"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


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"Trees" as written by Tyler Joseph

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  • +7
    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
  • +5
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +1
    General CommentI like to think that's its about lack of hope.
    sara -1008on January 09, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel like this song is about seeing who you want to be and seeing who you are. But you don't know how to be who you want to be so you're stuck.
    When in doubt sevenon March 30, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI find pretty amazing some interpretations. Like the one of Adam in the Garden or Zacchaeus. But I don't know, this doesn't seem to be one of those songs (even though the album it's called Vessel, which could show us how the human it's just a vessel for the soul).
    All being said, I think this song is about the anxiety of trying to meet someone. The trees, in this case, could be the people. You can see it pretty easy in every verse. Except from "I can feel your breath, I can feel my death"... but this could be a metaphoricaly death, after a kiss.
    If you are in love you may understand that.
    carlos1020on September 24, 2015   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
  • 0
    General CommentTo the above below comment. I disagree. I understand the analogy to God, but why would God hide? If anything it is referring to Adam and Eve hiding from God and God asking them why they are hiding and not speaking as He called for them in the garden. Also if we are speaking of God why is evolution even a part of the conversation/debate/argument? Evolution is a strict disagreeance of God's Word and is irrelevant to the song and it's message. I believe personally that the song is about how mankind sinned against God and hid themselves from God out of fear of punishment.

    I also agree with the above above comments referring to Zaccheus the tax collector wishing to see Jesus and then being afraid to speak and reveal himself to Christ because of the sin of his heart.

    Also the reference to social anxiety if you look from a secular point of view but I always look at their songs as spiritually influenced because of their faith and previous works.
    nate339211on April 19, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningTo me this song is a prayer. I know it's hard for non-Christians to accept but stay with me here. You might just find a bit of yourself in this. This prayer is from a person who is feeling alone, as most of Tyler's songs are.

    As Christians, we are taught that we are supposed to build a relationship with God. We are told that God hears all of our prayers.

    However, it's obvious that while he was writing this song, Tyler felt disconnected from God, like God was standing just out of reach, leaving Tyler alone. I myself feel this often. That's why I relate to this song so much.

    "Silent, in the trees." That's how God is described in this song. Tyler's lyrical metaphors are amazing. If you think about someone hiding in the trees, they would easily be able to see you, but would be hidden in shadow, and would be very hard to spot. The person in the trees would probably be purposefully avoiding contact with you. This is how Tyler feels God is toward him, watching, but choosing not to show himself. This is accurate for me personally. Whenever I try to talk to God, I don't get a response, and that's a bit frustrating to me. Prayer is supposed to be a conversation, and it takes two to have a conversation.

    As for the part that says:
    "And that's where I am, silent, in the trees."
    Tyler is most likely alone at this point. But what really matters is that he is silent. He is alone with himself. Using knowledge from his other songs, especially Car Radio (which is a great song), we can infer what's going on here. In Car Radio, he says two important things that we need to remember for this song. "I ponder of something terrifying, cause this time there's no sound to hide behind." and "Oh dear, I don't know if we know why we're here; Oh my too deep please stop thinking." These two lyrics mean that when Tyler is in silence, his thoughts turn dark, and he is scared by them. He'll do anything to get rid of them, even stop thinking at all. It is likely that he would pray to God as an outlet for his emotions and a source of comfort.

    He is scared by his thoughts, and his emotions almost overwhelm him; hence "I can feel my death." and "Why won't you speak where I happen to be? Silent, in the trees, standing cowardly." Tyler is close to the breaking point, alone with his thoughts. He is asking why God won't talk to him, even when he is at his weakest. He might even be fighting suicidal urges at this point.

    So really this song is a prayer to God, asking him to just show himself already. Tyler is scared, and he is looking for a source of comfort and relief. He is frustrated by the fact that God won't respond to him, despite his faith. "I want to know you, I want to see, I want to say hello." Tyler isn't holding anything back here. He is giving his full being to God. But we don't get a happy ending like we do in Ode to Sleep. The song ends with Tyler calling out to God in his panic. Hello? Hello? Hello? Hello? Tyler doesn't get what he wants. He doesn't get a response. He is still alone at the end of the song.

    This song really is lyrical genius. It makes me personally wonder what happened to make him keep his faith in God. I need one of those moments. Major props to Tyler for taking my most difficult thoughts and making it into music. And major props to him for surviving whatever he was going through to make him feel this scared. And to you reader, major props to you for surviving. Whatever your situation, the trees are never as lonely and scary as they seem. Despite my struggles with faith, I believe that God is there for us. And so does Tyler.
    Keesonon January 28, 2016   Link

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