Here’s a top 11 list of the best tree-planting inspired songs. Many of the songs in this list are from a compilation called, “Hi and Ho, We Plant Trees” released in the spring of 2008. You can download the full album for free at the Free Music Archive.
Is a retake on the classic Log Driver’s Waltz, a National film board vignette released in 1979 and composed by the late Wade Hemsworth. “The tree-planters waltz pleases the girls, completely”
A true tree-planter’s anthem. This song describes a shift-in-the-life of a tree planter, from bar to laundromat. “Don’t be late ’cause the trucks won’t wait.”
With very few planting inspired lyrics, this is a really good one to sit back, relax and reminisce to. “It’s been a crazy weekend in the woods.”
Another feel good, day-off song. “I’m going down to the general store and the cowboy bar right next door — going to dance to the local band and raise a glass to this mountain land.”
That feeling, in the early spring, when you’re back on the bus heading up to “the mountains again” conveyed through song, perfectly.
One of my all time favourite songs. The breakmen clearly know what they’re talking about: “quad’s dying, shoulder cryin’ waitin’ on day four. I don’t want to work at kilometre 19 anymore.”
A tree-planter’s love song, beautifully composed. “Working hard for zanzibar, they figured they were going far, least someday they’d move out of the Van.”
Is it true “that after four years you know you’re never gonna stop?” This is a song for all the lifers. “Everybody’s busy making babies today, but I got a couple million children living up on the block but they’aint gonna live long before they chop, chop, chop.”
Relax and listen to this great piece of dark Canadian folk music. “… and I was chasing a poet’s dream down a wild and crooked river, chasing after her whenever I had the choice”
Fortunately, Crummy’s are rarely used anymore. They are planter transport vehicles, consisting of a steel box welded to the frame of a F-550 with bus seats bolted to the floor. Some have a mind of their own, as Mike Ford eerily describes. “Fourteen planters and one dog, winding trails through the fog.”
Brought to you by the infamous King Kong Reforestation crew, rumoured to plant the best contracts in the southern interior. Everyone want’s to work for King Kong. “If you seek my monument look around you.”