If a Tree Falls Lyrics

Bruce Cockburn


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Bruce Cockburn
album: Track 1 in album Big Circumstance
release date: 1988
popularity : 12 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Country
length: 5:45
producer: Jon Goldsmith
engineer: John Naslen
composer: Bruce Cockburn
lyricist: Bruce Cockburn

Cover Art

Bruce Cockburn Big Circumstance cover art
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Rain forest
Mist and mystery
Teeming green
Green brain facing labotomy
Climate control centre for the world
Ancient cord of coexistence
Hacked by parasitic greedhead scam
From Sarawak to Amazonas
Costa Rica to mangy B.C. hills
Cortege rhythm of falling timber.

What kind of currency grows in these new deserts,
These brand new flood plains?

If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
Anybody hear the forest fall?

Cut and move on
Cut and move on
Take out trees
Take out wildlife at a rate of species every single day
Take out people who've lived with this for 100,000 years
Inject a billion burgers worth of beef
Grain eaters, methane dispensers.

Through thinning ozone,
Waves fall on wrinkled earth
Gravity, light, ancient refuse of stars,
Speak of a drowning
But this, this is something other.
Busy monster eats dark holes in the spirit world
Where wild things have to go
To disappear
Forever

If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
Anybody hear the forest fall?

If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?
Anybody hear the forest fall?

(If a tree falls in the forest)
(If a tree falls in the forest)


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 If a Tree Falls
  • 2 Shipwrecked at the Stable Door
  • 3 Gospel of Bondage
  • 4 Don't Feel Your Touch
  • 5 Tibetan Side of Town
  • 6 Understanding Nothing
  • 7 Where the Death Squad Lives
  • 8 Radium Rain
  • 9 Pangs of Love
  • 10 The Gift
  • 11 Anything Can Happen