Giant Silent Redwood

(Tree of Ages)

@1996 Dan Scanlan

(Written to help preserve the Headwaters Forest. Best sung while protesting
with others and while being arrested.)

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CHORUS

Giant Silent Redwood tell me what you know
Giant Silent Redwood tell me what you know
Stand and tell me what you know.

Antony and Cleopatra kissed upon the Nile
You stood there Giant Redwood,
Tell me, did they smile?
Tell me, did they smile?

When Jesus was a young man walking on the sand
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how He ran
Tell me how He ran.

The ancient Mayan people built a pyramid
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me what they did
Tell me what they did

A craftsman down in China, made the first compass
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me what it was
Tell me what it was.

Mohammed had a vision high atop Hira
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me what he saw
Tell me what he saw.

The Hindu wrote of number, the power and the root
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me all the Truth
Tell me all the Truth.

The first church bell rang its note in Rome
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me more of home
Tell me more of home.

Monk called Venerable Bede set the calendar date
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how to wait
Tell me how to wait.

When Arizona Indians built homes atop the soil
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me of their toil
Tell me of their toil

King Duncan the Scot fell to Macbeth's knife
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me of hard strife
Tell me of hard strife

Marco Polo walked to China, worked for Kublai Khan
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how to move on
Tell me how to move on

Johann Gutenberg inked his printing press
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me was it blessed
Tell me was it blessed

Amerigo Vespucci, Christopher Columbus
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me are they us
Tell me are they us

St. Joan of Arc held hard to her thought
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how she fought
Tell me how she fought

Galileo found the rhythm, swinging pendulum
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how to drum
Tell me how to drum

René Descartes said "Je pense, donc je suis"
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me what's "to be"
Tell me what's "to be"

Shakespeare the Bard penned "Measure for Measure"
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me your treasure
Tell me your treasure

The Bill of Rights secured precious Liberty
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how to free
Tell me how to free

Darwin found a thread, weaves its way through time
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me of the rhyme
Tell me of the rhyme

The captain of a slave ship wrote "Amazing Grace"
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how to praise
Tell me how to praise

By, of and for the people, Lincoln made a speech
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how to teach
Tell me how to teach

The Irish potato famine moved my dad's dad's dad
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me all he had
Tell me all he had

The Manifest Destiny scratched hard at your being
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me what I'm seeing
Tell me what I'm seeing

Samuel F. B. Morse sent code down a wire
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me of dot fire
Tell me of dot fire

Thomas Alva Edison lit up a global light
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me of the night
Tell me of the night

A Portuguese sailor made the ukulele
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how to glee
Tell me how to glee

Sigmund Freud he taught we're not always what we seem
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how you dream
Tell me how you dream

Enola Gay took flight and dropped the atom bomb
You stood there Giant Redwood
Tell me how to calm
Tell me how to calm

Loggers in the woods got their eye on you
You stand yet Giant Redwood
Tell me what to do
Tell me what to do.
You stand yet Giant Redwood
Tell me what to do
Tell me what to do


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