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looking for tree songs for radio show

open mike 14 May 05 - 03:52 AM
Les in Chorlton 14 May 05 - 03:55 AM
The Villan 14 May 05 - 04:07 AM
open mike 14 May 05 - 04:09 AM
Alan Day 14 May 05 - 04:48 AM
Jos 14 May 05 - 05:03 AM
Fiona 14 May 05 - 06:36 AM
GUEST,JTT 14 May 05 - 06:39 AM
Charley Noble 14 May 05 - 09:01 AM
Bert 14 May 05 - 09:19 AM
GUEST,Sooz (via the back door) 14 May 05 - 03:07 PM
GUEST,Mary in Kentucky 14 May 05 - 04:22 PM
GUEST 14 May 05 - 05:18 PM
GUEST,Mary in Kentucky 14 May 05 - 06:07 PM
GUEST 14 May 05 - 07:20 PM
GUEST,Jon 14 May 05 - 07:38 PM
GUEST,freda 14 May 05 - 08:13 PM
freda underhill 14 May 05 - 08:35 PM
mg 14 May 05 - 08:43 PM
GUEST,julia 14 May 05 - 09:39 PM
Amos 14 May 05 - 10:08 PM
Sorcha 14 May 05 - 10:28 PM
Mary in Kentucky 14 May 05 - 11:19 PM
open mike 14 May 05 - 11:33 PM
Rabbi-Sol 14 May 05 - 11:38 PM
open mike 15 May 05 - 01:46 AM
sixtieschick 15 May 05 - 02:41 AM
My guru always said 15 May 05 - 04:22 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 15 May 05 - 05:15 AM
GUEST,Arbor Boy 15 May 05 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,trish (guest) 15 May 05 - 11:33 AM
open mike 15 May 05 - 12:05 PM
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Herga Kitty 15 May 05 - 02:33 PM
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Subject: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike
Date: 14 May 05 - 03:52 AM

I am planning a radio special focussing on tree songs
(and poems, and stories) I looked in the D.T. and got
some good ones, but just wondered if any one knew of
any folk-y songs that feature trees. one just popped
into my head: Tie a Yellow Ribbon round the old oak..
but i was thinking of others...esp. ones that show the
oak bending and breaking and the willow or grass bends
and stays flexible. also are there any that have a palm
tree or a tropical type of setting?

thanks for any suggestions..


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 14 May 05 - 03:55 AM

A Tree Song

Of all the trees that grow so fair, Old England to adorn
Greater are none beneath the sun than Oak and Ash and Thorn

A great song, but not a folk song. Words by Kipling, tune from Peter Bellamy.


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: The Villan
Date: 14 May 05 - 04:07 AM

Lemon Tree - I think I remember that by Peter Paul and Mary and did Trini Lopez do it.


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Subject: Lyr Add: TREES (Joyce Kilmer, Oscar Rasbach)
From: open mike
Date: 14 May 05 - 04:09 AM

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

    - Joyce Kilmer


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Alan Day
Date: 14 May 05 - 04:48 AM

Lovely Poem Joyce
Thanks
Al


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Jos
Date: 14 May 05 - 05:03 AM

Lemon Tree was also recorded in the early 60s by Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde.
Their website is on

http://www.chadandjeremy.net/cj/front.htm


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Fiona
Date: 14 May 05 - 06:36 AM

There's a beautiful one on Dick Gaughans Outlaws & Dreamers album, The Yew Tree (Brian McNeill).


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,JTT
Date: 14 May 05 - 06:39 AM

The oak and the ash and the bonny rowan-tree
They're all a growing green in the old country
And it's home, boys, home
Home I'd like to be, home for a while in the old country
Where the oak and the ash and the bonny rowan tree
They're all a-growing green in the old country...

and

The holly bears a berry, as blood it is red

and

Down by the sally gardens, my love and I did meet


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Charley Noble
Date: 14 May 05 - 09:01 AM

I seem to remember a country western song from the late 1940's called "Timber!" which might be right on target.

