FOREST FULL OF WOLVES (new songs​/​new mixes)

by Bill Mallonee & the Big Sky Ramblers

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1st: Most of my life I've searched for verities. Mostly, I've found myself picking through the debris, the wreckage and ruin of my fears. Is there a formula for wholeness and peace?
This album speaks a lot about the elusiveness of those things.

2nd: We're currently tracking songs for this new album, "Forest Full of Wolves." Working with a set list of 35 songs, so it may be a double album. Or it may be birthed as two separate recordings. It's starting to sound pretty lush & sad and lonely, too. Troubling times...
All the makings of a great album. I love working with the the Ramblers.

3nd: We're selling these early mixes, if you're so inclined. They're good ones; likely never replicated again, since i do all of that in analog formats...and yeah, there's already some serious magic on these;
We'll subtract and add as we go...
(I usually do anywhere from 10-20 mixes of every song, before deciding on one or two)

Long range plans?
Same as the last 3 albums;
It is our hope that you'll at least give 'em a listen. We'll engage a Kickstarter campaign on this later, as we continue to make progress.


The songs posted her will all be early mixes, fine-tunes mixes, pre-mastering and approaching "definitive;" all in all, just a way to keep you, the listener, in the loop.

Grace,
bill

Lastly:
It's just good clean fun making new songs and seeing them cue up here...and Thank you, Thank You Thank You...for supporting indie/Americana, folks.
God's Grace & God's Peace,
~ bill

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released May 3, 2017

Bill Mallonee & the Big Sky Ramblers

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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: IN THE NEW DARK AGE (The Best Thing You Can Do Is Fall In Love) best new mix 1
IN THE NEW DARK AGE (THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS FALL IN LOVE) words & music: bill mallonee c. BMI 2017

Bring all the things....that you bought
Bring all those things...that you lost
Bring her that gold ring...bring her the dross

chorus:
In the new dark age when you're waiting for a light from above
in the new dark age....best thing you can do is fall in love

Bring all of your poems bring all of your passion
all those discarded notes and the melodies just not happen-ing
Bring everything you'd like to forget & those parts of you not even born yet

Bring all of those ghosts from your empty home
Kill all of your fears; crash all of your drones
beat your swords into plowshares...and she'll take you for her own
Track Name: WORD ON THE STREET (FACE OF THE CLOCK)
FACE OF THE CLOCK (Word On The Street) w&m: bill mallonee

I heard the slamming of the door
Love? She is weeping over there in the corner
There's a chill in people's gaze that could make you stop
Shadows move 'cross the face of the clock

from the "king" right on down to his minions
Contention & Greed and Strife driven by opinions
I saw the serpent grinning; grinning at his flock
Shadows move 'cross the face of the clock

I heard the word on the street
I saw the Spirit moving o'er the face of the deep
echoing down alleyway & every human heart
Shadows move 'cross the face of the clock
Shadows move 'cross the face of the clock
Track Name: LOVE IS ALWAYS RISKY CURRENCY
LOVE IS ALWAYS RISKY CURRENCY
w&m: bill mallonee

Baby, how'd we get this far?
Not a snowball's chance in hell
Love is always risky currency
and hearts are always the hardest sell

Promises lay ribbons on the cutting room floor
and as far as i can tell
bright & beautiful just fades to black
and hearts are always the hardest sell

Could be the air; could be the drink
and the prophets they see nothing, w/ even less to tell
the undertaker, well, he hardly has time to think
and hearts are always the hardest sell

Time to wake. Time to rise.
You can hear the foreman's bell
Try to sing a psalm, but you're gonna hum the blues
'cause hearts are always the hard sell

Baby, how'd we get this far?
Not a snowball's chance in hell
Love is always heavy currency
and hearts are always the hard sell
Track Name: VOODOO INK (Endless War) mix 8
VOODOO INK words & music Bill Mallonee c.BMI 2017
It came in broad daylight....from hell's deepest reach
It came dressed up in flags....lying through it's teeth
It asked for your allegiance; i could not count the raised hands

Chorus:
And what I wanna know....
do you ever even the score?
with the blood that gets shed, counting the dead?
in the endless war?

