From the recording Songs For Trees

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17_The Man Who Planted Trees

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Norine Braun Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Adam Popowitz Bass, Lead Guitar
Elliot Polsky Drums and Percussion
Alice Fraser Keys (Organ, Synth, Piano)

Produced by Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Song and Sound

Words and Music by Norine Braun
Mixed and Mastered at Rear Window Song and Sound


Desolation on a walking tour
A young man set out
Abandoned old dusty ruins
No water and no hope

Far away on the smoky land
A shepherd digging holes
Sheep lay on baking ground
The old man waves him close

The shepherd he barely spoke a word

Shared his grief and planting ten thousand oaks

Young man leaves to fight a war
In 5 years he returns

Yearning to breathe again

He thinks the old man long gone

Mountains now a carpet green
With oak, beech and streams
Finds old shepherd tending bees
Rebirth from his scattered seeds

The shepherd no longer speaks a word

A life lived in solitude unheard

Land thought devoid of hope has returned

With his unselfish hands an unselfish soul he has earned
A place among the gods
He’s the man who planted trees …