Bright New Way

by Travis Knapp

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Unapologetically positive soul music with optimistic lyrics and a feel-good vibe that draws equally from folk, pop, and jazz. Debut album that features Knapp's layered vocal, piano, guitar, hand percussion, and banjo performances. Released October 2013.


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released October 3, 2013

1. Child of a Bright New Way ∆
2. Permaculture Saints ∆
3. Little Baby ∆
(backing vocals by Jordan Michel and Travis Knapp)
4. Put the Sun to Rest ∆
5. Won't Go to Sleep ∆
6. Love Stories ∆
7. It's All Okay ∆
8. Change ∆ ø
(cello by Chris White)
9. Before You Go §
(backing Vocals by Ithacappella '07, Arranged by Garrett Deming)
10. The Water ø∆
11. Year Since Then ∆
12. Carry Me On ø∆
(cajon by Polly Wood)

All songs written by Travis Knapp
All vocal and instrumental (piano, guitar, banjo, djembe, cajon, keyboard) performance by Travis Knapp, except where otherwise noted

∆ Recorded by Travis Knapp at Body Mind Restoration Studio (Danby, NY)
ø Recorded by Nate Richardson at REP Studio (Ithaca, NY)
§ Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jeffrey Thacher

Mixing by Travis Knapp and Nate Richardson at REP Studio
Mastering by Nate Richardson at REP Studio www.repstudio.com
All illustration by Linda Wingerter
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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: Child of a Bright New Way
Born of another, here to discover
Child of a Bright New Way
Tell your mother, tell your father
Things are looking up today

Kids are being born with a light in their souls
Brighter than the world has ever seen
Coming at us strong with their halos of gold
Call it revolution, call it destiny

Time to listen, hear the vision
Spoken by the youngest hearts
Time for dancing, let the rhythms in
Move yourself wherever you are

Free from judgement, free to carry the torch
Let your mind and body go
With concentration and a breath from the source
There's only one thing left that kids must be told

"You can do anything"
I really mean anything
"You can do anything"
I'm telling you, anything

Child, you can make peace where there once was war
And Child, you can believe what no one's believed before
Child, you can fly - we're following you to the sky
Drop what's weighing you down, and float until you're free

Golden mister, golden sister
Gold the color of our truth
Light emerging, lights converging
Light, the weightlessness of youth

Look to the sky for the rainbows above
Kneel before the gentle moon
Look to the children for pureness of love
All things considered, change is coming soon

I know there's something brewing up here
As every breath gets deeper
And every stride gets longer
Everyone is standing up taller, now
Track Name: Permaculture Saints
There are floods in the east
There's a drought in the west
There are oceans between
Being put to the test

There's a cold in the south
It's warm in the north
Something's shifting, yeah, something's shifting 

We've got to do more than just sustain
We've got to rebuild the soil that fills our plates
It's going to take millions of the right actions in the right place
Who's going to lead the way
The Permaculture Saints

There's a calm in the east
And there's a love in the west
There are blisters on my feet
Put our hands to the test

Compost and occupy the feelings of your mind
Dig down, plant some seeds, and oh, you will find
The feelings in your heart, the feelings in your core
Are more resilient than the strength you had before

Water, water, all around, and all of it to drink
Catch it and slow it down, give it time to sink
Store it in the ground, nothing goes to waste
Feed the wells that our grandchildren will taste
There's no time to spare for
The Permaculture Saints

Knowledge and wisdom of thousands of years never really disappeared
But now it's falling on listening ears, and it's about god-blessed time
Track Name: Little Baby
Little baby, This song is for you
Little baby, Whatever you do
Little baby, We'll look after you, 'cause
Little baby, This is a beautiful world that you're coming into

Little baby, Your parents love you so
Little baby, More than you know
Little baby, They want you to grow
Little baby, There'll be angels watching you wherever you may go

Little baby, This song is for you
Little baby, Whatever you do
Little baby, We'll look after you, 'cause
Little baby, This is a beautiful world that you're coming into

You've got your aunts and your uncles and your cousins and friends
Strong-hearted, pure-souled women and men
The trees are gonna rock you
The birds are gonna sing you
The ground is gonna hold you
And the rain is gonna wash you

