Ben Sollee performs Prettiest Tree on the Mountain - Video
PUBLISHED:  Apr 24, 2014

Songwriter and cellist Ben Sollee visits Deep End Ranch in Santa Paula, CA and plays an private performance of his song Prettiest Tree on the Mountain, originally released in 2008 on the album entitled Learning to Bend. A genre-bending cellist and songwriter who combines classical artistry with bluegrass and pop, Sollee has created a unique and infectious take on folk music.

The single is available at the iTunes music store:

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Special thanks to Royer Labs, Mohave Audio, and Daniel S. McCoy of ToneMesa Inc. for their incredible support.

Producer: Stephen Schauer
Camera: Jonathan Saunders, Lane Stroud, Stephen Schauer
Audio: Stephen Schauer
Edit: Kenny Breit
Mix: RJ Russell at Soft Power, Los Angeles
Titles: Vander McClain
Location: Deep End Ranch

Lyrics ┬ęBen Sollee:

Well, a robin flew by my window
I thought it just might be you
Judging from the color of its breast
And the sound of its song
But I'm just thinking of you

Cause you're in sunny California
The fertile land, John Steinbeck wrote
Oh but when I came not a single fertile patch
Could be spared for you and me

You see, I wanted to love you, baby
Like neither you nor I'd been loved before
I thought I could change the world if I just held you high enough
Truth is, I couldn't hold you up at all

I couldn't hold you up
I couldn't hold you up
And I sure ain't gonna hold you down

Well, I'm leaving, you see I'm walking back home
I don't care if it takes years or more
But as I walk through the hills of Kentucky
The leaves begin to turn red

And I think of you
Yes, I think of you
The prettiest tree on the mountain
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