Interpretations:C Is For Conifers
"It's probably made from pine trees and pine trees are conifers, that's what this song is about " That'd be my best guess. -fett_fetterson
This song is about breaking the monopoly cookies have held on songs about the letter "C".
Or the monopoly "O Tannenbaum" has on songs about conifers. -- TM
The giant redwood, the larch, the fir
I was just watching Monty Python's "the Lumberjack Song" and I noticed the would-be lumberjack lists his favorite trees this way: .."the giant redwood, the larch, the fir, the mighty scott's pine"
I wonder if John and John were aware of this when they list their favorite pines: "larch, junipers and fir, spruce, cedar and pine" or the later list "spruce, hemlocks, larch, cyprus, juniper, fir, douglas fir, yew, the dwarf conifer, and the great california sequoa redwood"
I'd like to think they had Monty Python in mind
I was unaware of this Python link - it must be intentional. A wonderfully organic song, which makes you wish they'd go acoustic more often. It's obviously about trees. Around the time of it's release I bought a copy of the album for my goddaughter and her Dad, strictly not a Giants fan, spoke warmly of the album a) because the kids like it and b) because this become his favourite Giants track of all time. Given that he only knew 3 or 4 this is less impressive than it first sounds! (Mr Tuck)
Sounds like a California forest to me, makes me think of John Muir: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir