I'll grow and grow and grow and grow
Stretch my back up high
Reach my arms out wide and low
Hanging over you, my little one, you can hide here,
Be quiet now, be careful now
You'll climb and climb and climb and climb
'Til you're high enough to meet my eyes
And look out at the evening lights
And see what I see, a vast emptiness, a great loneliness
And I'll say, "There's no one like you, kid"

But seasons change and children age
And don't have time for trees like me
But the moon and I get along
And the winter's not too long, right?
So I'll sleep and sleep and sleep it off
And wake when you return

Then one windy winter's eve
You came walking strong and tall
And chopped me down, limb by limb
And built a fire out of me
And in the fireplace I burned and turned
'Til I was smoke that rose up that old chimney
And I laughed and laughed
"Oh to be free!" I said
And floated up into that vast emptiness
And disappeared


from The Willow & The Builder, released October 10, 2011


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