Little baby, Listen to your Mama
Little baby, Listen to your Papa
Little baby, Listen right from the start
Little baby, To your own heart

Little baby, This song is for you
Little baby, Whatever you do
Little baby, We'll look after you, 'cause
Little baby, This is a beautiful world that you're coming into
Track Name: Put the Sun to Rest
Going to put the sun to rest
Swear I'm gonna do my best

They're gonna see
They're gonna see
They're gonna see your love

Wait until you hear my voice
Wait until there's no more choice
Feel the ground on which you stand
Millions of people hand in hand

They're gonna see
They're gonna see
They're gonna see our love

Once the clouds are stripped away
There'll be nothing left to say
Rainbows shining from the dark
The greatest fire from just one spark
The sun is resting, we're alone
Can't you see how we have grown

They're gonna see
They're gonna see
They're gonna see
Track Name: Won't Go to Sleep
She won't go to sleep without thanking him first
He won't go to sleep without thinking the worst
Cold, cold night
Could it be, everything's right
One caught in gratitude, the other in pain
It's all in the attitude of knowing they're all the same

They all know the name for the one that's above
And they would never blame something other than love
Sweet welcoming arms
Will get us through the storm
No one can break the spell, deeper than words
Gift of the highest self, all we can do is serve

We will go to sleep knowing everything's done
And we know how to keep the perfection of fun
Warm summer breeze
Still, everyone's free
Eyes to the farthest hill, never look down
Stop in to drink your fill, knowing it's all around
Track Name: Love Stories
There can never be too many love stories
The world has room for so much more
There can never be too many love-filled nights
So pick your weary feet up off the floor

You are jaded and afraid
Too wise to waste another day
Become innocent again
So nothing's kept from you, my friend

We all could use a little hand
"Too close" is a thing we've got to end
Decide to try the world again
'Cause you'll never know nobody
Until you let a stranger in

There can never be too many love stories
The world has room for so much more
There can never be too many love-filled nights
So pick your weary feet up off the floor

No time to wait for fairy tales
Believe me, you've got write your own
Take one step toward another and meet me on the other
Decide to find your love

There can never be too many love stories
The world has room for so much more
There can never be too many love-filled nights
So pick your weary feet up
Pick your weary feet up
Pick your weary feet up off the floor
Track Name: It's All Okay
Wise men and wise women taught me all I know
Animals and children, the plants that watch us grow
Night and day, the sun and rain, untold joys and searing pain
Bringing life to life again, it's all okay

I can only live the best that I know how
And only if someone asks why I seem so well
Will I tell

Men taught me compassion, women taught me strength
Animals have peace engrained, children have the same
Plants they've taught me patience, day gives way to night
Sun taught me to feel its rays when rain turns down its light
Joys untold could heal the world, flowing free when fists uncurl
Searing pain, release the pearl, it's all okay

But above all, relax and take a breath
And be sure to allow the thoughts that feel the best

Wise men and wise women taught me all I know
Wisdom they have given brings us all aglow
All of those who've come before open minds and open doors
Ego shattered on the floor, and I'm okay
Track Name: Change
I know it's been a long time
I know that things have changed
I hope you're feeling alright
I've felt and shared your pain

Fate brought us together, and fate sent us apart
But we have changed forever from the joys that filled our hearts

You can race to catch a rainbow
But rainbows can't be caught
The brightest pearl sends out a light
That other gems cannot

Brilliant, clever, shining girl
Hiking in the snow
Swimming in the ocean
And the comforts of a home

Passing notes through floorboards
Singing in the car
We sang it while we had it
And I swung you by your arms

Breakfast with the Beetles
Trying not to laugh
Simon says, I'll race you there
Dancing down the path

You can race to catch a rainbow
But rainbows can't be caught
The brightest pearl sends out a light
That other gems cannot

Life is always changing
Dreams are your best guide
Change keeps people growing
And growth keeps us alive

It won't be like it used to - people drift apart
But we have changed forever from the joys that filled our hearts
Memories are treasures, not held but never lost
Yeah, we're changing for the better because joy has filled our hearts
Track Name: Before You Go
I never thought that a kiss goodbye
Could leave me so lonesome, could leave me so dry
Watching you walk away, I hope that you'll look up
But nothing I do or say will ever be enough

