Two Trees

from by Hiram Ring

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Father’s a builder, he built his house of wood.
And when he finished, he said that it was good.
And he made there a garden, planted there a seed
which in time would grow to a tree.

Father’s a farmer, he sowed his field with grain.
He started out early, knowing it would rain.
And the rain promised harvest, growth where he had tilled,
so he’d need more workers for the field.

And the tree grew high
and the grain grew tall
and we know that pride comes before the fall.
And the tree grew tall
and the grain grew high
and when winter comes some things have to die.
And a storm came in and brought down the rotting tree,
so that dust was all that it would ever be.

Father’s a gardener, he picked a single fruit.
The brightest and sweetest, where on the tree it grew.
When its flesh he had tasted, he placed it in the ground,
where it grew, so that hope may be found.

And the tree grew high
and the grass grew tall
and the springtime came to renew it all.
And the tree grew tall
and the grass grew high
and the summer came with a warming sigh.
And the heat it came to wither life away,
but the tree covered all with its shade.

Father’s a builder, he builds with living wood.


from Home, released February 26, 2013



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Hiram Ring Lancaster

Hiram was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. A globe-trotting musician, his music has been compared to a mixture of Jack Johnson and Bob Dylan. He moved to Singapore in 2010 and is currently working on a PhD in Linguistics, documenting an unwritten language in India. ... more

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