The Knowing Ones

from by Jed Davis

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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 know 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 noting 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 Jed Has Too Much Free Time, released January 7, 1995
Words and music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP

Jed Davis: vocals, keyboards
Produced, as it were, by Jed Davis
Recorded and mixed by Jed Davis in his room, Farmingdale, NY

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