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Why Are the Trees Losing Their Leaves

by Dan Berggren

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Hosting Caffe Lena's pre-K show Folk Club Kids with Oona Grady and James Gascoyne has given us the opportunity to share songs, poems and stories with children anywhere an adult can help them find our online program of folk music. This poem, written for one episode, turned into this song for another. [Search "folk club kids" on youtube]


Why are the trees losing their leaves?
Is there anyone here who can answer me please?
Yellow ones are dropping from poplar trees.
Why are the trees losing their leaves?

The maple's red leaves land on the ground,
Orange ones, too - without making a sound;
And brown ones fall down from the tallest oak trees.
They're beautiful and they're up to my knees.
I help mom and dad rake them into a pile
Which gets bigger and bigger after a while;
And just when I think the pile is so high
More leaves come falling from out of the sky.

Oh, why are the trees losing their leaves?
Was it too hot? Or was there a freeze?
All that's left is the color of evergreen trees.
Oh, why are the trees losing their leaves?

I look up and notice - now there are none,
So I run and I run and I run and I run.
Ready for lift-off, I take a big a leap . . .
And into the pile of leaves I go deep.
Then mom jumps in and dad does, too;
Laughing, we look at the sky so blue.
And now as I see all the bare trees so tall
I think I know why - this is called fall.

And I think I know why trees lose their leaves:
They're getting ready for winter's deep freeze.
They're storing up energy, I do believe;
That's why the trees are losing their leaves.


released November 4, 2021
Dan Berggren - guitar & vocal


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Dan Berggren New York

Dan Berggren is a tradition-based songsmith who writes with honesty, humor and a
strong sense of place. His songs explore the many dimensions of home, hard-working
folks, taking care of our planet and each other. Dan’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has
branched out across many borders.
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