Personality: Musings of a Police Reporter in the Identification Bureau

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YOU have loved forty women, but you have only one thumb.

You have led a hundred secret lives, but you mark only

 one thumb.

You go round the world and fight in a thousand wars and

 win all the world's honors, but when you come back

 home the print of the one thumb your mother gave

 you is the same print of thumb you had in the old

 home when your mother kissed you and said good-by.

Out of the whirling womb of time come millions of men

and their feet crowd the earth and they cut one anothers'

 throats for room to stand and among them all

 are not two thumbs alike.

Somewhere is a Great God of Thumbs who can tell the

 inside story of this.


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, Farfisa
Jon Natchez: baritone saxophone
Jessica Pavone: viola
Kelly Pratt: trumpet
Mike Pride: drums & percussion

Lyrics by Carl Sandburg, Music by David Nagler & 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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