38) Ford

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.

38 Ford (Now You See It, Now You Don’t See It)

by j matthew gerken — 2006-02-28 @ 12:18pm (EST) — Alt/IndieFolkRock

This song describes Ford in his context. He was invited after his college years to try out for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys (I believe); these were not rinky dink organizations at this time. He and his wife were both models. This is the only president not to be elected in any way to be president. This song also laments on the lowered standard for presidents that we obviously experience today. No longer are presidents expected to be bright people capable of understanding the subtle and expansive consequences of their decisions.


  1. dougdog nye | 2006-03-05 @ 02:30pm (EST)I like the bass and guitar groove and I believe I would like this almost better as an instrumental. did you do any instrumental ones about presidents. the music does’t exactly evoke images of how Ford was generaly percieved but as a song it is pretty neat. What great words did gerald emit anyway? I remember WIN (whip inflation now) and that is about it other than his pardon of milhouse and falling in the bathtub and hurting himself. What a different song that could be . Congrats on sticking to you challenge . I am sure there were times you wanted to write about something other than presidents. however I find the best way to figure out what i want to do is to get a job and start working and while I am working all the things I want to do keep popping into my head.Now that takes care of one more zong (zero comment song)
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  1. Ford is a good car 🙂

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