Malvina Reynolds composed a song in honor of the "Lambert Children" who defended a tree threatened by highway construction by climbing up in its branches.

There are hundreds of traditional songs from the lumberjack era.

I composed a "Treehouse Song" (should be in the threads) featuring a neighbor who didn't appreciate the architectual jewel constructed next door for a 10-year old kid; the kid won.

I'll check this thread later in the day if there is any interest in follow-up.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Bert
Date: 14 May 05 - 09:19 AM

My Dad used to sing this. I don't know where he got it from.

The oojah tree, the oohjah tree
the finest tree you ever did see
last July it grew so high
it poked a hole in the bright blue sky
and sailors say when around that way
from two 'till half past three
that on it's branches big and strong
prehistoric animals go shuffling along
as they keep on climbing, climbing, climbing
up the oohjah tree.


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Sooz (via the back door)
Date: 14 May 05 - 03:07 PM

One from each side of the pond:
Rik Palieri - Plant a tree
Vin Garbutt - The Black Poplar (written and recorded to raise funds for conservation of this very rare British tree)


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Mary in Kentucky
Date: 14 May 05 - 04:22 PM

Linden Lea here
The Ash Grove


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST
Date: 14 May 05 - 05:18 PM

Willow Tree, Chris Whil/Julie Matthews
My Love's an Arbutus ('Strawberry Tree')
What's the Life of a Man any more than a Leaf

I have the music for Joyce Kilmer's song @Trees': written by Oscar Rasbach it's as beautiful as the words.


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Mary in Kentucky
Date: 14 May 05 - 06:07 PM

Oh Rowan Tree

can be heard at www.contemplator.com


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST
Date: 14 May 05 - 07:20 PM

John Gorka's "Branching Out" :
(When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be a Tree
I wanna make my home with the birds and the bees
An' the squirrels - they can count on me
When I grow up to be a tree ...)

Cheers!
Rich-Joy


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 14 May 05 - 07:38 PM

Another Oak and the Ash and the bonny rowan tree.


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,freda
Date: 14 May 05 - 08:13 PM

Of trees and humankind

sorry, blicky is not working while the cat's down, but here is a link to hear it sung by the Solidarity Choir of Australia -

http://www.geocities.com/solidaritychoir/

best wishes

freda


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: freda underhill
Date: 14 May 05 - 08:35 PM

Now that the cat's back up, here's the solidarity choir (with me on the left with white hair, and jennyo in front of me with red hair!)

and if you want to find the words and music to Of Trees and Humankind by Wendy Joseph, go to the choir site, click on music, then click on "count us in" (the second CD) and it will bring up the words and the music.

freda


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: mg
Date: 14 May 05 - 08:43 PM

don't sit under the apple tree..tree of life...lollipop tree..cherry tree carol...tannenbaum...


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,julia
Date: 14 May 05 - 09:39 PM

Castlebay recorded Bonny Portmore for a compilation CD of tree songs which has various artists and various traditions- Celtic, Spanish, Hebrew, Native American, Hawaiian, Appalachian etc
Check it out-
Julia

Songs of Trees
Earthlight Records Po Box 1730 taos MN 87571
www.jennybird.com


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Amos
Date: 14 May 05 - 10:08 PM

There was a great parody written after Sonny Bono got killed skiing into a tree, and altho' I don't remember the lyrics, the refrain went,

Tree......Tree.....
I've got you, tree
I've got you tree...


Etc. on the pattern of "I've Got You Babe".


A


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 May 05 - 10:28 PM

Put @tree in the Search box....


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Mary in Kentucky
Date: 14 May 05 - 11:19 PM

Perhaps you can sneak in two of my favorites. (I'll use any excuse to use these melodies.)

1. The Water is Wide

I leaned my back against an oak
Thinking it was a trusty tree
But first it bent and then it broke
So did my love prove false to me


2. Turtle Dove

Oh don't you see that little turtle dove
In yonder mulberry tree?


and a related song, The Storms are on the Ocean

See that lonesome turtle dove
As he flies from pine to pine.
He's mourning for his own true love
Just the way I mourn for mine.


