Rush Reboot – The Trees (1979)

The song Trees from the album Hemispheres

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

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  1. Did you ever see the episode of King of The Hill where Bobby fell in with those Dungeons and Dragons-obsessed twenty-something, self-styled magicians who hung out in their mom’s basement? When Bobby first goes down to their basement, the guys are sitting around playing with Tarot cards and the song on the stereo is The Trees. That was subtly brilliant because even though Rush is my favorite band of all time, they also tend to appeal to those guys — you know the guys — the ones that play Dungeons and Dragons in their parents’ basement and fancy themselves wizards.

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    1. I never watched a lot of KotH. Have you ever seen the movie SLC Punk? The two main characters were friends at an early age, and there is a scene is a basement with a D&D game and 2112 is playing. I unashamedly admit to being one of those guys who played. Although I never fancied us as anything but gamers, and you can’t have basements in New Orleans. They would be pools where I grew up. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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      1. I remember that scene from SLC Punk. And I would almost certainly have also been one of those D&D kids if it weren’t for the fact that I was already well on my way to being a drunk extraordinaire at that age, so the lack of alcohol at my friends’ gaming gatherings was enough to make me seek entertainment elsewhere.

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      2. The great thing about this is that I was both (a) the gaming geek, and (b) the drunk. I was the storyteller, so I hosted the games, created the stories, and drank like a fish while doing so. Win/Win/Win. ๐Ÿ˜‚

        What’s even better? I’m still the gamemaster with the beer. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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