A simple and wise reflection on the generosity and interdependence of trees
Words by George Ella Lyon
A deceptively simple but exquisitely wise song about giving, receiving and interdependence. At the center of it all are the cello and piano, two of the most graceful instruments ever crafted of wood.
In the choral version of Tree Song a whimsical list of trees forms a vocal counterpoint to George Ella Lyons’ poem, creating a sense of playfulness and delight.
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As a tree gives
so it receives:
rain and sun
from the sky.
and its crown
summer and fall:
home for many,
shelter for all.
Peach, plum, pear, prune, pine,
Maclura, mahogany, mangrove,
Cedar, cinnamon, willow, cocobolo,
Kahikatea, Cacao, coffee, cashew,
Camilla, cherry, catalpa,
Olive and chinaberry,
Chokecherry, mulberry, loblolly bay,
Linden, laurel, lilac, larch,
Juniper, joshua, jellyfish, bo,
Bottletree, baobab, bunya-bunya.
George Ella Lyon
© 2009 by George Ella Lyon. Reprinted by permission of the poet
Premiere: Twin Cities Women‘s Choir / Mary Bussman (Minneapolis, MN)
Bella Voce Singers / Jessica Corbin (Brooklyn, NY)
Premiere: Ruth MacKenzie and Elizabeth Alexader. Harmony for Mayo (Rochester and Minneapolis, MN)