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Bright New Way

by Travis Knapp

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1.
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
2.
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
3.
Little Baby 03:57
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
4.
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
5.
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
6.
Love Stories 03:11
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
7.
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
8.
Change 03:29
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
9.
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
10.
The Water 05:46
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
11.
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
12.
Carry Me On 07:29
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

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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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