***************************************

How about these lyrics to Tom Dooley...

This time tomorrow, reckon where I'd be
In some lonesome valley, hangin' on a white oak tree


Or this reference to a willow tree...
There is a Tavern in the Town

I'll hang my harp on the weeping willow tree,
And may the world go well with thee.


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike
Date: 14 May 05 - 11:33 PM

i was not able to see these threads...
no access for a while...but thanks
for the good ideas,,
the show went well.
I easily filled the 2 hours...


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 14 May 05 - 11:38 PM

The Old Dungarven Oak (Irish Song) performed by Tony Kenny

                                           SOL ZELLER


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike
Date: 15 May 05 - 01:46 AM

oh goody!
thanks for suggestions of:
The Yew Tree--Gaughan
Malvina Reynolds "Lambert Children"
here are some of the ones i did play:
Los Laureles--Linda Ronstadt
Bristlecone Pine--sung by Jim Salestrom--written by Hugh Prestwood
piney wood hills--buffy st. marie
In the Pines--strange creek singers
dregs of birch--the duhks
birch--bill morrissey
trail of the lonesome pine--ron spears & within tradition
southern pine--richard leigh
mike seeger--green willow tree
laurie lewis--maple's lament
stephen stills--treetop flyer
michael hedges, graham naqsh, neil young--spring bud
utah phillips--natural resources
john gorka--water is wide from a pete seeger anthology
chris williamson & tret fure--carolina pines by kate wolf
good life--by rail road earth
what have they done to the rain--written by malvina reynolds sung by
rosalee sorrells
gum tree canoe-john hartford
tumbleweed--toni price
grey delisle--maple tree
bill staines--logger song
bok muir & trickett--tree of life

and a few more....

i was inspired to do this special show
because there is logging planned all around
my area and i am hoping to save some of the
trees from being taken!

Plus it was Arbor day recently..
a day that is commemorated in the U.S.
usually in April around Earth Day.

this is a holiday that encourages people
to plant trees. It was started by J. Sterling Morton,
from my home state of nebraska.

i would love to hear and learn your song, charlie,
about the kid--the kid who won!! hooray for tree houses!!

i remember i used to sing a song about a little bird
who built her nest in the white oak tree "so the bad
boys cannot bother me".

it seems like there may be another about an acorn
who becomes a mighty oak..

i might have to do another 2 hour special next
month in order to include all the songs and tunes
I wanted to!!

(the ash grove how graceful, how plainly tis speaking,
the ash grove, the ash grove has language for me...)

Kate wolf had a beautiful song about swinging on a
rope swing from a branch...i am not sure she ever recorded it..

also bury me beneath the willow, under the weeping willow tree..

there are so many songs!!


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: sixtieschick
Date: 15 May 05 - 02:41 AM

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree with Anyone Else but Me

The Ash Grove


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: My guru always said
Date: 15 May 05 - 04:22 AM

Obviously I'm too late for this, but there is a fabulous song written by Lucy Burrows (Hawker) called 'Battlefield Tree'. This being the story of a tree in the middle of WWI and the devastation caused to life & limb by that war.

She's one of the Cornish Songwriters and part of Unsung Heroes, the tale of the Lost Gardens of Heligan. A very talented writer & singer & cherished in the UK. I'll PM her & point her here. It would be wonderful if she could share the lyrics here.

A wonderful thread, thankyou!


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 15 May 05 - 05:15 AM

Good Lord knows the advertisers get their paper's worth out of your show. Perhaps these will help.

Here's some links that are rooted for your wood shoe, I hope that they help you when log on because you're stumped, or have been barking up the wrong tree, or are out on a limb. I wood like to think I helped someone branch out. I feel like such a sap for making all these puns, I should be a bud and turn over a new leaf and promise not to make any more, you're probably board to death with these already. I bet you are ready for a few more pity puns.

Did you hear about the confused feller-buncher operator? He did not know his aspen from a pole in the ground!

Why did the forestry tech take a bath? He wanted to get spruced up for the planting party!

