Burning Treehouse 2k
by Careful Gaze
Preston and I worked on this one with an acoustic bass and his electric guitar plugged into his amp as quiet as it could go. I only originally had the story for this song, not all three of the “2k” series, but I quickly developed the idea after we started working on this one. The chorus groove took FOREVER for us to get down and lock in together, but it turned out really cool in my opinion. This is the most Coheed thing we’ve ever done.
This is the first of a three-song story set in the future - maybe consider it a possible reality.
A group of young activists standing against the greed/racism/hatred in our country have fled their homes after their country has become so hostile towards other opinions and alternate thoughts that their lives were in danger. The country has become so full of anger and hatred towards others in an effort to “stay on top,” that there is almost no possibility for recovery. People are punished for peaceful protests, and there is only room for one set of believes / ideals - the one the government approves of. The outsiders are fed up with the constant squashing of the less convenient, less attractive members of society. They build treehouses and hide in the forest.
Their homes in the forest are burned down in an effort to silence them and get them to leave. They flee on a ship into the sea, where they decide they would rather stand for what they believe in - even if that means discomfort or worse - than support a society that is full of hate.
They stay up late keeping watch for attackers, lock their arms and sing songs about better futures.
This story is fictional but is based on current events. I believe something like this could happen if we don’t improve as a whole. If a shelter cannot protect what is within it - does it deserve to stand? We have pushed people out of this country in harsh and unnecessary ways. Our leaders are full of anger and have very little respect for others. It’s important to remember what you stand for - and keep the dreams of better days and a better society alive.