"Lemon Tree" as written by and Volker/freudenthaler Hinkel....
I'm sitting here in the boring room
It's just another rainy Sunday afternoon
I'm wasting my time
I got nothing to do
I'm hanging around
I'm waiting for you
But nothing ever happens and I wonder

I'm driving around in my car
I'm driving too fast
I'm driving too far
I'd like to change my point of view
I feel so lonely
I'm waiting for you
But nothing ever happens and I wonder

I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree
I'm turning my head up and down
I'm turning turning turning turning turning around
And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree

I'm sitting here
I miss the power
I'd like to go out taking a shower
But there's a heavy cloud inside my head
I feel so tired
Put myself into bed
While nothing ever happens and I wonder

Isolation is not good for me
Isolation I don't want to sit on the lemon-tree

I'm steppin' around in the desert of joy
Baby anyhow I'll get another toy
And everything will happen and you wonder

I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see is just another lemon-tree
I'm turning my head up and down
I'm turning turning turning turning turning around
And all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree
And I wonder, wonder

I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see, and all that I can see, and all that I can see
Is just a yellow lemon-tree


Lyrics submitted by kevlar_soul, edited by jobse

"Lemon Tree" as written by Will Holt

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +5
    General CommentIt's all about depression.

    It's about being alone, and bored, waiting for something to happen, or a person to come along to take you out of it.

    But the person never comes and something never happens.
    hejira84on May 31, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationEveryone says life is so great, "look at the blue blue sky", but life seems to just constantly give you Lemons (you know, "When life gives you Lemons", ETC). He tries to "change his point of view", "turns his head up and down" and "turns around" but, especially when you're depressed, it can be extremely difficult to see past all the "Lemon Trees".

    I think the "waiting for you" bit, is about him waiting for someone to help him out of this rut. Help him get away from this "lonely", "isolated" boredom that never seems to end. Because again, when you're depressed, nothing interests you, there's no reason to do anything. Just sit "down here in the boring room", "wasting time" and waiting for something to change, "But nothing ever happens".

    I love this song...
    BenJeoeon February 28, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis kind of reminds me of 'Pumped Up Kicks' by Foster the People, because the lyrics are depressing but it's such a catchy tune.
    This song is literal, because his girlfriend died in a car accident. She had crashed into a lemon tree.
    He sits on the porch, maybe not absorbing what has happened. The days are rainy without her. He wonders how his outlook could change so much from one event. He'd like to change the way he views things, but he's so lonely and feels that nobody's trying to help him out of his rut.
    He's in a desert of joy. No joy to be found anywhere.
    She had told him about the blue blue sky, but without her, he just can't see it and wonders if he ever will again.
    He doesn't want to sit on a lemon tree. Doesn't want to be stuck like this forever.
    Maybe he'll get another toy: something to play with, something to distract him. And everything will happen - he will start living his life again.
    Beautiful and dark lyrics with an upbeat melody. Love this song.
    scorpio641on August 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this is about someone who is waiting for someone he thinks he really loves but really he has exaggerated this person in his head so that they sound better than they actually are(yesterday you told me bout the blue blue sky). Because he is so wrapped up in waiting for this person he doesnt notice how isolated he has become. Thats why all he can see is just a yellow lemon tree.
    lixy_the_pyro_pixieon October 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is misleading due to the upbeat tune, but it is definitely about depression. Clinical depression is a misunderstood condition and those who do not suffer from it often encourage the depressed person to "think positive," (ie: look at the blue sky). This is impossible for him to do as all he can see is the sour side of life - the lemon tree.

    The fourth set of lyrics is the real clencher -
    "There's a heavy cloud inside my head,
    I feel so tired, put myself into bed."
    That is what depressed people do!

    Also - the desert of joy? A place completely devoid of happiness.
    kyeager10on June 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think, this song is about depression and someone is trying to help him find happiness, but he can't ever see anything but the lemon tree, which represents everything negative.
    He wonders why he can't see the blue sky (the good things)
    He doesn't want to see the bad things, but he feels like he's in that desert, that's barren, of joy and love.
    He's waiting for life to start happening again.
    Just my personal thoughts,
    knightmirroron January 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningNotice the "told me about the blue blue sky" (to promise something optimistically which propably will not happen) and getting a lemon tree (sour fruits) contrast.

    The whole theme seems to be unrequited love and being totally alone without the person.

    At the point "I'll get another toy" it seems like there should be a turning point (i can live without you, can you live without me, now you're sitting on the lemon tree), but this does not happen,
    but the YOU told me about the blue sky, but I only see a lemon tree motive repeats itself.
    deralexon June 16, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNeat song illustrating real love VS sex.
    Karlon May 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song!!! <3
    PugetGirlon June 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentonly four posts?? on this genious sonG!!!! it's a song i've grown up with and heard all my life, but i've never gotten sick of it.. it's a definite classic!=)
    boo!on November 16, 2004   Link

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