"The Trees" as written by Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson...
There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
And they're quite convinced they're right
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade?

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream 'oppression!'
And the oaks, just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
'The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light'
Now there's no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet,
And saw

Lyrics submitted by crackermcnacca, edited by Ronyklee

"The Trees" as written by Alex Lifeson Geddy Lee


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    My InterpretationI think that this song symbolises judgement on what kind of class we are.
    Metaphorically, the oaks symbolise people who are upperclass, and the maples symbolise people who are working/lower class. Neil peart describes the oaks as taking all the sunlight, which I think represents money, the uperclass people get more money just because they are seen as bigger and better.
    He ends the song with 'and the trees are all kept equal, by hatchet, axe and saw.' this shows that, once brought down to the same level, everyone is equal, everyone should have the same rights and not be judged on how much money you earn etc.
    Puckers2811on December 28, 2010   Link

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