Rush mentioned in New York Times profile of Senator Rand Paul

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:07PM

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#40 - Posted 1/31/14 @7:49AM by jupeguy [contact]

It's just f#*king trees talkin' to each other!
#39 - Posted 1/31/14 @7:28AM by jupeguy [contact]

Here's the best take on "The Trees".

#38 - Posted 1/31/14 @1:36AM by hellion1963 [contact]

As I recall the Maples represented the French culture while the oaks represented the English, if you listen to the song from that angle the lyrics make it quite clear . Quebec wanted more control and power to protect their culture. Union = Independent state

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,
And saw...
#37 - Posted 1/30/14 @5:41PM by random_sample [contact]

Not to mention...his interpretation of the song "The Trees" a little out of whack, if I'm not mistaken!
#36 - Posted 1/30/14 @5:40PM by random_sample [contact]

I kinda wish this Rand Paul guy would stop mentioning Rush...because inevitably, dumb people will assume things about Rush and associate Rush with a certain "political" belief...and we all know what kinda trouble the topic of politics can cause.
#35 - Posted 1/30/14 @12:51PM by jaeger [contact]

Conservative? WT...
#34 - Posted 1/30/14 @11:04AM by Homey M Holmes

Yeah, what's up w/ these people, interpreting rock lyrics?
#33 - Posted 1/30/14 @9:12AM by MIkey Z

I get so sick of people interpreting the lyrics to The Trees, and so hopefully Neil's own take on the lyrics will put an end once and for all to the amateur philosophers' meanderings.
He once explained the lyrics as being 'what would happen if trees acted as stupidly as people.'
#32 - Posted 1/30/14 @8:33AM by vaporsdad. [contact]

Ahhh, the beauty of Rush Lyrics, we all get something out of it, yet it is often diverse, if not contrary.
#31 - Posted 1/29/14 @9:33PM by Hill

Uuuggghhh. There is NO place for politics on Rush is a Band.
#30 - Posted 1/29/14 @4:30PM by Most Endangered Species [contact]

#27 - I remember reading that too. For uninformed non-Canadians like me, what was the story about Quebec that related to this song? I know that Quebec has often tried to become an independent country but that's all I really know about that topic.
#29 - Posted 1/29/14 @3:25PM by Lamb Saag [contact]

In 1978, the oaks and maples had not quite been displaced by laminate plank flooring (nor extruded polyvinyl moulding for that matter). Particleboard took over the furniture industry, and even firewood was displaced by compressed wax Duraflame logs...

Now the oaks and maples are screaming "Unemployment!!" and their union pays benefits for job discrimination...

#28 - Posted 1/29/14 @2:56PM by musicofthespheres [contact]

hatchet, axe, and saw I see as layered, like the best NEP lyrics, and even playful. There's also an enviro angle (logging and clearcutting) and a mortality angle (an early and allegorical take on "time if nothing else will do its worst").
#27 - Posted 1/29/14 @2:51PM by hellion1963 [contact]

Duh, I always thought it was about the Quebec's issues with Canada. lol
#26 - Posted 1/29/14 @1:40PM by Most Endangered Species [contact]

#23 - Interesting take and you're free to interpret it in your own way, but I don't interpret the song that way at all. The NYT synopsis is consistent with how I've always understood it. The primary message that I took from this parable of a song is that the so-called "noble law" didn't make the maples any taller. On the whole, it was a net loss for the entire forest. Noting that the song was written during the Cold War, I always viewed The Trees as a rebuke of communism/socialism. Ultimately, communism didn't prevent poverty in countries like Russia, East Germany, or Cuba - it only prevented growth.

The secondary message I took from The Trees, which I'm not too comfortable with, is the implication that some are destined for greater heights than others based on their race, where they were born, or other factors outside one's control. I always figured that was not the intended message, since it seems to run contrary to other themes in Rush songs, and the story of their own career, which suggest that people are limited only by the courage of their own convictions.
#25 - Posted 1/29/14 @1:27PM by jupeguy [contact]

Can we please argue about religion now?
#24 - Posted 1/29/14 @11:13AM by jiminseattle [contact]

Wow, this thread blew up. Any fan of smaller government is someone I am a fan of. Have fun everyone and enjoy this day.
#23 - Posted 1/29/14 @10:27AM by MGRushFan

Once again, the NYT times gets its analysis wrong. If one were to follow their logic, the maples cut down the oaks with hatchet, axe and saw. The point of the song was to say that the maples and oaks both fought eachother, but ultimately they were both "kept equal" by those more powerful then them, namely humans, who wielded hatchet, axe and saw.

I wish the NYT would get out of the analysis business, but hey, their job is basically to keep the status quo going on and on and on. Plus, it's a very elitist, yuppie, hipster worshipping paper. That's what you get of course when the staff is bought off, or in some cases, working directly for the CIA. That is a well documented fact.
#22 - Posted 1/29/14 @10:17AM by Homey M Holmes

#20: Dumbass:noun \ˈdumb-əass\

Oh, never mind....
#21 - Posted 1/29/14 @10:07AM by marty from clayton [contact]

The message of the album 2112 is libertarian, not conservative.
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