On Earth Day 2014, David Milarch had the opportunity to speak with Interlochen Center for the Arts students before they planted Archangel Champion Trees. More about that event here. In keeping with the theme of environmental restoration, Interlochen music student Emily Spradling of San Francisco performed her powerful, beautiful, yet ominous song, ‘Superman.’

It tells the tale of a man who works at a power company apologizing to his children and future generations.

Find out more about Emily here and Like her page.

Superman
By Emily Spradling
When I grow up, I’ll be superman, that’s what he always said
but childhood dreams get lost in things and turned on their heads.
To save the world, you have to have some luck along the way
but now my girl, I’ve sold my soul, us men have bills to pay

He said money doesn’t grow on sycamore trees
and rainbow oil stains make it easier to breathe
but they don’t know my story, yeah, they don’t know my past
and when I said I’d grow up never wanted a gas mask
But the rent was due last tuesday, and tomorrow at the latest
and otherwise, I’m sitting down, my suitcase on the pavement

If the world needs an enemy then I’ll fit the role
I am an evil person, but I’m sorry for it, oh
I just want to go home later, and I hope that it’s still there
it’s my fault that there is smoke that’s in the air

He said money doesn’t grow on sycamore trees
and rainbow oil stains make it easier to breathe
but they don’t know my story, yeah, they don’t know my past
and when I said I’d grow up never wanted a gas mask
But the rent was due last tuesday, and tomorrow at the latest
and otherwise, I’m sitting down, my suitcase on the pavement

And he said to me I’m sorry, I’m not your superman
when the ocean came, in flooding, then I swam and swam
I hope that you can save the earth, and undo my mistakes-
try saving the universe, or please at least don’t break

He said money doesn’t grow on sycamore trees
and rainbow oil stains make it easier to breathe
but they don’t know my story, yeah, they don’t know my past
and when I said I’d grow up never wanted a gas mask
But the rent was due last tuesday, and tomorrow at the latest
and otherwise, I’m sitting down, my suitcase on the pavement

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