Four New Trees


Hail and Farewell, Gothenburg




the Mountain Goats



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Four New Trees is the third song on the unreleased album Hail and Farewell, Gothenburg.


The first new tree is tall and good
It gives hard dark brown burning wood
When winter comes it stands right outside
With its blossom-laden arms spread wide

The second new tree gives out sweet sticky fruit
And it took a long time to take root
Sometimes we thought it had given up the spirit
But now it makes me happy when I'm just standing near it

The third new tree stands just west of the barn
Its best branch is no thicker than my arm
I will water him everyday
And I will chase all the termites away

But the fourth new tree is my enemy
Yeah the fourth new tree shouldn't be here
The fourth new tree 
Sets its tendrils through the water mains and tries to poison me
His leaves are thick, and always falling, and pure

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