Spring Is Here (demo)

by Jan Dark

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A scene from an imaginary opera.
The Tree, after months spending winter in a pot inside, sees that spring has arrived and is anxious to partake in the great rebirth all around. The Gardeners find out the Tree is already dead.


Spring is here, spring is there
Jaunty spring is everywhere.
Young and wild, pure and free
Nature's oozing like old Brie.
Ha ha ha, life ain't so bad
When asparagus is shooting like mad.
So much fun to be had in spring!
All around flowers grow,
Nature's juices freely flow.
Even though well concealed
In my lonely room, I feel
Almost like a living thing.
Before long you'll hear me sing
An ode to spring.

To induce new growth in a tree it must be properly pruned.
Spring is here, spring is there
Green stuff is everywhere.
Quick, the tools! and begin!
Show these plants some discipline.
Ha ha ha, rot and decay,
Useless wood and weeds, cut 'em away
With no delay.
Trees that have been grown inside for weeks and months may well be close to death
Without any outward sign...

Spring is here, in the air.
Don't just leave me standing there
In my pot. All I ask
Is that you do your gardener's task.
Cut my roots, cut my crown
Cut me up, tear me down
Just like Edward Scissorhands has gone to town
Don't hold back
Chop and hack and hack and chop, don't you stop
Can you still see no blood?

No, we don't see a single drop.

Cut some more, go ahead!

We think you are already dead.

If I'm betrayed by hope so leave me be.

My friend, alas,
All things shall pass


released May 1, 2020


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Jan Dark Paris, France

Jan Dark is from Germany, but somehow he wound up in Paris a long time ago where he’s been carving out a reputation for himself as an all-round/anything-goes pianist and singer. Since the mid-’00s, he’s been performing his mostly self-penned songs of joyous despair in smoky bars and music venues all over Paris, instilling gloom and vigour in equal measure. And now he’s coming for you ... more

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