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released June 20, 2012

Mixed and Mastered by Jamie Carter

Janelle LAH vocals, piano: Layers, Sawyerwood, Finished, Calling, Watering

Maxel Toft everything else

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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: Ailments Part 1 & 2
To the trees along the highway
Do you long for peace and quiet?
Are you strong enough to keep on standing by?
Would you halt the blurry features of a billion passing travelers?
Fall across a solid yellow line
Here's to the trees along the highway

To the trees beneath the street lamps
I'd appreciate some feedback
Do you feel like you can never realign?
While you're ever reaching skyward, are your branches growing tired?
Fall across a silent power line
Here's to the trees beneath the street lamps
Track Name: Get A Witness
Why's this word here?
I don't know
But I don't need your worn out paper
I can get a witness on the world wide
I mean it
World wide web

Where's this word from?
I don't know
But I don't need your worn out paper
I can get a witness on the world wide
I mean it
World wide web

Can I get a witness on the world wide web?
I mean it
World wide

What's this word mean?
I don't know
But I don't need your worn out paper
I can get a witness on the world wide
I mean it
World wide web

Can I get a witness on the world wide web?
I mean it
World wide
Track Name: Layers
In the north woods there's a lumberjack
In a lumber camp with a sharpened ax
And when the weather turns
With a union suit and prayer
He works through the winter
Adding layer after layer

Shantyman, shantyman
Shiver no more
Add another long john to your core

Shantyman, shantyman
Sweating inside
Peel another long john from your hide

In the north woods there's a lumberjack
In a lumber camp with a sharpened ax
And when the river thaws
With a union suit and prayer
He heats a tub of water
And removes the final layer
Track Name: Sawyerwood
I woke up with a pounding head
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Downside up in a water bed
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Message in a bottle bobbing on a wave
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Will it be delivered or a watery grave
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log

Down in the wildwood leaning on a stick
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Finger on the trigger and an eye on a pig
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Pulled the trigger and the gun said "bam!"
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
All natural organic honey baked ham
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log

The Talking Blues ain't blues per se
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Talkin' and rappin' till you're blue in the face
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Woodrow Wilson is a hip-hop pioneer
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Talkin' and rappin' till the blues disappear
Born in a shipwreck painted on a log
Track Name: Straw Union
Unions weren't around
So the straw boss told us lies
They burned us to the ground
And then we organized
We got our union
Union has arrived

Now the union's here
And everything is fair
The straw boss walks in fear
The unions have a care
We have our union
Union's everywhere

Straw boss has moved on
Now the company is spent
The union's going strong
We've got retirement
We need our union
Union pays the rent

Union took a seat
And I guess we'll never learn
Unless we can compete
The market won't return
We lost our union
Union's on the curb
Track Name: Finished
It's always "I'll do that when I finish this"
It's always "I'll do that when I finish this"
"When I finish this I will do that one then"
Then another "this" comes and I still don't know when

Lets go to a show when we finish our chores
Lets go to a show when we finish our chores
When we finish our chores we will go see a show
Then it's "Now I'm too tired and I'd rather stay home"

It's always . . .

I'll eat one more cookie then go for a run
I'll eat one more cookie then go for a run
I will go for run when I finish this snack
Then it's "Still on the couch and I think I've lost track"

It's always . . .

I could pay this bill or else pay down the debt
I could pay this bill or else pay down the debt
Should I pay down this debt or pay that bill instead?
'Cause it's "unplanned expense" and we're back in the red

It's always . . .
It's always . . .
Track Name: Calling
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me
I am living, I am living, I am living, I am living, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am living
I am calling, I am calling, I am calling, I am calling, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am calling
I am leading, I am leading, I am leading, I am leading, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am leading
I am smiling, I am smiling, I am smiling, I am smiling, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am smiling
I am I AM, I am I AM, I am I AM, I am I AM, have you seen me
Have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, have you seen me, I am I, I AM