Song of the Gypsy Tree

by Janet Robbins

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1.
08:04
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
2.
05:49
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
3.
07:27
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
4.
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
5.
08:16
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
6.
04:58
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
7.
04:28
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
8.
05:39
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
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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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