@zyxwvut - '(I Am a) Tree' was written by Doug Gillard for his band Gem before he was in GBV. It was actually released and can be found on Youtube with Gillard singing the vocals. It's a great version. Pollard liked it and redid it for GBV.
I gotta agree with the people in the piece who argue that GBV's songs are generally not simple at all. I think lyrically and melodically they are quite sophisticated. Pollard knows how to make a few notes go a long way by choosing them well. I believe (or at least hope) that GBV will go down in rock annals as one of the best bands ever, to the degree that such an objective statement can be made.
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