"The Wood Thrush\'s Song" as written by and Laurie Lewis....
I walked down the hall where the woods used to stand
Concrete at my feet, brick walls at every hand
And over my head steel girders so strong
Where I first felt the spell of the wood thrush's song

Now the wood thrush has vanished, seeking the place
That's not felt the crush of man's embrace
The steep woods are gone now, and oh, how I long
To again feel the spell of the wood thrush's song

Over my head just a few years ago
The poplar leaves shivered when the breezes did blow
Now the deep hum of engines drowns the soft sigh
Of the wind in the leaves of the few trees nearby

Now the wood thrush has vanished, seeking the place
That's not felt the crush of man's embrace
The steep woods are gone now, and oh, how I long
To again feel the spell of the wood thrush's song

Man is the inventor, the builder, the sage
The writer and seeker of truth by the page
But all of his knowledge can never explain
The deep mystery of the wood thrush refrain

Now the wood thrush has vanished, seeking the place
That's not felt the crush of man's embrace
The steep woods are gone now, and oh, how I long
To again feel the spell of the wood thrush's song

Steep woods are gone now, and oh, how I long
To again feel the spell of the wood thrush's song


Lyrics submitted by mike, edited by forestchild

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    My InterpretationShe's remembering a time when the place she was standing in was in the woods, just nature with nothing manmade about it. And the wood thrush used to sing there. But now the woods have been cut down to make way for buildings and pavement and roads, and the wood thrush has gone away with them. The wood thrush represents everything pure about nature. And the singer is contrasting that purity with all the things people do to "improve" the world for ourselves. She points out that no matter how much we know and seek to understand, no matter how much humans learn and think we know, we will never understand anything as basic and natural as the way a wild bird sings. And now that the woods have been cut down to make way for progress, all she wants is to hear the wood thrush sing again, to have things be how they were before, in a more innocent time.
    forestchildon September 17, 2014   Link

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