It's like the day the great oak met the sawmill
A lifeline of spectacular expansion meets the reaper
At the hand of one mans tantrums

from Aesop Rock – Oxygen Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He is describing how a man (life expectancy: 75-80) takes part in killing a tree (life expectancy: 1,000+). Showing that even though the tree may be older however it isn’t wiser than the younger man who kills the tree. Trees don’t have brains…

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