Giving Trees

by Julie Neumark

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A collection of songs about falling down, healing, self-discovery and gratitude.

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released March 1, 2016

Produced by James Benedict Thomas and Julie Neumark
All songs written and performed by Julie Neumark
All instruments played by James Benedict Thomas except track 6, upright bass played by Pete Orlanski and track 9, upright piano played by Anne Siedler
Vocal Sound Engineer (all tracks except 5, 6 and 8), Pete Orlanski
Vocal Sound Engineer (track 6), Annmarie Cullen
Vocal Sound Engineer (tracks 5 and 8), Julie Neumark

Special thanks: To all of my challengers, supporters and giving trees. Thank you for helping me grow into my own.

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Julie Neumark Los Angeles, California

Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, Neumark moved to LA to pursue an acting career but her love of music soon won out. After the release of her Roots Rock/Alt-Country "Dimestore Halo" (Lonesome Day Records), she followed the demand of her fans in the Southwestern United States and in Europe (Hyena Records) where she has toured twice in The Netherlands as the support act for Beth Hart (“LA Song”) ... more

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Track Name: The Happy
We spend our days
Filling the void, desperate to prove ourselves
So we can be happy

We spend our nights
Gripping the glass, numbing away the pain
But where is the happy?

I can see it
Like a light
Can almost reach it
If I try – a little harder

Happy –
I’ll give ‘em a smile, they will believe I’m
Happy –
Just like the rest I’ll be
Happy -
Don’t have to feel anything real just
Happy –
Happy, so happy

The pressure mounts
I’m playing the game
So savvy at looking like
I’m someone who’s happy

Just a little more
Convincing myself that I’ve almost reached the place
Where I can be happy

Pre-chorus:
I can see it
Like a light
Can almost reach it
If I try – a little harder

Happy –
I’ll give ‘em a smile, they will believe I’m
Happy –
Just like the rest I’ll be
Happy -
Don’t have to feel anything real just
Happy –
Happy, so happy
Track Name: We Are The Same
TICK TOCK WHEN THE RECORD STOPS THE SOUND
I STILL HEAR THE NEEDLE SCRATCHING AROUND

A KID FLIES A KITE OUTSIDE
AND YOU CAN TELL IT’S SUMMERTIME
THE ICE CREAM TRUCK CHIMES
ARE OUT OF TUNE

IT KEEPS GOING ON AND ON
SUBTLE CHANGES MAKE A BRAND NEW SONG
THAT I’M GONNA PLAY
MAYBE YOU THINK I’M WRONG
I DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT TRIP YOU’RE ON
AT THE END OF IT ALL
WE ARE THE SAME

WAKE UP IN THE SPRING OF ‘75
LIFE LOOKS KINDA BLURRY BEHIND BLUE EYES

SMILE WHILE YOU DO THE DANCE
VICTIM OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE
UNTIL POLYESTER PANTS
GO OUT OF STYLE

IT KEEPS GOING ON AND ON
SUBTLE CHANGES MAKE A BRAND NEW SONG
THAT I’M GONNA PLAY
MAYBE YOU THINK I’M WRONG
I DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT TRIP YOU’RE ON
AT THE END OF IT ALL
WE ARE THE SAME

WE ARE TOGETHER
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
YA, WE’LL STAY TOGETHER
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, WE’RE THE SAME
WE ARE THE SAME
YA, WE’RE THE SAME
WE ARE THE SAME
FOR LIFE

IT KEEPS GOING ON AND ON
SUBTLE CHANGES MAKE A BRAND NEW SONG
THAT I’M GONNA PLAY
MAYBE YOU THINK I’M WRONG
I DON’T REALLY CARE WHAT TRIP YOU’RE ON
AT THE END OF IT ALL
WE ARE THE SAME
Track Name: Forever After
THERE’S A LITTLE BIRD WHO SINGS TO THE MOON
CHEERFULLY, WITH GUSTO, BELTING OUT A HAPPY TUNE
NEVER HOLDING BACK UNTIL THE MOON IS GONE
ALONE IN HER CONVICTION, GROWING SILENT WITH THE DAWN

I WILL STAND BY YOU
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
INTO THE MORNING
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
JUST TAKE MY HAND
AND WE WILL WALK ALONG TOGETHER

HIGH ABOVE THE TREES, A LONG, LONG WAY FROM EARTH
MOTHER NATURE’S CHANDELIER IS ALWAYS GIVING BRITH
SHOOTING STARS AND SPARKLY THINGS
MANIFESTING CHILDHOOD DREAMS
WANTING TO KNOW EVERYTHING, IS ANYBODY LISTENING?
‘CAUSE I WOULD WALK A MILLION MILES
JUST TO FEEL WHAT’S REAL INSIDE YOU
PLEASE DON’T SHUT ME OUT
‘CAUSE I’LL NEVER TURN BACK NOW

