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by Maxel Toft

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02:24
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03:17
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07:58
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04:08

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released January 1, 2004

Mrs. Deitrich double bass: Unlisted
Maid Marion ambient percussion: Enough
Mr. Deitrich drums: The Word

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tags: folk Chicago

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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: Eyelash
I'm doing all I can to hold ground
Any second now I'll go down
If there's one thing I can explain
Have you noticed I don't change?

If I don't get involved
It won't be my fault
When I kiss you square in the mouth

There is something I can't ignore
When I find myself on the floor
And the explanation I lend
Is made up of words I invent

If I don't get involved
It won't be my fault
When I kiss you square in the mouth

Please forgive me if I lose my place
It is tough to maintain this pace
And if I can't learn how to behave
You will send me to a early grave

If I don't get involved
It won't be my fault
When I kiss you square in the mouth

Although I'm boiling over inside
When I look you straight in the eye
I've had plenty of time to prepare
For the secret sent in your stare
Track Name: Unlisted
I'm making a list of things to do
And right at the top is you
But you're crossed out

Then I'll go for an hour at the gym
Instead I'll watch a film
I can't get up

Next is the bill for the credit card
I guess I'll pay at least part
But not today

I'll do all the laundry and clean the house
To help me forget about
My awful state

I really need to find a new job
I'll die I swear to god
If I don't try

Down at the bottom I see your name
How'd you get back on again?
I've lost my mind
Track Name: Quick Fix
If I could get rid of this debt
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems

If I could get a better paying job
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
I'd pay my debts

If I would have gone to college
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
I could get a good job
I'd pay my debts

If my mother wasn't so dang poor
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
I'd have a degree
I could get a good job
I'd pay my debts

If my father didn't abandon our family
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
We wouldn't have been poor
I'd have a degree
I could get a good job
I'd pay my debts

If my parents would have used protection
I'd be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'd be just tolerable
There'd be no troubles
I'd have no problems
I wouldn't hate my dad
We wouldn't have been poor
I'd have a degree
I could get a good job
I'd pay my debts

And when my numbers line up
I'll be better off
Instead of being terrible
It'll be just tolerable
There'll be no troubles
I'll have no problems
I'll make up with my dad
My kids won't be poor
I won't need a degree
You can stuff this job
I'll pay my debts
I've paid my dues
Track Name: Longing
History I regret
Persecuted Jew
I can clearly see
Gave his life for me
Why do I forget?
I belong to you

I'm a lifetime member
Love that's always true
No one else around
Eyes faced towards the ground
When I remember
I belong to you

Many times I retreat
Cling to something new
Vacant in my eyes
It is no surprise
I have to repeat
I belong to you

So close to victory
I am almost through
Find me near the fuse
Thinking it's no use
Someone remind me
I belong to you

History I regret
Persecuted Jew
I can clearly see
Gave his life for me
Why do I forget?
I belong to you
Track Name: Enough
I've already forgotten this war
And I never knew where or what for
But one night while brushing my feelings aside
I thought maybe there's not enough dyin'

I do not know any of the killed
But at this rate I eventually will
Somewhere a family is holding their pride
Thinking maybe there's not enough dyin'

In between weather and sports
Tuned out through daily reports
It's another good reason to help you decide
That maybe there's not enough dyin'

Our leaders are dancing like flies
Won't make the same mistake twice
Toss leftover handouts for us to divide
Because maybe there's not enough dyin'

Maybe there's not enough dyin'
Maybe there's not enough dyin'
I'll say it again 'cause it's not quite sunk in
Maybe there's not enough dyin'

Where have the protesters gone?
And somebody tell me how long
Till experts will say that the numbers have lied
And maybe there's too many dyin'
Track Name: The Word
I'm not ready yet
To break down
Silence

I'm still reading up
Working out
Practice

But if your stakes are found
On this stone
Cancel

And if you'd stick around
I'd be so
Thankful

I like being cursed
Left behind
Crippled

I may be unsure
We'll get by
Simple

'Cause this is my last chance
To remove
Garbage

And with this minor change
We will lose
Our baggage

More Than Once I've
Said The Word Love
Though I Know I
Did Not Mean To
So For Next Time
When I Say Love
Make Me Eat It
Till I See You

There is no hosanna, no hosanna
Where is my hosanna, no hosanna
Take me to hosanna, no hosanna
Make me hear hosanna, hosanna
Track Name: Busted Me
The company stock just fell like a rock and I'm busted
My condo was sold, SUVs getting old, and I'm busted
I've got no DVDs and no DSL
Don't bother calling, they canceled my cell
Sometimes I think it'd be better in hell than be busted