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lyrics

TREE (Words and Music - Robert Childs)

Tree
You've offended the rules of the time
You've grown too close to that great power line
And your roots have grown down and invaded the earth
And now the people are saying that that's more than you're worth
They'll lop you and chop you and bend you to their ends
And if they're not satisfied they'll start it all again
They did it to me, in fact they still do
They did it to me and they'll do it to you

Tree
You've offended the people again
You've grown out of control and extended a limb
Too high for their ladders, too close to their homes
And now you're dropping your leaves on their gutta percha gnomes
They'll bring on their axes, bulldozers, chainsaws
They'll rip you and chip you and clip you to your core
Remove you from the highways for the great motor car
And if they can't kill you that way they'll try phytophthora

Tree
Were there really so many of you
And did the people really have such a clear view
Now you stand here solitary and bare
The wind buts your limbs the people just stare
Petty individuals collectively small
Decide you've become uneconomical
Tree
They're united in fearing you most
I suppose you can see that it's their kind of growth

Tree
You've offended the rules of the time
You've grown too close to that great power line
And your roots have grown down and invaded the earth
And now the people are saying that that's more than you're worth

credits

from Revenge, released April 20, 1994
Robert Childs - vocals; guitars
Robyn Scholar - cello ensemble
Kay Winnick - flute

Engineer - Geoff Prideaux
Recorded at The Sound Workshop, Adelaide Festival Centre, South Australia.
Mastered by Neville Clark at Disk-Edits.

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Robert Childs Australia

Robert Childs wrote his first song when he was about 10, continued writing and made a couple of demo albums before he founded SCALA (Songwriters, Composers And Lyricists Association) in 1987. He released his debut album Revenge (with the Robert Childs Elastic Band) in 1994. He was awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) for his services to music in 2004. ... more

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