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Is it too late for “Jack in the Green”?

Consider these lines from a song by Jethro Tull on the “Green Man”

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.

from “Jack in the Green” by Jethro Tull

Do you think progress and technology are slowly destroying the spirit of nature and wilderness that Jack-in-the-Green represents? Is there still a place  for the Green Man in each of us?


5 thoughts on “Is it too late for “Jack in the Green”?

  1. Probably the age of “Jack in the Green” and similar is coming to an end, but I think that sometimes, when we are bored by all the technology of today, there’s still place in us for Jack and his relatives. I often need an escape and in those moments I would like to be in a silent and wide lawn.

  2. I think that technology is surely destroying the “Jack-in-the-Green” in each of us because now we are caught by all new things that progress presents us day by day… Only if we pay more attention to the disasters we can see in nature, we’ll probably find a place in us for the “Green Man”…

    • “When all the trees have been cut down, all the animals hunted, all the waters polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.” American indian wisdom, again 🙂

      • I remember this quote… I have a picture of an indian man at home and this proverb is written on it! 🙂

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