The Tree
Chi Coltrane Lyrics


I took my troubles to the tree
Hoping I could find m way to peace
I didn't know where my life would lead
So I took my troubles to the tree
I told my story to the breeze
When no one seemed to listen to me
And like the breeze I now am free
Since I told my story to the breeze

Well, I laid me down in the sun
It's warmth and I became one
And I missed the sun when the day was done
He was such a friend to me the sun
Oh yeah—

This world can't give me any peace
It seems that love will never really be
And my troubled mind must find release
So I sat me down beneath the tree

Well, I laid me down in the sun
It's warmth and I became as one
And I missed the sun when the day was done
He was such a friend to me the sun-
Oh yeah—

I took my troubles to the tree
And God's own son looked down on me
All I know is I was blind and now I see
Since I took my troubles to the tree
And I believe we all can find the way to peace
If we take our troubles to the tree

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Comments from YouTube:

dragonfly5372

Music, days gone by, how they fly, your lyrics Chi are in my blood, I listend to you back in the 70's and now as well, your voice is unique and your sound is joyful as well as angelic. My heart was broken at one time and your music helped me heal. Turn me around , and The tree are 2 of my favorites. There used to be a large old oak tree in our backyard where I would pray and meditate , and the song The tree was MY SONG... love and peace to all...

Christine Fiocchi

 When I was young, I listened to Chi Coltrane when I traveled on buses staring out the window, feeling grief or daydreaming...but whatever state I WAS in, her music and lyrics saved me from depression. I love her and she is a genius! ..John Fiocchi

M.F. Van der Werf

This is beautiful... and ... very emotional.

Judith Hand

Oh, yeah.....I relate to the comments of all below, on this one going back 4, 8 and 2 years ago. Blessings & so many thanks, Chi!

Leo Tridentum

I got this album in the mid-70's and recognized the meaning of "the Tree" right away due to my Catholic upbringing and just stumbling across the songs here tonight, I rediscovered Chi Coltrane's beautiful and uplifting voice. What a beautiful song! "And God's own Son looked down on me..." Beautiful!

Stassijns Machteld

This is such a beautiful song and a wise lesson for all of us Christians--take your torubles to the cross. In evangelical parlance "tree" means "cross", doesn't it.

Judith Hand

@Leo Tridentum And you are the one that comes up with such wonderful videos along with Chi's songs! Thank you, brother Leo...

Leo Tridentum

Indeed it does! I bought this album because I noticed the songs "The Tree" and "Go Like Elijah". I was in the seminary studying for the priesthood and there was a tree in the distance on the grounds where I used to pray. So for me, this song has a special meaning of where I used to "meet" God and also the Cross upon which all my hopes are placed. Thank you for your message and God bless us all!

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