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Basic Info
 
First Name:
Richard
Last Name:
Knickerbocker
Age:
72
City:
Dartmouth
Country:
United States
About
Dutch Knickerbocker has been a lyricist since reading the romantic poets in his teenage years and becoming washed in delight by their lyrical sprays and endless waves of joy. Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe were favored influences. The folk and rock heroes of the era combined a singular impetus launching his creative attempts as these writers in the genre continue to be revered as major influences in his literary pursuits. Dutch persists in his love of the lyrical craft enamored by the likes of Brian Wilson, Jesse Winchester, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Goodman, Blaze Foley, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan. In his professional work as an Industrial Engineer Dutch earned a U.S. Patent (Pat.#5,137,190) for a symmetrical window curtain pleating device. Shortly thereafter Dutch developed a pattern matching system for suits and sport coats and was awarded a Foreign Filing Licence in lieu of a utility patent, and published an article on his system for Bobbin Magazine. Dutch also wrote and published an article for the National Textile Center (Project I99-D16) comparing domestic versus foreign manufacturing. Now in retirement, Dutch has returned to composing poetry and has expanded the love of songwriting he nurtured in his younger days. He continues to hold popular songwriters as major winds directing his creative ambition. In his past, he enjoyed moderate success writing and performing tapes of his songs with local artists in his hometown and received airplay on a local radio station.
Songwriting Info
 
I am a:
Lyricist
Looking for a:
Composer
Preferred collaboration style:
email
Genres:
Blues, Children's Music, Christian/Gospel, Comedy, Country, Folk, Pop, R&B/Soul, Rock
I'm strongest at:
lyrics
Instruments I write with:
no instrument
Sounds like:
John Prine, Guy Clark, Steve Goodman, Jesse Winchester, Jerry Jeff Walker.
Influences:
Brian Wilson, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Goodman, Blaze Foley, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan.
Songwriting is my:
hobby
Songwriting Achievements:
I started writing song lyrics after my discharge from the Army. I wrote with a friend who played local clubs and concerts around New England. I became his road manager and booked gigs for him and was his transportation to and from engagements. He drowned in a boating mishap off Nantucket. I then wrote with another local professional guitar player and instructor. We recorded demo tapes that I sent out to several record producers around the country. I made motorcycle trips from MA to NYC in search of producers and arrangers. I sold myself as a long-haired unknown waiting to be discovered.
Personal Songwriting Goals:
Improve my song lyrics
Collaboration Goals:
publishing deal
Timeline
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28 days ago
 
The Devil Will Come

Where the world begins he doesn’t take long
before the father of illusion comes slithering along.
Offering a kingdom, a treasure, a crown,
luxuries we could hardly turn down.

The accuser of the faithful, that author of deceit,
the father of lies to all the young and trusting ones he meets.
We’re tenants in his grand hotel, he’s very well aware.
That devil will come where he’s well welcomed
and he’s well welcomed around here.

Our labors of love have been replaced by our own ambition.
We’ll likely step on anyone we consider competition.
He was once an angel of light so don’t get caught unaware,
when tempted by desire to re-live those lustful years.
There are days we have time to kill and those without time to spare.
And that devil will come where he’s well welcomed
and he’s well welcomed around here.

Don’t write to me when your pen or pencil has no point.
Or speak in obscure words that leave my canvas in a blank.
There are lots of situations I prefer to doubt
some put folks out of their heads while others go without.

He‘ll let you know you’re a failure so that you won’t even care
and acts as though he doesn’t know his end of time is near.
His domain is the same as the one that we all share
we’re all players in the master plan, he’s very well aware,
that’s why that devil will come where he’s well welcomed
and he’s well welcomed around here.
You can bet he’ll come where he’s well welcomed
and he’s well welcomed around here.

28 days ago
 
I’m Going Up

I’m going up in the spirit of God
(The Holy Spirit) the Holy Spirit of God,
I’m going up (up up) to the Spirit of God
Going up in the Spirit of the Lord.

I will have peace in the Spirit of God
(The Holy Spirit) the Holy Spirit of God,
Peace in the promise of His gracious reward
Peaceful in the spirit of the Lord.

I will be blessed in the Spirit of God
(The Holy Spirit) the Holy Spirit of God,
Blessed with His mercy, by grace I’m reborn.
Blessed in the Spirit of the Lord.

