"Cedar Tree" as written by and Amy Elizabeth Ray....
You dug a well
You dug it deep
For every wife you buried
You planted a cedar tree
The best
The best you ever had

I stand where you stood
I stand for bad or good
And I am green and you are wood
The best
The best he ever had

I dig a well
I dig it deep
And for my only love
I plant a cedar tree
The best
The best we ever had

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"Cedar Tree" as written by Amy Elizabeth Ray

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    General CommentI think this song is about different perspectives of dealing with losses. There story is quite simple - a man who's wife (possibly, wives) dies and he buries her and plants a cedar tree above her grave. The three perspectives are the outsider's, the tree's, and the man's. Only one line doesn't change, but this line means something else every time.
    The first perspective is the outsider, and it is judgemental:
    "You dug a well, you dug it deep" - you don't need to dig a well to plant a tree, or to bury someone. Digging a well to bury someone means you have something to hide, especially if you dig it deep. "For every wife you bury, you planted a cedar tree-" that is also a cold judgement of the events - a woman dies, you plant a tree: like a machine, like something emotionless. "The best you ever had" in this meaning is to blame. This verse is blaming, judging the man for the death(s) of his wife.
    The second perspective is the tree's: "I stand where you stood" - I'm here because you want to remember this woman who died. "I stand for bad or good," - you want to remember her forever, because I will always stand here. "I am green and you are wood" - you and me are exactly the same. "The best he ever had" - I am the most loving act you can make for you deceased wife - you cherish her memory through me. The tree's perspective is all-knowing and all-seeing: The tree sees both into the man's soul and has the grand understanding of events.
    The last perspective is the man, and he is, of course, crushed: Just like the first speaker, he blames himself for his wife's death, when he again repeats the well's metaphor. But he also knows it is "for my only love." wether he had one or two wives buried, this is his view, which is romantic, loving and passionate - this was his only love, he will never love another. "The best we ever had," in this point of view, means the best he can do for her - he feels helpless and mourning.
    In the final verse, it also becomes clear the most objective, the most beautiful and the most true perspective is not the perspective of any live people, but that of a tree, that sees all and knows the act of planting it for what it really is - the most noble act the man could have done.
    P_Leaon September 13, 2007   Link

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