the visitations

the visitations

 Athens, Georgia, USA
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The Visitations’ PROPAGANDA is the most intelligent music about politics today. No preaching. Simple pop songs rock with powerful acoustic guitar, Violent Femmes meets Billy Bragg

Biography

The Visitations is the vehicle for long time Elephant 6 collaborator Davey Wrathgabar. His eclectic songwriting in Fablefactory and Visitations got favorable press in Magnet, The Chicago Reader, Jersey Beat, Creative Loafing and other national and regional press. The project includes help from Jason NeSmith (Of Montreal) and Derek Almstead (Of Montreal, Circulatory System). PROPAGANDA marks Davey’s return to songwriting after a two-year hiatus. PROPAGANDA is Davey’s most accessible output to date.

Lyrics

questionable intelligence

Written By: davey wrathgabar

We are told that questionable intelligence led to the threat of Iraqi WMDs being exaggerated. No shit, Sherlock! The whole invasion, occupation, and quasi-sovereignty are plagued with the same problem. In fact, the administration's foreign policy has always been based on a clear lack of intelligence. The "axis of evil" is a good example. North Korea, Iran, and Iraq would never have worked together until the President declared them on the same team. Now the reformers have been kicked out of government in Iran, and North Korea has resumed building nukes. It's only a matter of time before we forget about who let September 11 happen. Maybe these guys are smarter than we think.

QUESTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE

Take two steps forward when you cant step back,

put your foot in your mouth and your head in your ass.

Neo-con Connie ain't got no plan

for the willing accomplice coalition man,

smart bombs flying in the fight for peace

shock and awe, democracy.

Old Europe don't like preemption,

but you can't make weapons out of deception.

Import terror to a foreign land,

export banana republicans,

occupation's just a game of cards

but you stacked the deck to build the case for war

The show's being catered by Dick Cheney,

dirty Sanchez and the detainees,

say mission accomplished, say bring it on,

say 3 buck a gallon oil war.

don't you think he's lying - he's got questionable intelligence

and if you've lost your mind - he can convince you that ignorance is bliss

Promise the people of the Muslim faith

to save their souls with a new crusade.

North Korea loves Iran

but the little red book ain't no Koran.

Poindexter's bettin' on the next attack,

Aim for the bull's-eye when you're shootin' crap.

get up, get off, you get me down

'cause the nine-one-one is just a joke commission.

if you're a bit behind, he's got questionable intellegence

talkin' hate radio blues

Written By: We are told that questionable intelligence led to the threat of Iraqi WMDs being exaggerated. No shi

We are told that the “liberal media” distorts the truth. We are told that the hate mongers on the AM radio represent traditional American values. The fact that Rush went deaf and his fans never noticed is proof that he doesn't need to hear a caller spit out the same old rhetoric time and time again. On the day he ended his show by announcing that he was checking into rehab, he started his show with a rant about how America has to “get real.” He pointed out, among other things, that criminals can’t be reformed. He's an advocate for family values who has been thrice divorced. Who the heck believes in this guy anymore?

TALKIN' HATE RADIO BLUES

Quack doc scrip shop pill poppin' blues.

I heard the law came looking for you

on the right wing robot hate radio

where the "seig heil" is swapped for "ditto - ditto."

And when they call you on the phone, there's a couple of facts you hope that they don't know

'cause you can't hear a word they say, but you got a deaf opinion anyway:

"take all the godless communists, lesbians and feminists

and string 'em up on CNN because they're un-American."

You said that if you do the crime then you should get some prison time.

Just like a cooperate welfare mom, strung out and running from the

quack doc scrip shop pill poppin' blues.

I heard the law came looking for you

on the right wing robot hate radio

where the "seig heil" is swapped for "ditto - ditto."

Heck no you ain't no bigot jack, you're just an armchair quarterback,

but when the black man gets his game, the liberal media's to blame.

Don't like no same sex marriage right; the couple of time you had a wife

you were a family values guy poppin' pills and gettin' high.

"take all the godless communists, lesbians and feminists

and string 'em up on CNN because they're un-American."

You said that if you do the crime then you should get some prison time.

Just like a cooperate welfare mom, strung out and running from the

quack doc scrip shop pill poppin' blues.

I heard the law came looking for you

on the right wing robot hate radio

where the "seig heil" is swapped for "ditto - ditto."

quack doc scrip shop pill poppin' blues.

I heard the law came looking for you

on the right wing robot hate radio

where the "seig heil" is swapped for "ditto - ditto."

burn a flag (4 july)

Written By: davey wrathgabar

We are told that flag burning is an activity for evildoers, terrorists, and edgy protest types. But boy scouts make fine ideologue pyromaniacs. After all, other flag burning types also wear uniforms, participate in paramilitary training, and chant slogans in unison. We could convince parents to sign a permission slip to let their scouts get the shit beat out of themselves outside the next WTO meeting as long as we can guarantee that there are no gay people invited. Young people today need some activity draw them away from the crap that passes for counterculture on MTV, even right-wingers agree.

I checked the Boy Scout Handbook despite their hateful ways.

I had to learn to burn a flag in the proper way.

I found to my delight, you can flame it if you please;

just be sure the flag has been soiled thoroughly.

It's been soiled thoroughly.

So burn a flag for freedom, burn a flag it's your right,

burn a flag for freedom. Every day and the fourth of July,

Every day and 4 July.

You don't need no constitution to tell you that you're free.

All you need's some matches and a can of gasoline.

Wrap those jingo-talking jerkoffs in the amber waves of flame.

Every flag emblazoned just screams don't you fuck with me.

While you're at it take your government guitar rock MTV

and shove it in your ass 'cause it don't mean shit to me.

No it don't mean shit to me 'cause it don't mean shit.

So burn a flag for freedom, burn it it's your right.

Burn a flag for freedom every day and 4 July.

You can burn a flag for freedom, burn it for your rights.

Burn a flag for freedom every day and 4 July.

You can burn a flag for freedom.

You can burn a flag for freedom, burn it for your rights.

Burn a flag for freedom every day and 4 July.

Every day and 4 July . . .

Every day you can burn a flag.

Discography

visitations:
visitations (2001)
PROPAGANDA (2004)

fablefactory:
Fowell Byrd ep (1998), American Custard cd (1999), Chocolate Rainbow 45 (2000), Freak Out Hard On You cd, lp (2002)

Set List

television, euthanize yourself, milk the bull, osama and your suv, burn a flag (4 july), talkin hate radio, questionable intelligence, florida, the good news, be not afraid, one traditional or cover, one song from first visitations cd, one fablefactory song. (30 min opening slot set 45 or 50 min headline show)