The Wood Song is from the Indigo Girls' 1994 album Swamp Ophelia, an album which touches on more challenging emotions than some of their previous work. This song was written by Emily Saliers and reflects some of her personal feelings about music and the spiritual, with reference to an (unspecified) greater hand watching over you as you travel through the stormy waters of your life. The overall message of the song is summed up beautifully in the chorus: "the wood is tired and the wood is old/and we'll make it fine if the weather holds;/but if the weather holds, we'll have missed the point./That's where I need to go."
Notes for Parents: The lyrics of this song are suitable for all ages. Some of the more complex emotions expressed in it will not be understood by younger listeners, but the overall message of weathering the changes and trials in your life is accessible even to very young children. The video is fan-made and features the music set to text showing the lyrics, which can be useful for exploring the meaning of the song.
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