Top of the Trees

by Marye Lobb

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about

The joy of discovery and the pain of loss – hanging on and letting go – wandering abroad and going home – these are just some of the themes that Marye Lobb explores with piercing honesty and a beautiful, soaring voice that invites you to make her journey yours, too. Equally at home in American folk and Latin American idioms, Marye sings in English and Spanish. Marye grew up in Rochester, New York, explored South America, polished her skills at Berklee College of Music, and is an up-and-coming member of the New York City folk and club scene. She can’t wait to play for you.

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released May 18, 2017

All songs written by Marye Lobb (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved 2017.

Poem: Hafiz, “The Sun Never Says” from the Penguin publication The Gift: Poems by Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky. Copyright 1999 by Daniel Ladinsky and used with his permission. 

Vocal, ukulele & keyboard parts written and performed by Marye Lobb 

Recorded at NJ Sound by John Cannon.  

Mixing & Mastering by John Cannon & team at NJ Sound Studio, Inc. 

Photography by Alexandra Meseke 

Please visit: www.maryelobb.com for all song lyrics

This album is dedicated to my parents:
My dad - Jarret J. Lobb - you were and forever will be my biggest hero. My mom - Barbara Lobb- all the best in life is you.  

This album would not have been possible without the support and generosity of the following people: Richard & Jane Appleman, Ivan Barahona, Sue & Dave Beddow, Matthew Blank, Steve Bossous, Bekka Burton, Sandra Christian, Jason Cloen & Michael Wells, Dorothy Drahzal & Paul Riordan, Barbara & Donald Flick, Gloria Forgione, Natalie Ginor, Denise & Kevin Gliwa, William Jones, Kara M Lander, the LobbMob, Gene & Jeanne Lusky, Mary McHale & Castellano, Lia Miller, Lucina Montalvo, Consuelo Moralishvili, Michelle O’Connor, Ross Pacino, Stephanie Paff, Lisa Paulsen, Anna Gadler Pratt, Maureen S. Ripper, Patricia Cardona Roca, Brad & Lynn Schramek, Denise & Mark Siciliano, Jack Simel, Martha Soltero, Joan Stewart, Kevin & Janet Tremble, Kiyoko Yamaoka, Catherine Young & many more - you know who you are - thank you.

Special thanks to: Signe Knutson, Alvin Lans, Sarah Pratt, Bill & Kathy Smith, Joseph Soltero, Joe Wall, the birdsong trail, the traveling cabinet grand, the chickadees & the trees that make everything okay.

To my listeners: Writing these songs and singing them has healed my soul and spirit from the biggest loss I have ever known; these songs became an internal compass when I had never felt more lost. With my newfound orientation, I am thrilled to set the songs free by sharing them with you. I pray, with all of my heart, that they will bring you peace, joy and, most of all, hope. I hope these songs comfort you.

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If an alpine lake high in the Chilean Andes had a voice, it would be Marye Lobb's, crystalline and cool, intimate yet accessible, with a folk-infused style reminiscent of Judy Collins seasoned with the flavors of Brazil.

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Track Name: Top of the Trees
Top of the trees that’s where I’ll be standing and breathing in my air
Up as far as you can see that’s where we’ll be dreaming - love has no boundary

You just always seem to know which way the wind will blow
He left me with all the keys and a map to make us grow

Up a top the canopy
is where I like to be
free from harm down on the land
and safe to be just who I am

I’ll be on top top top of the trees that’s where I’ll be standing and breathing in my air
Up as far as you can see that’s where we’ll be dreaming - love has no boundary

Open up your mind and come sit down right next to me
We can talk in silence it’s our peaceful remedy

You gave us life you taught us love what more could you do?
I will take care of her now, that I promise you.