Did you hear about the cranky scaler? His bark was worse than his bite!

How does a silviculture forest manager say goodbye? I am leafing now. I'll seed you later!

Why did the women say no to a marriage proposal from a technician? He gave her a tree ring!

Did you know that the world's most famous forester is a really poplar guy?

* Some men in a pickup truck drove into a lumberyard. One of the men walked in the office and said, "We need some four-by-twos." The clerk said, "You mean two-by-fours, don't you?" The man said, "I'll go check," and went back to the truck. He returned in a minute and said, "Yeah, I meant two-by-fours." "Alright. How long do you need them?" The customer paused for a minute and said, "I'd better go check." After awhile, the customer returned to the office and said, "A long time. We're gonna build a house."

* If I have three pinyon pine nuts in one hand, and four in the other, what do I have? A difference of a pinyon!(Pinyon pines are short-statured pine trees that produce edible seeds often called "pine nuts".)

* A young man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home.

Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him.

To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn't hit the ball far but plodded along consistently and didn't waste much time. They reached the ninth fairway, and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball, directly between his ball and the green.

After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, "You know, when I was your age I'd hit the ball right over that tree." With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard and hit the ball right smack into the top of the tree trunk, where it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally been. The old man offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only 3 feet tall."

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Arbor Boy
Date: 15 May 05 - 10:46 AM

Here are a few off the top of my head:

Cactus Tree- Joni Mitchell
The Shining Birch Tree (aka Land of the Muskeg)- Wade Hemsworth
Tall trees- Dave Alvin
Tall Trees in Georgia- Buffy Sainte-Marie
The Trees They Do Grow Tall- Peter Bellamy
The Greenwood Tree- Norman & Nancy Blake
Pine Tree Woman- David Bromberg
The Pine- Tom Mitchell
Around the Corner Beneath the Berry Tree- The Weavers
The Rowan Tree- Margaret Christl
Tall Pine Trees- Peter, Paul & MaryPlum Tree- John Reischman
Apple Suckling tree- The Band
Shade of the Old Apple Tree- Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Cherry Tree- Kat Eggleston
Tanglewood Tree- Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
Gum Tree Canoe- John Hartford
The Names of Trees- Tom Paxton
Requiem for the Giant Trees- Herdman, Hills & mangsen
Willow Tree- Roscoe Holcomb
Lone Tree Standing- Tim O'Brien
The Trees are Growing Bare- Brendan Nolan
A Row of Small trees- Garnet Rogers
Joshua Tree- Tom Russell
Forest For the Trees- Peter Rowan
Tree On A Hill- Peter Rowan
If A Tree Falls- Bruce Cockburn
Tree of Rhyme- Jack Hardy
The Merry Golden tree- Rick Lee


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,trish (guest)
Date: 15 May 05 - 11:33 AM

Different perspective perhaps but there is a trad song "Logs to Burn"
it's in the database and Johnny Collins recorded it on "Johnny's Private Army"


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike
Date: 15 May 05 - 12:05 PM

thanks all...now i do need to do a second special

these are some great ones!!

Taos is in New Mex, NOT Minnesota! nm vs mn

thanks for the tip--i have contacted Jenny Bird
regarding her disc.

thanks Arbor Boy--and others...this is a nice list

it is interesting to consider the point of view of a tree

which has seen a field over the years....be the scene
of battles, and various other activities...growing crops, etc.


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Cruiser
Date: 15 May 05 - 12:30 PM

Suggestions for your next program:

'The Sweetheart Tree'

From "The Great Race" Music by Henry Mancini, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. A beautiful melody.

'The Berry Tree'

A rare song from the 1955 movie "Many Rivers To Cross"


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: alanabit
Date: 15 May 05 - 02:21 PM

From "As You Like It", "Under The Greenwood Tree".


