"Hangin' Tree" as written by and Mark/homme Lanegan....
Would you like our way home
I bleed my own

Round the hangin' tree
Swayin' in the breeze
In the summer sun
As we two are one
Swayin'

Can you see under my thumb
There you are

Round the hangin' tree
Swing in the breeze
In the summer sun
As we two are one
Swing


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"Hangin' Tree" as written by Alain Johannes Josh Homme

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  • +4
    General CommentI think this song is about a Hanging Tree. i Initially thought it was just about a large tree that seemed to hang down, but i later realized its about a tree used to hang people. "would you like a a way home" sounds like a coax someone could be using to get them into a car.
    "as we two are one, swaying" could be two people united in death.
    "can you see under my thumb, there you are" could possibly refer to the fact that whoever is DOING the hanging has complete control over that person. It sounds like the chorus of the song is almost a poetic rationalization of a horrible thing that is happening to two people, and the lyrics in the versus are references to whoever is hanging them.
    egosleepon March 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwell i think that noise at the start of the song is a lighter, so my guess is that it's about someone lighting up or cooking up something. Then you have the "I bleed my own" which could be a reference to a needle. The chorus is when him and the drug become one and all of his worries are gone. He's porbably on the "nod" so hes amazed that his lighters in his hand. haha thats what i got from it.
    Imtrying84on March 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWhat a beautiful and mysterious song.

    When I hear this song I immediately think about the reports I've read on the psychedelic use of Salvia divinorum. Many people report that when they smoke the herb properly, it sends them in a psychedelic trance where they lose their sense of this reality to a completely foreign reality. It is also commonly reported that Salvia trips include the user becoming fused together with a random object, such as a chair or plant. I've never achieved that level of transcendence with Salvia divinorum (though I plan to), but this song gives me a strong trippy vibe that I can't help but associate with the herb (especially after reading about some of its psychedelic effects). Does anybody else feel as if such a trip-like interpretation could apply to this song?
    rishlooon December 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoriginally on the desert sessions, but updated for SFTD

    mark's voice is so incredible
    uncletommyon March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJosh Homme played in dessert sessions mr "I know everything".
    Elinon April 14, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdont ask me why they rerecorded it for SFTD gueveralives. i didnt tell them to, the desert sessions version is great
    uncletommyon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about a hanging tree
    Niamon October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit sounds like a love song to me. "in the summer sun as we two are one"
    jvs24on October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti've been on a few queen's songs now and the only constant is gueveralives hanging shit on uncletommy. Gueveralives, the desert sessions aren't a band but more of a philosophy of getting a bunch of people together and seeing what happens. Mark Lanigan was on a lot of them but the recording's fairly primative. Josh and Mark obviously like this song and re-did it for SFTD. That simple, stop being such a dick
    gangreenouson December 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwell i think that noise at the start of the song is a lighter, so my guess is that it's about someone lighting up or cooking up something. Then you have the "I bleed my own" which could be a reference to a needle. The chorus is when him and the drug become one and all of his worries are gone. He's porbably on the "nod" so hes amazed that his lighters in his hand. haha thats what i got from it.
    Imtrying84on March 27, 2005   Link

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