I will rejoice in the Spirit of God
(The Holy Spirit) the Holy Spirit of God,
Rejoice with the faithful in joyous song
Rejoicing in the Spirit of the Lord.

I’ll live forever in the Spirit of God
(The Holy Spirit) the Holy Spirit of God.
Forever in the promise of the Resurrection morning,
Forever in His presence, forever in His praises,
Forever in the worship of the One who came to save us
Live forever in the presence of the Lord.
28 days ago
 
Prayer is a Wonderful Thing

Often, I think about family and friends
I love to pray for them all.
Sometimes I pray for folks I don’t know
When I’m moved to answer the call.
Sometimes I’m praying in silence
If I don’t know where to begin.
I let God sort it out, He knows what it’s about,
Prayer is a wonderful thing.

Prayer - is a wonderful thing, more powerful than I know.
It takes me from the fool that I am
To a more thoughtful and penitent man.
I understand how helpless I am,
It’s more powerful than I know.

Prayer - is a wonderful thing, more powerful than I know.
The righteous cry and the Lord will hear
And deliver us out of our troubles and fears. (Ps. 34:17)
I understand how helpless I am,
It’s more powerful than I know.

Prayer - is a wonderful thing, our Bible tells us so.
“Call upon Me and I will answer and show
You great and mighty things that you don’t even know.” (Jer. 33:3)
I understand how helpless I am,
It’s more powerful than I know.
28 days ago
 
Everything is Going to Be All Right

Everything is going to be alright, everything will be all right.
I’m walking this road with my home in sight and everything will be all right.

His mighty hand is a marvelous sight. Everything will be all right,
I’ll sleep from dusk until the morning light and everything will be all right.

Daylight has no opposite; it's always within sight.
Tonight, for sure will be nothing more than today without the light.

A faithless man is a sorrowful sight; someday he’s going to be all right.
When he comes from darkness into the light then he’s going to be all right.

The light is sweet and it surely pleases the eyes to see the sun
However many years a man may live let him enjoy every one. (Ec.11:7-8)

And everything is going to be all, be all, everything will be all right.
I’m walking this road with my home in sight
And everything will be all, be all, be all, everything will be all right.

In Him there is life and life is the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, the dark doesn’t comprehend. (Jn. 1:4-5)

Because darkness has no substance, it vanishes in fright.
Before the slightest spark it goes away before the light.

I know whatever God will do, it will forever stay.
Nothing can be added to and nothing taken away. (Ec. 3:14)

What we have before us now has been here once before
And what will be will be returned from times that are no more. (Ec. 3:15)

And everything is going to be all, be all, everything will be all right.
I’m walking this road with my home in sight
And everything will be all, be all, be all, everything will be all right.

28 days ago
 
I Believe in God

I believe in God, God believes in me.
It’s a Father-son relationship in which we both agree.
I greet Him every morning; He’s with me through the day.
Walking before, a light to assure and leading me on the way.

I believe in Jesus because He believes in me.
It’s a life-giving relationship, He gave His life for me.
I praise Him every morning; His wisdom keeps me strong.
Humbled to stand, safe in His hands, in His presence I belong.

When I reach out to the Holy Spirit of God, He fills my heart.
A life-saving relationship, the spirit is where I start.
I seek Him every morning filled with His delight.
By inspiration I’ve found salvation, and comfort setting me right.

I believe in the word of God; its strength is wisdom and light.
I believe in His promises illuminating my life.
I look to the Lord through the Blood of the Lamb
His grace and His mercy are mine.
I put my hope in His promise of life
In the eternal Divine.

When we talk about Jesus, we talk of the Way
We talk salvation and that glorious day – of the Lord!
Praise to our Savior Praise be to God,
Praise be to Jesus Christ, our Lord of Lords.
I believe the Son of God is Jesus Christ. Yes, I believe.
He was born a King, born to bring everlasting life.
To those whose future is forever saved
Believing He rose up from the grave,
His love will never leave us, I believe.

My future is forever blessed, rescued by His righteousness.
My life is now secure since He’s opened Heaven’s door.
He is crowned the King of Kings, Jesus is my everything.
His joy never leaves us, His glory never leaves us,
Because our God believes in us, His presence never leaves us, I believe.
28 days ago
 
Standing By the Cross

Standing by the cross of Jesus Christ,
covered by the shower of His sacrifice.
What a peacefulness washing over me
yesterday is gone, tomorrow waits for me.
Oh! what a ride the water of life can be,
I’m seaworthy as the Living Water carries me.
In the peaceful love of His sacrifice
standing by the cross of Jesus Christ.

