When I Fall


June 22, 2002


<verse>
i'm only a tree, a piece of forest
not the tallest, not the shortest
standing straight among the rest
never an oak, but i do my best

stood strong all year, grew a ring
hug the breeze, wish i could sing
lost the leaves from my kelly crown
my branches clutter the mossy ground

<chorus>
still i'm special in this average place
a couple saplings grow in my space
they're growing fast, sturdy, tall
to take my place when i fall

<verse>
i protect them from the wind and ice
i pray for them this is paradise
all too soon, the world they'll see
to discover what is responsibility

they'll hold hammocks or tire swings
or grow saplings with a million rings
but neither will be an ordinary tree
they'll be special just like me

<chorus>
i'm special in this average place
a couple saplings grow in my space
they're growing fast, sturdy, tall
to take my place when i fall

<bridge>
when i fall the sky will open
the finches and sparrows will move along
they'll settle in some younger tree
continuing on with their song

<chorus>
i think i'm special in this place
a couple saplings grow in my space
they're growing fast, sturdy, tall
they'll take my place when i fall


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