If a Tree Falls Lyrics

Bruce Cockburn


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Bruce Cockburn
album: Track 10 in album Big Circumstance
release date: 1988
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length: 5:45
engineer: John Naslen
producer: Jon Goldsmith
composer: Bruce Cockburn
lyricist: Bruce Cockburn

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?

Track Listing

  • 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