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The nighthawk isn’t a hawk at all, but a whippoorwill, and the male nighthawk makes a sonic boom as it pulls out of a dive. I heard that one had been seen at Sailors Snug Harbor (the former retired sailors home near my home that is now a beautiful arts complex) and I wrote this to celebrate the occasion. But, as often happens, the song itself had a different story to tell me and it became the story of an old ‘Snug’ sitting in the evening, watching the nighthawk, and mourning a lost love.

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THE NIGHTHAWK
© Bob Wright

the nighthawk booms
as he dives and swoops
the sun sinks low
without a sound
as do the hopes
I once held as close
as I once held you in my arms

and every time
I sit there by the shore
as the evening settles in
and I hear a nighthawk
soaring by
I long to fly with him

I have the breezes that caress me there
and the sweetly scented air
and the boats upon the water
all are beautiful to share
and the nighthawk softly calling
when it gets too dark to fly
hears another in the shadows
where he goes to spend the night

the nighthawk booms
as he dives and swoops
the sun sinks low
without a sound
as do the hopes
I once held as close
as I once held you in my arms

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from GINGERBEARD WHISKERCHIN, released July 14, 2020

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Bob Wright/ Harbortown New York, New York

He is a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning songwriter and Bob Wright songs are often mistaken for traditional songs because their immigrant roots run deep beneath the surface of America and back to the places they came from for nurturing and inspiration. They surface in a modern world, constructed with a modern sensibility and a comforting resonance with the past. ... more

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