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One By One

by Travis Knapp

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1.
One By One 06:33
Drop by drop, the bucket fills And pours over the brim 
Love by love, the heart is filled And can’t go back again This crazy world makes no sense at all So much beauty, so much hurt 
But if you step up and I step up 
We’ll find out what it’s worth There’s nothing left to lose ... One by one
We face into the rain 
And turn our flesh into flame One by one
We breathe into the pain
 You can’t make fire feel afraid 
With this remaining shred of hope We have a choice to make
 All together and on our own 
Will we bend or will we break And in this brief moment of peace Will we feed the war machine
 Or will we find the strength that it takes To fall down on our knees There’s nothing left to lose One by one
 We face into the rain 
And turn our flesh into flame One by one
 We breathe into the pain
 You can’t make fire feel afraid One by one
 We step into the light 
And start to burn
 One by one
 We give into what’s right
 We are the tide that has turned Can’t turn away anymore
 We will remember who we are 
Fire must spread or it disappears
 Lay down your sword and your shield Be suspicious of all that can divide us: Politics, race, class, religion, and bias 
Time and time again I’ve seen that We can lift each other up
 We lift each other up, we lift each other up ... There’s nothing left to lose One by one
2.
Alright 05:05
All I ever heard was you were a troubled child 
All I ever heard was you can’t sit still and Your mind is running wild Lost your temper, lost your cool 
Never did quite jive with school
 All I ever heard was you were a troubled child Sitting on the bus, headphones in your ears
 Skates and boards would help to get you thru those years Put on pills for ADD, legalized amphetamines 
Overkill that gets stronger every year If I could tell you then what I’d tell you now: I see a light in you 
If you knew then what you know now 
I think you’d say this too: It is alright, you are alright 
Everything is alright, and it’s easy You never thought you’d make it past 22
 You did your best, that’s all that anyone can ever do The way you make us laugh with ease
 The way you love your family
 Don’t forget that’s how we love you, too Learning how to fight was a blessing and a curse Something small could turn to something so much worse It’s the wrong scene, someone wants to brawl
 You knocked him out, now the law’s involved 
Learning how to fight was a blessing and a curse If I could tell you then what I’d tell you now: You are a peaceful man
 I think you knew then what you still know now: Peace is in your hands It is alright, you are alright Everything is alright, and it’s easy You weren’t yourself since who knows when You knew the pills just had to end
 So you cut them cold and told no one
 Until all the chemicals were gone Now the work has just begun So remember this, my brother 
I consider you a hero
 I know this world will always hold you It’s just like the old monk told you: It is alright, you are alright Everything is alright, and it’s easy
3.
Walk With Me 05:20
Walking slowly down this path that we choose You want to know me and I need to know you Freedom comes in moments like this Bare your soul, share your bliss We’ve come a long way, and we have caused pain We’ve had some long nights, and some long days But whether falling or flying The answer is always the same Walk with me, walk with me It can be hard But you can show me your scars And just let them be Walk with me Walk with me, walk with me Out under the stars We don’t need to go far We just need to feel free Walk with me Gone too quickly, all this time that we pass What is fleeting, what things last In this surrender, I may not reply I may not remember, I may not ask why We’ve come a long way, and we have caused pain We’ve had some long nights, and some long days But whether falling or flying The answer is always the same Walk with me, walk with me I may not understand But you can take my hand And help me to see Walk with me, walk with me You have my word That you will be heard Whenever you speak Walk with me
