"Tree by the River" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
Mary Anne, do you remember
The tree by the river
When we were seventeen?

Dark canyon wall, the call and the answer
And the mare in the pasture
Pitch black and baring its teeth.

I recall the sun in our faces,
Stuck and leaning on braces,
And being strangers to change.

Radio and the bones we found frozen,
And all the thorns and the roses
Beneath your window pane.

Now I'm asleep in a car, I mean the world?
To a potty-mouth girl,
A pretty pair of blue-eyed birds.

Time isn't kind or unkind, you liked to say.
But I wonder to who
What it is you're saying today.

Now I'm asleep in a car, I mean the world
To a potty-mouth girl,
A pretty pair of blue-eyed birds.

Time isn't kind or unkind, you liked to say.
But I wonder to who
What it is you're saying today.

Mary Anne, do you remember
The tree by the river
When we were seventeen?

Dark canyon road, I was coy in the half-moon
Happy just to be with you,
And you were happy for me.


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"Tree by the River" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General CommentAs "noiamnotwhereibelong" stated, the surface meaning is very clear for this song... but the imagery and the beauty of the relationship the speaker & "Mary Anne" had just makes me reminisce on my first love. So much beauty there.

    Most of the song just mentions little things that only those two would know the real meaning behind. He mentions in an interview that the lyric "and all the thorns and the roses" is a reference to the good and the bad being there in one place.

    "Time isn't kind or unkind," you liked to say
    But I wonder to who
    And what it is you're saying today.

    ^ this is my favourite line, by far. Everyone has that one person they remember & wonder what they're up to. Such a beautiful song. In the same interview, Sam mentions that it took him almost 10 years to write this song because he wanted to avoid it being too "saccharine" or "sappy". I am so glad he put those moments into this song... it shows.
    jasugaron January 26, 2011   Link

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