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looking for tree songs for radio show

14 May 05 - 03:52 AM (#1484776)
Subject: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike

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..


14 May 05 - 03:55 AM (#1484777)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Les in Chorlton

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.


14 May 05 - 04:07 AM (#1484781)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: The Villan

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


14 May 05 - 04:09 AM (#1484783)
Subject: Lyr Add: TREES (Joyce Kilmer, Oscar Rasbach)
From: open mike

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


14 May 05 - 04:48 AM (#1484794)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Alan Day

Lovely Poem Joyce
Thanks
Al


14 May 05 - 05:03 AM (#1484798)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Jos

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


14 May 05 - 06:36 AM (#1484832)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Fiona

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


14 May 05 - 06:39 AM (#1484836)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,JTT

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


14 May 05 - 09:01 AM (#1484881)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Charley Noble

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


14 May 05 - 09:19 AM (#1484886)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Bert

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.


14 May 05 - 03:07 PM (#1484980)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Sooz (via the back door)

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)


14 May 05 - 04:22 PM (#1484991)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Mary in Kentucky

Linden Lea here
The Ash Grove


14 May 05 - 05:18 PM (#1484996)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST

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.


14 May 05 - 06:07 PM (#1485002)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Mary in Kentucky

Oh Rowan Tree

can be heard at www.contemplator.com


14 May 05 - 07:20 PM (#1485020)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST

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


14 May 05 - 07:38 PM (#1485026)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Jon

Another Oak and the Ash and the bonny rowan tree.


14 May 05 - 08:13 PM (#1485035)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,freda

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


14 May 05 - 08:35 PM (#1485038)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: freda underhill

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


14 May 05 - 08:43 PM (#1485042)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: mg

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


14 May 05 - 09:39 PM (#1485078)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,julia

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


14 May 05 - 10:08 PM (#1485091)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Amos

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


14 May 05 - 10:28 PM (#1485097)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Sorcha

Put @tree in the Search box....


14 May 05 - 11:19 PM (#1485115)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Mary in Kentucky

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.


14 May 05 - 11:33 PM (#1485123)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike

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...


14 May 05 - 11:38 PM (#1485125)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Rabbi-Sol

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

                                           SOL ZELLER


15 May 05 - 01:46 AM (#1485170)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike

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!!


15 May 05 - 02:41 AM (#1485192)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: sixtieschick

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

The Ash Grove


15 May 05 - 04:22 AM (#1485214)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: My guru always said

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!


15 May 05 - 05:15 AM (#1485232)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

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


15 May 05 - 10:46 AM (#1485355)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Arbor Boy

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


15 May 05 - 11:33 AM (#1485384)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,trish (guest)

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"


15 May 05 - 12:05 PM (#1485402)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike

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.


15 May 05 - 12:30 PM (#1485419)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Cruiser

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"


15 May 05 - 02:21 PM (#1485494)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: alanabit

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


15 May 05 - 02:27 PM (#1485497)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,julia

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


15 May 05 - 02:33 PM (#1485502)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Herga Kitty

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


15 May 05 - 02:33 PM (#1485503)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Julia

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


15 May 05 - 02:51 PM (#1485510)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Matt_R

Tree - Mr. Rogers


15 May 05 - 03:16 PM (#1485524)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Nigel Parsons

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


15 May 05 - 03:29 PM (#1485534)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike

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 ?


15 May 05 - 04:56 PM (#1485594)
Subject: Lyr Add: BATTLEFIELD TREE
From: Hawker

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
(Lucy Burrows)

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


16 May 05 - 02:41 AM (#1485843)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Doug Chadwick

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
............................



Doug C


16 May 05 - 06:34 AM (#1485917)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: pavane

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)


16 May 05 - 07:16 AM (#1485930)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST

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


16 May 05 - 07:27 AM (#1485934)
Subject: Lyr Add: WOODMAN, WOODMAN, SPARE THAT TREE
From: GUEST

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]


16 May 05 - 07:31 AM (#1485937)
Subject: Lyr Add: TREES (Joyce Kilmer, Oscar Rasbach)
From: GUEST

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


16 May 05 - 07:37 AM (#1485940)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,HipflaskAndy

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


16 May 05 - 08:08 PM (#1486283)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon

I love BRANCHING OUT by John Gorka.


17 May 05 - 12:25 AM (#1486412)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike

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....


17 May 05 - 06:37 AM (#1486462)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Bainbo

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.


17 May 05 - 07:31 AM (#1486477)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: pavane

Big Yellow Taxi?

