32) F.D. Roosevelt

Back in February of 2006, Jefferson Pitcher, J. Matthew Gerken, and I set about writing and recording the original demos for these Presidents songs as part of the February Album Writing Month challenge (www.fawm.org).  We wrote and did demo recordings of 42 songs (all but G.W. Bush) in Februrary–28 days and 42 songs.  Sheesh. 

In any case, as part of that, we wrote little texts to accompany each new song as we got them up on the FAWM website.  I like looking through them now as they seem part of a crazy, crazy time. 

Burr Settles, a fine songwriter in his own right and the FAWM-lord, was kind enough to get me an html backup of all the original texts we wrote, and it includes the comments other songwriters wrote on the demos as we got them up.  I’m including those as well.

32 Roosevelt (Franklin Delano)

by j matthew gerken — 2006-02-28 @ 12:19pm (EST) — Alt/IndieFolkRock

I think the lyrics speak for themselves here. Although FDR was the president at the time WWII veterens were sent away from their families for extended amounts of time (including my grandpa, who right after his marrying my grandma was sent away for three years with no break), this was a product of circumstance. His presidency, lasting four terms, was of the most significant among them. Good night.

2 comments

  1. lindy | 2006-03-05 @ 10:57am (EST)you president guys have a real knack for doing what i call “walk and talks”, or songs that make me feel like i’m on a walk with you and you’re telling me a story. did you set out to write this song in an odd meter or did it just come out of you that way? i like this song very much. the melody is very nice and fits well with the meter. when you record it i hope you add some spare, simple harmonies in there. i also hope other fawmers stumble across this one: it’s well put together.
  2. dougdog nye | 2006-03-05 @ 03:49pm (EST)I really like your music but For some reason there does not seem to be a close connection to the words . Seems like you are forcing them to fit the tune and they don’t seem natural or flowing. being a republican I would argue about us being facist but that is not really related to this as a song.It seems to be more of a republican bashing song than a sorg about FDR but I guess he was the jumping off point and you took it here. I like your tone of your voice and the dynamics of the acoustic guitar
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