Song of the Gypsy Tree

by Janet Robbins

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released October 1, 2010

Songs composed, written and performed by Janet Robbins
Recorded and produced by Janet Robbins and Kevin Bartlett
Additional percussion on As in Winter, Song of the Gypsy Tree and Slowly by Chris Armstrong
Additional percussion on Sparks by River Guerguerian

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Janet Robbins Asheville, North Carolina

Having recently moved back from northern California to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Janet Robbins continues her multidisciplinary life as composer, astrologer, vocalist, and weaver of fine tales. Her music has been described as "moody, laconic, enticing, sometimes baffling," possessing a "dark beauty and symphonic grandeur..." ... more

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Track Name: As in Winter
Oooh as in winter
When night is long
So happy in my solitude and song
Like fishing diamonds
From a frozen pond
I may never leave
This house in the meadow
‘Neath the starred soot sky
Could be my home forever—but no
Will never be
Was not meant to be

Wind through the pine tree limbs
It’s a song—never the same, I love
again and again
It will carry me over the fields sheltered in snow’s embrace
In this field a fire
I will light then blow
Chase the embers laughing
Through melting snow

Do you see me dancing
Do you see, do you see, do you see me dance
Do you see me now
Well it’s me I’m dancing
Wanna see, wanna see, wanna see me dance
In the fire’s glow
Look at me dancing
Can you see, can you see, can you see me dance

Can you see me now
When you see me dancing
If you see, if you see, if you see me dance
Miss me as in winter, then go

Dance
At the edge of the wood
Round of flames
Dance the flames
Melting snow At the edge of the wood
Each falling crystal
Face A clear Memory
Face Of you
Face of you
Of you Do you see
Flecks of light signal light
from the edge of the wood
Infinite reflection
You move into the crowd
Under the moon
You look translucent
I might not know you were there
except for the shadow around you
At the edge of the wood

Dance
The flames
Melting
Light signals at the edge of the wood
So clear
Take shape Each falling crystal
waiting
an Echo the memory
for someone
the original
echo so clear so bright
under the moon the edge of the wood takes shape
but you stepped out into the crowd
you moved through the crowd
and no one seemed to see you
as if you were floating
you looked translucent
take shape
I might not know you were there except
for the shadow around you
I stood watching
Each falling crystal
Echo So clear
You looked around
The flame, dance of flames
Melting
As if you were waiting
I see you standing
At the edge
Transparent as if you really don’t…
Waiting
I might not know you were there except for the shadow around you
For someone You look translucent
Except for the shadow around you
You move through the crowd as if you were floating
Ashen snow at your feet
as if you were floating
Like a ghost in winter
Track Name: November
Oh the whispered plea
As the moon appeared
Shadows from falling leaves
November here
Clouds like balloons
And the blade goes in
Love has a sword
‘Round and round you wrestle
Let it go
And let him drift
Like balloons on November wind
Track Name: Sparks
Oceans and seas expanding
Forests reduced to soot
Who are we
Rivers of floating refuse
Rushing to feed the sea
Who are we
lover and muse, heaven’s waiting
What will we do
lover and muse heaven waits
we…

Orbit around the sun in a romance
Gravity pulls, sparks shoot between us
Breathe
heaven and earth beloved so real
Breathe
heaven and earth beloved so real
Let the memories flow
Remember paradise
So real
yes this is our
This is our paradise

Rise up
Rise
Paradise
Rise up
Paradise
Rise
Rise
Paradise
On the flame of love this could be ours

Stars light the sky some of us pray to
Some hail the light so we continue
Inhale the evening air
Shores are lined with bodies from our poisoned tides
Lying there lifeless, no refuge
Some say it’s easy
some say
Not so easy

Gravity pulls, sparks shoot between us
Gravity pulls, sparks shoot
Gravity pulls, between us
Gravity pulls, sparks shoot,
Breathe

Orbiting ‘round the sun in a romance
Gravity pulls, sparks shoot between us
Breathe
Welcome to paradise
Round, around we spin
Our balance teetering
I can almost feel us falling through space
So in case we go, let me say that
Sometimes I kneel down
For the amber red of sunset’s glow
And the heartbeat in the ground below
Ooh let it come tonight
Let it come tonight
Sparks shooting
Spark’s light
Will we remember paradise
As the gift to live and love on this, heaven’s land
To the earth we’d return complete
And I’m in awe and thankful
Track Name: Song of the Gypsy Tree
Ahh, Tsigan
Mmmm night is well behind us