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,julia
Date: 15 May 05 - 02:27 PM

oops- late night slip o' the digit
Yes New Mexico is NM
If you have trouble reaching her let me know
here is the playlist
Oak and Ash and Thorn (Kipling)
Redwood (Jenny Bird)
Sacred Tree (Black Elk / Robert Mirabel)
Bristlecone Pine (Hugh Prestwood)
Tree of Life (African American Trad)Melanie Demore
Maple (Appalachian)
Rowan (Scottish Trad)
Los Arbolitos (Spanish Trad) Mirabai Starr
Tree of Life (Hebrew Trad) Sonya Heller
Bonnie Portmore (Irish) Castlebay
Apple Wassail (English)
Pukinikini (Hawaiian) Earl Britos


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 15 May 05 - 02:33 PM

I've had a quick skim through, and I couldn't see the rare tree, the rattling tree, the bog down in the valley oh. I might need new specs though.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Julia
Date: 15 May 05 - 02:33 PM

Let us know where you are and how we can help promote your cause
Best- Julia


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Matt_R
Date: 15 May 05 - 02:51 PM

Tree - Mr. Rogers


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 15 May 05 - 03:16 PM

Open Mike:

Following your comment 15.May @ 1:46 that this was inspired by planned logging, I wood (deliberate spelling error!) have thought the obvious song would be Irving Berlin's Woodman spare that tree as performed by Phil Harris


CHEERS
Nigel


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike
Date: 15 May 05 - 03:29 PM

in searching castle bay for bonnie and tree
this is what i got from c.d. baby
BONNY HOLMES: boxful of trouble
BONNIE BARNARD: these reasons
BONNIE THAYER: you're there for me
DAVE BONNEY: all mixed up
BONNIE JAMES: between the covers
DAVE BONNEY AND THE SAVIOURS: that's the way it is
DAVE BONNEY: baptized by fire
WENDY LEE: end of the lies

any more info ?


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Subject: Lyr Add: BATTLEFIELD TREE
From: Hawker
Date: 15 May 05 - 04:56 PM

Thank you Guru, very sweet of you to say such nice things.
The song is written about the horrors of war from a tree's perspective really.

BATTLEFIELD TREE
I'm the tree on the battlefield, a pitiful sight
I stand and watch bullets fly to left and to right
I'm the tree that's seen blood flow from every man's heart,
I'm the tree in the battlefield, Half blown apart.

Its many long years I've stood firm in this soil
Watched centuries farmers, long time they did toil
Well there used to be ten of us handsome and tall
And I've stood and I've wept as each brother did fall.

In no man's land, sadly, my fate is to be
'Twixt the lines on Old England and High Germany
Each brother in arms as he fights for the cause
Thinks he'll vanquish the foe in the war to end wars

A fine English soldier, with valiant heart
Lay low 'neath my branches, his mates blown apart
I could feel in his hands, how he'd tended with care
Of the soil in a fine English garden somewhere.

In a moment of dreaming, as the gaff, it raged high,
Together, we went to that place, him and I....
And once more in the sunshine and heat of the day,
He tended bright flowers, he brought in the hay

Then a shell shook the earth, back in Flanders we lay
It had taken his leg and my branches away
We stood broken together, together we fell.....
Him and me on that battlefield, half blown to hell.

I'm the tree on the battlefield, a pitiful sight
I stand and watch bullets fly to left and to right
I'm the tree that's seen blood flow from every man's heart,
I'm the tree in the battlefield, Half blown apart.

I have it on the CD of the show if anyone needs the tune to go with it.

May I also say that Jon Heslop's song, Lament for The Oaks, sung by Helygen (Kathy Wallis), in the show 'Unsung Heroes', is another fine tree song telling the story of the Heligan Oaks, once the garden's windbreak from the sea air, taken by the war office for shipbuilding in WWI, as told by the spirit of the garden.

Mother Earth, the poem at the start of the show, also has a tune and can be sung. This has lots of references to trees......"Tall oaks and Ash and Willow, Elder, Chestnut and The Thorn, These my brothers and my sisters, and Ive seen each one being born" etc.