YES, I WILL STAND BY YOU
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
INTO THE MORNING
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
JUST TAKE MY HAND
AND WE WILL WALK ALONG TOGETHER
FOREVER AFTER
Track Name: I Think Of You
I CANNOT BREATHE, I CANNOT SLEEP
I MEDITATE WHILE COUNTING SHEEP
EVERY NOW AND THEN I THINK OF YOU

YOU ARE THE EYE INSIDE MY STORM
IF I WERE COLD YOU'D BE MY WARM
EVERY NOW AND THEN I THINK OF YOU

IF YOU COULD SEE ME THE WAY THAT I SEE YOU
THEN EVERYTHING WOULD BE JUST HOW I WANT IT TO
UNTIL YOU DO, I WILL THINK OF YOU

THE WAY YOUR SINGING GOES OFF KEY
IS IRRESISTIBLE TO ME
IT MAKES ME LAUGH WHEN I THINK OF YOU

YOU HIDE BEHIND A GREAT BIG SMILE
WHEN YOU'RE EMBARRASSED LIKE A CHILD
I FALL IN LOVE WHEN I THINK OF YOU

IF YOU COULD SEE ME THE WAY THAT I SEE YOU
THEN EVERYTHING WOULD BE JUST HOW I WANT IT TO
UNTIL YOU DO, I WILL THINK OF YOU

LYING AWAKE IN MY BED
I THINK OF YOU LYING NEXT TO MY HEAD

ALL OF THESE FEELINGS RUN THEIR COURSE
INTO A PARALYZING FORCE
IT BREAKS MY HEART WHEN I THINK OF YOU

I CANNOT STOP, I CANNOT GO
I WONDER IF I'LL EVER KNOW
IF YOU THINK OF ME, LIKE I THINK OF YOU

IF YOU COULD SEE ME THE WAY THAT I SEE YOU
THEN EVERYTHING WOULD BE JUST HOW I WANT IT TO
UNTIL YOU DO, I WILL THINK OF YOU
Track Name: Giving Trees
ONCE UPON A TIME I DARED TO DREAM A DREAM
MY CHILDHOOD EYES COULD ONLY SEE
LIGHT AND POSSIBILITY
A COLD VOICE TOLD ME, “NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY”
BUT I AM DEAF TO WHAT THEY SAY
I KNOW I’LL FIND MY WAY

SUPERFICIAL PLEASANTRIES
KEEP ON KNOCKING AT MY DOOR
TAKE ME OUT AT THE KNEES
BUT I GET UP FOR MORE (AND NOW I’M)

STANDING ALONE
LOOKING AROUND AND WHAT DO I SEE?
THERE’S NO ONE HERE BUT ME
IN A BARREN FIELD OF GIVING TREES

I’M STACKING STONES
TAKING COVER FROM MYSELF
I’LL BUILD A WALL
TO KEEP OUT EVERYBODY ELSE
WILL ANYBODY NOTICE?

WHEN I CRACK
AND THE WALL COMES CRASHING DOWN
PIECES OF MY HEART
WILL BE FOUND
LIKE WRECKAGE IN THE OCEAN

SUPERFICIAL PLEASANTRIES
KEEP ON KNOCKING AT MY DOOR
TAKE ME OUT AT THE KNEES
BUT I GET UP FOR MORE (AND NOW I’M)

STANDING ALONE
LOOKING AROUND AND WHAT DO I SEE?
THERE’S NO ONE HERE BUT ME
I'M STANDING ALONE
LOOKING AROUND AND WHAT DO I SEE?
THE GIRL I USED TO BE
IN A BARREN FIELD OF GIVING TREES

CRAWL UP INSIDE
STAY A WHILE
I DON’T WANT TO OPEN MY EYES

BECAUSE I'M STANDING ALONE
LOOKING AROUND AND WHAT DO I SEE?
THE GIRL I USED TO BE
I'M STANDING ALONE
LOOKING AROUND AND WHAT DO I SEE?
THERE’S NO ONE HERE BUT ME
IN A BARREN FIELD OF GIVING TREES
Track Name: Wanna Stay On Your Ride
It's an illusion
The game we play
My evolution
Is being delayed

Please don't waste my time

I gotta get up, get out, get on with my life
Gotta get up, get out, get on with my life
So, come on, get on, I gotta decide if I
Wanna stay on your ride

Sick and tired of hiding
(gettin', gettin' on, go on, get out)
The way I feel
(gettin', gettin' on, go on, get out)
I wanna let it all hang out
(gettin', gettin' on, go on, get out)
For the world to see
(gettin', gettin' on, go on, get out)

Nice girls never find

Instrumental break

Please don't waste my time, no!

