Dear Life (produced bt John Keane & Bill Mallonee

by Bill Mallonee

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Written by Bill Mallonee for CyBrenJoJosh (BMI) ©2004
"Dear Life," is a wonderful selection of songs acoustic and electric. recorded with and at the same time as "Dear Life," it was originally to be a double album...seriously, one of my finest. ~bill

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released July 26, 2004

Bill Mallonee: guitars, vocals, harp
Jake Bradley: bass, guitars, stand-up bass
Jon Radford: drums
Patrick "Tigger" Ferguson: drums
John Keane: pedal steel, back ground vocals

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Bill Mallonee

Bill Mallonee is an Americana artist w/ 75 plus albums over a 25 year career. Voted by Paste Music Magazine #65 in their "Top 100 Living Songwriters" poll. He was the
founding member of Vigilantes of Love. He has worked with Mark Heard, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, & Peter Buck from REM.
His most recent work, "The Rags of Absence" released in Jan. 2017.
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Track Name: After All This Dust Settles Down
ya need the songs of forever
all those ones about the lost and found
ya need a place with some elbow space
after all this dust settles down
after all this dust settles down

after all the towers have fallen
and all the presidents have packed up and left town
ya need a meal that's the real New Deal
after all this dust settles down
after all this dust settles down

ya need a Woman clothed with the son
you're gonna wanna girl to share your crown
ya need a lover and a little bit of cover
after all this dust settles down
after all this dust settles down

you cut yourself on dreams
it's broken glass ya can't quite escape
so you gather up the shards
and sprinkle them on magnetic tape

here's a way to say thanks
for listening while our record goes around
you've been such friends and thanks for chipping in
after all this dust settles down
Track Name: High and Lonesome
i'm so long overdue for me to tell you
i love you girl and baby thanks
people sure buy a lot of what doesn't make 'em happy
but our love is money in the bank

too close for most
one brick shy of grandiose

i'm high yeah i'm high again
i'm in love but i'm so lonesome
yeah i'm high i'm high again
i'm in love but i'm so lonesome

you really oughta tidy up those loose ends of your life
the ones you keep hangin' on the fence
people seem to want substantial periods
at the end of my every sentence

so be it was all she wrote
with a flair for the dramatic and the grandiose

there's always someone coming 'round to tell ya' when you're dragging
someone wants to fix your wagon
but my wheels they've got a trick that they were taught
when you get one fixed another falls off

thank you for this place to fall
honey would you be my all in all
Track Name: Who Will You Love?
oh these seasons with their reasons known only to them
defenses and my senses crumbling
saw you in a photograph later face-to-face
you're a study in amazing grace

if i could you know i would
hang the moon for you my darlin'

who will you love
who will you love oh my darlin'
who will you love
who will you love oh my darlin'

under trance of circumstance always seems so hard
what falls from the hand of loving God
your eyes were the ocean blue skies all around
we're lost beneath the waves without a sound

angel tell me what i need to know
we're all bathed beneath halogen glow

oh these seasons full of treason known only to them
burgundy kiss and i'm stumbling
Track Name: The Kids on Drugs
i dunno if the kid's on drugs or life
why should that come as a shock
life hasn't fallen out just quite
in those neat suburban boxes

and i wonder about the conversations that you're having
you know the ones with yourself
where you feel like a failure yeah and you're losing heart
and that race has barely gotten started
and you wanna ask God about things like cancer
but you don't think that you'll get much of an answer
i hope you will find and i pray you will see
all the joy that your life brings to me

and the baggage that we all carry around
has this way of dragging you down

and there is no map for this growing up
it's just a street through a town called weird
and you never do feel like you'll arrive
with a destination so unclear
ah but i met this girl with the Holy Ghost
hey she turned me onto the Clash
we made love all night long to Love Tractor and Pylon
but in the morning we played Johnny Cash

and it really shouldn't be so hard
to get yourself free
but with all these lines in the sand and love with its strings
God fear is such a funny thing
I dunno if the kid's on drugs or life
maybe it's a little of both
i know love has this way of holding the day
like that girl with the Holy Ghost
Track Name: Chameleon Me (Pin My Hope)
you said hold me that way i know you won't forget
you were visibly upset and i was the reason
i said yeah you're right but i believe in happy end-ings
and those million new beginnings that are ours for the asking.

