All the Stars You Hold

by Travis Knapp

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released August 15, 2016

All songs written by Travis Knapp - www.travisknapp.com

Mixing and Mastering by Nate Silas Richardson, REP Studio (Ithaca, NY - www.repstudio.com)

Recorded by Travis Knapp (Fun Acres Studio + various locations), and by Nate Silas Richardson (REP Studio)

All illustration by Linda Wingerter (www.paintedbooks.com)
Packaging design and layout by Pat Burke


The Musicians:

Travis Knapp - lead vocals (all tracks), banjo (1 2 4 7 9 11), piano (1 2 5 7 8 11), kalimba (3 5), shruti box (6 12), rhodes (10)
Desmond Bratton - double bass (1 2 3 4 5 7 9 11)
Elisa Sciscioli - backing vocals (1 3 4 5 6 7)
Greg Evans - drumset (1 2 5 6 10)
Angie Beeler - backing vocals (1 2 5 9)
Nate Marshall - guitar (1 5), harmonica (2 9), backing vocals (1 5)
Harmony Malone - tambourine (1 4 5), backing vocals (1 4 5)
Steve Selin - fiddle (1 4 9)
Nate Silas Richardson - electric bass (5 6)
Tenzin Chopak - backing vocals (3), guitar (4)
Jon Crawford - harmonica (9 11)
Colwyn Gulliford - acoustic guitar (6 9), electric guitar (6)
Cecilia Zakos - backing vocals (4 5)
Banyan Segebarth - backing vocals (4 5)
Erik Johnson - saxophones (10)


1. Mama ……………………… 4:44
2. Safe ………………………... 4:17
3. Humble ……………………. 4:21
4. Grasshoppers & Ants ….... 4:53
5. Lila …………………………. 3:59
6. Toward the One .…………. 4:49
7. Dancer ………………….…. 7:03
8. We Can’t Go Wrong …….... 3:41
9. Darlin’ …………………….... 4:54
10. Nagasaki Flame ………….. 4:26
11. Spring ……………………... 6:16
12. When There is Peace …..... 7:10

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Travis Knapp Ithaca, New York

"Hopeful soul-lifting acoustic folk music rooted in pop, jazz, soul, and gospel - piano/banjo/guitar/vocals; from the fields, forests, ponds, and meadows of Ithaca, NY."

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Track Name: Mama
There’s sunshine on the hillside
And there are shadows down below
The morning light is rising
And the rooster starts to crow

They’re walking up from the valley
And they’re driving in from the town by the road
As family gathers around me
There are so many seeds to sow

Well, I’m grown up, Mama, doing right by you
Living hard like you taught me to do
I’ve got no regrets, only unpaid debts
For all the kindness from people like you

I’m gonna plant me an orchard
And grow some medicine under the trees
Gonna sleep outside when it’s warmer
And move in when it starts to freeze

I’m gonna travel this whole world over
By bike or by train, by horse or by foot
Gonna visit all of my friends, and then
Come home and just stay put

Well, I’m grown up, Mama, doing right by you
Living hard like you taught me to do
I’ve got no regrets, only unpaid debts
For all the kindness from people like you

There’s so much time still for dreaming
And there’s nothing left here to do for today
As we breathe in this life we are weaving
The evening light fades away

Well, I’m grown up, Mama, doing right by you
Living hard like you taught me to do
I’ve got no regrets, only unpaid debts
For all the kindness from people like you
Track Name: Safe
I believe we are safe
I believe we are filled with grace
I believe there are no mistakes
I believe we are safe

I believe we are good
I know one day we will all be understood
We got this far because we knew we would
I believe we are good

There’s power in the words we speak
When you ask, you shall receive
There’s power in the joys you seek
When your heart is on your sleeve

Every moment’s a prayer
Every prayer is for the earth
When we pray, we pray with the dirt
And to the earth we shall return

I believe we are pure
We started out that way, we don’t need a cure
Deep inside, of this I’m sure
I believe we are pure

I believe we are blessed
Everyone put your fears to rest
I have learned to expect the best
I believe we are blessed

There’s power in the words we speak
When you ask, you shall receive
There’s power in the joys you seek
When your heart is on your sleeve

I ask for forgiveness
For strength, and for hope
I ask for compassion
In love and in growth

Every moment’s a prayer
Every prayer is for the earth
When we pray, we pray with the dirt
And to the earth we shall return

I believe we are good
I know one day we will all be understood
We got this far because we knew we would
I believe we are good

I believe we are safe
I believe we are filled with grace
I believe there are no mistakes
I believe ….
Track Name: Humble
When I’m gone
May they say I was too humble
May they say I gave too much away
May they say I gave thanks too often
For this world that taught me how to pray

When we eat, we offer up a blessing
For the food, and where the food came from
When I lay me down, I am grateful
For the day, and all the days to come

