Romance in The Executive Branch

by The Wiggly Tendrils

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The Wiggly Tendrils invite you to celebrate Valentines and Presidents Day with them by way of the joys of music and mutual collaboration.

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released 15 February 2010

Artwork by: Megan Coleman and Gabe McElwain
Released in partnership with www.beattheindiedrum.com

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Track Name: Washington v Lincoln
Happy Presidents Day!
You mean happy Washington’s Birthday.
Oh, come on, you know they moved it earlier for me.
But it’s still my holiday.
*Sight* Do we have to go through this again?
You started it. Well actually, I started it…
A cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment
These considerations speak a persuasive language
to every reflecting and virtuous mind,
and exhibit the continuance of the UNION as a primary object of Patriotic desire.
This state of feeling must fade, is fading
has faded with the circumstance that produced it
and the temple must fall unless we build it anew
with pillars hewn from the quarry of sober reason
Patriotic desire / Sober reason
I’m the founder of my country
I’m the lover of liberty
I created for posterity
I nation of freedom for all
I’m the savior of my country
I’m the lover of liberty
I delivered to posterity
A new birth of freedom for all
I’m the father of my country
I’m the lover of liberty
Our union in perpetuity
With freedom and justice for all
We’re the lovers of liberty
We’re the fathers of our country
Our union in perpetuity
With freedom and justice for all
Track Name: One President At A Time
Dear president,
now that you’re sworn in,
you can write your address and fill cabinets
but there’s something i must remind you.
Dear president,
I beg your pardon.
You must bear in mind you’ve got limited time
like those who came before you.
CHORUS:
It’s not that i think you’re a bad president;
there’s no one who loves you more than I.
But baby you know I stick to one president at a time –
and it’s a short term love affair.
I’m yours for now,
but please don’t be jealous.
‘cuz I’ve had “Tippecanoe” and Bush one and two,
And 41 other fellas.
love can be rough,
it was tricky with Nixon,
Teddy laid it on thick with that “Rough Rider” shtick,
and Grant struggled with his addiction
(CHORUS)
GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE:
George said it was over and I cried
I wanted one leader all my life!
But in the end I realized
I needed someone new but not at the same time
FDR and I
pulled through a Depression.
It was incumbent upon us to keep him in office
even though it broke with the precedent.
And when you’re gone,
I’ll have other honeys.
But just know that your face
will still have a place
on mountains, statues, and money.
ALT CHORUS:
Some go for lots of strong executives,
With maybe a few more on the side.
But I just prefer to love my one president at a time.
(CHORUS)
Track Name: Calvin and Grace
Grace, said Calvin, my soul is weary.
These last few years have done me harm.
Let’s load some things into the Ford
and leave for Father’s farm.
To what I am and what we are,
the place where we belong,
where the north woods roll to the mountains,
silent, deep, and strong.
On the way we’ll visit Cally
in his simple, peaceful home.
You can leave a red, red rose,
and we’ll travel on alone.
And drive into the night time,
the place where we belong,
you, Grace, and the north woods,
silent, deep, and strong.
And drive into the night time,
the place where we belong,
you, Grace, and the north woods,
silent, deep, and strong.
Track Name: Remember the Ladies
ABIGAIL:
have you declared an independency?
delare it so long as it be
not independency from me
write codes of laws, enshrine the common good
do not forget that all men would
be tyrants o’er us if they could
remember the ladies because
we will not be subject to laws
in which we’ve not had any say
be friends and not masters, i pray
remember the ladies, do
your lady remembers you
JOHN:
has our behavior taught your tribe so well
that you plan likewise to rebel
against a chauvinistic shell
from despotism of the petticoat
we must defend our manly vote
our only leverage of note
our masculine pow’r
mere words at worst
you bid me burn
your letters but
i must forget you first
ABIGAIL:
how goes the war? how goes proclaiming peace
and freedom? will you not release
these arbitrary sov’reignties?
JOHN:
in theory men may have the upper hand
the title master may sound grand
in practice we’re at your command
Track Name: Ragalovin
Ragamuffin ragamuffin ragamuffin Just a
Ragamuffin ragamuffin ragamuffin I’m a
Ragamuffin ragamuffin ragamuffin Just a
So precious
worth more than diamonds and gold
You’re infectious
like measles straight to my heart
till death do us part
Maybe it was your uniform
I’ve totally been taken my storm
You’re so full of grace
