GRAMMY-nominated country singer-songwriter Cam has dropped “Redwood Tree,” a breezy and ruminative new song that spells out two words: “heartfelt nostalgia.”
The song, written by Cam with frequent collaborators Tyler Johnson (Harry Styles, Sam Smith) and Anders Mouridsen, finds the singer taking a walk down memory lane, drawing inspiration from and revisiting a personally symbolic “Redwood Tree.”
“Oh Redwood Tree, don’t you recognize me,” Cam begs in question as the song opens. Personifying the monumental tree further, she acknowledges and reflects on her absence: “When I saw the world, you saw my parents grow old / You got your roots and I got the wind, the wind in my soul / Oh, don’t know what you have when you’re young / But you’ll know what you had when it’s gone.”
“I grew up with a redwood tree in my backyard as my climbing tree. Spent so many afternoons up there as a kid looking out and dreaming about the future,” Cam shared in a press release. Typically, redwoods grow for thousands of years and betokens community and communication.
“It feels like I’ve lived 5 lifetimes since then – I’ve done more than I can even remember, but still part of me wishes I could’ve stayed put, to have that time at home,” the California native added. “But you can’t be in two places once and you couldn’t have known then what you know now. It’s a song about time, and whatever way you spend it still feels like just a blink to a redwood tree.”
“Redwood Tree” is the latest offering from Cam’s highly-anticipated sophomore record. It follows the sultry and passionate “Till There’s Nothing Left,” and her genre-blurring collaboration with DJ/producer Diplo (a.k.a. Thomas Wesley) for their feel-good anthem “So Long.”
Cam’s forthcoming full-length album is slated to drop later this summer.