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written in northern CA for Pete Seeger on the day of his passing


This banjo is a machine that
Surrounds hate
And forces it to

It does so with all of its tones, from
Calm and Forceful to
Wild and Tender

Now is the time
My Brothers
My Sisters
My Family
Now is the time to
Step into those shoes, and
For everything that's good
Become a defender

Deliveries of
Hatred, greed
Anger, and violence
Will no longer be received
They will instead be
Transformed, discarded, and marked
"Return to Sender"

This here banjo
Just like Pete Seeger's was
And is always going to be
This banjo is a machine
Carefully and lovingly designed to
Surround hate, and
Allow it to


from For Everything That's Good, released October 1, 2014
Words by Travis Knapp
Spoken word and banjo performances by Travis Knapp

Recorded and pre-mixed by Travis Knapp at Body Mind Studio in Danby, NY
Mixed and mastered by Nate Silas Richardson at REP Studio in Ithaca, NY (www.repstudio.com)



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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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