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Paul Weller's song for late father

Published 08/04/2010 | 14:57

Paul Weller penned Trees in memory of his late father
Paul Weller penned Trees in memory of his late father

Paul Weller has revealed he wrote Trees on his new album for his late father.

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John Weller was Paul's manager, best friend and confidante and died last year after being ill for some time.

The singer, 51, who was inspired to write Trees after visiting his father in hospital, said: "The whole song is about old age and waiting to go and move on to their next phase in life, whatever you care to believe in, I really like the metaphor of people waiting to be planted back into the world."

He said: "The song was born out of my experience, but if I was going to write a song about him at all I would write something very positive and celebratory, because that was the man, that's the spirit of him.

"That's how I dealt with it, looking at the positives, the things he's left to me and of his time on earth. I think it was harder on the rest of my family, but I've just cracked on.

"That's what you've got to do in life, you've just got to get on with it."

The Modfather admitted the last few years have been tough, but it was important for him to carry on.

He said: "I dealt with it OK to be honest with you. It was very hard because he was really ill for the last four years or so before he died, he was very, very sick. That was harder, watching that happening, seeing him go, so at least he's at peace now, because before he wasn't."

:: Paul Weller releases his latest album Wake Up The Nation on Monday April 19.

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