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G. I. Nightingale

Words & Music by Charlie Maguire © 2007 Mello-Jamin Music. All rights reserved.

While working for the United States Endowment for the Humanities on the sixtieth Anniversary of the end of World War Two, I wanted to highlight people whose contributions were not as celebrated as widely as say, the Airborne, or the 10th Mountain Division. I interviewed Army nurses, and it was from those interviews that this song came about. (See Special Projects for more information and photos of Army nurses from WWII). This song is from the new album "Good Eye Blind" and features Dakota Dave Hull on second guitar. I don't want anyone to think that this song is "stuck" in the World War Two era. There are plenty of "Nightingales" still out there with our forces around the world, doing their best to "fix what war has done".

Play Song

(Note:To Sing like Charlie Capo 2nd fret and play in D)

First verse:

C                              Am                F
With their hearts, with their hands, with their eyes,
            G                 C             Am
With their voice, with their touch, Nightingale,
            F               G
With their smiles, for the boys


C                      Am           F        G                                  
"Nightingale, Nightingale, hold my hand for awhile
       C               Am
Hi ya Babe, you're an angel
       F--G   C
G.I. Nightingale"

Second verse:

C                           Am                 F
Someone's lover, someone's brother, someone's father, 
           G              C               Am
Someone's son, someone's husband, Nightingale
           F                G
Won't you fix what war has done?  (REFRAIN)

Bridge 1:

C         F    G             Am                  F     G          Am
And they volunteered their confidence, a healing wish upon their lips
     F             G        Am                  F                 G
And sailed to the darkness of the war, some in brightly lighted ships

(Modulate for additional verses, refrain, etc.)

Under canvas, under fire, under the gun, under the moon
In the darkness, in the mud, in hospital, far from home (Refrain)

bridge 2

And the hours and the days
And the years have come and gone
Nightingales remembering the faces of the young

(Repeat First verse and Refrain.)

Previous Songs: Fine Old Lady * The Teton Dam * Goodnight Baby * The B. C. Rail * Play Us a Waltz * Ozawindib * Long Way to Another Friend * Itasca: A Place of Beginnings * I'm From Minnesota * The Strike Is On * The C.C.C. * Interstate of Broken Hearts * Rainfall Has Turned to Snow * Gypsy Woody * We'd Go To Town (And Go Dancing) * Towboat * The Hinkley Fire * Darling * Fine Old Lady * Getting In The Cows * Talking Home Improvement * The Ballad of Augie Mattsen * Itasca * When's That Train A'Coming? * I Like It Here/Oh Cold And Misery * Winter on the Farm * Sam Smith * L'Etoile Du Nord * Fall Is Here

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