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Tall Timber Lyrics Meanings
by Skyhooks


Tall Timber Lyrics

They built this house from tall timber
Cut it down in the mountain air
Building dreams in the city
Kept on going till the hills were bare
Came along with their axes
Brought their trucks and chainsaws too
And they cut down all that tall tall timber
Tall timber for me and you

She was a young girl she was a hero
Stood on the stage and the people cheered
But the critics cut her down to zero
Because she sang the words that they all feared
And they came with their axes
Brought their knives and opinions too
And they cut her down like tall tall timber
Tall timber in the mountain dew

Please don't cut down tall timber
Let it grow tall straight and true
In this world we need tall tall timber
Tall timber like me and you

He was a young man with a dream
To bring freedom to his land
Shared his voice with his brothers
In those Chinese streets he made a stand
And they came with their soldiers
Brought their tanks and machine guns too
And they cut down all that tall tall timber
Tall timber like me and you Please don't cut down tall timber
Let it grow tall straight and true
In this world we need tall tall timber
Tall timber like me and you

The redgum and the kauri
The eucalypt and pine
The poets and the painters
Thinkers of the time
Don't cut down the timber
Or we'll be forever poor
Don't kill off our heroes
Or we'll never win the war

Now the sun's so strong that it burns my eyes
And the air's so bad that I can't breathe
The winter's warmer and the summer's hotter
I drive for miles and I don't see trees
And they came with their axes
Brought their knives and chainsaws too
And they cut down all that tall tall timber
Tall timber in the mountain dew

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I am guessing this is both a political and environmental song. Certain parts of the song are very easy to interpret correctly. "Building dreams in the city. Kept on going till the hills were bare." Back around this time there was a lot of logging and protests to logging happening, especially around 1982 with the Franklin River in Tasmania. "She was a young girl, she was a hero. Stood on the stage, the people cheered. But the critics cut her down to zero. Because she sang the words that they all feared." I have no idea who this references to, anyone got any ideas? "He was a young man with a dream. To bring freedom to his land. Shared his voice with his brothers. In those Chinese streets he made a stand." Has to be a direct reference to 'Tiananmen Square' protests of 1989 in China.

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