Walk along the waterfall
Watching as the world turns red
Wonder where the river flows
And the blood on the river bed
Poison lies too close to us
Reach across the salt and sand
Moving deeper into the land
Following the waterfall
Watching as the world turns green
Wonder where the river flows
The copper face remains unseen
Ignorance has failed to cleanse
Reach across the salt and sand
Moving deeper into the land

Crying as the earth cries out
Weeping as the land decays
Wonder if I could have helped
Maybe I'd have found a way
Poison lies too close to us
Reach across the salt and sand
Moving deeper into the land

Cling to the branch of a tree
That was waiting for
Something to preach
Someone to teach
The Word was the first
And the last to be heard
From the branch of the tree
It was praying for me to fall down

Climb to the top of a tree
That was waiting for
Someone to warn
A life to be torn into
Pieces of gold
For a soul to be sold
And the heart of the tree
Was crying for me to come back

Take me to the hanging tree
There's a man in the light
And he's pointing at me
Guide me to the hanging tree
It's the place that I come from
Walk along the waterline
Reach across the salt and the sand
Moving deeper into the land

Take me to the hanging tree
There's a boy in the light
And he's staring at me
Take me to the hanging tree
It's the place that I come from
Walk along the waterline
Reach across the salt and the sand
Moving deeper into the land
I'm falling.....Falling down again!


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The Hanging Tree song meanings
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    General CommentThis is a difficult song for me to understand. The best I can come up is maybe the Hanging Tree is the forbidden tree in the garden of Eden. "Cling to the branch of a tree/That was waiting for/Something to preach/Someone to teach/The Word was the first/And the last to be heard/From the branch of the tree/It was praying for me to fall down" these lines support that theory the most. The forbidden fruit of the tree contains the knowledge but it was also the cause of temptation and sin which could be what they me by "it was praying for me to fall down"
    But the ending of the song when he is talking about a man and a boy in the light completely throws me off. anyone have any ideas
    JadaSon January 28, 2013   Link
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    My Opinionyes jadas. Totally agree with you. It's an amazing song and it must have a story underneath it. Your interpretation is quite accurate and the man and the boy could be God and Jesus, but there are still lots of hidden meanings. I saw that in a concert in 2005 he sings it with a woman's blond wig. Is he impersonating Eve? dunno
    grendel666on June 22, 2017   Link

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