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All the Stars You Hold

by Travis Knapp

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1.
Mama 04:44
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
2.
Safe 04:17
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 ….
3.
Humble 04:21
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
4.
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
5.
Lila 03:59
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 …
6.
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
7.
Dancer 07:03
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
8.
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
9.
Darlin' 04:54
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
10.
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
11.
Spring 06:16
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
12.
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

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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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