‚ÄčSusan L. Lipson, Author & Writing Teacher

  • Dance of the Trees (Lainey & Chase)0:00
  • If Everyone Lived Like Tree0:00
"Dance of the Trees" sets the tone of the opening scene in The Secret in the Wood, in which Sara is gazing out the window, feeling sad about moving out of her home. Maybe you can play it on your own instrument with the sheet music, pictured here. Or enjoy the recording, below, and sing along.

"If Everyone Lived Like the Tree" is in the music queue below as an instrumental recording. The words could be Althea's, reminding us of how trees are role models for us. Here is the first half of those lyrics (try to sing along!):

          Oh, how much better off we'd be, if everyone lived like the tree! (Sing that twice)

Reaching upward toward the light, even during the darkest night; Standing firmly upon our ground, as each new season comes around.

We always value our deep, strong roots, just as much as our new green shoots; Limbs extended, we all embrace all of the earth and all in space....

          Oh, how much better off we'd be, if everyone lived like the tree! (Repeat)

Broadening while we're heightening, though stormy weather is frightening; We grow by giving to our earth, showing how much our lives are worth.

We give far more than we receive, living upright until we leave; We blossom proudly and don't feel shame when buds and trunks are not the same....

          Oh, how much better off we'd be, if everyone lived like the tree! (Repeat)