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released November 21, 2016

Mastered by Peter Andreadis for All City Mastering

"Because We All Are Teachers" adapted from "Because All Men Are Brothers" by Tom Glazer

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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: A Few Laborers
Oh, how many laborers, a tell a me Luke?
Seventy two, two and two
Seventy two, two and two
Seventy, two and two

How many carry a purse, a tell a me Luke?
Zero do, two and two
Zero do, two and two
Zero carry a purse

How many carry a scrip, a tell a me Luke?
Zero do, two and two
Zero do, two and two
Zero carry a scrip

How many carrying shoes, a tell a me Luke?
Zero do, two and two
Zero do, two and two
Zero carrying shoes

Saluting by the way, a tell a me Luke?
Zero do
Zero do
None salute by the way

And, how many laborers, a tell a me Luke?
Seventy two, two and two
Seventy two, two and two
Seventy, two and two
Track Name: Dissed
Don't you disrespecting me
Don't you disrespect
If you disrespecting me
I disrespect you back

I didn't mean no disrespect
That is your mistake
But now you disrespecting me
And now you gonna pay

Don't you disrespecting me
Don't you disrespect
If you disrespecting me
I disrespect you back

Now I truly disrespect
Disrespect I do
Double disrespect to you
I dare you to refuse

Don't you disrespecting me
Don't you disrespect
If you disrespecting me
I disrespect you back
Track Name: Offer
Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help
But first we need you to
Read this disclosure
At your leisure
For your protection
Initial each section
Sign your "X" on the dotted line
The white copy's yours, the pink and yellow copies are mine

Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help
But first I thank you for your patience
Now we'll need some proof of residence
Social Security and picture ID
Birth Certificate and family tree
A written and an oral and a physical examining
The medical history of your extended family

Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help
But first please fill out the Scantron with a number two pencil
Included with a phone or utility bill
At least two years of tax statements
All the receipts from last years payments
You'll need to authorize a credit report
And get a certified notary to verify your passport

Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help
But first we'll need a list of all your references
And all your dietary preferences
Go next door and stand in line
Pee in a cup and cough three times
Cover one eye and skip to my Lou
Sing the National Anthem backwards to In a Sentimental Mood

And if this is your first time
I'll need a parent/guardian cosign

Yes we need your help
Thank you for offering
We appreciate your help
Track Name: Perfect
I feel good but I'm scared that it's lasted too long
Yeah I might have to turn this thing over
The fire was warm but it's growing too strong
And I'm tempted to snuff it forever

I'm having a tough time 'cause I'm not having hard times
Going to get in a mess for protection
I'm going to throw this whole game
I'll get tainted and stained
So the devil won't want me in his collection

Lately things have gone well and it's getting me down
I'm nervous I'm forced to take action
We may not all agree if the devil's around
But I'm willing to take this precaution, I'm having a tough time . . .

My bills are all paid and I sleep fine at night
Everything's clean and it doesn't seem right
Somebody break in and steal all my stuff
Everything's perfect and I've had enough, I'm having a tough time . . .
Track Name: In Transition
I don't want to feel sad
But every time I feel sad
I feel closer later
When I've returned I'm in your favor

But if it lasts too long
It feels like you were always gone
I feel further than ever
And redirect your offer to recover

In these transitions
Of mood
It seems I'm most receptive to you
When I change
I approve
I acknowledge you are present in my deepest senses . . .
But I don't want to meet you only in transition

I don't want to feel pain
But every time I feel pain
I feel comforted and hopeful
When physically returned to normal

But if the suffering stays
And fills every unoccupied space
I feel hurt and deserted
And shield attempts to resuscitate revival

In these transitions
Through pain
It's the easiest connection to maintain
When I hurt
You remain
I acknowledge you are present in my deepest senses . . .
But I don't want to meet you only in transition

It's counter intuitive when I'm impaired
But I acknowledge you are present in my deepest senses . . .
And I don't want to meet you only in transition
Track Name: Singing Along
It's hard for me to hurt you when I'm singing
Especially if you decide to sing along
We might never agree on the words to go with a peaceful chorus and verse
But I'd be more composed right now with a song
It's hard for me to hurt you when I'm singing

It's hard for you to hurt me when I'm singing
Especially if you decide to sing along
We might never agree on the words to go with a peaceful chorus and verse
But I'd be more composed right now with a song
It's hard for you to hurt me when I'm singing

It's hard for you to hurt me when you're singing
Especially if I decide to sing along
We might never agree on the words to go with a peaceful chorus and verse
But you'd be more composed right now with a song
It's hard for you to hurt me when you're singing

It's hard for me to hurt you when you're singing
Especially if I decide to sing along
We might never agree on the words to go with a peaceful chorus and verse
But you'd be more composed right now with a song
It's hard for me to hurt you when you're singing
Track Name: Because We All Are Teachers
Because we all are students, wherever we may be
The world shall be one classroom, forever proud and free
No truant shall defeat us, no failure keep us down
All teachers then shall greet us, the whole wide world around

My teachers are all others, forever washing feet
Continuing examples, the merciful and meek
My teacher's fears are my fears, with grief and shame weighed down
My teacher's tears are my tears, the whole wide world around

Let every voice be thunder, let every heart be strong
Until all truants join us, our work will not be done
Let every name be spoken, the lost sheep shall be found
Let slavery's chains be broken, the whole wide world around

Because we all are teachers, wherever we may be
The world shall be one classroom, forever proud and free
No truant shall defeat us, no failure keep us down
All students then shall greet us, the whole wide world around
Track Name: The Typist
Don't look now there's a personal assistant
On her way to an industrial park
Tell me young lady your words per minute
Right pinky down to the question mark

10 words, 20 words, 30 words per minute?
40 words, 50 words, 60 words per minute?
10 words, 20 words, 30 words per minute?
40 words, 50 words, 60 words per minute?

One, two, three, yes
A, S, D, F
Right ring finger to the dot, dot, dot