When I sing, I hope my words are honest
To myself and everyone who hears
May we learn to celebrate each other
Our family, both far away and near
Our family, both far away and here

When I’m gone
May they say I was too joyful
May they say I understood the pain
Of everyone who struggles on this journey
And we lifted up our spirits all the same

When we sing, I hope our words are honest
To ourselves and everyone who hears
May we learn to celebrate each other
Our family, both far away and near
Our family, both far away and here
Our family, both far away and here
Track Name: Grasshoppers & Ants
Way down in between the hills
Where the corn and the vegetables grow
The Ants were tending their fields of grain
And building a hill of their own

Early each day, they began their work
Starting early each spring
As Grasshoppers crouched in a field nearby
They were playing this song on their wings

They sang:
Chirrup, chirrup, don’t look down
Chirrup, chirrup, I love this sound
Chirrup, chirrup, it’s all around
Chirrup, chirrup, I love this town

Day after day, the Grasshoppers played
Filling the hillside with song
As all of the Ants prepared for the cold
They were dancing and humming along

They sang:
Chirrup, chirrup, don’t look down
Chirrup, chirrup, I love this sound
Chirrup, chirrup, it’s all around
Chirrup, chirrup, I love this town

The winds turned cold, and the morning frost
Gave way to a blanket of snow
The Grasshoppers started to shiver at night
And they wondered where they would go

They knelt in the grass as the Ants filed into their
Castle made of sand, and
Watched as they lit up a fire so bright
And a great long feast began

They sang:
Cheer up, cheer up, don’t look down
Cheer up, cheer up, I love this sound
Cheer up, cheer up, it’s all around
Cheer up, cheer up, I love this town

One grasshopper walked up to the hill
Frozen, tired, and in pain
He asked the ant there if they could come in
But his face showed a look of disdain, he said:

“I’ve seen you wasting the seasons away
I’ve seen you lazy and playing all day
While we toiled in the fields and the hill all year -
You are not welcome here,” he said,
“You are not welcome here”

The grasshopper turned on his heels to go
To take the news to his friends below
But there in the doorway stood, instead
A crowd of Ants who said:

Oh, brothers and sisters
Thank you for your song
Oh, brothers and sisters
You kept our spirits strong

Won’t you come inside for the winter
And rest your weary wings
Come inside for the winter
You make our spirits sing

And they sang:
Chirrup, chirrup, don’t look down
Chirrup, chirrup, I love this sound
Chirrup, chirrup, it’s all around
Chirrup, chirrup, I love this town

They sang and danced by the fireside
They sang and they danced all night
They sang and danced all winter long
Grasshopper and Ant side by side

They sang:
Chirrup, chirrup, don’t look down
Chirrup, chirrup, I love this sound
Chirrup, chirrup, it’s all around
Chirrup, chirrup, I love this town
Track Name: Lila
Lila, oh …

Lila, may you forever know
Where you are and where you go
There’s always time to play

Lila Bean, sweet and free
Know that you can always be
Always be

Always be joy …
And always be home …
Lila, oh ….

Lila Bean, breathe in deep
Remember all the power you keep
To build and destroy

Lila, as the world unfolds
Remember all the stars you hold
And may you forever know

Always know joy …
And always know home …
Lila, oh …
Track Name: Toward the One
One
The One
Toward the One
We’re all moving toward the One

From the mouths of many, we get closer to the Truth
Through the eyes of many, we see closer to the Truth
With the hearts of many, we get closer to …

The One
Toward the One
We’re all moving toward the One

From the mouths of many, we get closer to the Truth
Through the eyes of many, we see closer to the Truth
With the hearts of many, we get closer to …

The One
Toward the One
We’re all moving toward the One
Toward the One
The One
One
Track Name: Dancer
She was a dancer all her life
Twenty years old, dancing gave her life
Every morning, to the bird songs
To the stars, and to the night
Dancing brought her to life

Short of breath one day
Went to the doctor to see what he would say
He said, “Your heart is weak,
Just don’t work it too hard”
And for a moment, no one could speak
Because dancing works your heart
Your heart too hard

Like a painter going blind
Or a thinker losing his mind
Like a carpenter losing his hands
I think you understand
This dancer was losing her breath
Failing heart beating, beating in her chest

Walking home one day, guitar in hand
To her family, this dancer had a plan
Little brother sitting on the floor
She gave him his first guitar
They played all the songs they knew
All that she had taught him to
She must have known what he could do

Like a painter going blind
Or a thinker losing his mind
Like a carpenter losing her hands
I think you understand
This dancer was losing her breath
Failing heart beating, beating in her chest

Then she stepped out the door
Kissed her mother goodbye
And walked back into town
Found some people on the road
Dancing to an old stereo
She jumped right in
And began to whirl and spin
Kicking up her heels

