Wednesday, January 31, 2024

500 little redwood trees

(Sister Julie of Starcross Community)


Van Morrison lyrics:

Oh redwood tree
Please let us under
When we were young we used to go
Under the redwood tree
And it smells like rain
Maybe even thunder
Won't you keep us from all harm
Wonderful redwood tree

From Wiki:

In April 1971 Morrison and his family moved to Marin County, California, before he recorded his previous album, Tupelo Honey.  Their new home was on the side of a hill in rural countryside close to San Francisco, with redwood trees nearby.

"Redwood Tree" is a song of reconciliation, which seems to graft Van's Belfast childhood onto California, where redwoods actually grow, "Keep us from all harm", an invocation to the spirit of the ancient wood.
(Brian Hinton)


Could that song have inspired the creation of the largest redwood forest outside of the United States"


Having grown up in the company of redwood trees, not all that far south of where Van Morrison and his family lived in 1971, I'm delighted to learn that Van Morrison, too, experienced redwood trees as protectors.  My request to my family and friends is that my ashes be placed at the base of a local coast redwood tree, one of very few in this part of the world and dear to me.


Peregrino said...

“Having grown up in the company of redwood trees…” What a good way of describing our familial relationship with trees.

Anonymous said...

I grew up in New Jersey and moved to California when I graduated high school. I will always remember the first time I walked in a redwood forest. That hushed silence of ancient magnificent beauty was truly breathtaking. (NewRobin13)

Colette said...

I imagine trees to be a bit magical, a bit sentient. I have not spent time with redwood trees, however.