Jack-in-the-Green

Album: Songs from the Wood (1977)
  • Have you seen Jack-In-The-Green?
    With his long tail hanging down.
    He quietly sits under every tree
    in the folds of his velvet gown.

    He drinks from the empty acorn cup
    the dew that dawn sweetly bestows.
    And taps his cane upon the ground
    signals the snowdrops it's time to grow.

    It's no fun being Jack-In-The-Green
    no place to dance, no time for song.
    He wears the colours of the summer soldier
    carries the green flag all the winter long.
    Jack, do you never sleep
    does the green still run deep in your heart?
    Or will these changing times,
    motorways, powerlines,
    keep us apart?
    Well, I don't think so
    I saw some grass growing through the pavements today.

    The rowan, the oak and the holly tree
    are the charges left for you to groom.
    Each blade of grass whispers Jack-In-The-Green.
    Oh Jack, please help me through my winter's night.
    And we are the berries on the holly tree.
    Oh, the mistlethrush is coming.
    Jack, put out the light. Writer/s: IAN ANDERSON
    Publisher: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
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