CLIMB UP DE TREE is an acoustic track that is playful, persuasive, and born from the rich heritage of the West Indian early Calypso genre.
Sheppard, a multi-instrumentalist, uses the Guitar, Congas, Bongos and Cowbells to recreate the sound, with a classic rock riff on the guitar to get your hips moving!
This song can be taken at many levels true to the Calypso storytelling tradition steeped in tongue in cheek, ‘double entendre’.
Sheppard describes a scene where a solitary exotic bird with ‘rainbow feathers’ is perched high on the tree, and is urging him to climb up to join her.
He hesitates as ‘she is a bird and he is a man’, but she temptingly tells him she wants to dance and sing with him and truly teach him to ‘fly’. As he continues to falter she taunts him, insinuating that he might not be man enough, as many have tried and failed and she’s been sitting alone in her tree waiting for a man that she hopes he might be.
We never discover if he ‘reaches the top’ but he keeps ‘climbing, climbing, climbing up’. Sheppard rather focusses on the rhythm of the chorus accentuating the mans excitement and anticipation in reaching the unknown in a seeming reference to the drive in us all, thrusting us forever forward in life. It seems that the Artist is saying aren’t we all ‘climbing-up’, trying to reach the top, whether in relationship or reaching our true potential.
‘Climb Up De Tree’ is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Instagram/Facebook, TikTok/Resso, Google Play/YouTube, Amazon, Soundtrack by Twitch, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, Napster, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Anghami, KKBox, NetEase (beta), MediaNet, Shazam. (PR)