There is unrest in the forest…

treesMeanwhile, as an ant on the trail that just got … spored, I guess it’s all a matter of perspective? Damn those spoiled, ungrateful maples. -Ed

The Trees
by Rush

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the Maples want more sunlight
And the Oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade?

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream ‘Oppression!’
And the oaks, just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
‘The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light’
Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet,
And saw

7 responses

    1. I just got into them recently and I’ve been enjoying the discovery. I like songs with unusual meanings. Not the usual teen angst blather type of stuff. “You are hot. Me so horny. Love love love!”

      I dedicate a future post to Rush’s “Working Man” song. 🙂


      1. Awesome….I’ll look forward to it!


  1. Couldn’t be a better analogy of our government.


    1. Government sometimes does reach to be a mechanism for equality. Even with the best of intentions that can have unpredictable results and create additional inequalities.

      My impression of the song: “That’s damned easy for the oaks to say.”

      We are all made they way we are. That doesn’t mean I can’t bitch about it. 🙂

      Just for fun, transpose:

      Oaks = Wealthy
      Maples = Poor
      Sunlight = Wealth, Health Care, Affluence

      Good times! 🙂


  2. You realize this song is about all those times Geddy Lee was mistaken for a 14 year old girl, right?


    1. Wow! Damn! I better post lyrics here more often because you are a song meanings expert!

      Heh heh! 🙂


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