We’ll be on top top top of the trees that’s where I’ll be standing and breathing in my air
Up as far as you can see that’s where we’ll be dreaming - love has no boundary

Con sólo saber que estás junto a mí
Tengo la fuerza para seguir

I’ll be on top top top of the trees that’s where I’ll be standing and breathing in my air
Up as far as you can see that’s where we’ll be dreaming - love has no boundary
Track Name: Irreplaceable (One of a Kind)
44 years of age walking up a hill
Light was dark but day was bright still
His eyes had changed, his life had changed
but he walked back up that hill
Thankful for his strong strong will

They think he won’t make it
but he’s going to fake it
He’ll give him the best that he can
They think he won’t make it
but he’s going to fake it
He’ll give him the best that he can

Songs in her head, songs in her heart
She had to set them free
A windy path that she could barely see
She said the songs they are my compass now
and they will guide me through
The loss I feel of loosing you.

They think she won’t make it
but she’s going to fake it
She’ll give him the best that she can
They think she won’t make it
but she’s going to fake it
She’ll give ‘em the best that she can

They think he won’t make it
but he’s going to fake it
He’ll give him the best that he can
They think he won’t make it
but he’s going to fake it
He’ll give him the best that he can
Track Name: El Amor Gana
El Amor Gana

Si estamos felices
nos llego la oportunidad
de ser humanos que somos
y vivir en la verdad

Aprendemos del pasado
por vivir el día de hoy
Miramos adelante
por un futuro mejor

No desconfiemos
que el amor gana
no olvidemos
es lo que siempre sana

Veamos un mundo libre
donde todos tenemos derechos
de vivir la vida en paz
con mas de lo que necesitemos

No desconfiemos
que el amor gana
no olvidemos
es lo que siempre sana

No desconfiemos
que el amor gana
no olvidemos
es lo que siempre sana
Track Name: Poem
Even after all this time...
The sun never says to the earth: “you owe me!”
Look what happens with a love like that...
It lights up the whole sky.
Track Name: Half As Much
Make me half as much as you
You poured all of yourself into us
Like a river, I'll let it flow through me
Make me half as much as you

Hazme algo como tu
Dando todo tu ser y tu amor
Como un río que fluya siempre en mi
Hazme algo como tu

This love will always be around 
Your heart will always be found
with us
with us
oh with us

Make me half as much as you
You poured all of yourself into us
Like a river, I'll let it flow through me
Make me half as much as you
Track Name: Look Up to the Sun
Now I think I finally got the plan
On how to keep love new and burning bright
Make sure that you always understand
What feels wrong and what will make it right
Be honest and the kindest that you can
Darlin’ love aint always black and white

Please
can we stay here,
let’s never leave here
Please keep loving me

We made it through the toughest of the times
Dark bitter days and restless nights
Making jokes was how we made it all fine
Laughing’s how we always reunite

Let’s look up to the sun and
soak up all her light
it’s time to enjoy life
You know it’s what they’d want
so we gotta be true
you love me and I love you.

Round and round you catch me and I catch you
Side by side falling’s impossible to do

Please
can we stay here,
let’s never leave here
Please keep loving me

Let’s look up to the sun and
soak up all her light
it’s time to enjoy life
You know it’s what they’d want
so we gotta be true
you love me and I love you.
Track Name: Just Enough
Always steady always kind
You can always ease my mind
Before I could, before I would oh oh

You are just enough for me
You are just enough for me

So, so much is out of our control
Chasing the past, doesn’t make us feel whole
Loving you does, loving you does oh oh

Open up the shade and let the light in
I wanna feel the warmth of the sun against my skin
I wanna let go, I need to let go oh oh

You are just enough for me
You are just enough for me

You saw in me, who I needed to be
Now I am finally set free
By you and your love

You are just enough for me
You are just enough for me
Track Name: For Craig
Didn’t know you had to go so soon
That your wings were on their way

The fight is all alone sometimes
and it can feel oh so grey

Did the sky fall all around you?
Was the water crystal clear?
Did a sea of love surround you?
Oh, can you feel it in our tears?

Ashamed of where I was back then
I hid in time hoping I could blend

Not thinking of what you’d been through
or if you needed a good friend

Did the sky fall all around you?
Was the water crystal clear?
Did a sea of love surround you?
Oh, can you feel it in our tears?

