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"
"The Trees"
Hemispheres track listing
"The Trees"
"La Villa Strangiato"
Exit...Stage Left track listing
"Broon's Bane"
"The Trees"

The Trees is a song by Canadian rock band Rush, from their 1978 album Hemispheres. The song is also featured on many of Rush's compilation albums, and has long been a staple of the band's live performances. On the live album Exit...Stage Left, the song features an extended acoustic guitar introduction titled "Broon's Bane."


The lyrics relate a short story about a conflict between maple and oak trees in a forest. Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart was asked in the April/May 1980 issue of the magazine Modern Drummer if there was a message in the lyrics, to which he replied "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]


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

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