Daniel Knox - Child of the Romans

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THE dago shovelman sits by the railroad track

Eating a noon meal of bread and bologna.

 A train whirls by, and men and women at tables

 Alive with red roses and yellow jonquils,

 Eat steaks running with brown gravy,

 Strawberries and cream, eclaires and coffee.

The dago shovelman finishes the dry bread and bologna,

Washes it down with a dipper from the water-boy,

And goes back to the second half of a ten-hour day's work

Keeping the road-bed so the roses and jonquils

Shake hardly at all in the cut glass vases

Standing slender on the tables in the dining cars.


from Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems, released October 14, 2016
Jean Cook: violin
Therese Cox: accordion
Andrew Hall: upright bass
Clara Kennedy: cello
Daniel Knox: vocals
Dana Lyn: violin
David Nagler: piano, celestaphone
Jon Natchez: clarinet
Jessica Pavone: viola
Mike Pride: drums & percussion

Lyrics by Carl Sandburg, Music by David Nagler


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David Nagler is a Brooklyn-based musician and songwriter. He is the musical director for Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders as well as the founder and frontperson for NY metropolitan area pop group Nova Social.

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