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Your father’s in the Chris Craft
You frame between your skis,
Waiting for his son to make the call.
Your cousins all had their turns,
And they’re yawning at you now—
They think all you know how to do is fall.

But this time, when he hits it,
The thought gets in your head
That standing up’s just standing, after all.
The boat erupts in cheering
As you bounce across its wake,
And if you don’t let go
You’ll never have to fall.

No more feeling clumsy fish
Brush against your skin.
No more feeling grit between your toes.
No more feeling anything
That takes you by surprise,
Or having to decide which way to go.

How long have you been up there
On the surface in the sun,
Above the reef where starfish used to crawl?
When where you are is nothing
But a step toward where you’ll be,
If you don’t let go, how’re you gonna fall?
If you don’t let go,
How’re you ever gonna fall?


from Last Time I Promise, released September 12, 2015



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Brady Earnhart Charlottesville, Virginia

Earnhart is a songwriter, a poet, an English professor, & an interpreter for the International Rescue Committee. An Acoustic Guitar Magazine reviewer named his album After You among her ten favorites of the 1990s. Greg Varner of the Washington Blade writes, “Earnhart is singing art songs. Like the work of Stephen Foster or Aaron Copland, this work has a native American beauty.” ... more

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