"The Ones You Keep" as written by and Michael/briley Bolton....
Circles on the ceiling fall
past the photos hanging on the wall
halls holding history of my father as a boy

Now dishes fill a dirty sink
it's a beautiful but bitter drink
when God in all His wisdom
takes the people that you love the most

When the walls close in
and it's hard to breathe
may the ones you love
be the ones you keep

Fireflies in a jar
cracked and broken old guitar
I was just 11 in the house where my father lived

No one lives here anymore
there's no one left to creak the hallway floor
and even though they're full of light
it's just so hard to let good people go

When the walls close in
and it's hard to breathe
may the ones you love
be the ones you keep

When you're standing tall
when you're cut off at the knees
may the ones you love
be the ones you keep
may the ones you love
be the ones you keep


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    General Comment"This song was written for my family after two of my grandparents passed away within months of each other. I wrote it as an offering of hope and love in that even though tragedy keeps hitting you, the people that you love can pull you through. The verses are memories I have as a kid of spending time at their house, from the concentric circles imprinted on the ceiling that used to remind me of painted white records to the old 1940’s guitar with a cracked neck that my grandfather gave me when I was a kid."



    traciechknon September 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentabsolutely beautiful.
    MCSmateon July 11, 2008   Link

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