"Silent Army In The Trees" as written by and Matthew Fredrick Robert Good....
What will you find, where will you be?
When you got to trade for company
Those plastic guns and infantry
For a silent army in the trees

Well this ain't the woods behind the house
There ain't nobody screaming out
For you to come inside and eat
You're just holding your friends and watching them bleed

Wore camouflage on Halloween
A plastic bag, an M16
Door to door and house to house
There ain't nobody handing it out

Yeah nothings ever what it seems
When you're kicking in teeth
And wishing it dreams
Just plastic guns and infantry
For a silent army in the trees

Baby don't you let me down
A world away and still somehow
Can't shake the feeling that you're out
With another man's arms wrapped tight around you

At night it's cold
We sit and freeze
Running red lights in our Humvees
Never thought I'd live to see see the day, I'd be
Afraid of little kids playing in the street

Well this ain't the woods behind the house
There ain't nobody screaming out
For you to come inside and eat
You're just holding your friends and watching them bleed

I'm on fire
I'm all ice on the outside
That old man in the sky
Well he's all ice on the outside



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    General CommentClearly about a person who is in the military and reminiscing about them pretending to be a soldier as a kid. It also obviously compares the brutal differences.

    A very powerful song, and clearly a topic he's very passionate about. I remember this song being played back in... '06 or '07? Anyway, clearly he liked it so much he improved on it and put it on the new album. Glad to see it.
    RileyLewison September 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNew album version contains additional verse:


    When you've got to trade for company
    Those plastic guns and infantry
    For a silent army in the trees
    Well this ain't the woods behind the house
    There ain't nobody screaming out
    For you to come inside and eat
    You're just holding your friends and watching them bleed
    Wore camouflage on Halloween
    A plastic bag, an M-16
    Door to door and house to house
    But there aint nobody handing it out
    Yeah, nothing's ever what it seems
    When you're kicking in teeth and wishing it dreams
    Just plastic guns and infantry
    For a silent army in the trees

    Well baby don't you let me down
    A world away and still somehow
    Can't shake the feeling that you're out
    With another man's arms wrapped tight around you
    At night it's cold, we sit and freeze
    Running red lights in our Humvees
    Never thought I'd live to see the day I'd be
    Afraid of little kids playing in the streets
    Well this ain't the woods behind the house
    There ain't nobody screaming out
    For you to come inside and eat
    You're just holding your friends and watching them bleed

    I'm on fire
    But all ice on the outside
    That old man in the sky
    Well he's all ice on the outside

    A muted wail out in the streets
    You watch the stage but burn the seats
    Two metal legs to get along
    You ain't got much without one to stand on
    Sometimes at night I hear it roll
    A hundred cars long pulling out slow
    Like the engineers inside my head
    Cold and dark like your side of the bed
    Yeah, nothing's ever what it seems
    And even if it is ends justify means
    With plastic guns and infantry
    For a silent army in the trees

    I'm on fire
    But all ice on the outside
    That old man in the sky
    Well he's all ice on the outside
    kiwi5461on September 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBeing in the army and going to afghanistan next week this song really hit home. Amazing song.

    "Well baby don't you let me down
    A world away and still somehow
    Can't shake the feeling that you're out
    With another man's arms wrapped tight around you"

    An amazing verse, i feel this way about my fiancee right now, very powerful.
    Another part that hits is being afraid of kids playing in the streets.

    I've been listening to Matt Good since i was a kid and he's never touched me the way he did with this song, and album, being from Vancouver.
    thechidon September 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite track on the album - at least right now.
    And I gotta say, it's pretty powerful. I see it as an old soldier whose wife left him because of he was shell shocked. When he sees kids on halloween wearing army costumes carrying around plastic bags filled with candy and fake M16s, he thinks to himself "Why would you WANT that? Why would you pretend to be doing so horrible?" Because he's lived the real experience.
    edibleplastiqueon March 16, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionThis is one of the most powerful songs on the Vancouver album. I liked the contrast he makes between the life his wife/significant other is living at home compared to his life a world away where he is "running red lights in [his] Humvee", and "afraid of little kids playing in the streets". It really makes you appreciate the courageous work our troops are probably involved in this moment as we sit in our comfortable safe homes in North America, without a clue of what is really going on over there.

    I remember as a kid dressing up for Halloween as a soldier, and imagining how exciting that career would be to enter when I grew up. All it took was one nightmare where people were shooting at me and I was fighting for my life to realize that it wouldn't be that fun after all. I liked the reference to childhood and naive fantasies about war and the military as well, because of that.

    Can't wait for Matt Good's next album!
    tropslevion May 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBefore Matthew Good's web page became a pay page I was reading about this song, I wish I remembered exactly what he said about it. But he had been writing it and randomly playing it at concerts since the early 90's.
    This song has a lot of soul. I am so greatful that he released it.
    Some of his best work are the songs that were never released. I have heard some demos that ended up being leaked then deleted and I wish that they had all been released.
    SquishyTushyon May 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAn excellent track, the additional first verse which isn't on this website adds so much h extra power. Visually this song is highly arresting and very much dispelled the heroic Romanticism of war. A perfect protest song.
    River Wolfon March 22, 2017   Link

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