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lyrics

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 'round 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 Small Sacrifices Must Be Made!, released October 9, 2012
Words and music by Jed Davis
Published by Eschatonality/ASCAP

Jed Davis: vocals, keyboards
Brian Dewan: accordion
Graham Maby: bass
Anton Fig: drums, percussion

Produced by Jed Davis
Mixed by Pete de Boer at World Famous, Breckenridge, CO
Mastered by Dave McNair

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