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Burr Oak Acres

by Kyle Knapp

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    Kyle's debut CD, released 1997 on Narrowpath Records

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1.
My children grew up in a house on Lincoln Boulevard Shaded by glory days of old Where lacy, petticoated debutants and dashing lads Tophats and parisols once strolled Ah, the world as we knew it was a simpler place to live in then Old folks reminisce and say "Do you remember when The park was green, the streets were clean And girls were girls and men were men? Life was good, and if I could you know I'd sure go back again To Lincoln Boulevard This street is home-sweet-home to me, but still we have our share Of taxes poverty and crime Once-stately homes and cracker-boxes now trade chilly stares And stand, uneasy, side-by-side 'Cause the world as we knew it was a simpler place to live in then Old folks reminisce and say "Do you remember when The park was green, the streets were clean And girls were girls and men were men? Life was good, and if I could you know I'd sure go back again To Lincoln Boulevard We hope to make things better someday, as we fight uphill Declining values and slumlords Working together we may triumph, but I wonder Will former glory ever be restored 'Cause the world as we knew it was a simpler place to live in then Old folks reminisce and say "Do you remember when The park was green, the streets were clean And girls were girls and men were men? And if I could you know I would, but I can't go back again To Lincoln Boulevard
2.
I've been down talkin' to the sea Cruisin' down the road on a Saturday morn, feelin' like I've just been born And this is what he said to me, "Life has got so much in store for you, don't need to ask for nothin' more" A seagull stopped by to say hello And the air is fresh with the smell of spring, and I ain't worried 'bout anything The only thing that matters is the goin' But for right now I'll just sing my song, then I got to keep on movin' on Yeah, for right now I'll just sing my song, then I got to keep on movin' on We crossed the bridge up into Maine And the lazy world is wakin', while the clouds are slowly breakin' The sea don't care what's in a name 'Cause the more it's always changin', the more it all just stays the same Yeah, the more it's always changin', the more it all just stays the same I'm down here singin' to the sea And the smell of seaweed's in the air, and the cold wind's blowin' thru my hair I love to live a life that's free I don't think about tomorrow, all I am is all I want to be No, I don't think about tomorrow, all I am is all I want to be All I am is all I want to be All I am is all I want to be...
3.
I was workin' on a Dodge down at Ed's garage When in walked Jennifer Gray She was a hard-headed, rugged-lookin' lady mechanic And she had something to say She said "I'm a qualified, certified, A-One grease monkey Lookin' for some work to do And I hear that you're an equal-opportunity employer If I don't get a job I'm a-gonna call my lawyer Jennifer, Jennifer Gray What in the world ever made you think That you could get equal pay? Well the boss'd rather see you stayin' home makin' babies And helpin' them pick up their toys But you just keep on keepin' on, mama 'Cause you're just one of the boys "Well a woman ain't nothin' but trouble in a place like this!" Said Mister Ed But by the time that Jennifer Gray got through with him He wished that he was dead She called him a red-neck, chauvinistic so-and-so And a few things I'd rather not repeat And she said "I can do just as good as you, and maybe better! If you don't like it, write your congressman a letter!" Jennifer, Jennifer Gray I'll hold down the fort while you go to court And try to get equal pay? And don't you worry 'bout Ed Y'see, he just likes to make a lotta noise And you just keep on keepin' on, mama 'Cause you're just one of the boys Well I heard that Jennifer opened up a shop of her own And it's doin' good And when Mister Ed heard about it I saw him knock on wood Well her business started boomin' and I heard she paid A little more than I got there So I said "Sorry, Ed, but I'm gonna work for her, now; And if you can't pray, well, I guess you better learn how" Jennifer, Jennifer Gray Just keep up your pace, and stomp on the face Of whoever gets in your way And if anybody gives you any trouble, just smile And look 'em right between the eyes And you just keep on keepin' on, mama 'Cause you're just one of the guys
4.
I used to be a lonely man, I lived inside a shell I knew that I would surely die alone But now I have a friend - now I have a place to dwell And I'm no longer walking on my own Me and Jesus, we walk together I'm hand in hand with the Father of us all Me and Jesus, we walk together And I won't stop walking 'till I hear that trumpet call When I die I'm gonna live forever in the glory of the Lord He's coming soon - it might be any day Meantime I've got faith in Him to give me peace of mind and more And when He comes He'll rapture me away Me and Jesus, we walk together I'm hand in hand with the Father of us all Me and Jesus, we walk together And I won't stop walking 'till I hear that trumpet call I feel His touch, and I hear His voice, so I know He's standing near And someday soon, I'll see Him face to face When I get home to heaven, no longer live in fear And we all know there ain't no finer place Me and Jesus, we walk together I'm hand in hand with the Father of us all Me and Jesus, we walk together And I won't stop walking 'till I hear that trumpet call
5.
Mom & Dad bought an old farm, across from Grandpa's Woods And they called it Burr Oak Acres as they moved in for good I suppose they could do better, for what they could afford to give But it kinda' suits the way they like to live. We shared coffee in the kitchen as the kids played in the barn Or scrambled on the tractor, or ran around the farm To build a home, or a memory, takes love and sweat and tears I can see another chapter started here And they called it Burr Oak Acres, right across from Grandpa's woods And I kinda' wish I lived there, but I know I never could I'd claim it for my own, but I'd prob'ly be misunderstood They called it Burr Oak Acres, right across from Grandpa's woods I found an old broken windmill, and I climbed up to the top And I looked out over burr oak trees and fields of growing crops Suddenly I felt so small, and all alone up there Will I ever feel at home again anywhere? Oh, they called it Burr Oak Acres, right across from Grandpa's woods And I kinda' wish I lived there, but I know I never could I'd claim it for my own, but I'd prob'ly be misunderstood They called it Burr Oak Acres, right across from Grandpa's woods Ain't it funny how time passes - it doesn't care if you ask why And you can never really go home again, no matter how you try You just pray the door stays open, and Ma greets you with a smile, "Coffee's brewin', come in and sit awhile" And they called it Burr Oak Acres, right across from Grandpa's woods A part of me will always live there, though I wonder how it could I can visit here, but I won't stay any longer than I should They called it Burr Oak Acres, right across from Grandpa's woods
