was asked in the April/May 1980 Modern Drummer magazine if there was a message in the lyrics. Peart said, "No. It was just a flash. I was working on an entirely different thing when I saw a cartoon picture of these trees carrying on like fools. I thought, 'What if trees acted like people?' So I saw it as a cartoon really, and wrote it that way. I think that's the image that it conjures up to a listener or a reader. A very simple statement."[1]

In other media[edit]

  • The song is featured in an episode of King of the Hill titled "The Witches of East Arlen."
  • The song is featured in the film SLC Punk.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Song facts - The Trees by Rush
  2. ^ ***Official Rock Band 2 Set List! - Rock Band - Forums

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