This is an arrangement of a song from 1922. All songs published in the US before are now out of copyright, based on the laws at time.
Trees is based on a lyric poem by American poet Joyce Kilmer that perceives as the inability of art created by humankind to replicate the beauty achieved by nature. The song was performed by many great singers, including Nelson Eddy, Robert Merrill, and Paul Robeson.
In all of these adaptations for guitar and voice, I have tried to keep to the spirit of the original piano score, but making the music suitable for the guitar and an average vocal range (A below middle C to E top line treble clef, or an octave below, if sung by a male singer).
Trees uses quite a wide vocal range, so I chose the key of C to best accommodate the singer, and it is also a good key for the guitar.
Please comment on any aspect of the arrangement. Better still, if you have a singer to hand, please give it a go.
Here is a lovely version by John McCormack. This was recorded in 1940, after his "farewell concert" at the Albert Hall in 1938. He recorded a few songs to sing to the troops and the nation, to raise their war-time spirit.
He sings it in the key of F, hitting the high note of A, which is right near the top end of a tenor's range. The high note in the famous Nessum Dorma is a top B, just a tone above.