6.
Can love remain, though lovers change And outgrow the dreams that they once shared? It's living close to the edge, the unknown future to pledge But baby we're the ones who dared Listen, Gail, your love is all I'll ever need I live to see that fire in your eyes So here we go, hurtling headlong into oblivion Will you hold onto me? Can you be free when I belong to you and you belong to me And we're promised for forever? I want you to grow and to be everything your dreams can foresee As we walk through life together Listen, Gail, your love is all I'll ever need I live to see that fire in your eyes There's a light in you only I can see, hidden in your soul it calls to me I long to set it free There's forbidden fruit in the garden, and one can't help but wonder Could I love somebody else as much? Though temptation threatens to pull us apart, you know there's a secret place in my heart That only you can touch Listen, Gail, your love is all I'll ever need I live to see that fire in your eyes And don't you know when your body's touching mine, there's a passion holy and sublime That I won't compromise Through the years may the love we know keep burning strong The promise in my heart and the fire in your eyes Because it's true when your soul is touching mine, There's a passion holy and sublime That I won't compromise ...I won't compromise
7.
I searched the town up and down Searched high and low To find a special something For a special someone I know A special love, a special gift You know it's hard to find But here I go and still you know You know it's on my mind I wanna give you something No one else could give you Something that'll shine within you Nothing less will do I don't know how to tell you now That you make me feel so fine But everytime I look at you You send shivers up and down my spine And when I say "I love you" The words can't even come close But the feeling's there in the time we share And I share with you the most I wanna give you something No one else could give you Something that'll shine within you Nothing less will do Oooh, nothing less will do
8.
I'll Wait 04:38
When the sky is gray, and storm clouds gather overhead and the peace I knew is almost gone My mind is filled with darkness, and it seems the night will never end Can I find hope to carry on? I'll wait upon the Lord I'll wait upon the Lord In a world that won't stop changing, can I really know true peace of mind? Seems I'm always up against a wall As a thousand circumstances press their demands against my time Is there really room for rest at all? I'll wait upon the Lord I'll wait upon the Lord I'll wait upon You, and I know that I will find Your hand upon me, and Your Presense in my mind Won't You whisper to me gentle words so strong and kind How I long to know You, and so I wait upon you... And in those priceless moments, when all my cares are far away and Your peace and joy are real to me I wonder why I worry over things that pass away When I know Your love's forever free I'll wait upon You, and I know that I will find Your hand upon me, and Your Presense in my mind Won't You whisper to me words of love so strong and kind To know this peace I'm longing for, I will wait upon the Lord I'll wait upon the Lord I'll wait upon the Lord
9.
I watched him cross the freeway, he had a bundle on his back but his shoulders bent from a far heavier load She followed him a few resolute steps behind, her grim and hollow face revealing she had nowhere else to go Stranded by a circumstance, driven by despair, They roam the landscape hoping that somewhere... There's a harbor for the homeless, there's an overflowing cup, There's a place to leave their burdens and their shame A harbor for the homeless, an overflowing cup, and simple ones who care in Jesus' name They loiter on the railroad tracks, they sleep in your backyard They're the ones we hope our children never meet Haggard faces, hardened hearts - we look, but dare not touch Will we leave them at the mercy of the street? Does it matter where they come from if they have no place to go? Can we put away our pride and let them know...? That there's a harbor for the homeless, there's an overflowing cup, A place to leave your burden and your shame There's a harbor for the homeless, there's an overflowing cup, and simple ones who care in Jesus' name It seems there are so few who care to reach out to "the least of these" We say we believe, but we live just how we please God has called the foolish ones to stupify the wise and to show the Father's love to those in need Close your eyes in safety, lay down your head in peace You can feel the river rolling underneath Its mighty waters lullaby that Christ Himself is near In His arms your weary soul will find release Are you holding on to nothing by a thin and fraying rope? Won't you come inside and rest awhile in hope? 'Cause He's a harbor for the homeless, He's an overflowing cup Taking on Himself your burden and your shame Oh there's a harbor for the homeless, there's an overflowing cup And simple ones who care in Jesus' name
10.
From the Gospel According to Matthew, Chapter 6: Therefore I say unto you Don't be anxious about your life, what you will eat, or what you will drink. Nor about your body, what you will put on. Isn't your life more than food? and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, For they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns, Yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field; They toil not, neither do they spin, And yet I say to you that even Solomon, in all of his glory, Was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, Which today lives, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, Will he not much more clothe you, oh you of little faith? Therefore, don't be anxious, Saying "what shall we eat?" or "what shall we drink?" or "what shall we wear?" For after all these things the gentiles seek, For your heavenly Father knows that you need these things, But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, And all these things will be added to you. Therefore, don't be anxious about tomorrow, Tomorrow will take care of itself...

