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Thread #11905 Message #90775
Posted By: Jon W.
29-Jun-99 - 04:39 PM
Thread Name: The bark and the tree - expression
Subject: The bark and the tree - expression
There is a line in a song by Triona Ni Dhombnaill (sp?) that goes "Just as the bark is strong, and welded to the tree/Closer we grow each day..." I have also heard a song by Altan that uses a similar metaphor for lovers. Lastly, I just read "between the bark and the tree" as a metaphor (or is it a simile?) of being in a tight spot, attributed a former Cajun Louisiana congressman, Ed Willis. Can anyone share other trad lyrics, folk stories or anything else that will shed light on this expression and its origins?