Chers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 16 May 05 - 02:41 AM

There was a tree
A pretty little tree
The prettiest tree
You ever did see
And the tree was in the field
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this tree
There was a bough
The prettiest bough
You ever did see
And the bough was on the tree
And the tree was in the field
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this bough
There was a branch
The prettiest branch
You ever did see
And the branch was on the bough
And the bough was on the tree
And the tree was in the field
And the green grass grew all around and around
And the green grass grew all around.

And on this branch
There was a twig
............................

And on this twig
There was a nest
............................

And on this nest
There was a bird
............................

And on this bird
There was a wing
............................

And on this wing
There was a feather
............................

And on this feather
There was a flea
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Doug C


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: pavane
Date: 16 May 05 - 06:34 AM

The Easter Tree (Not trad though) Recorded by June Tabor
Also, Nic Jones recorded one which may be appropriate for the logging protest

Turning Green to Grey, I think it's called (Album: In search of Nic Jones, if I remember)


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 05 - 07:16 AM

Not specifically trees, but June Tabor's Leaves in the Woodland, on the recent Definitive collection


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Subject: Lyr Add: WOODMAN, WOODMAN, SPARE THAT TREE
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 05 - 07:27 AM

Berlin Irving - Woodman, Woodman, Spare That Tree! (27 Jun 1911) Lyrics
[Words and music by Irving Berlin and Vincent Bryan]

[1st verse:]
A great big tree grows near our house
It's been there quite some time
This tree's a slipp'ry elm tree and very hard to climb
But when my wife starts after me, up in that tree I roost
I go up like a healthy squirrel and never need no boost
The other day a woodman came to chop the refuge down
And carve it into kindling wood, to peddle 'round the town
I says to him, "I pray thee cease, desist, refrain and stop
Lay down that razor, man, chop not a single chop"

[chorus:]
Woodman, woodman, spare that tree
Touch not a single bough
For years it has protected me
And I'll protect it now
Chop down an oak, a birch or pine
But not this slipp'ry elm of mine
It's the only tree that my wife can't climb
So spare that tree

[2nd verse:]
I said to him, "You see that hole
Up near that old treetop
I've got five dollars there, that's yours, if you refrain to
chop
No beast but me can climb that tree, 'cause it's too slippery
I can't get up myself, unless my wife is after me
So get my wife and I'll call her a very naughty word
And then you'll see me give an imitation of a bird
You may not know just where to go, when my wife gets around
But when she comes, remember this, if I'm not on the ground"


[Introduced by Bert Williams]


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Subject: Lyr Add: TREES (Joyce Kilmer, Oscar Rasbach)
From: GUEST
Date: 16 May 05 - 07:31 AM

Trees
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Poem by Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)
Music written in 1922 by Oscar Rasbach


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,HipflaskAndy
Date: 16 May 05 - 07:37 AM

Tree - Mike Heron, Incredible String Band.
(That the right title? It started 'I had a tree...')
HFA


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 16 May 05 - 08:08 PM

I love BRANCHING OUT by John Gorka.


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike
Date: 17 May 05 - 12:25 AM

thanks for all the ideas..
and i am in the foot hills of the Sierra Nevada..
you know, the mountains that John Muir called the Range of Light.

I live in the mountains in the woods, and the logging company
is planning on taking thousands of board feet from the land in
the water shed above the community. Also for Forest Service
has plans to remove more trees in the public lands..

this is devastation supported and encourged by the Bush
administration and Schwartzenager. they feed on fire fear frenzy
when proposing thier plans to cut trees.

Just like a tree standing by the water side,
I shall not be moved....


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Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Bainbo
Date: 17 May 05 - 06:37 AM

Compay Segundo sang Y Tu Que Has Hecho on the Buena Vista Social Club album. The words are in Spanish, but are beautiful. They don't sound quite so good in English, but go along the lines of:
"On the trunk of a tree, a young girl carved her name, filled with pleasure. The tree, moved to its core, let a flower fall on to the girl.
"I am that tree, moved and sad; you are that girl who wounded my bark. I'll bear for ever your precious name. But you, what have you done with my poor flower?"

Sounds better in Spanish, but you get the idea.


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