live in a tree

live in a tree

To be lucky. A '50s college expression, used in such contexts as telling a roommate whose exam for which he was unprepared was suddenly postponed: “Jeez, pal— you live in a tree.”
See also: live, tree
References in classic literature ?
So said Hair-Face, and they killed him, because, they said, he was a wild man and wanted to go back and live in a tree.
He is an old man now, but he sings the same old songs; and, when a man rises up to go forward, he sings that that man is walking backward to live in a tree.