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Iris Forever - 2016 Sod House Records

Track List (click for lyrics)


  1. The Wind
  2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  3. Iris Forever
  4. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
  5. Vincent
  6. Friend of the Devil
  7. By Your Side
  8. April Morning
  9. Long Way Back Home
  10. Genesis
  11. Sunrise, Sunset
  12. The Rainbow Connection

The Wind

words and music by Cat Stevens (Usef Islam)


I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul

And where I’ll end up, well I think only God really knows


I sat upon the setting sun,

But never never never never

I never wanted water once

Oh never never never


I listen to my words but they fall far below

I let the music take me where my heart wants to go


I swam upon the devil’s lake

But never never never never

I’ll never make the same mistake

Oh never never never


©BMG Gold Songs



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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

words and music by George Harrison


I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping

While my guitar gently weeps

I look at the floor and I see it needs sweeping

Still my guitar gently weeps


I don't know why nobody told you

How to unfold your love

I don't know how someone controlled you

They bought and sold you


I look at the world and I notice it's turning

While my guitar gently weeps

With every mistake we must surely be learning

Still my guitar gently weeps


I don't know how you were diverted

You were perverted too

I don't know how you were inverted

No one alerted you


I look at you all see the love there that's sleeping

While my guitar gently weeps

Look at you all

Still my guitar gently weeps


©Harrisongs, Ltd.



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Iris Forever

music by Kyle Knapp


©Sod House Records


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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

words and music by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell


The road is long with many a winding turn

That leads us to who knows where, who knows where

But I'm strong, strong enough to carry him

He ain't heavy, he's my brother


So on we go, his welfare is my concern

No burden is he to bear, we'll get there

For I know he would not encumber me

He ain't heavy, he's my brother


If I'm burdened at all, I'm burdened with sadness

That everyone's heart isn't filled with the gladness

Of love for one another


It's a long, long road from which there is no return

While we're on our way to there, why not share?

And the load doesn't weigh me down at all

He ain't heavy, he's my brother


©Music Sales Group & Jenny Music Inc.



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Vincent

words and music by Don McLean


Starry, starry night

Paint your palette blue and gray

Look out on a summer's day

With eyes that know the darkness in my soul


Shadows on the hills

Sketch the trees and the daffodils

Catch the breeze and the winter chills

In colors on the snowy linen land


Now I understand

What you tried to say to me

How you suffered for your sanity

How you tried to set them free

They did not listen, They did not know how

Perhaps they'll listen now


Starry, starry night

Flaming flowers that brightly blaze

Swirling clouds in violet haze

Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue


Colors changing hue

Morning fields of amber grain

Weathered faces lined in pain

Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand


Now I understand

What you tried to say to me

How you suffered for your sanity

How you tried to set them free

They did not listen, They did not know how

Perhaps they'll listen now


For they could not love you

But still your love was true

And when no hope was left inside

On that starry, starry night

You took your life as lovers often do

But I could have told you Vincent

This world was never meant for one as

beautiful as you


Starry, starry night

Portraits hung in empty halls

Frameless heads on nameless walls

With eyes that watch the world and can't forget


Like the strangers that you've met

The ragged men in ragged clothes

Silver thorn of bloody rose

Lay crushed and broken on the virgin snow


Now I think I know

What you tried to say to me

How you suffered for your sanity

How you tried to set them free

They did not listen, they're not listening still

Perhaps they never will


©Universal Music Publishing Group



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Friend of the Devil

words and music by Jerry Garcia, John Dawson, and Robert Hunter


I lit out from Reno, I was trailed by twenty hounds

Didn't get to sleep that night til the morning came around


I set out running but I'll take my time

A friend of the Devil is a friend of mine

If I get home before daylight

I just might get some sleep tonight


I ran into the Devil, babe, and he loaned me twenty bills

I spent that night in Utah in a cave up in the hills


I set out running but I take my time

A friend of the devil is a friend of mine

If I get home before daylight

I just might get some sleep tonight


I ran down to the levee, but the Devil caught me there

He took my twenty dollar bill and vanished in the air


I set out running but I take my time

A friend of the Devil is a friend of mine

If I get home before daylight

I just might get some sleep tonight


Got two reasons why I cry away each lonely night

The first one's named sweet Anne Marie, she's my heart's delight

Second one is prison, baby, sheriff's on my trail

And if he catches up with me I'll spend my life in jail


Got a wife in Chino, babe, and one in Cherokee

First one says she's got my child, but it don't look like me


I set out running but I take my time

A friend of the Devil is a friend of mine

If I get home before daylight

I just might get some sleep tonight


Got two reasons why I cry away each lonely night

The first one's named sweet Anne Marie, she's my heart's delight

Second one is prison, momma, sheriff's on my trail

And if he catches up with me I'll spend my life in jail



Got a wife in Chino, babe, and one in Cherokee

The first one says she's got my child, but it don't look like me


I set out running but I take my time

A friend of the Devil is a friend of mine

If I get home before daylight

I just might get some sleep tonight


©Universal Music Publishing Group



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By Your Side

from the musical Godspell

words and music by Jay Hamburger & Peggy Gordon


Where are you going?

Where are you going?

Can you take me with you?

For my hand is cold and needs warmth

Where are you going?


Far beyond where the horizon lies

Where the horizon lies

And the land sinks into mellow blueness

Oh please, take me with you


Let me skip the road with you

I can dare myself

I can dare myself

I'll put a pebble in my shoe

And watch me walk
I can walk, I can walk!


