Holding My Breath

from by Nightingale Cummings

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Holding My Breath

You and me, we’re both free to leave if it’s broken
And by now after all who’s to blame
Maybe me, that’s always been the same soft spoken
Maybe you, that’s finally through, and gave up the game
Look at me when I’m talking
You haven’t heard a word from me in years

So shut your mouth and turn around
We’re gonna do this thing now
No, no, I ain’t finished with you at all…

You never knew when to just drop it
And when it fell all the hell would rip through here
And in my turn, I never learned the words that might stop it
Until the years left lines across my face

And now I know all these things are the things that I could never say
Cause I’d been holding my breath and I guess
It was easier that way

But I can breathe when I want to
I can wait you out however long
For what’s left, that clings to my bones for the moment that...
It’s grown old, cold enough to know to take its flesh

And for the cost of a pound,
I get to stumble around until I fall
No, no, I ain’t finished with you at all

Where’s my coat, my keys and my wallet?
While I’m here, where’s the years you took from me?
And where’s that person you promised?
Are they gone? Long far away from this place

Where’s they’re touch and they’re sound
Is there anything now behind the wall
There I go holding my breath to see if anything’s left in this at all.


from 1., released August 18, 2016
Guitar and voice: Nightingale Cummings
Piano: Cathy Porter



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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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