"All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands" as written by and Sufjan Stevens....
If I am alive this time next year
Will I have arrived in time to share?
Mine is about as good this far
I'm still applied to what you are
And I am joining all my thoughts to you
And I'm preparing every part for you

I heard from the trees a great parade
And I heard from the hills a band was made
Will I be invited to the sound?
Will I be a part of what you've made?
And I am throwing all my thoughts away
And I'm destroying every bet I've made
And I am joining all my thoughts to you
And I'm preparing every part for you


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  • +4
    General Commentactually the title comes from Isaiah 55:12.

    "For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands."
    hoboghoston May 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm a christian, but could never bring myself to like Christian music. Sufjan's the only Christian artist I throughly enjoy.
    byebyebirdie58on December 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell the song IS about God. Sufjan is a very very religious man. I don't usually enjoy music that incorporates religion or faith, but his music is just so beautiful I can let it slide.
    jeastmanon June 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhile i too am skeptical when it comes to music and religion (mostly due to bad personal experiences with what is considered 'christian' music), sufjan really has a way of conveying his beliefs without sounding pushy or abrasive, he's simply writing about what's important to him. and i'm fine with that, seeing how he does it so well.

    also, the humming chorus thing in the background of the second verse is, well, simply marvellous.
    da-dadada-da-dadada.
    kemekongkaon December 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe title comes from Psalm 96:
    11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    12 let the field exult, and everything in it!
    Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
    13 before the Lord, for he comes,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
    He will judge the world in righteousness,
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

    (Oh, and yes, heaven forbid a song should incorporate religion or faith. How tasteless. I'd much prefer to hear about failed relationships.)
    escritoralauraon April 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti respect the fact that songmeanings.net is open to personal interpretations of songs, but it seems to me that if you are on this website you are obviously interested in the artists in which you are commenting on. that being said. sufjan is a christian, you can choose to be ignorant of that fact and not believe the countless interviews in which sufjan confesses his faith. not to mention a majority of his songs have some kind of reference to christianity. to completely ignore the fact that sufjan is christian just seems downright ridiculous. especially if your goal is to figure out the meaning of this song considering a number of the verses refer to biblical accounts. just a thought.

    o and this song is fun to sing/play on banjo.
    m0leculeon June 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIsaiah 55:12
    irishmilliganon September 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIsaiah 55:12
    irishmilliganon September 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is rad...it reminds me of being in church though
    sweetadelineon May 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm clueless as to what the first three lines of both stanzas refer to. "Mine is about as good this far"?
    "I heard from the trees a great parade"?
    "Will I be incited to the sound?"?
    Does anyone know what any of this means?
    Raving Lunaticon March 02, 2005   Link

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