The Appointees, Volume 2

by David Nagler

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $5 USD  or more

     

1.
2.
03:03
3.
4.
03:02
5.
03:13
6.
04:10

about

songs informed and provoked by Trump cabinet appointees

credits

released January 16, 2018

Musicians:

David Nagler: Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards & Synthesizers, String Arrangements
Annie Nero: Bass, Vocals (“Tonto,” “Mechanical Bull,” and “Floundering”)
Konrad Meissner: Drums and Percussion
Jo Lampert: Vocals (“The Nonbelievers” and “Enemy Camp”)
Jonny Lam: Pedal Steel Guitar (“Tonto” and “Floundering”)
Tom Chiu: Violin (“Enemy Camp”)
Jeanann Dara: Viola (“Enemy Camp”)
Noah Hoffeld: Cello (“Enemy Camp”)
Dan Brantigan: Trumpet (“The Non-Believers”) and EVI (“Mechanical Bull”)
Arthur Solari: Drums & Percussion (“The Non-Believers”)
David First: Harmonica (“Steel”)
Nick Hallett: Vocals (“Steel”)
Therese Cox: Vocals (“Tonto”)

Produced by David Nagler.

Mixed by Daniel James Goodwin at The Isokon, Woodstock, NY, October 29-30, 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, Sam Crawford, Konrad Meissner.

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

Cover by Mike Taylor-Mozer.

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

David Nagler New York

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.

contact / help

Contact David Nagler

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Track Name: The Nonbelievers
I’ve got a husband
and five sisters
My father ran a shipping company
To know me is to like me
I think you will agree

When I was younger
and less admired
People liked to tell me no
but now I like to tell them exactly
where they can go

Money gets misplaced
Details are erased
Sometimes workers are underpaid
but life goes on
when mistakes are made

I like freedom
and responsibility
I know how to get along
I like to take the non-believers
and prove them wrong

I like work
I like power
I know how to get along
I like to take the non-believers
and prove them wrong
Track Name: Tonto
I was born in Bozeman
Raised in Whitefish
My daddy was a plumber
Up on the trails of Glacier
is where you’d find me
almost every summer

I say giddy-up Tonto
Let’s show them desk jockeys
where we come from
Giddy-up Tonto
Let’s show them desk jockeys
where we come from

Lead bullets and fishing tackle
may harm your neighbor
but they won’t destroy the land
The water and the soil
are resilient
When the future is at hand

So giddy-up Tonto
Let’s show them desk jockeys
where we come from
Giddy-up Tonto
Let’s show them desk jockeys
that we belong
Track Name: Mechanical Bull
People change their minds
They let their feelings uncoil
Their opinions fluctuate
like the price of oil

All we can do
is ride the mechanical bull
To keep our spirits high
And our wallets full

We talk about friends
As if trust is continual
Then lean on this excuse
when they’re ineffectual

All we can do
is ride the mechanical bull
To keep our spirits high
And our wallets full

You want to change your life
But stay safe and sound
Like a bird in a nest
Like oil in the ground

What we can do
is ride the mechanical bull
To keep our spirits high
And our wallets full

Everyone knows
a favor isn’t free
I’ll let the climate change
if it helps me
Track Name: Floundering
When you’re trapped in a mine
It’s cold and dark
Or so I’ve heard
That’s what my sources say
You hold on to something
that’s pure and true
though you may not
see the light of day

I can help you
when you’re floundering
I can save you
when you’re sinking
but if something goes wrong
you see my name attached to
you don’t know me
and I don’t know you

I remember something
my second wife said:
“Partisanship can take
a back seat to love”
and I believe her
or at least I’d like to
But I know true love doesn’t come
from up above

and I can help you
when you’re floundering
I can save you
when you’re sinking
but if something goes wrong
you see my name attached to
you don’t know me
and I don’t know you
Track Name: Enemy Camp
You call me an enemy of the state
A plague on the nation
To assert your dominance
over the situation

It’s time to lock me up
Let me languish
I am enemy camp
that you must vanquish

You won’t take the high road
Or take the options off the table
You knew the enemy
all along was me

It’s time to lock me up
Let me languish
I am enemy camp
that you must vanquish

I am waiting for you, General
alone in my cell
Maybe your fears are unfounded
But only time will tell
Track Name: Steel
Steeling myself
until I am strong
Steeling myself
until I am cold

I want to make the world happen again

Steeling myself
until I can commit
Steeling myself
until I can conceive

Making the world happen again

Steeling myself
until I can speak
Steeling myself
until I can fight

I want to make the world happen again

If you like David Nagler, you may also like: