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I AM singing to you

Soft as a man with a dead child speaks;

Hard as a man in handcuffs,

Held where he cannot move:
Under the sun

Are sixteen million men,

Chosen for shining teeth,

Sharp eyes, hard legs,

And a running of young warm blood in their wrists.
And a red juice runs on the green grass;

And a red juice soaks the dark soil.

And the sixteen million are killing. . . and killing

 and killing.
I never forget them day or night:

They beat on my head for memory of them;

They pound on my heart and I cry back to them,

To their homes and women, dreams and games.
I wake in the night and smell the trenches,

And hear the low stir of sleepers in lines--

Sixteen million sleepers and pickets in the dark:

Some of them long sleepers for always,
Some of them tumbling to sleep to-morrow for always,

Fixed in the drag of the world's heartbreak,

Eating and drinking, toiling. . . on a long job of


Sixteen million men.


from Carl Sandburg's Chicago Poems, released October 14, 2016
Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone
Jean Cook: violin
Therese Cox: accordion
Andrew Hall: upright bass
Clara Kennedy: cello
Dana Lyn: violin
David Nagler: vocals, piano, nylon string guitar
Jon Natchez: clarinet, alto saxophone
Jessica Pavone: viola
Kelly Pratt: trumpet, French horn
Mike Pride: drums & percussion

Lyrics by Carl Sandburg, Music by David Nagler and Jon Natchez


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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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