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I wrote this song earlier in the year and I've tried to record and arrange it a few times and it kept sounding stiff, flat, or mannered. So I just laid down a one-take guitar-vocal version of it: using a kids 1/2-size nylon string guitar, at that. The sound here is definitely lo-fi: creaks in chair and all. But I appreciate your listening nonetheless!
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Prayer for the President

Don’t wear no flag pin to try and please me
I may be old but you can’t fool me like that
Just like I don’t think a lady looks pretty
Because she is wearing a jewel in her hat

Just --
Strike with your right hand
But love with your left
Kill who needs killin’
But spare all the rest
That’s my prayer
That’s my prayer
For the president

There’s folks overseas who want to destroy me
And there’s cops on the street
Who are almost that bad
The company man
He don’t want to employ me
The state of the world--
It is hard and it’s sad

So --
Strike with your right hand
But love with your left
Kill who needs killin’
But spare all the rest
That’s my prayer
That’s my prayer
For the president

Nephew cooks drugs at the cabin most weekends
My granddad ran whiskey, so what can I say
But have a little mercy on all of us sinners
Till one casts the first stone—then you should blow him away

Just--
Strike with your right hand
But love with your left
Kill who needs killin’
But spare all the rest
That’s my prayer
That’s my prayer
For the president
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Uploaded: Nov 15, 2009 - 08:38:36 PM
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2009 - 08:38:36 PM Last Played: Jun 22, 2016 - 07:24:46 PM
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Feter said 2684 days ago (November 15th, 2009)
Prayer for the President
This is so solemn and deep ..your vocal so
nice ...the lyrics so emotional ..the guitar
you picked is so special and fit for the mood
of the song ...a true gem ..thnx alot for sharin!!!!
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tempie said 2684 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
you're
making me like folk again. your voice is terrific and really intimate without being pretentious, just a great conversational tone. and the picking is intense enough to carry the tune along but subtle, it doesn't try to take over, just really well done. some great lyrical lines also - the chorus is especially good. it's difficult to find political lyrics that are empathetic without being silly, and serious without being preachy, but you've managed to walk that line by writing doubt into it, not many folk singers have that kind of self assurance. great tune.
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Vaisvil said 2684 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
awesome!
a wonderful song and you put it so in perspective with connecting your nephew and grandfather.
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MarkHolbrook said 2684 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
Excellent
Sometimes simple is better!
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hackneybloke said 2683 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
Prayer for the President
nice playing, lovely voice. not sure about the lyric 'kill who needs killin'.... should we be killing anyone? ever?
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particledots said 2683 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
Have to echo what Feter said
Excellent stuff
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SISTERS said 2683 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
exceptional
i like the intimate, nuthin fancy but everything there guitar & vocal.
might fine recording of a real good message in a darn good melody.
i feel honored to have heard your very fine voice - lovely experience.
thank you!
anne


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Jim Bouchard said 2683 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
yeah!
This is good...deep...makes me ponder a fair bit about myself. Lo-fi is great, and suits the raw emotion of this so well that I'm very glad you went this way.
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ConnieO said 2683 days ago (November 16th, 2009)
Prayer
Great song, great lyrics, fabulous voice...gives me goosebumps!
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Ed Hannifin said 2683 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
This is the GOOD stark...
A really strong song, for starters. Great pacing and phrasing, great vocals, and you got really warm tone from that kid acoustic. (I've got my son's half-size sitting here, and I don't think I could get this nice a tone from it....)

Thanks to Jim Bouchard for pointing me in your direction....

Ed
gail60 said 2683 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
amazing
Absolutely love your style. Your lyrics and vocals are terrific. Simple yet perfect! Really enjoyed this.
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TERRAPLANE said 2682 days ago (November 17th, 2009)
Your vocal style
has a Keith Urban style for me..excellent song writing, Michael. love those double stops on the guitar.. well done,, thanks,,T
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BossHook said 2681 days ago (November 19th, 2009)
I commend
you for walking right out on the edge and laying it all down. The simplicity of the fine played guitar part is so effective. The starkness of the lone instrument works so well. Such control and emotion in the vocal. Outstanding.
blaky smith said 2676 days ago (November 24th, 2009)
Great
I love what you made here. Excellent vocals and guitar playing, very clear, pure and authentic, really a very nice piece...
Marc
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PatriciaGirl said 2666 days ago (December 3rd, 2009)
I hope he can hear.
I hope the president can hear the voice of the people, because with all the wars going on for profit, someday the people are not going tolerate this nonsense anymore. I enjoyed this piece very much. Thanks for sharing.
Patty
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Bob6stringer said 2640 days ago (December 29th, 2009)
Extraordinary (musical) rendition.
Lo-fi is good fi if it fits the song, and here that small guitar fits your vocal for an intimate salon-scale performance. There seems to be only one way to do this: the way you do here. Great picking, accompanied by lyrical ambivalence and that constant emotional undercurrent of hope. It's an extraordinary rendition... of the musical sort.
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