A Crooked Tree Stands Naked

Driving down a back road the other day, I spied this tree and immediately (if not sooner) was reminded of a song by the Gainesville, FL  band, Sister Hazel.

The song has a nice, philosophical spin to it.

Photo by RJV on iPhone6s,

A crooked chimney standin’ in the middle of a field
Once surrounded by the walls of work
By laughter and by love
The sound of children playin’
And the sound of people sayin’
I love you, yeah you

A crooked tree stands naked near the center of the field
Barely rooted in the browns and greys
Of earth that once was green
A place long since forgotten
In a world of yesterday
Except by me, yeah me

And oh, whose plan was this anyway
And I never thought he would want it to be that way

It once was beautiful right here
It still is beautiful in here
You once were beautiful
I hear, I hear it can be beautiful
Just remember

A twisted little image in your perfect little world
Of the chapter where it’d all begun
About a song already sung
Burnt around the edges
Nearly faded, nearly gone
Even you, yeah you

A shiny building standing in the center of today
Where indifferent people go to work
Go about their day
Knowing they’ve forgotten
In a most convenient way
Yesterday, away

And oh, whose plan was this anyway
And I never thought he would want it to be that way

It once was beautiful right here
It still is beautiful in here
You once were beautiful
I hear, I hear it can be beautiful
Just remember

Oh, whose plan was this anyway
And I never thought he would want it to be that way

It once was beautiful right here
It still is beautiful in here
You once were beautiful
I hear, I hear it can be beautiful
Just remember

It once was beautiful right here
It still is beautiful in here
You once were beautiful
I hear, I hear it can be beautiful
Just remember

The song, performed live, starting with some nifty, slide guitar work by Ryan Newell.

Just remember.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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5 Responses to A Crooked Tree Stands Naked

  1. Jim Borden says:

    great opening and great lyrics. singer sounds a little like Jethro Tull…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Melancholy words. Off to listen now.

    Liked by 1 person

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