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“Narrowpath Records is proud to announce the debut release from acoustic artist Kyle Knapp titled Burr Oak Acres. Available on both CD (NPD9602) and Cassette (NPC9602), Burr Oak Acres was produced by Greg Strange and is available exclusively through Narrowpath Distributions.

Kyle Knapp is a well-seasoned songwriter and singer from Omaha, Nebraska. He has been performing acoustic concerts throughout the Midwest for the past 15 years, sharing his music in coffeehouses, bars, parks, street corners, festivals and churches. Only now has his all-original music been recorded for everyone to hear.

Burr Oak Acres is filled with songs from real-life experience. "Lincoln Boulevard" and "Burr Oak Acres" speak of life in Nebraska. "That Fire in Your Eyes" and "Nothing Less Will Do" tell of his love for his wife. "We Walk Together" and "I'll Wait" are personal songs about his faith.

Listen to Burr Oak Acres and you'll know Kyle Knapp. In this age when many artists have songs written for them, have designers tell them how to dress, and are hardly involved in the recording process, it is refreshing to discover someone just being themself.”

~Greg Strange, Narrowpath Records 3/25/1997

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released March 25, 1997

Produced by Greg Strange for Narropath Records
Guitars and vocals: Kyle Knapp
Mandolin & Percussion: Brian Wilson
Harmonica: Randy "Slim" Bolling
Violin: Carl "Critter" Orand
Cover photo by Linda Robinson
Recorded at Pumpkinshell Studio, Omaha NE, The Rock Quarry, Nashville TN, The Prophet's Chamber, Green Bay WI, and various living rooms across North America.

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Kyle Knapp Omaha, Nebraska

Kyle looks at life as a sojourn rather than a destination, of which his songs and stories are a patchwork illustration. Life is a journey; music is a vehicle.

Sometimes gleefully flat-picking, sometimes softly finger-picking, sometimes strumming feverishly, Kyle Knapp combines his skill as a singer-songwriter with his passion as a storyteller to engage his listeners in a journey to the soul.
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