Felt her heart beating hard
Felt her heart beating …
Beating too hard

She fell to the ground
And then heard no more sound

She died dancing in the arms of a stranger
She died dancing in his arms

Well, her heart was weak, but her heart was free
And she danced her life so honestly
Her heart was weak, but her heart was free
And she danced until her heart
Her heart was free
Track Name: We Can't Go Wrong
Your empty toothpaste tube
Is sitting still upon my desk
And all those things you drew
I’ve hung them up upon my wall
I love them all

And your blanket, dear
Is sitting still upon my bed
Above the sheet we used
To pull over our heads
We were scared, too scared to move

I’ve pounded nails and string
To draw some circles on a map
But I’ve just wrecked the thing
Because what’s been true all along
We can’t go wrong

With choices left to makes
We are bound to make mistakes
But we’ve got one choice right
And still we know it’s good to be scared
Too scared to move

It’s not just who you are
But it’s the way you dream
That draws me close to you
Because we’ve dreamed up the same things
We can’t go wrong

Soon we’ll catch our feet
And get them walking side by side
Hand in hand, we’ll take a seat
Under some old tree, who knows where
Who could care?

But our warming hearts are just a place to start
See, we could be each others’ base
A place from which to grow
The soul with which we face the world
In our highest creativity and love

We can’t go wrong
Track Name: Darlin'
If you want to call me darling, that’s alright
If you want to call me darling in the day or the night
When we’re walking side by side
I have got nothing to hide
If you want to call me darling, that’s alright

If you want to call me baby, that’s okay
If you want to call me baby, I’d have nothing to say
It’s not too soon, it’s not too late
Call me what you want, no need to wait
If you want to call me baby, that’s okay
And if you want to call me darling, that’s alright

If you want to call me honey, that’d be sweet
If you want to call me honey every time that we meet
On the hill or in the creek
By the barn or with the bees
If you want to call me honey, that’d be sweet
And if you want to call me baby, that’s okay
And if you want to call me darling, that’s alright

If you want to call me sweetheart, that sounds nice
If you want to call me sweetheart more than once or twice
If I’m the apple of your eye
Call me anything, give that a try
If you want to call me sweetheart, that sounds nice
And if you want to call me honey, that’d be sweet
And if you want to call me baby, that’s okay
And if you want to call me darling, that’s alright

If you want to call me lover, I’ll be yours
If you want to call me lover, I will open your doors
Call me lover, call me friend
Call me to your heart again
If you want to call me lover, I’ll be yours
And if you want to call me sweetheart, that sounds nice
And if you want to call me honey, that’d be sweet
And if you want to call me baby, that’s okay
And if you want to call me darling, that’s alright
Yeah, if you want to call me darling, that’s alright
Track Name: Nagasaki Flame
Deep in the heart of the city
Behind all the schools and the roads
A green copper lantern, and a gate in the rain
Are keeping their watch over a voice in the cold

The voice is the heart of the people
The people whose prayers are the same
Ten thousand paper cranes hang weeping beside
A dove and the Nagasaki Flame

Here in the east capital city
I found a man with my grandfather’s core
Each served his country in a generation of hate
Making them enemies by the theories of war

His face shone with the comfort and the passion
Of a life lived kindly for years
But behind those dark eyes, in a place far beyond
Lies a deep, thick, inescapable fear

Who gets the power, and
Who gets the bomb
Who gets the chance to decide
Which people will live
Which people will die
And who really has God on his side

I’ll tend to my life, if you will live yours
When we meet, we’ll raise up a glass
But when war comes knocking, who’ll take the blame
And who’s going to tend to the Nagasaki Flame
Track Name: Spring
The ice is cracking
The ice is cracking
The river widens
Flows on in silence
And the snow is finally gone

Blackbirds laughing
Geese returning
Beech trees shaking
Water swirling
As everything that’s melted starts to run

I’ve been by myself for much too long
And I know I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ve protected myself from every angle
Now my heart starts to untangle
I take down my guard
And I am yours

It’s never dry here
The future’s not clear
I’ll always return here
This land is so dear
The forest and the valleys call me home

People smile here
It feels good to lie here
I’ve built my life here
I’ll probably die here
And join the bones of those who’ve come before

I’ve been by myself for much too long
And I know I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ve protected myself from every angle
Now my heart starts to untangle
I take down my guard
And I am yours
Track Name: When There is Peace
If there’s no peace in your heart
You’re just fuel for the flame

Choose wisely, choose wisely
Which fires you’ll feed
And which passions you’ll tame

If there’s no peace in your heart
You’re just fuel for the flames

Choose wisely, choose wisely
Which fires you’ll feed
And which passions you’ll tame

If there is peace in your heart
Nothing can harm you

When there is peace in your heart

When there is peace