ELECTROMEO (previously unavailable)

by Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love

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"After 10 years and 15 albums of giving it all we had as a band, the world had become one cesspool of fools and their betrayals. Sometimes we included ourselves in that characterization..."
"Electromeo" was a sinner's swan song, a prophet's lament, garnished with drone and feedback. A lump in the throat moment for all of us."
Hat in Hand, the lead off, is one of my all-time fav VoL tracks. Lyrically & musically. One of the best rock things i've ever written. It's mid-tempo, raw and desperate...a lament. We saw it coming. Jake and Kevin? Simply stunning here...as they always were.

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released July 28, 2011

Bill Mallonee: guitars, vocals, harp
Jake Bradley: bass
Kevin Heuer: drums
Ian Archer: guitar, dobro

mixed & mastered by: Tom Lewis

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Bill Mallonee

Bill Mallonee is an Athens, Ga. Americana artist w/ 70 plus albums, spanning a 20 year career. Voted by Paste Music Magazine #65 in their prestigious "Top 100 Living Songwriters" poll. He fronted the band Vigilantes of Love from 1991-2001. Mallonee has worked with other great artists such as Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, and Peter Buck from REM. ... more

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Track Name: HAT IN HAND
Hat in Hand Run Time: 3:47
Written by Bill Mallonee for CyBrenJoJosh (BMI)

pen the lament and shadow your eyes
there's a vapor trail stretching across a kansas sky
dirt lot kids making dirt lot plans
shuffle forward your hat in hand

could be the hangman could be the noose
could be the engine could be the caboose
it pays to know on which side you stand
shuffle forward your hat in hand

yeah gold in this house there's gold in my band
there's gold in your blouse honey gold in my hand
it's a rhythm and mystery you don't quite understand
shuffle forward your hat in hand

bridge:
run fast after everything
and that's just what you'll miss
live your life opened armed
or with a clenched fist

dirt lot kids doing dirt lot deeds
way too much living in the minor key
burn all these sins in a Love so grand
shuffle forward your hat in hand
Track Name: LIFE I NEVER LIVED
Life I Never Lived by bill mallonee

Look at al the goodwill i retracted
Look at that deck of cards and how i stacked it
Look at all that fear and how i masked it
look at the life i never lived
look at the life i never lived

Look at all once mistook for wealth
Look at all those gifts i put back on the shelf
Look at all the slack i cut myself
look at that life i never lived
look at that life i never lived

Playback all the harsh words i spoke
Take note on how i squashed some hope
look at all those tender hearts i broke
look at the life i never lived
look at the life i never lived

Look at all the houses i tore down
Look at all the smiles i turned to frowns
Look at all the roads that just went round & round
look at the life i never lived
look at the life i never lived

Look at all the good i failed to see
Look at all i failed to do for Thee
look at what i might one day have been
look at the life i never lived
look at the life i never lived
look at the life, look at the life
look at the life i never lived
Track Name: Weight of Glory
one of my fav C. S. Lewis sermons...
I added my 2 cents...
this turned out well...tracked "live."