Protest 100: Tree – ‘Freedom Rock’

Artist:          Tree

Song:           Freedom Rock

Album:        Plant A Tree or Die

Producer:    Don Muscatelli

Label:          CherryDisc

Year:           1995

Enviro-core! Boston-based Tree made saving the Earth its main mission. But the group also kept an eye on other aspects of life in America, in this instance conjuring the ol’ “love it or leave it” trope to wonder how it is our leaders can lie with impunity while the rich get richer off the people’s backs. Maybe there’s a connection.

Excerpt from ‘Unreality’  —
Freedom of assembly on the part of the nation’s youth was legislated against to the extent that any person wishing to host a group bigger than 100 people 16-years or older had to first register the event and then accept criminal liability for any misdeeds.

Love it or leave it that’s what they say
Love it or leave it the American way

I love this country I love this land
But tolerance for liars I won’t stand
Not a ring of truth in the political lies
The rich get richer while the innocent die

Love it or leave it that’s what they say
Change it, believe it
It could happen today

If our founding fathers were alive today
They’d all be rounded up and be locked away
Stripped of all the rights that they created
And everything they own would be confiscated

Love it or leave it that’s what they say
Change it believe it
It could happen today


‘Protest 100’s mission is two-fold: dispelling the myth that heavy metal is a brainless, socially unaware music genre, and raising awareness of the issues facing our country in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. The path won’t be exclusively metal—some punk and rap and other stuff will be in here too, including the classics—and is not a ranking. All songs are songs I’ve heard while putting this list together, ordered in a manner designed to entertain and educate.

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