standing by those gates
please mr. security guard
let me say I love you
security guard
I’m only thinking of you
I know I’ve lost my job
and I’m just a poor old slob
but please choose me from this mob
and say I’m yours
I came to see FDR
to say thanks for reopening the bars
I was hit by a meteor from above
called love
ragamuffin ragamuffin ragamuffin I’m a
ragamuffin ragamuffin ragamuffin I’m a
ragamuffin ragamuffin ragamuffin
So precious worth more than rubies and pearls
You’re infectious like diphtheria for my soul
I want you to know
Let’s stimulate the economy by going out to dinner
or catching a movie
we can take it slow
I’ve no place to go
Please mr…
I came to see FDR…
Track Name: Dear Martha
martha dear
I’m coming home
i apologize for what you objected to
surely it was the best move i had
i couldn’t leave the one i love
inauguration day i spend alone and sipping rum and where were you
martha dear
you married young to another man
who died and left you here
surly you made the best of things
i never thought you’d love me like
martha dear i’m coming
home to mount vernon to farm and build our lives
martha dear i’m coming
i couldn’t wish for more in life, just more of it
the cold in valley forge
using thorns to pin your clothes
you spent entertaining wives and sleeping by my side
we’ll spend the best years of our lives
where other men took mistresses
i helped to free a state
i couldn’t watch it all come down
and you stood by my side
and now i stand with you ’tis well
’tis well oh, ’tis well
Track Name: The Fires Of Mount Vernon
The wind is cold, and how the woods are silent
I’d say the two of us have seen our share of violence
Though I know you worried, I always came through
I crossed the Delaware that I might sleep beside you
Now let us rest a while, oh please Martha my love
We can spend out our days in this dear sweet country home
Let the fires of Mount Vernon take the chill from out our bones
Let the fires of Mount Vernon ignite our hearts as one
I know you never wanted to enter public life
Still you followed bravely every single time
Those days are at an end, oh yes Martha my dear
Our evenings are so warm, and our nights are so clear
We survived the cruelest winter in the frozen hell of Valley Forge
The fiery heaven of Mount Vernon will always be our home
The factions that might divide us
They’ll try to get inside us
But our [more] perfect union
Formed by our gentle constitutions
Can weather any storm
Let the fires of Mount Vernon burn the winter from our lungs
Let the fires of Mount Vernon warm us when our work is done
Let the fires of Mount Vernon keep the morning frost at bay
Let the fires of Mount Vernon melt our hearts away
Track Name: Steel and Roses
Put your fist in the air
Put your pen to the paper
And deliver an oration
And then do it all again
Is this what we’re become
A shrine to repetition
To that glorious tradition
The machinery of men
This passionless display
Of presidential trappings
Does little to convey
Wherein our will to service lies
For who among us would have run
Were it not to curry favor
With the truest of the patriots
Our lovers and our wives
Oh oh oh we demand our steel and roses
And if they do not deliver we shall have to force their hand
You’ve sustained and mystified us
You’ve destroyed us and inspired us
And where we now stand why should you not stand?
Every peace that was won
Each diplomacy completed
Would be lost without the aid
And the resolve that you conferred
Now we serve our countrymen
In perpetual retirement
Oh mechanical first ladies
May our prayers not go unheard
Oh oh oh we demand our steel and roses
And if they do not deliver we shall have to force their hand
You’ve sustained and mystified us
You’ve destroyed us and inspired us
And where we now stand why should you not stand?
Martha Margaret Abigail, Mary Ellen Barbara
Rachel Helen Rosalyn and Dolly Florence Laura
Jacqueline and Julia Elizabeth and Hanna
Mamie Ida Lady Bird and Caroline and Anna
Oh oh oh we demand our steel and roses
And if they do not deliver we shall have to force their hand
You’ve sustained and mystified us
You’ve destroyed us and inspired us
And where we now stand why should you not stand?
Put your fist in the air
Put your pen to the paper
And deliver an oration
And then do it all again
Track Name: Taft, He Lived the Largest
taft he lived the largest
taft his belt stretched the farthest
taft isn't he marvelous
taft

Kennedy was young
the oldest was reagan
madison was small
and lincoln taller than them all

taft isn't he marvelous
taft he lives the largest
whoo!

Kennedy was young
the oldest was reagan
washington was first
and james buchanan was voted worst

taft he lives the largest
taft isn't he marvelous

teddy roosevelt dug the Panama canal
but his mustache was described as
penultimate
the ultimate the ultimate was

taft isn't he marvelous
taft he lives the largest
taft he lives the largest
whoo!