"Wendell Gee" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
That's when Wendell Gee
Takes a tug upon the string
That held the line of trees
Behind the house he lived in
He was reared to give respect
But somewhere down the line, he chose

To whistle as the wind blows (gonna miss you, boy)
And whistle as the wind blows through the leaves (gonna miss you, boy)

He had a dream one night
That the tree had lost its middle
So he built a trunk of chicken wire
To try to hold it up
But the wire, the wire turned to lizard skin
And when he climbed inside

There wasn't even time to say (gonna miss you, boy)
Goodbye to Wendell Gee (gonna miss you, boy)
So whistle as the wind blows (gonna miss you, boy)
Whistle as the wind blows with me (gonna miss you, boy)

There wasn't even time to say (gonna miss you, boy)
Goodbye to Wendell Gee (gonna miss you, boy)
So whistle as the wind blows (gonna miss you, boy)
And listen as the wind blows through the leaves (gonna miss you, boy)

If the wind were colors (gonna miss you, boy)
And if the air could speak (gonna miss you, boy)
Then whistle as the wind blows (gonna miss you, boy)
And whistle as the wind blows (gonna miss you, boy)


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"Wendell Gee" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    My InterpretationAlthough the song was inspired by a real person, as mentioned by two of the other commenters, I find some of the lyrics to be exceedingly surreal and ill-fitting to be a reference to a physical death.
    In the first verse, Wendell (from the old German Vandal, a tribe name which came to mean perpetration of destruction) tugs a string which *held* the line of trees, implying that the trees are either no longer in line or that the string which held them has snapped. This may be a metaphor for a loss of respect (being ordered in a line, or tethered by a string) for symbols of elder strength (trees). This interpretation is also supported by the next few lines in this verse.
    The second verse starts with a dream of a tree (a symbol of elder strength or authority) losing its "middle" (the source or core of that strength or authority). He builds a wholly artificial core to replace the source of authority, and that core became corrupt (it "turned to lizard skin", which is the skin of a reptile, a common metaphor for a person of shifty, untrustworthy, or cold-blooded morality). Ie., a used car salesman. Climbing inside and losing Wendell Gee has the obvious interpretation of his personality being replaced or entombed in his new philosophy.
    The repeating background lyric of "Gonna miss you, boy" also conveys the loss of a child, not an adult, which fits with the metaphor of a child becoming an adult with thickened skin and a loss of innocent morality.

    In the last verse, two tempting but empty phrases are used to prompt the listener to follow the path of Wendell and "whistle as the wind blows", which is also a common metaphor for loose morals.
    slider142on July 10, 2012   Link

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