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released April 22, 2017

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Maxel Toft Chicago, Illinois

The President Series (aka The Reverse Pregnancy Series) is a Maxel Toft project that began in 1999.
Each album represents both a U.S. President and a week of human pregnancy from birth to conception.
Starting with 42 (aka Clinton, aka overdue baby) and continuing in reverse order, all recordings are implicitly named and numbered according to past U.S. Presidents and a week of gestation.
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Track Name: Offshore Excursion
Although I'm unequipped
For an offshore excursion
From this gospel ship
I need a healthy diversion
An emergency urge
If only just a fraction
Or a step or two beyond
I'm not responsible for my actions
Track Name: Therapy
Listen to this piece from another tortured artist
Divorced shortly after they lost their new babe
Retreated to a cabin with no running water
But found an old dulcimer and learned how to play

Recorded on a smartphone, the battery was draining
Imagine the session and tell me if I'm wrong
To listen though it's sad 'cause it makes me feel better
Believe in the power of the therapy of song
Track Name: Shadow
Sandpaper face
What should I do with this sandpaper face
I scrape and I shave
And comes back the next day
What a waste
Make way
For the sandpaper face

Hollywood scruff
What should I do with this Hollywood scruff
I grow and I cut
But it isn't enough
This is tough
No luck
With the Hollywood scruff

Indie-rock beard
What should I do with this indie-rock beard
My facial career
Has taken me years
This is weird
No fear
For my indie-rock beard
Track Name: Wits End
Why'd I even ever think
That I could bring this up
I should have known it's futile
And that you would soon erupt
I'm at my wits end

Why didn't I seek council
When I knew that you would shout
'Cause when you shout it's then I shout
And then I get kicked out
I'm at my wits end

I can tell by the way that you are looking at me
I'll be on the burner for a century
Lets table this discussion now indefinitely
I'm at my wits end
Track Name: Radio Ready Love
I'd prefer to lead us in the opposite direction
Where sleep is rest and love is affection
End the innuendo and the lyrical gymnastics
Where doing it is doing it without the italics
Lets make love . . . Love
Track Name: Somewheres
I thought that I was walking in the door
But there is more
I was with the guys
But looking in her eyes
Now "Somewheres it's my fault"

I thought that I was brushing on my teeth
But underneath
I'm wiping my brow
'Cause it escapes me now
And "Somewheres it's my fault"

I thought that I was getting all undressed
So I attest
Something is askew
And I wish that I knew
'Cause "Somewheres it's my fault"

I thought that I was getting into bed
It's like I said
Everything seemed right
When I kissed her goodnight
But "Somewheres it's my fault"
Track Name: Complaint
Rich, white, men
Always complaining
Complaining about fairness

Rich, white, men
Often are yelling
Are yelling at the TV

Rich, white, men
Often are sleeping
Are sleeping with the TV

Rich, white, men
Always complaining
Complaining about fairness

Rich, white, men
Have no one to blame but themselves when they fail
We have no one to blame but ourselves when we fail
I have no one to blame but myself when I fail
Track Name: Legal F
I'm not saying that you're saying that
I'm just saying that if we perhaps
We could work this out as adults
We could resolve this to a cheaper result

You give me legal fees
I freeze and I can't speak
Until I speak to my lawyer
You won't hear a peep
So leave a message at the beep

Adults like kids will pick on the weak
Waiting for the perfect opportunity to cheat
Adults will often add money to the fight
And the one's with the most are most often proven right

They give us legal fees
We freeze and we can't speak
Until I speak to my lawyer
You won't hear a peep
So leave a message at the beep

If on the TV you decline the interview
The viewer can assume the accusations are true
But your lawyer says freeze and you can't speak
They give you legal fees and we don't hear a peep