I know every breath that you take could honestly be your last
So give me the peace of mind
To hold you close, to feel your eyes
And to sink deep in your soul
Before you go, before you go
Before you go

Time after time you say that you would be content
Oh, if you passed away and were to heaven sent
Sometimes I wish I had the confidence you do
That nothing will ever end, as long as love is new

I know every breath that you take could honestly be your last
So give me the peace of mind
To hold you close, to feel your eyes
And to sink deep in your soul
Before you go, before you go
Before you go

Before you go, won't you let me explain myself
Before you go, won't you give me a sign
And did the stars complain when you asked them for the time
And did the moon exclaim, when you begged him to be kind

"There's a lovely face I see, lost among the evergreens"
Then the moon, he turned his head, and he started to cry
He said, "I don't know either, I don't know either
Where you'll be when you die"

I know every breath that you take could honestly be your last
So give me the peace of mind
To hold you close, to feel your eyes
And to sink deep in your soul
Before you go, before you go
Before you go
Track Name: The Water
The water 'round here runs clean and clear
The water 'round here runs clean and clear

It flows to us from the ground below
And it rains on us from the clouds, we know
That the water 'round here runs clean and clear
The water 'round here runs clean and clear

And the trees grow green, while the deer run free
And the food that grows is all that we need
'Cause the water 'round here runs clean and clear
The water 'round here runs clean

But corporations are telling us
"You've got to work that, eek that gas from the ground
No more time for messing around
'Cause there are homes to be run
Noble deeds to be done
And we can't get the power you need from the sun"
They say: "You are the first, this is the only, you are the chosen ones"

But this has happened before, from sea to shining shore
With accidents, lies, destruction, and more

I mean, we're asked to trust an industry that's exempt from
the Safe Drinking Water Act
the National Environmental Policy Act
the Emergency Response and Community Right-to-Know Act
the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
the Superfund Act
the Clean Air Act
the Clean Water Act

Do you need to hear any more?  We must not hydrofrack!

If it cannot be done safely, it must not be done at all
One ruined drop of water is one ruined drop too many
So listen up, choir, I know you've got something to say
We could be the very spot where drilling was stopped in its tracks
Clogged up, pushed back

Sometimes you've got to preach to the choir in order to get them to sing
Sometimes you've got to preach to the choir in order to get them to sing

We've got to plant our feet like roots in the earth
Clasp hands like branches
If we stand strong together, maybe we can protect her
They're gonna have to chop us down to break into this ground

And though there are no wounds that the Earth can't heal
The scars this would leave are far too real

The water 'round here runs clean and clear
The water 'round here runs clean and clear
Track Name: Year Since Then
Has it really been a year since then
Am I really standing here again
Has it really been a year
I thought things would be more clear
Has it really been a year since then

Friends have come and friends have stayed since then
We have danced and we have played again
Friends have come and friends have stayed
In the sun and in the shade
Friends have come and friends have stayed since then

This time last year, I was wondering where to go
Should I even try to stay
Fifty-two weeks later, I confess I still don't know
But I'll just keep on keeping on anyway

Has it really been a year since then
Am I really standing here again
Has it really been a year
I thought things would be more clear
Has it really been a year since then

Am I really one breath closer my grave
Have I taken more than I gave
Am I really one breath closer
Some say yes and some say no, sir
Am I really one breath closer to my grave

This time last year, I was wondering where to go
Should I even try to stay
Fifty-two weeks later, I confess I still don't know
But I'll just keep on keeping on anyway

Has it really been a year since then
Am I really standing here again
Has it really been a year
I thought things would be more clear
Has it really been a year since then
Track Name: Carry Me On
Late in autumn
When the leaves have changed
And the springtime
Is but a winter away

In the springtime
When the leaves emerge
And our thoughts submerge
In the mud of the fields

Carry me … carry me
Carry me on

Late in summer
When the sun's ablaze
And the winter
Is but a fall away

In the winter
When the snow is deep
And the thoughts we keep
Are but our own

Carry me … carry me
Carry me on

Late in evening
When the day has played
And the morning
Is but a night away

In the morning
When the sun's on my face
Help me meet the day
With grace

Carry me … carry me
Carry me on