They took all the trees and put em in a tree museum.....
...
They paved Paradise to put up a parking lot.

Surely a suitable protest.


17 May 05 - 07:50 PM (#1486899)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: MurkeyChris

Steve Knightley of Show of Hands wrote 'The Oak', and it's on their Beat About the Bush Album. It also crops up in version of Ashley Hutchings and Judy Dunlop's Sway With Me: an album of songs and writing in praise of trees! A little sappy at times (sorry) but could give you some ideas.

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More poor jokes and British folk music on Cool as Folk radio. www.coolasfolk.co.uk


17 May 05 - 11:37 PM (#1487006)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike

Kate Wolf has one about Tall Western Cedars, too.
and one about chopping wood in the rain


06 Jun 05 - 12:57 AM (#1500909)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike

oh thanks for helpful suggestions..

the TREE song c.d. by Jenny Bird is
beautiful and inspiring...and it is
a benefit for the Arbor Day Foundation.

Songs of Trees--including Bonnie Portmore
with our very own Castelbay!!

and now I know where Oak Ask and Thorn
is from--a Kipling poem put to music.

and i will definately check out the Buena
Vista Social Club song mentioned!!

and this one is a treasure--i know i have heard it:
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.

Does anyone have any idea what recording it is on?

I know Rosalee Sorrells has a tribute album for
malvina...No Closing Chord--i wonder if it is on
there?


06 Jun 05 - 04:14 AM (#1500954)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: open mike

it is Lambeth Children....
and it is in Sing out Magazine
Lambeth Children, The .......... v.38#1 ... p.58
.... .... .... Reynolds, Malvina

does anyone have that issue?
if so can you transpose,
trans scribe, it??


06 Jun 05 - 04:49 AM (#1500965)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Ian

The Holly bares a berry.
Holly and the Ivy
What is the life of a man (compared to a tree)
Cherry tree carol
Leaves of life?


06 Jun 05 - 09:49 AM (#1501128)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie

Then there's "The Pear Tree"

Extract:



Now on the way they spied a pear tree
There grew pears as thick as could be
For a pear they were inclined
So up the pear tree they did climb

Wi a heedrum hodrum
Tumalackadaisy
Tumalackadaisy
Tumma lumma lumma lay


06 Jun 05 - 12:54 PM (#1501183)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: PoohBear

The Trees - sung by RUSH


10 Mar 14 - 03:27 AM (#3608644)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,open mike

Arbor day is coming up in April and I plan to do a tree song special again this year! It was great to re-visit this thread and see all the wonderful suggestions..When is Arbor day celebrated in your state?


10 Mar 14 - 07:19 AM (#3608683)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST

Rock a bye baby, in the tree top
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall
Down will come baby, cradle and all.

Not quite certain exactly how the baby got up there in the first place, mind you, nor of the Elven Safety implications...Probably something to do with the Seven Hundred Elves from out the Wood...


10 Mar 14 - 07:46 AM (#3608687)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Jim Carroll

Tree lovely lasses in Kimmage?
Jim Carroll


10 Mar 14 - 08:17 AM (#3608694)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Sir Roger de Beverley

Tree - The Incredible String Band

There is a Swedish group called "Taken By Trees" who recorded an interesting version of "sweet child of mine".


10 Mar 14 - 10:06 AM (#3608714)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST,Bard Follower

Down come the trees - by John Goodluck and the Bards of the Heath


10 Mar 14 - 02:09 PM (#3608749)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST

oh dear what can the matter be, three old ladies got stuck in the Lava Tree


10 Mar 14 - 09:00 PM (#3608820)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST

The Weaver and the Fag Tree Maid?


12 Mar 14 - 09:04 PM (#3609267)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: GUEST

There is an old song (I think it's a play party song) about an apple tree. England: Oliver Cromwell is buried and dead
      Ireland: Sir Roger is dead and he's laid in his grave
      Nellie Galt Mulberry Hill
      We sing: Old Crump's dead and in his grave
All versions I know have (roughly) "There grew an old apple tree over his head.... Apples were ripe and ready to fall... There came an old ___ to gather them all"


13 Mar 14 - 02:19 PM (#3609435)
Subject: RE: looking for tree songs for radio show
From: Bettynh

From a quick search of my Itunes:

Banana Slug String Band:
I'm a Tree
Big Red On youtube

Shel Silverstein's storysong, recorded by Bobby Bare or Nanci Griffith:
The Giving Tree

Jake Walton and Jez Lowe:
Trees

Rusted Root:
Tree On youtube