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Fleetwood Mac — Bare Trees
Album: Bare Trees
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Released: 1972
Length: 4:52
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Bare trees, grey light
Oh yeah it was a cold night
Bare trees, grey light

I was alone in the cold of a winter's day
You were alone and so snug in your bed
I was alone in the cold of a winter's day
You were alone and so snug in your bed

Bah do dah, do dah da do da do
Bah do dah, do dah da do da do
Bah do dah, do dah da do da do
Bah do dah, do dah da do da do

Bare trees, grey light
Oh yeah it was a cold night
Bare trees, grey light

I was alone in the cold of a winter's day
You were alone and so snug in your bed
I was alone in the cold of a winter's day
You were alone and so snug in your bed

Bah do dah, do dah da do da do
Bah do dah, do dah da do da do
Bah do dah, do dah da do da do
Bah do dah, do dah da do da do
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 kingart wrote:
Probably FM's best album. I heard it for the first time on a winter's day in 1975. Instant love. 
 
 
Likewise. Same year. Same reaction.
I always wanted to learn to play guitar just so I could play that simple-sounding jangly rhythm guitar. Good stuff 40 years on. 
Thanks. I needed this this morning.

Turns amp to eleven.........
Probably FM's best album. I heard it for the first time on a winter's day in 1975. Instant love. 
 
Prolly my favorite Mac tune.
 romeotuma wrote:
Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
Y'know, I'm thinking you might be spending waaaaaayyyyyy too much time in motel rooms, with way too many people, having way too much fun.  I believe I may have to notify the authorities of this obviously suspicious behavior...


 d-don wrote:

Maybe my favorite Mac tune. Dancing here too. 10
 

Yes, I love this song, and this whole album!  Hope you are having a great day!

 
 romeotuma wrote:

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
 
Maybe my favorite Mac tune. Dancing here too. 10

isn't this incredible
Kickin bass, awesome rhythm such a great song all the way around!

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 
Danny Kirwan at his best..beautiful, melodic - and he self destructed during the tour of this lp
but still, this entire lp is wonderful...

I love this song because when it starts off I'm always convinced its, like Wings or some other purely 70s group but then when the guitars pick up it's clear that this way too groovy to be Wings.
 Cynaera wrote:
I. Love. This. Song.  The bass alone is worth the listen, but then the guitars come ripping in, and... oh, I just love this song. Might have to get it on my MP3 player soon... {#Dancingbanana_2}
 


Yes, what a classic...



I. Love. This. Song.  The bass alone is worth the listen, but then the guitars come ripping in, and... oh, I just love this song. Might have to get it on my MP3 player soon... {#Dancingbanana_2}
This is really hitting the spot this morning.


We be dancing...  love it...



 black321 wrote:
Eh. Not really that compelling of a song. Instrumentals sounds like one of those jams a band does to warm up...start with some scale runs, and then do some jams over them...singer makes up some lyrics, adds a few doos and dahs...played well, but not a very compelling song. 

 

I don't know what you're smoking, but I sure don't want any of it.

 bachbeet wrote:
Excellent song from an excellent album.  And, for those who want Hypnotized, I think that is even better than this one.  But it's not from this album.
 
Hypnotized is one of my top ten favs, it RAWKS!!!!! This song is ok.
Pre-hoopla Mac.  Nothin' better.
Eh. Not really that compelling of a song. Instrumentals sounds like one of those jams a band does to warm up...start with some scale runs, and then do some jams over them...singer makes up some lyrics, adds a few doos and dahs...played well, but not a very compelling song.


edit, contrast this with the Elvis' Pump it Up, which just followed. Similar style of song composition, but he does well to add a nice melody, adjust the rhythm...turns into a real song.
Excellent song from an excellent album.  And, for those who want Hypnotized, I think that is even better than this one.  But it's not from this album.
 DaveInVA wrote:
One of my favorite FM songs {#Music}
 

Y'know..the moment I read that, I knew exactly what you meant. And I agree! {#Bananajam}
 DaveInVA wrote:
One of my favorite FM songs {#Music}
 


Yes, I know what you mean...

 
 tprimeau wrote:
Good ole' Mac.
 


Yes, I love this whole album, and the title track here is soooo groovy...  love it...

 
One of my favorite FM songs {#Music}
Hmmm, the intro to this song had such a David Bromberg/Harry Nillson kind groove to it.
 
Good ole' Mac.
 Captn_Pea wrote:
my folks used to play this after the funny smoke smell started to dissapate a little.
 


Those were the days... sigh...  love this song...




