The Trees (Rush song)
|Single by Rush|
|from the album Hemispheres|
|Genre||Progressive rock, hard rock|
|Songwriter(s)||Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson|
|Producer(s)||Rush & Terry Brown|
|Rush singles chronology|
"The Trees" is a song by Canadian rock band Rush, from its 1978 album Hemispheres. The song is also featured on many of Rush's compilation albums, and was long 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. The maple trees want more sunlight, but the oak trees are too tall. The conflict ends when man cuts down the forest: And the trees are all kept equal... By hatchet, axe, and saw....
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."
- Rush. "The Trees Lyrics". Rush.com. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
- Iero, Cheech (April 1980). "Neil Peart". Modern Drummer Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
- "The Trees by Rush Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 2004-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-14.