Malvina Reynolds: Song Lyrics and Poems  

Run, Run, the Tree Is Falling

Notes: words and music by Malvina Reynolds; copyright 1965 Schroder Music Company, renewed 1993.

Run, run, the tree is falling,
Run, run, the chain saw's at his throat!

Once the redwood's gone
It will not come again,
It will not be a giant
In the history of time.


Once the grove is gone,
The living fern and bush,
It will not house the yellow deer,
It will not bear the thrush.


Once the trees are gone
That drank the heavy rain,
The water-maddened rivers
Will tear the land again.


Once the forest's gone
That was the creature's friend,
We'll never have the wilderness
To reach a healing hand.


Stop the iron teeth
That only know to kill,
That turn the mighty forest
Into corpses at the mill.


Malvina Reynolds songbook(s) in which the music to this song appears:
---- The Muse of Parker Street
---- There's Music in the Air: Songs for the Middle-Young

Malvina Reynolds recording(s) on which this song is performed:
---- [none]

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