 GeneP59 wrote:
This was good, but how about playing "Hypnotized"  {#Meditate}
 
Yeah - I been Hyp-mo-tized!

This was good, but how about playing "Hypnotized"  {#Meditate}
 nagsheadlocal wrote:

Jeeze, that's sad. I always admired his silvery guitar work.

 
 

As sad as losing the Green Manalishi to too much LDS back in the '60s.

Jeremy I'm not so keen on, in that while he was also a fab guitarist, he was stuck in that Elmore James world, to be sure. While good stuff (and I regularly listen to FM In Chicago recorded at Chess Records), I really like the progression the Mac made after they dispensed with Jeremy's persuasive ways.

Kiln House, Bare Trees, Future Games, et al., are still great albums.


buddy wrote:

Wow!  You must be a young'un.  {#Wink} 

This is hands down my favorite FM song and probably my favorite album as well.  For more of this, check out the "Bare Trees" and "Mystery to Me" albums, both before the Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac years.

 
Mystery to Me was with Bob Welch in the lead guitarist spot. Danny was long gone by then.



WonderLizard wrote:

Great version of the band (Kirwan and Welch on guitar). Great album.

 
Bob Welch hadn't joined yet, as I recall. I think he first appeared on Penguin.

This song just makes me smile.  I'd be singing, but I'm not sure who's nearby. 

 jagdriver wrote:

https://www.fleetwoodmac.net/penguin/danny.htm

AND

Fleetwood by Mick Fleetwood (his autobiography, of which I own a copy and have read)
 
Jeeze, that's sad. I always admired his silvery guitar work.

my folks used to play this after the funny smoke smell started to dissapate a little.


This is a great song...  love it!


I prefer the older Fleecewood Jack stuff mostly but this is a great song nonetheless....
This is great!
I hate to admit I've never heard it before. 

Yeah!.....Danny Kirwan!!!!!!




This is a fantastic song— the title song of the album...  love it...


 maryte wrote:
Time for volume and chairdancing!  {#Dance}
 
OK but no line dancing, LOL This album rocks!

Wow, this one brings back memories.  Having an older brother resulted in a lot of really cool music for my 11 year old ears!
 {#Bananajam}


Nice to have this in the Friday afternoon mix!

deadfdr
Posted: Jul 31, 2009 - 16:04 < Reply >

I prefer this earlier period of FM to the overblown Nicks era


Each period has its place, but yeah, I turn to earlier FM much more than the Lindsey/Stevie collaborative efforts.

I prefer this earlier period of FM to the overblown Nicks era

think I wore out at least 2 copies of this lp in the seventies....


This song is soooo good for the ears...


Not a Fleetwood Mac acolyte, but it's good to hear other sides of the band, apart from the usual classic rock radio offerings.

An album that grew and grew on you; full of nuances to this day. Endures and enchants.

   



Time for volume and chairdancing!  {#Dance}


We be dancing...  love it!



Man, I love this song...


 maryte wrote:
Bloody hell, I love this song!{#Bananajam} (he's playing the bassline)
 

Yeah, I know what you mean... it is awesome... this whole album is awesome...


Bloody hell, I love this song!{#Bananajam} (he's playing the bassline)
 Blarney wrote:

I was wondering what your source was for this info? Thanks.
 
https://www.fleetwoodmac.net/penguin/danny.htm

AND

Fleetwood by Mick Fleetwood (his autobiography, of which I own a copy and have read)


 shutter wrote:
The REAL Fleetwood Mac (as least post-Petter Green)
 
most definitely, before going mainstream, which was OK at first but...
Great album from the transitional phase of the MAC.
Great version of the band (Kirwan and Welch on guitar). Great album.
The REAL Fleetwood Mac (as least post-Petter Green)
Cranking it up in my office - chair dancing - and smiling!  Thanks, Bill - I really needed this today.

I love this whole album...

