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To: butterdezillion

When an incidence of (media-hyped) racism occurs, I often think of this song, and our approach, as a nation, to the last lines of the song.

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they’re quite convinced they’re right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream ‘Oppression!’
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
‘The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light’
Now there’s no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw

RUSH - The Trees

22 posted on 08/24/2012 9:49:12 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (RED NECK KUNG FU by Corn Fuschas)
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To: UCANSEE2; 21twelve

Loved that song. Always did! Quoted it myself again and again. Back in the day, we understood it to be a criticism of communism. Later, the band seemed to back away from that meaning. (Pinging someone else who might be a fan.)

29 posted on 08/25/2012 12:14:38 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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