The Redwood Song
The Redwood Song was written in 1960. It was scored and sung by two men who were working at KINS 980 – Ron Walters and founder of Eureka Broadcasting, Wendell Adams. The reason for creating this was to pay homage to the breathtakingly beautiful area we call home on the scenic coastline.
Mr. Adams was a professional jingle writer working for William Estes and J Walter Thompson during his career on Madison Avenue in New York. His most recognized jingle was the Winston cigarette jingle (Winston tastes good like a cigarette should …). Mr. Walters left the company in the mid-1960s and helped to develop the Radio/Journalism program at the (then) newly formed Sonoma State University.
The instrument played is a ukalale and features Mr. Adams talents. The vocal work is done by Mr. Walters.
The Redwood Song airs on each of the Eureka Broadcasting Company radio stations between 5:45a and 6:00a each morning. Download lyrics and music below.
THE REDWOOD SONG
The Lord looked down at his world so round
Shining for all to see,
And HE said “That’s good,” but I need some wood
So HE made a Redwood Tree.
He needed a land neither hot nor cold
To hold HIS special tree,
So he chose a place where the rivers run
Lazily to the sea.
The sea around his special land
Pounds at the rocky shore,
And high against a wind swept sky
The silver sea gulls soar.
On wintry nights when the north wind blows
And churns at the mighty sea,
I bow my head and thank the Lord
For the land he gave to me.
Where the trees grow straight and the trees grow tall
And tower above the land,
And when I see a Redwood tree
I see my Master’s hand.
©1960 Words and music by Wendell Adams and Ron Walters