4.
Democracy 05:29
“Democracy” Show me what democracy looks like This is what democracy looks like We gather here with voices raised So we can go back home today To raise our food and families And live our lives in peace When someone truly speaks for you You’d better speak for them
 When someone truly represents you You’d best represent Health Care, living wage 
Education, climate change
 One person, one vote 
If you support the troops, bring them home When you hurt, I hurt
 When I hurt, you hurt
 When your children hurt, I hurt too We’re all in this together Gay, Straight, Woman, Man Black, White, Brown, Tan Immigrant, or Native child We’re all in this together Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian Sufi, Muslim, or no religion
 One Truth, Many Paths
 We’re all in this together Look at your hands, put them right out in front of you now If there's a way, these hands are the ones that know how Every shovel you lift, every tree that you plant Every choice you make - will this improve the land? We're only tenants here, in this body on this earth Given just one job, a mandate from birth Gratitude for every creature doing its part And gratitude above us that we get to do ours It's our birthright, foresight, holding tight to what we know is right We just might reignite the firelight to keep up the fight For ancient forests and riversides, mountain tops where peace resides Hope unites but fear divides, love this life, open your eyes As long as the sun does rise, we walk here side by side No idea is too big, no action too small And these hands - your hands - our hands Can hold it all One voice Echoed back Becomes stronger And stronger When the people speak, the truth is heard When the truth is heard, the people move When the people move, we can’t be stopped We’re all in this together Show me what democracy looks like This is what democracy looks like
5.
Cannon Ball 04:10
On a one-way trip to Cannon Ball Where the river is wide and Lakota stand tall They’re holding their ground for the good of us all For the water, we must answer the call On a one-way trip to Cannon Ball Now there’s water that needs our help all o’er this land
 But this here is the place now where the people must stand They’re gonna say, This is where the future began
 With so many tribes standing hand in hand 
On a one-way trip to draw a line in the sand 
On a one-way trip to Cannon Ball The company brought dogs, and police, they brought guns To defend all the digging that should never have been done What they call a riot is a prayer circle in the sun 
Creating violence where there really is none On a one-way trip to see this world undone A one-way trip to Cannon Ball Women, elders, and warriors on the front line Treaties all broken by the other side 
Standing face to face with centuries of genocide The call went out for allies world-wide To make a one-way trip to Standing Rock this time A one-way trip to Cannon Ball Actions get headlines, but prayers must be given 
So we’re here on behalf of our children’s children’s children Armed with prayers and tobacco as a gift
 This is everybody’s struggle, but it’s Native voices we must lift On a one-way trip to see a better world exist
 On a one-way trip to Cannon Ball On a one-way trip to stand for peace 
For the sacred and natural world we speak Water is life, when will the industry see 
Directly, peacefully, not until this stops will we Ever plan to leave, and our hearts will always be On this one-way trip to stand for peace
 On this one-way trip for us all 
On a one-way trip to Cannon Ball
 On a one-way trip to Cannon Ball
6.
Remind Me 03:31
Remind me of the best of me
 Remind me what I longed to see Remind me of destiny and all that we Dreamed and hoped this could be Take me down to the earth Show me the moment of birth Give me the strength to return Remember how bold you were Remember how calm and sure Remember how everything everywhere Everyone passed in a blur I know I’ve forgotten so much 
The taste, the sound, the touch
 But laugh here along with me now at all we’ve become
 
