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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

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from All the Stars You Hold, released August 15, 2016

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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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