Standing by the cross of Jesus Christ,
I’m born again into another chance to make it right.
Such confidence has stilled my heart,
yesterday has gone away, tomorrow’s a new start.
How refreshing the Water of Life can be,
I’m renewed as the Living Water carries me.
To the peacefulness of His Paradise,
standing by the cross of Jesus Christ.

He conquered death to hold Him nevermore,
His victory of goodness over evil is for sure.
By the breath of God, we’re sailing ashore
in confidence to the banks of paradise,
in the peaceful love of His sacrifice
while standing by the cross of Jesus Christ.

Future days depend on how we will decide
we can give up and go along with the common lie.
Will we sit quietly and cowardly deny
Or to stand boldly by the cross of Jesus Christ!
28 days ago
 
Tell Your Heart to Notify Your Face

At this Sunday morning service, I am scarce to catch my breath,
Not one to get nervous but by now I’m scared to death.
The looks on those around me leave me feeling out of place,
I pray to God He will deliver me from evil and disgrace.

I’m a sinner saved by grace headed for a wondrous place
In the sweet forever He will welcome me.
I’ll be privileged to go and will be comforted to know
That I’m as far away from Hell as I can be.

So, tell your heart to notify your face
When the comfort of the Lord has your life in His embrace.
The joy you have within should leave a grin you can’t erase,
Just tell your heart to notify your face.

The bells of darkness dare not toll
For the Man death could not hold.
No more the orphans of the night,
We’ve become children of the light.
He’s the light to show the way, the way to open up,
The way to open up and welcome us through Heaven’s door.

I’ll begin my life anew by clinging to the cross,
The cross of Jesus Christ, my only key.
He’s the key that will unlock, unlock and open up,
Unlock and open up and welcome me through Heaven’s door.

Go tell your heart to notify your face.
When the loving hand of God has brought you to a better place.
The joy you hold within will leave a grin you can’t erase,
Just tell your heart to notify your face.
28 days ago
 
Jesus is a Friend

Jesus is a friend of mine
I call Him every day.
He will always listen to
What I have to say.
He’s always there to pick me up
And catch me when I fall,
I can call Him all the time, He doesn’t mind at all.

I pray to the God of blessings
Who fills me with His peace.
I pray to the God of mercy
Who will make my worry cease.
I pray to the God of confidence
Whose trust I rest upon.
What a relief the day I found
Them all rolled into one.

Now, I’m praying to the one Creator
Whose word is forever true
And taking flight on the light of His spirit
So, my friend, should you.
Though the winds pick up and swell
This ride I enjoy the most.
I’m headed to the Father by the light of His Son
On the wings of the Holy Ghost.
28 days ago
 
All to Overcome

All to overcome temptation, trial, and shame
and all for the victory
the Son of God can claim,
Our Lord left His paradise in waiting when He came
and lower than the angels He created, He became
the Lamb of God, the sacrifice,
burdened with our sin He took our place.
God could not bear our guilt
since God is without shame
it took a man to pay the cost of sin with His last breath.
Because the wages of sin we know is death.

We Thank You, Jesus. You overcame,
overcame temptation, torture, trial, and shame.
All for the victory the Son of God could claim,
You left your Paradise in waiting when You came.
Lower than the angels you created, you became
the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice,
our Father would not bear our guilt
since God is without shame.
It took you, Jesus, to pay the cost of sin with Your last breath.
The cost of sin we know is death.
28 days ago
 
Welcoming our Savior

Welcoming Our Savior and His mercy in our lives
surely has become our wedding day.
Growing in our love becoming more and more
married inseparable in our familiar way.

My thoughts lay on their faces
I rejoice with them in prayer
at times aloud, at times without a sound.
I am blessed beyond measure
your gifts are my treasure
my words are at their end and bowing down.

Love is where You are, we too will be
at peace where You are, Hallelujah
is our thanks and testimony.

Where my treasure is indeed
my heart will also be.
Ideas are on their faces
I rejoice with them in prayer.
Love is where You are, we too will be
at peace where You are, Hallelujah.
I honor your dominion with my testimony.
28 days ago