You never know the story, until the story is gone
What a heavy weight you had to carry for so long

With all the strength you had inside you freed me of my ghosts
I wish I’d done the same for you or that I’d given you some hope

Did the sky fall all around you?
Was the crystal clear?
Did a sea of love surround you?
Oh, can you feel it in our tears?
Track Name: Normal Now
Somewhere in between your heartache and your grief
You’re afraid of smiling cuz all the world might see
Stop and hold the river waves are crashing down
You know that there’s more to be but I can’t see around

I’m ready to try to be normal now
I’m not sure how cuz everything has changed
I’m ready to try to be normal now
I’m not sure how cuz everything has changed

All I loved about you I’ll be in my own way
I’ll live my life with purpose I’ll let love lead the way
All of my memories they will keep me strong
Stories of you will be told your spirit will go on

I’m ready to try to be normal now
I’m not sure how cuz everything has changed
I’m ready to try to be normal now
I’m not sure how cuz everything has changed

How do we? How do we go on?
We will keep singing our own song.
The way you taught us to…

We are ready to try to be normal now
though we’re not sure how cuz everything has changed
ready to try to be normal now
not sure how cuz everything, everything, everything has changed.
Track Name: El Río Cantó
Este sentimiento
Nunca lo olvido
Nuestro amor

Tu alma
Alado de la mía
nunca sentía
nada mejor

Y como llegue
Me fui, me fui

y como llegue
me fui, me fui

Y el río canto
ya me voy
es la hora y
no volverá

Dime quien esta
listo por decir
Adiós a su amor
y dejarse ir

Cuando hay amor,
uno de verdad
Tu no quieres más
que desear le paz

Así río
yo te cantaré,
yo te buscare
en todo lo que hago

Tu siempre luchando
nunca por vencido
Amabas vivir

Me dijeron
en mi largo camino
que les hago pensar en ti
lo mejor que oí

Y tu voz así
se fue
Y tu risa así
se fue

Y el río
canto ya me voy
es la hora
y no volveré

Dime que esta
listo por decir
adiós a su amor
y dejarse ir

Cuando hay amor
Uno de verdad
tu no quieres más
Que desearle paz

Así río,
yo te cantare
Yo te buscare
en todo lo que hago
Track Name: Changing
Gentle be gentle now don’t give hearts away
Look deep inside yourself what wants to come out and play
Kind oh be kind now and let the flowers bloom
You don’t have to be the brightest in the room

Times are a changing ready or not
Wind is a blowing can’t turn back the clock
All you can do
Is find some peace inside of you

Be close to who you are now
Don’t let your insides fade away
Count all your fears and slowly let them go
Climb out of the shadows and let it flow

Times are a changing ready or not
Wind is a blowing can’t turn back the clock
All you can do
Is find some peace inside of you

Don’t be afraid to love with all your might
Don’t be ashamed to change if it feels right
Let the road carry you home and
remember: home is forever changing

Times are a changing ready or not
Wind is a blowing can’t turn back the clock
All you can do
Is find some peace inside of you

Times are a changing ready or not
Wind is a blowing can’t turn back the clock
All you can do
Is find some peace inside of you
Track Name: Honor You
Sideways upside down you fell
We knew nothing tears could tell
In our house there was a pulse
It keeps beating in and out

So unafraid to fall your were
Knowing all the risks you bravely took them still

Let me honor you
It’s all I think that I can do

Let’s think about the luck we had
The times we shared
The good, the good, the good
There was so much good.

In this shift I feel a fire
movement all that you’ve inspired
to live without you feels so strange
You’re always with us that will never change

So, unafraid to fall you were
knowing all the risks you bravely took them still

Let us honor you
It’s all we think that we can do

Let’s think about the luck we had,
The times we shared
The good, the good, the good
There was so much good.

Let me honor you
Let me honor you
Please let me honor you.