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" is a song by progressive rock band Rush
Rush is a Canadian rock band formed in August 1968, in the Willowdale neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario. The band is composed of bassist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer and lyricist Neil Peart...
from their 1978 album Hemispheres
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. The song is also featured on many of Rush's compilation albums and has been a perennial fan favorite of the band's live shows. On the live album Exit...Stage Left
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, the short instrumental "Broon's Bane" is performed as a short classical guitar introduction to the song.
Despite claims that the song addresses political
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issues, Neil Peart has remarked that there is no hidden meaning to the song, and that the inspiration for penning it simply came from a humorous comic strip he read which depicted trees arguing like people.
In other media
- The song is featured in an episode of King of the Hill
King of the Hill is an American animated dramedy series created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010, on Fox network. It centers on the Hills, a working-class Methodist family in the fictional small town of Arlen, Texas...
titled, "The Witches of East Arlen."
- The song is featured in the film SLC Punk.
- Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine
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covered the song for their 2006 Christmas
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album Silent Nightclub.
- A vault edition of "The Trees" is a playable song in Rock Band 2
Rock Band 2 is a music video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems. It is the sequel to Rock Band and is the second title in the series. The game allows up to four players to simulate the performance of popular songs by playing with controllers modeled after musical instruments...
and also Rock Band Unplugged
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