I gotta get up, get out, get on with my life
Gotta get up, get out, get on with my life
So, come on, get on, I gotta decide
Gotta get up get on, get out, get on, get up, get out, get on, get on, get up
Unless I
Wanna stay on your ride
Track Name: All I Have
AS LONG AS I LIVE, I’LL NEVER GO THERE AGAIN
BITTERSWEET WAYS OF MY PAST
AND THOUGH I NEVER KNOW IF YOU WILL TRUST ME AGAIN
I WILL GIVE YOU MY WORD, IT’S ALL I HAVE

THERE’S AN ACHE IN MY HEART AND A WEIGHT ON MY MIND
EVERY TIME THAT OUR PROMISES BREAK
THERE’S NO ROADMAP TO SAVE US FROM LOSIN’ OUR WAY
BUT IF YOU GIVE ME YOUR WORD, I WILL TAKE IT

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING
BUT IF I LEAVE YOU CAN BET
WE’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING
AND WHEN I’M LEAVIN’ AGAIN
IT HURTS TO THINK WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

IF OUR LOVE’S NOT ENOUGH, DO WE KEEP HOLDIN’ ON?
HOW MANY BREAKS CAN A HEART REALLY STAND?
SO MY PROMISE TO YOU IS TO DO ALL I CAN DO
AND I’LL GIVE YOU MY WORD, IT’S ALL I HAVE
Track Name: One More Night (Nicky's song)
ONE MORE NIGHT

SO YOU'RE LOOKIN' OUT YOUR WINDOW
AND YOU'RE WONDERIN' WHAT ALL THE PEOPLE SAY
NOTHING EVER FEELS THE SIMPLE
WHEN YOUR WHOLE LIFE FEELS LIKE A BRAND NEW DAY
EVERY DAY

YOU SAY YOU'RE NOT CUTE ENOUGH, SMART ENOUGH, THIN ENOUGH, STRONG ENOUGH TO RULE THE WORLD THAT YOU'RE LIVIN' IN - YOU'RE A FOOL

TEMPTATION IS BEGGIN' YOU TO GET TOGETHER AND PROMISIN' THAT YOU WILL FEEL SO MUCH BETTER IF YOU DO

YOU GOTTA HOLD ON FOR ONE MORE NIGHT
WHEN THE MORNING COMES, YOU'LL BE ALRIGHT
HOLD ON FOR ONE MORE NIGHT
WHEN YOU'RE FEELIN' NOT SO STRONG, JUST HOLD ON
FOR ONE MORE NIGHT

ONCE UPON A TIME
LIFE WAS ALL ABOUT THE HIGH
HOOK UP, TAKE OFF, YOU WERE FLYIN' FOR A WHILE

NOW YOU'RE LOOKIN' AROUND
BOTH FEET ON THE GROUND
WITH FOOTSTEPS TO FOLLOW

YOU JUST WANT TO SHOUT
GOD, PLEASE GET ME OUT
AND INTO TOMORROW

YOU GOTTA HOLD ON FOR ONE MORE NIGHT
WHEN THE MORNING COMES, YOU'LL BE ALRIGHT
HOLD ON FOR ONE MORE NIGHT
WHEN YOU'RE FEELIN' NOT SO STRONG, JUST HOLD ON
FOR ONE MORE NIGHT

NIGHT, FEELS LIKE AN ETERNITY
NIGHT, COME TO ME - COME TO ME - COME TO ME

Whistling break

YOU CANNOT PRESS REWIND
BUT THE CLOCK YOU'RE ON ONLY MOVES A SECOND AT A TIME
TAKE IT SLOW, BABE
YOU'LL MAKE IT THROUGH TODAY

YOU GOTTA HOLD ON FOR ONE MORE NIGHT
WHEN THE MORNING COMES, YOU'LL BE ALRIGHT
HOLD ON FOR ONE MORE NIGHT
WHEN YOU'RE FEELIN' NOT SO STRONG, JUST HOLD ON
FOR ONE MORE NIGHT
Track Name: Underneath The Sun
I DON’T WANNA WRITE ANOTHER SAD SONG
SO LONG
BE BIG, BE STRONG
REALITY GONE WRONG
POOR ME, POOR YOU

