Grasshoppers & Ants

from by Travis Knapp

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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

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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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