RobRyan wrote:
meh
Quick, somebody check his pulse!
Blah. That was bland.
EssexTex wrote:
The "idiot" I'm working with thought this was Wings! what a tool!
That's kinda harsh--I was sort of half-listening, and thought the bass chugging in this sounds very much like early McCartney solo/Wings stuff. Although, I may be a tool too.
Blarney wrote:
I was wondering what your source was for this info? Thanks.
He read it on the Internet! It must be true! :cheesygrin:
I always thought this was the Dead. Duh!
Oh yeaaah! Its been way too long. Thank you! Awesome base line... :biggrin:
just bumped this up to a 9....the sun is shining, the trees are beginning to bud....oh yea!
The "idiot" I'm working with thought this was Wings! what a tool!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this album, this song with its groovy bass line, and vocal improv (which I sing along with, badly :lol:), and the lyrics! :clap: AND I love the cover photograph. Every time I see bare trees in fog, I think of this album. :yes:
meh
YES! What a great record this was!
I always liked this tune - and perhaps Sunny Side Of Heaven a bit more.
A true classic, through and through...
jagdriver wrote:
Unfortunately, today DK lives on London's skid row in an alcoholic dementia from which he is unlikely to ever recover. Yes, the royalty checks continue to come in, but poor Danny has little idea of the life he once had and the extent of his fan base.
I was wondering what your source was for this info? Thanks.
Alpine wrote:
No kidding. I didn't know that. I thought he was dead. What about Peter Green?
(click here)
My first Mac album was Rumours...feeling young. :propeller:
Lovelovelove this song! It evokes such strong images, coupled with great poppy riffs! :yes: I was alone on the cold of a winter's day. You were alone and so snug in your bed.
Such a fine, fine album.
catching an XTC vibe (historical speaking in reverse or whatever, but still)
late for work, thank you! been some time since I heard this
Al_Koholic wrote:
Wow another song that I have never heard before....
Wow, you're like really young, aren't you? :propeller:
jagdriver wrote:
The Mac was an outstanding band long before Lindsay and Stevie showed up, though they drifted a bit during the Bob Welch era. This is Danny Kirwan, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist extraordinaire, on vocals. Unfortunately, today DK lives on London's skid row in an alcoholic dementia from which he is unlikely to ever recover. Yes, the royalty checks continue to come in, but poor Danny has little idea of the life he once had and the extent of his fan base.
No kidding. I didn't know that. I thought he was dead. What about Peter Green?
Fleetwood Mac was absolutely amazing way back then...no theatrics, no drama, just excellent music. clearly, sometimes less is more.
I like this era of the band.
The Mac was an outstanding band long before Lindsay and Stevie showed up, though they drifted a bit during the Bob Welch era. This is Danny Kirwan, songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist extraordinaire, on vocals. Unfortunately, today DK lives on London's skid row in an alcoholic dementia from which he is unlikely to ever recover. Yes, the royalty checks continue to come in, but poor Danny has little idea of the life he once had and the extent of his fan base.
Wow another song that I have never heard before. Keep pulling these tidbits out of the closet Bill. Thanks!
dkwalika wrote:
Can't we get the original release dates on the info page? Like this would be, what, 1973? I know it wasn't 1990!!!
March, 1972 (you can research by clicking on "buy from Amazon")
Can't we get the original release dates on the info page? Like this would be, what, 1973? I know it wasn't 1990!!!
I have loved FM in every incarnation. This, however, is a favorite album of mine! Thanks, Bill!!
pre-hype FM cool
Skeletor wrote:
Wow it has been an ETERNITY and God know how many girlfriends since I heard this one! Thanks Bill for digging out this gem.
Indeed. The whole album is an underrated treasure.
Found an article about the 22 yr old guitarist on this track, Danny Kirwan: https://www.fleetwoodmac.net/penguin/danny.htm Too bad his life went downhill from there.
Great choice, Bill! Now if you could only play something off of "Kiln House" :clap:
Man! It's been an age since I've heard THIS...here or anyplace else!
PLEASEOHPLEASE say it hasn't been nearly a year since this played!!!
oh WOW what a blast from the past!!! excellent..... :notworthy: :clap: :bounce: :jump: :music: :nodhead: \:D/
not good at all..I ratehr listen to the fleetwood Mac Bluesy days
Skeletor wrote:
Wow it has been an ETERNITY and God know how many girlfriends since I heard this one! Thanks Bill for digging out this gem.
Ditto and ditto. This is my favorite FM song. It gets little radio play, so I'm very pleased to see it rated so highly here.
eddief wrote:
Great tune. Really enjoy the early Mac stuff and especially, the Lindsay pickin' style. Still think he is a very underrated, underappreciated musician.
The album information is wrong on this page. Bare Trees was released as I was graduating High School, back in 1972. This predates Lindsey by a couple of years.
:bounce: :bounce: oh yeah!
Great tune. Really enjoy the early Mac stuff and especially, the Lindsay pickin\' style. Still think he is a very underrated, underappreciated musician.
GROOVE-A-LICIOUS
Wow it has been an ETERNITY and God know how many girlfriends since I heard this one! Thanks Bill for digging out this gem.
one of my favorites from one of my favorite albums.