in spite of the deed out in the open
in spite of the fall in spite of the broken
can i hitch my wagon to the star in your sky
and can i pin my hope to the light in your eyes that i see
oh chameleon me

you said how could you go so far astray
honey it didn't happen in one day i got worn down oh so worn down
i could pre-tend i never ever felt a thing
hey when you're bleedin' you just keep singin'

and when it gets dark you can tell that you're in trouble
girl you were the radiant light at the end of a slow dark tunnel
you said hold on you haven't seem anything yet
i said yeah i can bet on it some folks just don't know when to quit.
Track Name: I will never be normal (after this)
now most of my friends
they have bailed out long ago
and they've all got their stories
for the paths that they have chosen
see for some their family's love
felt like a boxer's blow
now they spend their days feelin' small
wherever they do roam

but hey there are drugs to help you see God
and there are drugs for when depressed
and there are drugs that make you harder still
for when you get undressed
and there's drugs for the guiltiness
so you'll feel one with the universe
but girl you were the only one
to ever break the curse

yeah it could have been your eyes
but i suspect it was your kiss
honey i will never be normal after this

now everyone's a junkie
and since daylight's such a pain
we're all looking for some darkness
to stick into our veins
for some of us it's lust
for others it is power
for some of us it's playing songs
and drinking after hours

yeah you've gone and upped the ante
in this game that we all play
gotta wake up and believe
that love's the better way
and people can really be healed
there are even some of 'em you can trust
but first you gotta take a risk
and tell 'em where it hurts

what if it's for a purpose
what if we used our battered faith
they say God He doesn't make junk
and Jesus never makes mistakes
He has never given up
on anything that He has made
He will chase you like a lover
right through heaven's gate
Track Name: I will miss you girl
i am not long no i am not long
i am not long for this world
but of all the things the most i'll miss
i will miss you girl

sunlight in your hair and the cool rush of autumn
like a flood cleansing this old world
yeah and of all the things the most i'll miss
i will miss you girl

oh i will not lie i will not lie
there are shadows all around me
i've never done anything like this before you see

all those golden memories way past the counting
it's a treasure you gave to the world
but of all that i will miss the most here
i will miss you girl

you were by my side when i got full of lies
and lost myself in sin
but your love was the light
that brought me home again

i will not lie no i will not lie
i spent too much time out there
and it took a toll my how it took a toll on us dear

so this is how it closes a little dirty 'round the edges
but your heart shown undiminished like a pearl
yeah and of all of God's gifts the most i'll miss
i will miss you girl

and i wonder will i wake up oh to wake up
in the arms of Jesus the Lord
but of all of God's gifts the most i'll miss
yeah of all of God's gifts the most i'll miss
but of all of God's gifts the most i'll miss
i will miss you girl
Track Name: Songwriter (Numb)
yeah i wish that i could change things
rearrange the pieces and the bits resistant though they are
the ones that fell right through the cracks
the stuff left over from exploding stars
obvious from the back row
to everyone but me
it's always sad to see what you become
when you're looking after number one

yeah i wish that i could change things
testify to some deliverance
yeah i'd talk show it right into the ground
like some salvation experience
yeah i wish that i could change things
and say some new words for all these feelings that i felt
we all wanna change things
but can you change yourself

i tried to make you like me with some words and a six-string
'cause i wanted you to like me well some folks even spilled some ink
and even when it got cold i hardly knew i'd died
i guess you go a little numb and then empty on the inside

you're rarely remembered or thought well of
for when your game was its strongest
and words you wish your head didn't say
are the ones their hearts will hold onto the longest
and the promises you should have kept
you're one million versions of a stumbling-12-steps
and that never seems to be enough
when your flesh and blood keeps screwing up

i tried to make you like me with some words and a six-string
it was really just a cry of sorts and some fancy conjuring
and even when it got cold well i hardly knew i'd died
i guess you go a little numb before going empty on the inside

in spite of all my ties i was driftin'
and now the kids they are full grown
and just because you got an address
doesn't mean you've got a home
they say that it's a cruel world
some cite it as a sad fact
and they say God He must not give a damn.
and God says well I don't know about that.
'cause i keep hearing whispers
saying everything's gonna be alright
you put some goodness back in and you take your stand
and you hold onto to Him for dear life

i tried to make you like me with some words and a six-string
i was starving for a deeper love my God what shallow reasoning
and even when it got cold i hardly knew i'd died
i guess you go a little numb 'fore going empty on the inside
going empty on the inside