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Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart

"Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart" is the first track on our EARTH album. It's a song about the life cycle of a tree, and it's also about impermanence and how everything changes. And it's about how when we get really quiet and listen, we can hear the wisdom of nature and the universe speaking (singing!) to us. We hope you'll dance along!

Lyrics:

VERSE 1

When you were a tiny seed

Mother Earth met all your needs

So you put down roots, uncurled a sprout

And poked your tiny head right out

 

VERSE 2

You stretched and strained to find the light

Sometimes left, and sometimes right

And you spread your arms as if to fly

Hugging earth and kissing sky 

 

CHORUS

Keep a green tree in your heart

And maybe the singing bird will come

And when she comes you better love her well

Oh the stories she can tell

 

VERSE 3

You drank the rain, danced in the breeze

Caught the sunlight with your leaves

And performed a magic alchemy

To purify the air we breathe

 

VERSE 4

You grew up strong and fine and true

Your story there in the shape of you

And you shared your heart with the honey bee

And all the singing birds like me

 

CHORUS

Keep a green tree in your heart

And maybe the singing bird will come

And when she comes you better love her well

Oh the stories she can tell

 

VERSE 5

Now seasons come, and seasons go

You listen, breathe, watch and know

Make a tiny seed, give it to the ground

And the circle of life goes round and round

 

VERSE 6

And when you’ve grown up wise and old

Your work all done, your story told

You’ll fall back down to where you came from

I will hear you, I will come

 

CHORUS

Keep a green tree in your heart

And maybe the singing bird will come

And when she comes you better love her well

Oh the stories she can tell

 

(Green tree...singing bird...love her

Green tree...littlest bird...love her

Green tree...singing bird...love her)

Coming soon!

Printables + Activities:

Please note: If you'd like the song in a different key, let me know via email and I'll be happy to send it to you!

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These sheet music downloads are freely offered, but if you're moved to offer a donation to support my work, please use the button below. Thank you!

Lead Sheets + Charts:

Videos + Dance Moves:

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Credits:

​Copyright 2007 Charity Kahn

Music & lyrics composed by Charity Kahn

Released April 22, 2016 as Track #1 on the "Charity and the JAMband" album EARTH


Vocals: Charity Kahn
Mountain dulcimer and guitar: Daryn Roven

Bass: Paul Lamb

Percussion: Charity and Daryn

Engineered, mixed & mastered by Daryn Roven at Studio Trilogy and The Raindrop 

Production: Daryn + Charity

Artwork and graphic design: Charity

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