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Nobody Works Alone - (Culture First collaboration)

by Amber Rubarth

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[ Commissioned by the Culture First conference, July 29-31, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. For more information, go to CultureFirst.com ] FREE DOWNLOAD available here. More music available at shop.AmberRubarth.com

I was invited by Culture First to create a song around their beautiful conference and the people joining from around the world to discuss and share similarities and differences in their field of HR.
As I began working on it, I kept having this image emerge of business as an ecosystem, very similar to what we find in nature. HR is its own ecosystem, except all the plants have feelings, and the trees have to make money!

I wanted to write something celebrating the beauty of this complexity and interconnectedness, and the people spending their time creating living environments where humans can thrive.

I also wanted to include a mantra that I've felt throughout this collaboration, to always return to the human aspect in everything we do - the heart.

This is called "Nobody Works Alone."

~ Amber Rubarth

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NOBODY WORKS ALONE
Music & Lyrics by Amber Rubarth, in collaboration with the Culture First conference.

You find a place behind the scenes
And watch the pieces land
Recognize the patterns like the backside of your hand
Ask the deeper questions and try to understand
How every perspective
Lets us see the whole again

You have a way of bringing out the best in everyone
Present to the rhythms behind the work that’s done
You see connection everywhere
Show them one by one
How this is a journey, not a war to be won

And even the strongest redwood
Plugs into the ground below
And both the fire and the rain make it grow
From the chambers of the heart
To every seed that’s sewn
Nobody works alone
Nobody works alone

(short instrumental)

It isn’t always simple
And it isn’t always clear
The fog can roll in oh so heavy
Cover up what’s there
But just like nature’s perfect web
Or fibers in a thread
What we weave together
Gives a place to rest our heads

And even the strongest redwood
Plugs into the ground below
And both the fire and the rain make it grow
From the chambers of the heart
To every seed that’s sewn
Nobody works alone
Nobody works alone

So keep to the heart of it
Keep to the heart of it
Keep to the heart of it
Through the high and low
We keep to the heart of it
Keep to the heart of it
Keep to the heart of it
Oh

Even the strongest redwood
Plugs into the ground below
And both the fire and the rain make it grow
From the chambers of the heart
To every seed that’s sewn
Nobody works alone
Nobody works alone

We keep to the heart of it
Keep to the heart of it
Keep to the heart of it
Through the high and low
We keep to the heart of it
Keep to the heart of it
Keep to the heart of it
Oh

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released July 30, 2019
Amber Rubarth - guitar and vocal
Matt Andrews - Engineer
Recorded at Big Iron Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Amber Rubarth Nashville, Tennessee

In her unassuming yet beguiling way, Amber Rubarth draws you into a world where wonder and high-minded concepts weave into a poetic tapestry, a world where space and time can come screeching to a halt with “songs so strong they sound like classics” (Acoustic Guitar).

Grand prize winner of NPR Mountain Stage contest, she has toured from Asia to Europe to Africa and the US, including Carnegie Hall.
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