Boy and his dog
Went out looking for the rainbow
You know what did they learn
Since that very day

Walking by the river
And running like a blue streak
Through the fields of streams and meadows
Laughing all the way

Oh redwood tree
Please let us under
When we were young we used to go
Under the redwood tree

And it smells like rain
Maybe even thunder
Won't you keep us from all harm
Wonderful redwood tree

And a boy and his father
Went out, went out looking for the lost dog
You know what oh haven't they learned
Since they did that together
They did not bring him back
He already had departed
But look at everything they have learned
Since that, since that very day

Oh redwood tree
Please let us under
When we were young we used to go
Under the redwood tree

And it smells like rain
Maybe even thunder
Won't you keep us from all harm
Wonderful redwood tree


Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira, edited by JGiannico

Redwood Tree Lyrics as written by Van Morrison

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Redwood Tree song meanings
Add Your Thoughts

3 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    Song Meaning

    it's about the relationship between father and son. if you were lucky, as a boy you had a dog and he was your companion wherever you went... in this case out running through the streams and meadows... "laughing all the way". then the rains and thunder came and they got caught in it and separated. the boy returns with his father searching... "what haven't they learned since they did that together"? they never learned what it's like to share in such a loss, BUT "since that very day"... the experience has taught them (as father and son) many things. the redwood tree i believe is metaphoric, it represents shelter from physical (rain and thunder) and emotional harm ("he already had departed", i believe the dog died). this is my favorite of his songs and it's a relatively obscure work amongst the hundreds of his writings.

    ekahiwayon July 19, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    Probabbly not the real meaning, just an out of context insight by a firend of mine about the chorus: The redwood tree represents religion, as a shelter during crisis. The first two lines of the chorus represent prayer, asking one's god for help. The next say that religion has always been their for minor problems (when we were young - simplicity of youth). The next 2 describe an impending crisis (A tree will shelter you in the sun, and in light rain, but in heavy rain it would be no good). The next two lines are, despite this, turning to it as if it were the be all and end all of problems

    Basically, religion is useful for life's challenges, but not as useful during a major crisis

    Neptune2004on November 26, 2004   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    Well, in my oppinion it seems that most of St. Dominic's Preview album is about san francisco and other parts of california. Van was astounded by the beauty of the noble redwood tree's, unlike anyhting he had ever seen before, and (this being the days of the early 70's) did alot of hanging around in the woods with these tree's. The song to me is how important a sentimental object can be to a life, but after that life is over, the object will remain. I dont know, but the part about cali is true=)

    lunchbox90857on January 25, 2005   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

More Featured Meanings

Album art
I Can't Go To Sleep
Wu-Tang Clan
This song is written as the perspective of the boys in the street, as a whole, and what path they are going to choose as they get older and grow into men. (This is why the music video takes place in an orphanage.) The seen, and unseen collective suffering is imbedded in the boys’ mind, consciously or subconsciously, and is haunting them. Which path will the boys choose? Issac Hayes is the voice of reason, maybe God, the angel on his shoulder, or the voice of his forefathers from beyond the grave who can see the big picture and are pleading with the boys not to continue the violence and pattern of killing their brothers, but to rise above. The most beautiful song and has so many levels. Racism towards African Americans in America would not exist if everyone sat down and listened to this song and understood the history behind the words. The power, fear, pleading in RZA and Ghostface voices are genuine and powerful. Issac Hayes’ strong voice makes the perfect strong father figure, who is possibly from beyond the grave.
Album art
Just A Little Lovin'
Dusty Springfield
I don't think it's necessarily about sex. It's about wanting to start the day with some love and affection. Maybe a warm cuddle. I'm not alone in interpreting it that way! For example: "'Just a Little Lovin’ is a timeless country song originally recorded by Eddy Arnold in 1954. The song, written by Eddie Miller and Jimmy Campbell, explores the delicate nuances of love and showcases Arnold’s emotive vocals. It delves into the universal theme of love and how even the smallest gesture of affection can have a profound impact on our lives." https://oldtimemusic.com/the-meaning-behind-the-song-just-a-little-lovin-by-eddy-arnold/
Album art
Head > Heels
Ed Sheeran
“Head > Heels” is a track that aims to capture what it feels like to experience romance that exceeds expectations. Ed Sheeran dedicates his album outro to a lover who has blessed him with a unique experience that he seeks to describe through the song’s nuanced lyrics.
Album art
Amazing
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran tells a story of unsuccessfully trying to feel “Amazing.” This track is about the being weighed down by emotional stress despite valiant attempts to find some positivity in the situation. This track was written by Ed Sheeran from the perspective of his friend. From the track, we see this person fall deeper into the negative thoughts and slide further down the path of mental torment with every lyric.
Album art
Midnight
Ed Sheeran
“Midnight” is a song about finding a love that is so true that it provides a calming feeling through every storm. Ed Sheeran reflects on his good fortunes in landing someone with such peace and support and speaks of not fearing the dark days because he knows they’ll all end in the safety nets of her arms. “Well, good morning there / What a way to start the day / With everything laid bare,” Ed Sheeran sings in the first verse, enthusiastic to be waking up beside his woman. He apologizes for missing her calls in the second verse and promises to return them because for him, speaking to her is the most important thing. “Well, I get lost inside my head / In this chaos, you’re my calm / And I will find my feet again / ‘Cause еven the worst days of my life will always еnd / At midnight in your arms,” sings Ed Sheeran in the chorus, revelling in his good luck.