Take me to the woods again 
Walk me where I’ve never been 
Keep my eyes open, then show to them What this all was way back when There’s so much land to heal Open hands to feel
 As far as I know, this is real 
Give me a song to sing
 Some old guitar to string
 Give me a bell to ring, anything
 That you find worthy to bring

 It’s the least I can do 
But I give it all to you 
To all of our selves, always true
7.
In the fall of twenty-fourteen right around Halloween When the veil is thin, I was moving in
 Log cabin built of pine back in 1939
 I was high on chocolate, solitude, and wine, And the pleasure of a place I could call mine 
I was up long into the night, everything was feeling right and finally I fell fast asleep I awoke to the glow of a full moon overhead
 And gazed out the front window from up in my lofted bed
 There were men walking toward me from out across the land
 Were those pitchforks they were holding Or were those guns in their hands? They made it to the door and I knew that I was trapped So I grabbed a banjo from the wall and started to attack I threw it down, it shattered, then I picked up a guitar That one hit its mark, but it would not leave a scar I had one banjo left, which they begged me not to bust 
They shouted out to calm me down: “Please listen to us!” 
“We just want to play a tune with you before the daylight comes” They were holding only instruments There were no tools or guns We played and we played, spirits flying high They said, “We put this building up back in 1939
 So the whole town could come to dance and play into the night”
 You see, our song was so compelling that everyone we’d ever loved Came running in and walking in and flying in like doves And joyfully united, as we wept and as we hugged
 A voice spoke loud and clear, as if summoned from above: “Remember all the love you’ve ever felt, Each night as you lay in bed
 And daily song upon your lips Will soothe the waking and wake the dead!" 
Many blessings on your days and nights, and Blessings on the road ahead
8.
In those days We finally chose to walk Like the giants we are And we held the world In arms grown stronger with love In the days to come There may be many things that we forget 
But this will not be one of them In those days We agreed to respect All the natural world And we bowed our heads in thanks For all that we have In the days to come 
There may be many things that we forget
 But this will not be one of them In those days We accepted that the universe Wants us to thrive And we lived each day With all of our courage and trust In the days to come There may be many things that we forget
 But this will not be one of them
9.
I guess I still don’t know you But still I’d like to show you All the visions in my head It’s never been so hard To set out on the road
 You love me from a far And make me want to stay back home And never go 
Riding up the coast I’m Wishing you were close by 
So we could do this face to face You may not believe this But I’ve never felt it before I could see us bringing a child into this world
 And maybe more I live in the country And you live in the town 
You make me want to come around I need to see the stars from out where Cars don’t make a sound Can’t bear to hear the highway I hope we find our common ground 
I know we’ll plant a garden With all the seeds we’re starting
 With lots of extra food to share We both need our families And friends close to our home I can see the forest where All of our kids would roam I wanna be your somebody I’ll chop all our wood to burn Make mediocre furniture And cook on an open flame You speak out for justice And remind me of the same Though sometimes I’d just rather sing And work on the land all day
 You like things so orderly And I don’t mind some entropy There’s something so nice in between We use different language In praise of the divine But we both love the beauty Around us and inside I wanna be your somebody
10.
Dark Times 04:13
We’ve been living in dark times, brother We’ve got shadows to face 
Been living in dark times, brother 
That we cannot erase We’re living in dark times, brother There’s balance to keep
 We’re living in dark times, brother But we won’t fall asleep 
We’ve been living in dark times, brother Around the world and in our hearts Been living in dark times, brother
 And we’ve all played our part We’re living in dark times, brother But I see hope in your eyes We’re living in dark times, brother But aren’t we starting to shine We’re living in beautiful times What a moment to be alive 
We’re living in beautiful times You’ve got the right to decide Listen closely to the elders’ stories
 There’s a torch to carry on
 Listen to the wisdom of our children An their imaginations Raise up the voices you believe in
 
We’re living in bright times, brother
 We are loving and kind
 We’re living in bright times, brother
 We can heal this divide We’re living in bright times, brother Think of what we could build We’re living in bright times, brother There’s a way and there’s a will 
We’ve been living in dark times, brother We’ve got shadows to face 
Been living in dark times, brother
 That we cannot erase We’re living in dark times, brother But I see hope in your eyes We’re living in dark times, brother But aren’t we starting to shine

credits

released July 9, 2019

All songs written by Travis Knapp
String Quartet arrangements by Alexas Esposito
“In Those Days” is based on and inspired by the poem “Awakening” by Brian Andreas (www.storypeople.com)

Mixing and Mastering by Nate Silas Richardson, REP Studio (Ithaca, NY - www.repstudio.com)
Recorded by Nate Silas Richardson (REP Studio), and by Travis Knapp (Fun Acres Studio + various locations)

Illustration by Linda Wingerter (www.paintedbooks.com)
Packaging design & layout by Pat Burke

The Musicians:
Travis Knapp - lead vocals, banjo, & piano (all tracks)
Desmond Bratton - double bass (all tracks)
Byron “Kidd” Cage - drum set (all tracks)
Elisa Sciscioli - harmony vocals (all tracks)
Angie Beeler - harmony vocals (all tracks)
Jonathan Keefner - hand percussion (1 2 4 7 8 10)
Harmony Malone - tambourine (1 2 4 7 8 10)
Nate Marshall - harmonica (4 5 6 8 10)
Max Buckholtz - violin (3 7 10)
Remanu Steele - trumpet (1 4 10)
String Quartet - (1 5 9):
Max Buckholtz (Violin I)
Avner Finberg (Violin II)
William Hurley (Viola)
Chris White (Cello)
Ithaca community chorus - (1 3 4 5 7 8 10)
Joe Soto, Alexas Esposito, Maya Soto - (5)
American Indian Movement Song singers

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"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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