Sam and the Trees

by Son of Cloud

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Nick Green They cut down the trees in the yard today,the landlord came over to take them away,now a few branches are all that remain
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They cut down the trees in the yard today
The new landlord came over to take them away
Now a few branches are all that remain

Sam’s never owned a house before
I can’t really blame him
He just wants to be sure his foundation's protected
And his investment’s secure

Seems like something’s gone wrong the past couple of weeks
I hear the difference in the way that you speak
The way you roll over and turn out the lights
Without saying goodnight to me

When you close your eyes and think of forever
Do you picture the life that we’re building together?
Or does the thought of your freedom
Out there on your own seem better and better and better?

They cut down the trees in the yard today
The new landlord came over to take them away
But I’ll always remember the cool of the shade


released February 15, 2019
Written by Jonathan Seale

Recorded at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, NY
Produced by Russell Durham, Jeremy McDonald, and Andrew Sarlo
Recorded by Jeremy McDonald and Jonathan Seale
Mixed by Jacob Blumberg and Jonathan Seale
Orchestral arrangement written by Russell Durham

John Arndt - Piano
Jason Burger - Drums and Percussion
Andy Clausen - Trombone, Bass Trombone
Russell Durham - Violin, Viola,
Julia Easterlin - Vocals
Sam Gryzwa - Cello
Dan Knobler - Electric Guitar
Jeremy McDonald - Electric Bass
Chris Parker - Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Jonathan Seale - Lead Vocals
Jake Sherman - Organ

Photo by Katrina Sorrentino
Cover art by Gustavo Luz Sousa (
© Gustavo Luz Sousa 2019

Additional thanks to Sam Weiss, Oliver Hill, and David Moss


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Son of Cloud Brooklyn, New York

Born in the flatlands of Texas and raised in the jungles of South America, Jonathan Seale was dubbed "Son of Cloud" as a child by the Yukpa indigenous tribe of Venezuela. His self-titled LP, ten years in the making, explores questions related to his own family tribes - both the ones inherited and the ones created by choice. ... more

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