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by Maxel Toft

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released January 1, 2003

Maid Marion vocals: Visiting Hours, Background, Unsteady, Humboldt

Maxel Toft everything else

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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: Visiting Hours
Probably our mother is crying
But you would know nothing about that
Praying that she could resign
From all of the things you said you that wouldn't take back
Maybe there's no one to blame
Or how do we know who's at fault
For a brother that's dirtied our name
And now makes demands from behind a glass wall
It's another gray root
Showing through
On the head of a stubborn old mule

Mama couldn't make any daughters
But that doesn't mean she's ashamed
Of two sons and two different fathers
God knows it's nothing but the American way
And you did you think I'd forgotten?
So full of yourself you don't know
That madness comes every so often
But we always hoped that you wouldn't lose control
It's another gray root
Showing through
On the head of a stubborn old mule

Steps going up may be difficult
And steps going down may lead wrong
Though step dad was always so pitiful
It's not an excuse that you can lean on
I'd offer to help but why bother
When I know you'll just build a new fence
And duck behind walls of desire
Besides the fact you thrive on tragic events
It's another gray root
Showing through
On the head of a stubborn old mule

Remember the speech you gave father
Declared you wouldn't turn out like him
Now it seems I'd beg to differ
Though I have no right to judge anything
It's funny your struggle unending
A shame that it's come down to this
Continuing the fight for independence
But in here you have to get permission to piss
It's another gray root
Showing through
On the head of a stubborn old mule
Track Name: Background
I don't mind being your backup
It gives me time all to myself
I call it freedom
But who am I fooling
I don't want to lead your queue if I can help

I can tell that I'm your backup plan
I'm afraid you're not my biggest fan
But I'm optimistic towards the women I think I love

Instead I'll see you sometime
Play the victim in this crime
And never be able to tell enough's enough

I don't mind being your backup
It gives me time all to myself
I call it freedom
But who am I fooling
I don't want to lead your queue if I can help

The ones that are available
Are the ones that give me trouble
Because I pessimistic towards the women I think love me

Instead I leave them crying
And I can't quit denying
That I ain't got no aces up my sleeve

I don't mind being your backup
It gives me time all to myself
I call it freedom
But who am I fooling
I don't want to lead your queue if I can help
I don't want to lead your queue if you can help
Track Name: Unsteady
I want to see results now
You'll just have to wait
And if I don't stick around
That's your mistake
You know it just isn't fair
How can I help?
It's hard to tell if you're there
That's not my fault

Sneeze like comments
Need your blessing
Talk like vomit
Keeps me guessing

Still I'm prostrate
Please get back on your feet
When I'm needy
You're embarrassing me
For your rebate
How much more can I do?
Please redeem me
It's all up to you

Silent answers
That's what you choose to hear
Try my patience
Only twenty-odd years
Often offer
How much more can I say?
Bad translations
I do it my way

On the pavement
Please get back on your feet
We the people
Still embarrassing me
Feel your movement
The only vibration
Read each signal . . . wrong
Is instant gratification

If you think you can take it
I'd really appreciate
A sign of approval, direction, my fate
Meanwhile time changes tempo
And it must be difficult
To get my attention, some patience, my soul
I am weathered by inaction
Track Name: Ending Or Beginning?
The sun emerged from a cloudy sky
A spectrum was revealed as the clouds ceased to cry
We abandoned our shelters from the east to the west
Amidst a raging storm and a harvest

But when the day sadly came to an end
The sun began to weep
Unfortunately we were weak
The night put us to sleep

The night began to conquer and distribute its mark
While darkness took control of all but one last spark
The clouds returned and resumed their tears
While we awoke to our greatest fears

With all hope resting on that light
To be warmed with a brand new day
And prayers for the sun to shine bright
So that some day our offspring will say
It's great to be alive today
Track Name: Pangs
Appetite for reduction
Caused by lack of production
Failure and loss of attack
Now it is time to cut back

Appetite for destruction
Caused by an earlier reduction
Boredom controls the mood
Sign says will work for food

Appetite for production
Lacking adequate instruction
Can barely get by alone
With a broken money bone
Track Name: Humboldt
In the city
The park is the best place to get away
In the city
The park is the worst place to feel safe

I couldn't pay the rent
So I'm sleeping in a tent in the park
I couldn't find a job
So I vandalize and rob in the park
I didn't do well in class
So I kicked some white boy grass in the park
I couldn't drop this fix
So I started turning tricks in the park
I had a hectic day
So I'm going out to play in the park

Lets all have a picnic in the park

I can ride my bike
Skateboard roller blade
Jogging in the rain
Or on a stroll with a blind date
Mom says walk the dog
Take a nap get some sun
I'll meet you at the swing set
Feed the birds shoot my gun

Lets all have a picnic in the park
Track Name: Old Lovers Having Lunch
Thank you, I'm pleased that you noticed
Yeah, I've been working out
Out raising hell, with a barbell
Miracles never cease

And you? What have you been up to?
Say, you're looking great...
What's that about? Now cut it out
I only aim to please

Oh well, enough with the small talk
Now, what's your deal?
Can I hazard a guess? You're in a mess
Wonders never cease

Well well, you hear what you're saying?
"Damn, life is too short"
This is bad news if that's your excuse
Forget it if you please

Uh uh, I don't know what came over me
Lately, I've been shooting it off
It isn't fun being under the gun
Old habits never cease

Uh huh, I'd completely forgotten
And, I thank you much
I could say more but this is your war
Take it easy won't you please