Up here in my tree yeah...
Newspapers meant enough to me yeah...no...
No more crowbars to my head yeah...
I'm trading stories with the leaves instead yeah...
Wave to all my friends yeah...
They don't seem to notice me no...
All their eyes trained on the street yo oh...
Sidewalk cigarettes and scenes yeah...yeah...
Up here so high I start to escape
Up here so high the sky I scrape
I'm so high I hold just one breath here within my chest
Just like innocence...
I remember him, yeah...
I swore I knew everything, oh yeah...
They say knowledge is a dream, yeah...
He's growing up just like me, yeah...
I'm so light, the wind he shakes
I'm so high, the sky I scrape, yeah...
I'm so light I hold just one breath and go back to my nest
Sleep with innocence...
Up here so high, the bars they break...
Up here so high, the sky I scrape...
Had my eyes peeled both wide open, and I got a glimpse...
Of my innocence...got back my innocence...
Baby, got it...still got it...

Lyrics submitted by Trent

"In My Tree" as written by Jack Irons Eddie Vedder

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  • +5
    General CommentI see it as a metaphor of some sort...not sure exactly...but it's Eddie's way of confronting loneliness, abandonement, isolation, etc. Is it just me or is No Code one of the most underrated albums of all time??!
    DeathRockBoyon July 03, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI always took the meaning of song to be that Eddie, becoming so sick of the media and people's expectations of him, retreats to a place (in his mind, or otherwise) where he can feel completely isolated, safe and above all happy. It's, metaphorically, his tree where he can look about and see everything from up high, and it's all so much simpler. His friends all keep there heads down and are stuck in the real world, so he can't be with them for those few moments where he retreats and feels "innocent" all over again.

    It's just basically about escapism and the precious moments we can have to ourselves.
    LeftHandedGuitariston May 11, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe song to me is about taking a look at the world from a safe place. the world seems more peaceful when you see it from a distance. just relaxing and enjoying life, or taking time out to just relax a bit, and enjoy the company around you. you can see what a good person you are if you give yourself a chance.
    In-My-Treeon September 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song has some different levels of meaning
    1 hes just stoned "i'm so high i hold this one breath deep within my chest"
    2 hes grown in a way that people dont notice/understand "i wave to all my friends, they dont seem to notice me" " "knowledge is a tree. its growing up just like me"
    3 hes somehow regressed "i caught a glimpse of my innocense, i got my innocense, still got it" "i go back to my nest, sleep in innocense"
    4 hes broken free of everyday constraints and has found some peace "newspapers matter not to me. no more crowbars to my head. im trading stories with the leaves instead"
    personally, i think the song is about some expereince that encompassed all of those things for eddie
    PJ10on April 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes, deathrockboy, no code is seriously underrated. its hard for me to say i have a favorite pj song, but if i did say that, it would have to be this song. i dont even want to speculate on what it means. i dont want to try to define the emotions it makes me feel. its just that good.
    Arcadiaon October 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree completely with all of you who think this is PJ's most under-rated album. It's probably my favorite one and this is my favorite PJ song of all-time. Although I think it's about how Eddie was dealing with all of the problems that come with fame and success, it has a lot of personal meaning for me, too.
    cdconnon February 19, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that this song and this album are mainly about simplicity and the beauty of nature.
    The narrator likes the view from being in hte tree, and now that he is up there he is made happier and happier at his distance from "society" and his nearness to that which is real and beautiful...Nature

    While I dont think that this song is drug inspired, I do get reminded of my younger, "more carefree" days when I hear it.
    A friend of mine who had a party house that was full everynight would sometimes take large quantities of acid and go down to the park down the road and climb this huge pine tree. We would do this in the summer or the winter, dusk or dawn. I am terribly afraid of heights but would find myself 30 feet off the ground in this big tree, feeling safe, watching cars go by, watching people walk their dogs and shovel their sidewalks....it was very peaceful up there and we would sway in the breeze for hours and not even speak.
    That is what this song means to me.
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about that girl who lived in the tree
    AnUrgentHaircuton March 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about that girl who lived in the tree--Julia Rainbow something or other, I forget her name. Anyway, she was big in the news for a bit.
    AnUrgentHaircuton March 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like PJ10's 2nd meaning. It sounds like the person is how he or she is and no one else has the same beliefs. It reminds me of a girl I like and how she wants to fool around but has a boyfriend. and doesnt want to leave him =(
    markoon May 24, 2002   Link

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