The Appointees, Volume 1

by David Nagler

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Songs informed and provoked by Trump cabinet appointees.
Volume 2 is coming in January 2018.

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released November 8, 2017

David Nagler: Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards & Synthesizers, String Arrangements
Annie Nero: Bass, Vocals on “Boat Afloat”
Konrad Meissner: Drums and Percussion
Jo Lampert: Vocals on “Court in Session,” “Pay to Learn,” and “Pompeii”
Bridget St. John: Vocals on “Court in Session” and “No Worse Enemy”
Jonny Lam: Pedal Steel Guitar on “Pay to Learn”
Tom Chiu: Violin on “Court in Session,” “No Worse Enemy,” and “Pompeii”
Jeanann Dara: Viola on “Court in Session,” “No Worse Enemy,” and “Pompeii”
Noah Hoffeld: Cello on “Court in Session,” “No Worse Enemy,” and “Pompeii”
Dave Holgado: Whistling on “Boat Afloat”

Produced by David Nagler.

Mixed by Daniel James Goodwin at The Isokon, Woodstock, NY, September 24-25, 2017.

Recorded in: Brooklyn, NY (Linden Underground, Studio K), New York, NY (2nd Story Sound), Chicopee, MA (The Barnhouse), and Northampton, MA. Engineers: Jeff Cook, Justin Hillman, Konrad Meissner.

Mastered by Jamal Ruhe @ West West Side Music, New Windsor, NY.

Cover by Mike Taylor-Mozer.

Music and lyrics by David Nagler. All songs © ℗ 2017 (BMI) David Nagler.

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David Nagler is a Brooklyn-based musician and songwriter. He is the musical director for Wesley Stace’s Cabinet of Wonders as well as the founder and frontperson for NY metropolitan area pop group Nova Social.

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Track Name: Court in Session
You are in my courtroom, boy
I suggest you listen to me
In this room I make the rules
about weird sex and pregnancy

and on Sunday
the prosecution will rest

No one cares about you, boy
or what you’re here for
You don’t like what I have to say?
Why not try paying me more

and on Sunday
the prosecution will rest

Come on over here, boy
Let me give some advice to you
Just because you think something’s right
That don’t make it true

and on Sunday
the prosecution will rest

Don’t try to tell me, boy
I come from a world where crosses burn
You’re out of order, boy
and now my court is adjourned

and on Sunday
the prosecution will rest
Track Name: Pay to Learn
In this day and age
You need to pay to learn
If you don’t, then you’ll learn wrong
Take a tip from me
And my philanthropy
Don’t let the world drag you along

Everyone needs incentive
We need to be inventive
and pay to learn

You will be taught
as you pay to learn
only what we view as vital
You will listen up
then repeat it back
to us at next week’s recital

Privatize every session
and terminate the regression
Pay to learn

We’ll get into your brain
While you pay to learn
and undo every single error
A perpetual migraine
is a small price to pay
for a life not lived in terror

Our research is extensive
and our salaries are expensive
so pay to learn

In this day and age
You need to pay to learn
If you don’t, you’ll learn wrong
Take a tip from me
my philosophy is
Don’t let the world drag you along

Stop all your invective
Try to gain perspective

Pay to learn
Track Name: No Worse Enemy
The gospel according to
The Patron Saint of Chaos:
Never ever let our leaders
betray us

Will I shoot you in the head
Just wait and see
No better friend
No worse enemy

I don’t like weakness
Especially in my allies
There is no greater threat
to me than surprise

Am I full of hate?
Just wait and see
I’m no better friend
No worse enemy

I bet they say, “Well, that’s just the Mad Dog
barking up another tree...”
But here I am with tears in my eyes
no anger or artillery
but don’t fuck with me

The gospel according to
The Patron Saint of Chaos:
A liberal’s skin is thin
and fine as dental floss

Are you a coward?
I’m waiting to see
’till then I’m no better friend
No worse enemy
I’m no better friend
no worse enemy
Track Name: Boat Afloat
You really let me have it
when I was on the stand
but I was too busy
with the task at hand:

Keeping the boat afloat
on a stream of revenue
Keeping the boat afloat
on a stream of revenue

You say I forgot about
one or two mil
But every now and then
a mountain is just a molehill

when I was keeping the boat afloat
on a stream of revenue
Keeping the boat afloat
like any ship captain would do

I like a nice painting
I like a good movie
When it serves as an asset
Or as a buoy

For keeping the boat afloat
on a stream of revenue
Keeping the boat afloat
like any ship captain would do
Track Name: Pompeii
We could see it from a distance
Through the disparity
and vulgarity
We could see it from a distance
and now it’s overrun

We could see it from a distance
Through the cheering
and profiteering
We could see it from a distance
What could we have done?

What was once civilization
is now barren terrain
The pleasure palaces
have been leveled with pain

We could see it from a distance
It began to erupt
and seemed so abrupt
We could see it from a distance
and it’s too late to run

What was once civilization
is now barren terrain
The pleasure palaces
have been leveled with pain

We could see it from a distance
It began to erupt
it was all so abrupt
We could see it from a distance
What could we have done?

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