The Knowing Ones

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CARLA:
There's an old oak chest by the window
That my great-grandfather built one shining June
And I love to sit and look at it, proud on the hardwood floor
Gleaming in the rays of summer afternoon

They changed the family name at Ellis Island
And no one here today knows what it was
They ripped up all the records around the second World War
And time took the knowing ones, as it always does

And no one here can tell me any more than what they know
It's a shame the knowing ones were gone so long before
The ones who need to know what we were so long ago

Look in the old oak chest, and you won't see much -
Just a few loose baubles and things
But even if my ancestors were nothing more than carpenters
There's no one here to say they weren't kings
In the old oak chest I see them all as kings.

And no one here can tell me any more than what they know
It's a shame the knowing ones were gone so long before
The ones who need to know what we were so long ago

There's an old oak chest by the window
That my great-grandfather built one shining June
And I love to sit and look at it, proud on the hardwood floor
While the knowing ones are smiling in the rays of summer afternoon.

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from Rise And Shine: Day 2, released December 15, 2019
Words and music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP, all rights reserved

Wendy Ip: vocals (CARLA)
Miss Guy: vocals (GORGISSIMA)
Bryan Thomas: vocals (JONAH)
Jed Davis: vocals (D), piano, organ
Alex Dubovoy: electric guitar
Daniel Marcus: acoustic guitar
Mike Keaney: bass
Joe Abba: drums
Brian Dewan: accordion

Produced by Jed Davis
Recorded by Jed Davis at the Ramones Loft, New York, NY, and Pile of Sound
Additional recording by John Delehanty at O Studios, Albany, NY
Mixed by Tim Latham
Mastered at Howie Weinberg Mastering by Howie Weinberg and Will Borza

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