|: It always drew me near. :|
Come to me weary traveler,
|: You'll find your peace with me. :|
And still I hear it whispering
|: You'd find your peace with me. :|
The song is set up in a major mode and is accompanied by simple piano flourishing that seems to dance around the text as it paints a vivid picture of the past. The piano by no means overpowers the voice but certainly plays a character all on its own floating with the phrases almost like the past that the singer has traveled to to relive, or even more appropriately, the gentle rustling of the piano accompaniment may represent the linden tree and that vantage point of the past that the singer is recollecting. Only for a very brief moment does the mode shift form major to minor; when the singer talks of passing the tree in darkness. This further emphasizes the role of the linden tree as the life and the foundation for the memories and the idea that the piano represents the linden tree and thus enters a minor mode when it becomes absent from the singer.