Culp's Hill

from by Nightingale Cummings

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Culp’s Hill

I pressed two flowers in a bible
Searched the fields for tokens
I count the petals when I’m idle
I’ve learned there’s value on the broken

Became a student of the game
And what I know I’ll teach no other
Some around me have learned the same
To turn a hand against a brother

Now I’ll take Culp’s Hill
Trade my Enfield for a blade and again…
Turn my hand back to making hay

I met a man in torn clothing
Said he’d laid rail in West Virginia
He feeds the horses in the morning
Prays he’ll walk from Pennsylvania

In the sky... I see,
No bird in flight above the haunting fields
Business of men and hell and wanting
And the voice of them
The devil steals. No god can help ya
To canons heard in Philadelphia

We’ll take Culp’s hill
And I’ll trade my Enfield for a blade and again...
Turn my hand back to making hay

Lay me in a field
A broken seal, a fair warning
A sign of stone to mark the day
Tell them how we’d greet the morning.


from 1., released August 18, 2016
Guitar and voice: Nightingale Cummings
Fiddle: J.P. Cormier



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Nightingale Cummings Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nightingale Cummings is a singer songwriter from Nova Scotia, Canada.
Noticed first by Trailer Park Boy’s Mike Smith, his songs have been featured in a number of “Swearnet” productions. With the help of folk musicians: Dave Gunning, J.P. Cormier, Cathy Porter and Tim Isaac, he has released the first in a series of EP’s - Titled 1. ... more

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