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You were a child
Crawling on your knees toward it
Making momma so proud,
But your voice was too loud

We like to watch you laughing,
Taking insects off plants
No time to think of consequences

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted

The water is warm
But it’s sending me shivers
A baby is born
Crying out for attention

The memories fade
Like watching through a fogged mirror
Decision to decisions are made
And not bought,
But I thought this wouldn'’t hurt a lot.
I guess not

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted

[Chorus:]
Control yourself
Take only what you need from it
A family of trees wanted
To be haunted



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    princessnubieFeb 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm
    I think ths song its about life and death, "u were a child , making ur momma so proud ! then u start to growing up "We like to watch you laughing,
    You pick the insects off plants
    No time to think of consequences = you don't think about what's going to happen you just enjoying ur days as a child.
    Take only what you need from it = I think he means take only what life gaves you.
    A family of trees wanted To be haunted = we going to die anyway and at the end of the day we only going to haunted our own family tree (like our great-grandparents. The memories fade
    Like looking through a fogged mirror = life's is nothing, we all going to be forgotten and our memories will disapear and become fade.
    Sorry I may have made some mistake in english, I speak french!
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    scmnorcalJan 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    We are crawling on our knees to get what we want which makes mother proud to see us succeed, but our wants and goals are decisions based on decisions, not decisions based on the archetypal constant thoughout human experience that guides us collectively. We are moving away from our connection with eachother. Our intereaction used to be tribal and based on us. Now they have become based on media/materials that are not neccesary but self indulgent leisure or power. I like to think that the trees wanting to be haunted is the opportunity to become so old that they will become haunted, instead of loud babies(us) harvesting more than we need before some of the oldest living things on earth have a chance to become haunted. Maybe the water is warm but it is toxic and causing him to shiver. The memories fade because with every passing generation our detachment from our Mother Earth becomes more normal and our increasingly toxic environment is becoming normal. When compared with something bad, something a little worse is not horrible, but to compare where we are now to where we were before the industrial revolution would shock the frog out of the slowly heated water before it boils.
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    UnregisteredMay 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm
    Seems to me it's less about children and more about life in general in the context of the modern world. The journey from child to adulthood and accepting the diffuculties of living with the descisions you've made in a way you never do as a child; including the descisions the older generation made about the environment and it's ramifications for the next. Meanwhile, the straightfoward good advice of the chorus echoes as the song (and life) goes on.
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    UnregisteredJan 30, 2012 at 1:27 am
    What I took into consideration of these lyrics is that when the world is falling apart, and mom and dad are wanting the best for you, they’re focusing on your happiness rather than scaring you with what’s happening all over the world. This child is content due to the presence of both of his parents making him laugh, so that when he grows up and looks back to this very moment; he’ll see how happy he use to be, how the world was perfectly at ease referring to the fact that his parents gave him no sign or note that the world is being destroyed by the generation of kids and the decisions and choices that were previously being made. When we make wrong decisions thinking they’re right decisions, we don’t tend to notice how they’re affecting those around us; like family or friends for example. The choices we make affect not only those around us, but also the population of people and the destruction of the next generation that will eventually set foot in this earth like we have. The more destruction we make, and the wrong decisions we make for ourselves are killing the earth and possessing people to do such inadequate things. Eventually, if everyone keeps doing harm, the world’s going to end with more tragic and unfortunate events that have already took place.
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    UnregisteredJan 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm
    Think ths song its about life and death, "u were a child , making ur momma so proud ! Then u start to growing up "we like to watch you laughing,
    you pick the insects off plants
    no time to think of consequences = you don't think about what's going to happen you just enjoying ur days as a child. Take only what you need from it = I think he means take only what life gaves you. A family of trees wanted to be haunted = we going to die anyway and at the end of the day we only going to haunted our own family tree (like our great-grandparents. The memories fade
    like looking through a fogged mirror = life's is nothing, we all going to be forgotten and our memories will disa.

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