The Trees (Rush song)

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"The Trees"
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Single by Rush
from the album Hemispheres
B-side"Circumstances"
Released1978
Format7"
GenreProgressive rock, hard rock
Length4:42
LabelAnthem
Songwriter(s)Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
Producer(s)Rush & Terry Brown
Rush singles chronology
"Cinderella Man"
(1977)
"The Trees"
(1978)
"Circumstances"
(1978)

"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."

Rolling Stone readers voted the song number 8 on the list of the 10 best Rush songs.[1]

Live365 ranked it the tenth best Rush song.[2]

Classic Rock readers voted "The Trees" the band's 11th best song.[3]

Lyrics[edit]

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."[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/readers-poll-the-10-best-rush-songs-178108/the-trees-172227
  2. ^ https://live365.com/blog/top-10-rush-songs/amp/
  3. ^ https://www.loudersound.com/features/the-50-greatest-rush-songs-ever
  4. ^ "The Trees by Rush Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 2004-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-14.

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