You can see as I can
Times already past
And those to come
You can lean where I stand
Feel the world as I can
You can see life
Witness life as I
Although you think I’m different
You can see as I can

Lie beneath my arms
Watch the falling leaves in twilight
Hear like a child and breathe as the wind
Calling, say I can believe
I am willing
As you drift out of time
Summon your innocent plea to meet us
We who have not forgotten
Pretend you are me
And see as we see

“Beloved, gaze in thine own heart,
The holy tree is blooming there.”
— W. B. Yeats
Track Name: Egypt
The sun is up and the girl is waking
Wipe the sleep from your eyes
It’s a beautiful day
“Is it me in the dream that I remember?”
Wonders little girl,
“Who am I today?”

She talks to the moon at night
And in the morning, radios Mars
so many of her, she’s everywhere now
She’s looking down
She’s a morning star

From the east the winds, they blow
They blow with dreams that rise
From east of Egypt
As the lion dreams, winds blow
And the dreams they sail across
Sail across to me
Sailing on the sea
Rising from the lion’s heart
Rising up through me

We make up songs about Tesla’s ray gun
Building rocket ships for frogs in astronaut suits
She makes a face then falls down laughing
Can’t believe the funny way the animals play
They jump to the rhythm of her song and dance
As we telephone stars
is somebody out there, is someone listening
Forever friends, promise
Cross your heart

From the east the winds, they blow…

Though winds may blow
And sands of time may beat
against me now
this is what I hear her saying
They never will erase my heart

where the music is
And the music and number of
soul align
where the music is
Where the music is, so the
numbers of soul align

There’s a light that burns the fading night to brilliant sunrise
There is a shroud of night that births from her depths, desire
If the weight of a fearful choice,
or deft disguise leaves me heavy
Light like a diamond shines and weightless with the sea I float
So many ways to hear the wind
And to sail this dream
But the heart like a diamond
shines through the end.
and the music and number of
soul align
Track Name: Slowly
Once you believe, you can be sure of me
Taken for granted
often you
Drift from your core
I offer you
Grace from the fall and loss of dignity
Look­see who’s standing
As you come to me slowly

I can be seen reflected in shadows and half-light
poised and tattered
A break from the spell
I offer you
Sight that compels you
often to
Walk as the fool who
trusts implicitly
Look­see who’s standing
As you come to me slowly

Soaring unending flight
Melodies and rhyme
Messengers in time
Sometimes in the
notes capture
For your world
Flash of eternal light
Looking in your eyes
Spark of a million stars
Often in your face captured
As you come to me slowly

Hmmm, gotcha’ some static on the line
Hey, say some static is
on the line
‘cross the fields where the gods, they lay wasted
In this world of pipe dreams
So many shiny objects fade
The Nectar we could
be drinking
But how many taste

There’s a reason I wake;
For the messages of the few I wait

Soaring unending flight
Melodies and rhyme
Messengers in time
Sometimes in the
notes capture
For your world
Flash of eternal light
Looking in your eyes
Spark of a million
stars
Often in your face
captured
As you come to me
slowly
Track Name: The Meaning
Only in the world of apocalypse
Only in the world of apocalypse
Only in the,
In the…

Is it mystery
Or travesty
From the ancient tree crawling on your belly
Without any arms and legs
Did you fall
Or were you pushed
From the grace of ages older
and wiser
Teach me the truest meaning
mother, now

Only in the world of apocalypse

Through the leaves
And to the fruit
Runs the blood of life and love
and laughter
Saturday’s blessing from
Sunday’s master
Calling on love light and truth
May it be known love’s
highest treason
Tell me the holiest reason
mother, now

Only in the world of apocalypse
Track Name: Evermore
As I sleep
Do you watch as I wander
always the friend I need
are you here beside me
In my dreams
Will you be there to guide me
show me the way home
When we meet faithful guardian please,
please
Take me home
Follow every step I take
Follow every step I take, for me

Side by side
At the gate, I remember
now as a memory
is this how I came to be
Darkness spins, life begins but I falter
follow me faithfully
We could look into each and see
forevermore
Evermore
Follow every step I take, for me
Follow every step then wait for me