"Trees" as written by and Tyler Joseph....
I know
Where you stand
Silent
In the trees
And that's
Where I am
Silent
In the trees

Why won't you speak?
Where I happen to be
Silent
In the trees
Standing cowardly

I can feel your breath
I can feel my death
I want to know you
I want to see
I want to say
Hello
Hello
Hello
Hello

I know
Where you stand
Silent
In the trees
And that's
Where I am
Silent
In the trees

Why won't you speak?
Where I happen to be
Silent
In the trees
Standing cowardly

I can feel your breath
I can feel my death
I want to know you
I want to see
I want to say
Hello
Hello
Hello
Hello


Lyrics submitted by bookhouseboy23

"Trees" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +3
    General CommentI know this is way off but I like to interpret this for social anxiety, which I have. Saying I can feel you is kinda like thinking in your own mind that they're hovering over you making myself nervous.

    The wanting to know you and saying hello is perfect for me.
    ukcatsfan3on April 28, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe religion thing throws a lot of people off, but I felt it was easy to relate the song to the story of Zacchaeus in the bible. The song to me signifies a dialogue between Jesus and Zacchaeus where Jesus notices him in the tree standing cowardly. Zacchaeus knows that Jesus see's him and says how he feels his breath and death.

    Zacchaeus was a tax collector who wanted to see Jesus. But he was a very short man. Maybe the point that he is a tax collector in that time and age meant that he wanted to stay in the tree cowardly. Yet, he still wanted to see Jesus the great Nazarene! Ultimately, the song ends off by him giving this utterance of how he wants to say "know", "see" and "say hello" to Jesus.

    reference Luke 19 : 1-10
    davidbamfordon April 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the best way to interpret this is as a dialogue between the singer and God. He is saying "I know where you stand, silent in the trees". He then says he is also there. Then the writer asks, "Why won't you speak?", obviously looking to hear an answer from God, and many of us know sometimes it is hard to hear God.

    He says he can feel God: "I can feel your breath"
    "I want to know you, I want to see" is pretty obvious.

    Then ultimately, he just wants to say hello. Just wants to see God.

    I don't think God is being compared to trees or anything, but just that trees are a part of his creation and is the example the writers used in this song. I love this song and really speaks to me, as I have struggled throughout my life to hear God's voice when I need it most.
    Ambroson10on June 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt's none other than Genesis 3:8-10 and the lyricist wanting to speak with God like Adam did in the Garden.

    "And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden toward the cool of the day; and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto the man, and said unto him: 'Where art thou?' And he said: 'I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.' "
    EhevuTovon August 04, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningI'm pretty sure it's actually about Slender Man if I'm honest....
    SomethingCorporate99on November 04, 2014   Link
  • -3
    My InterpretationGod is living through the life of a primate in the trees. Silent in fear.

    I know
    Where you stand
    Silent
    In the trees

    God is one with the primate in fear but wants to speak yet can't.

    And that's
    Where I am
    Silent
    In the trees

    God can't face his fear of speaking until he climbs out of the tree.

    Why won't you speak?
    Where I happen to be
    Silent
    In the trees
    Standing cowardly

    The primate begins climbing down from the branches. God feels his old soul dying.

    I can feel
    Your breath
    I can feel
    My death

    God evolves from being to being within the primate family.

    I want to know you
    I want to see
    I want to say
    Hello

    Conquering evolution by harnessing it in one word.

    Hello
    supernova119on August 01, 2013   Link

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