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"Feed the Tree" is a song by Belly, released as the band's first single from their debut album, Star, in 1993. It is the band's biggest hit, reaching number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 32 on the UK Singles Chart. According to lead singer Tanya Donelly, the song is a metaphor about commitment and respect, with the tree being a place on a large farm where a family would be buried.[2]

"Feed the Tree"
Belly Feed the Tree.jpg
7" cover
Single by Belly
from the album Star
B-side"Trust In Me", "Dream on Me", "Star"
ReleasedJanuary 11, 1993
Format12", 7", CD single, cassette
Recorded1992 at Sound Emporium studios, Nashville[1]
GenreAlternative rock
LabelSire, Reprise
Songwriter(s)Tanya Donelly
Producer(s)Belly, Gil Norton
Belly singles chronology
"Feed the Tree"
"Now They'll Sleep"
Music video
"Feed the Tree on YouTube

The song is featured as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series.


Track listingEdit

All songs written by Tanya Donelly, except where noted.

7" and cassette single

  1. "Feed the Tree" - 3:28
  2. "Dream on Me" - 4:56

12" and CD single

  1. "Feed the Tree" - 3:28
  2. "Trust in Me" - 4:19 (Robert Sherman and Richard Sherman)
  3. "Dream on Me" - 4:56
  4. "Star" - 3:02


Chart (1993) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 32
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 95
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 1


The song ranked number 24 on VH1's 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s.[6] It was also a popular radio hit in Australia, coming in at number 25 on the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown for 1993.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Star liner notes
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Belly rock Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Belly rock Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "VH1's 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '90s". TopOneHitWonders. 8 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Triple J Hottest 100 1993". Australian Broadcasting Company. Retrieved November 22, 2018.

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