I shall call the pebble Dare

We will talk, together, about walking

Dare shall be carried

And when we both have had enough

I will take him from my shoe

Singing. "Meet your new road!"

Then I'll take your hand

Finally glad that I am here

By your side

By your side

By your side


©Quartet Music Inc. & Range Road Music Inc.



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April Morning

music by Kyle Knapp


©Sod House Records


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Long Way Back Home

words and music by Pierce Pettis & Gordon Kennedy


Was that the highway calling me, or just my nervous energy

Either way I had to leave, at least that's what I thought

But what's the good in being gone

If you're not there while your life goes on

And you're somewhere else you don't belong

And it's a long way, a long way

Such a long way back home


Hollywood's got that walk of fame

People walk right on those names

You can tread on falling stars

All the way down Sunset Boulevard

Well all that glitters is not gold

And even then it’s hard and cold

Like the way it turns your soul

And it's a long way, a long way

Such a long way back home


Sometime the only difference

Between a pilgrim and a prodigal son

Is just the difference between the dream that you began

And the thing that you become


So, hail a taxi, catch a train, ride the shuttle to the plane

Full of strangers I don't wanna meet

I wish them well away from me

Vomit bags and magazines, flying nuns bring me drinks

While out the window, I can see...

It's a long way, long way

Such a long way back home


©Universal-Polygram International Pub Inc.



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Genesis

words and music by Jorma Kaukonen


The time has come for us to pause

And think of living as it was

Into the future we must cross (must cross)

And I'd like to go with you

And I'd like to go with you

You say I'm harder than a wall

A marble shaft about to fall

I love you dearer than them all (them all)

So let me stay with you

So let me stay with you

And as we walked into the day

Skies of blue had turned to grey

I might have not been clear to say (to say)

I never looked away

I never looked away

And though I'm feeling you inside

My life is rolling with the tide

I'd like to see it be an open ride

Along with you

Going along with you

The time we borrowed from ourselves

Can't stay within a vaulted well

And living turns into a lender's well

So let me come with you

And let me come with you

And when we came out into view

And there I found myself with you

And breathing felt like something new

Along with you

Going along with you


©EMI Blackwood Music Inc.


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Sunrise, Sunset

from the musical Fiddler On The Roof

words and music by Sheldon Harnick and Lewis Bock


Is this the little girl i carried?

Is this the little boy at play?

I don't remember growing older,

When did they?


When did she get to be a beauty?

When did he grow to be so tall?

Wasn't it yesterday when they were small?


Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset,

Swiftly flow the days,

Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,

Blossoming even as they gaze...


Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset!

Swiftly fly the years,

One season following another,

Laden with happiness and tears...


What words of wisdom can I give them?

How can I help to ease their way?

Now they must learn from one another

Day by day


They look so natural together

Just like two newlyweds should be

Is there a canopy in store for me?


Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset,

Swiftly flow the days,

Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers,

Blossoming even as they gaze...


Sunrise sunset, sunrise, sunset!

Swiftly fly the years,

One season following another,

Laden with happiness and tears...


©Bock LP Lic & R&H Music Inc.


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The Rainbow Connection

words and music by Paul Williams


Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what's on the other side?

Rainbows are visions, but only illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide.

So we've been told and some choose to believe it.

I know they're wrong wait and see.

Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.

The lovers, the dreamers and me.


Who said that wishes would be heard and answered when wished on a morning star?

Someone thought of that and someone believed it.

But look what it's done so far.

What's so amazing that keeps us stargazing? And what do we think we might see?

Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.

The lovers, the dreamers and me.


Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?

I've heard them calling my name.

Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors.

The voice might be one and the same.

I've heard it too many times to ignore it, it's something that I'm supposed to be.

Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection,

The lovers, the dreamers and me.


©Fuzzy Muppet Songs



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“O flower of song, bloom on, and make forever the world more fair and sweet.” ~Longfellow


In the Fall of 2014, while vacationing in New England, Gail and I had the opportunity to spend some time with our longtime and dear friend, Iris Jacobs. During our visit, Iris gave me a gift:Iris Jacobs a handmade classical guitar that had been stored in her attic, unused for years. It was of beautiful workmanship, but was badly in need of repair. As a “thank you” for the gift, I promised Iris I would have it repaired and record some music on it for her. This album is the fruit of that promise.


Included are a variety of songs that have special meaning for me, a Grateful Dead song specially requested by Iris, and an instrumental piece I created for the occasion. The collection is entirely sung and played by me on the guitar Iris gave me, with the few exceptions noted below.In many ways this is not just a collection of songs I like, it is a journey through my life. Thank you, Iris, for being a part of it.


Kyle Knapp: classical guitar, vocals, percussion; and piano (actually played on a Yamaha EX-EG midi guitar) on “He Ain’t Heavy”

Gail Knapp: additional vocals on “By Your Side” and “Sunrise, Sunset”

Daniel Knapp: drums on “He Ain’t Heavy”, “Friend of the Devil”, and “Long Way Back Home”

The Guitar: “Nathaniel” model by Nikos Appolonio, Camden Maine 1974

Repair work performed by John Hargiss, Hargiss Stringed Instruments, Omaha NE

Cover Photo: “Purple iris flower” CC-BY-SA-3.0 2011 Oleg Yunakov




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“O flower of song, bloom on, and make forever the world more fair and sweet.” ~Longfellow


This collection includes some of Kyle's favorite songs, including selections from The Hollies, The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Don McLean and others, all played by Kyle on a handmade classical guitar given to him by longtime friend Iris Jacobs.  The project is dedicated to her. (More…)