I DON’T WANNA WRITE ANOTHER LOVESICK, LOVESONG
THINK I GOT ENOUGH OF THOSE, LET’S NOT PROLONG
HAVING THE BLUES

SO LET’S JUST DANCE AND WAVE OUR HANDS UP IN THE AIR
LAUGHING SO MUCH THAT IT HURTS
LET’S BE WEIRDOS, SHAKE IT FREE WITHOUT A CARE
CAUSE THAT IS WAY MORE FUN
THAN ALL YOUR WORRIES UNDERNEATH THE SUN

SICK OF BEING SO SERIOUS ALL THE TIME
SELF-DISCOVERY NEEDS A GLASS OF WINE
PLEASE, POUR ME TWO

DON’T TELL ME I CAN’T TAKE CARE OF ME
15 YEARS I SPENT IN THERAPY
SHOULD PAY OFF SOON (BUT IN THE MEANTIME)

SO LET’S JUST DANCE AND WAVE OUR HANDS UP IN THE AIR
LAUGHING SO MUCH THAT IT HURTS
LET’S BE WEIRDOS, SHAKE IT FREE WITHOUT A CARE
CAUSE THAT IS WAY MORE FUN
THAN ALL YOUR WORRIES UNDERNEATH THE SUN

THERE’S SO MANY STORIES I’VE GOT TO TELL
I GOTTA VOID TO FILL
BUT DRAMA’S SUCH A BUZZ KILL
LONELY IS A STATE OF MIND
ONE I’M GONNA LEAVE BEHIND

SO LET’S JUST DANCE AND WAVE OUR HANDS UP IN THE AIR
LAUGHING SO MUCH THAT IT HURTS
LET’S BE WEIRDOS, SHAKE IT FREE WITHOUT A CARE
CAUSE THAT IS WAY MORE FUN
THAN ALL YOUR WORRIES UNDERNEATH THE SUN
WHOA, YA, UNDERNEATH THE SUN
WHOA, YA, UNDERNEATH THE SUN
THE SUN, THE SUN, THE SUN, THE SUN, THE SUN, THE SUN
YA, OH, YA
UNDERNEATH THE SUN
Track Name: The Resolution
BEEN SO BUSY WITH THE TAKE

THAT I'VE FORGOTTEN HOW TO GIVE

WHEN MY DEFENSES LEAD THE WAY
THEY WAGE A WAR I CAN'T FORGIVE
I BUILT AN ARMY OUT OF SHAME
WHEN I WAS JUST A LITTLE KID

AND NOW I'M ASKIN' IS THIS HOW I WANNA LIVE?

BUT I SWEAR TODAY

WILL BE THE LAST

DAY THAT I LIVE

MY PRESENT IN THE PAST

I'LL MAKE FRIENDS WITH CHANGE

MAYBE SHE'LL HELP

ME TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH MYSELF

I SPENT A LOT OF TIME WITH HATE 

SHE NEARLY BROKE MY BACK

I BUCKLED UNDERNEATH HER WEIGHT

BUT SHE HELD ON LIKE A CHAMP

WHEN I TRIED TO SHAKE HER LOOSE

SHE CALLED HER OLD PAL, FEAR

AND TOGETHER WE MARCHED ON ANOTHER YEAR

BUT I SWEAR TODAY

WILL BE THE LAST

DAY THAT I LIVE

MY PRESENT IN THE PAST

I'LL MAKE FRIENDS WITH CHANGE

MAYBE SHE'LL HELP

ME TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH MYSELF

LONGING TO FEEL

THE FREEDOM THAT WARMS ME LIKE THE SUN

GENTLE VOICE AND OPEN ARMS

TO HOLD ME, YA, TO HOLD ME –

IT'S TIME TO OPEN UP THE SHADES

LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND DECIDE

IF THE WAY I HAVE BEHAVED 

IS ENOUGH TO SATISFY

LIKE A BABY BIRD, WHO SPREADS HER WINGS TO FLY

I MIGHT FALL DOWN BUT I'LL NEVER STOP TRYIN'

BUT I SWEAR TODAY

WILL BE THE LAST

DAY THAT I LIVE

MY PRESENT IN THE PAST

I'LL MAKE FRIENDS WITH CHANGE

MAYBE SHE'LL HELP

ME TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH MYSELF

BUT I SWEAR TODAY

WILL BE THE LAST

DAY THAT I LIVE

MY PRESENT IN THE PAST

I'LL MAKE FRIENDS WITH CHANGE

MAYBE SHE'LL HELP

ME TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH MYSELF