Do the math in the battlefields; count the coffins they load
bloodshed begets bloodshed...thus saith the Lord
Revenge is always just a scratch below everybody's skin.

now every bullet was spent....knives back in their sheaths
widows grieving, dressed in black wandering the streets
it's all voodoo ink...stained by a mother's tears
Track Name: LEWIS & CLARK (mix 6)
LEWIS & CLARK words/music: bill mallonee
Felt like Lewis & Clark...crossing through a gateway
into a poem...there were no words to as of yet
you rub your eyes in wonder...and your heart is torn asunder
like a woman...who you never will forget

Felt like the Great Wallenda in the wind but never blinking
that lonely sinking feeling when you're wonderin' if lady luck is gonna show
the light? she throws in sharp relief...the real nature of your belief
and all the things you could never really keep

It's all caught in the freeze frame for awhile
and you're hoping she will turn to you & smile

What did you feel Chief Joseph? bending bravely but not broken
the fear you never spoke of that your people were not safe
from the rifles & the cannons & words as useless as rust
of men bearing flags and sermons with spirits you could never trust.

It's all caught in the freeze frame for awhile
and you're hoping she will turn to you & smile
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Track Name: CHANGING OF THE GUARD (mix 7)
CHANGING OF THE GUARD words & music: bill mallonee c.BMI 2017

There's a mid-night cannonball outta Bakersfield
ther'll be some boxcars to slumber on
the fire in soul ought to be enough to stare down the cold
But, maybe not this changing of the guard

I guess it's been a few months now
since Goodness took it pretty hard
since greed & fear gained the upper hand
what with all this changing of the guard

You fought for freedom under the flag
had some good friends die in your arms
you came home and did yourself some thinking
about all this changing of the guard...

now the devil plays for your allegiance
hiding behind stars & stripes
he speaks his piece through the lips of the elite
appears as an angel of light

me? i grabbed a guitar & a notebook or two;
there's was too much talk about Law & God
and i became a phantom w/ some conjuring 'neath the moon
what with all this changing of the guard

There were voices on the streets last night
Commotion out in the front yard
there's fresh chalk lines on the pavement at dawn
comes with all this changing of the guard
changing of the guard
what with all of this changing of the guard
Track Name: INTO THE FUTURE (mix 3)
INTO THE FUTURE words & music: bill mallonee
Here we go again...hitchin' up the wagon
there's no star to throw a rope around, but the weather's looking good

You're strong & persevering and your eyes?
they're always peering into the future...into the future...

I've heard it said you can spin straw into gold that shines
but you can't cobble crops from dust, my dear, Heaven knows we tried
Your beauty never fades....i've been privy for a decade now
and more & more it seems to me...there's light beneath your skin

you're strong & discerning and your eyes?
They're are always burning into the future...into the future

Every day that passes by on that trail of something hard to find
your heart keeps saying: "It's around the bend"
i just don't know when...

crystal ball is broken...the the thing has never spoken
clear enough for me to draw a bead on any of it
Some folks? They live in the past...but it's no friend to me
and I've always feared the darkness and the things that I can't see
Here we go again...hitchin' up the wagon
no star to throw a rope around, but the weather's looking good

You're strong & deserving...and your eyes are ever yearning
into the future...into the future...
Track Name: TRIMMED & BURNING (mix 6)
TRIMMED & BURNING words & music: bill mallonee c. BMI 2017

Some days seem like hell on earth........but that's only the half-of it
it's like bringing a knife to a gun fight........no matter how you cut it
pull on your boots and roll up your sleeves......this is gonna take for cussed-ness

CHORUS:
Who cares if anyone's looking?
who cares if everyone misses that beautiful sight?
You're trimmed & burning...you're burning bright

There's a whole lotta bad news.......making the rounds
on the streets and it seems like........Love is losing ground:
This maybe one of those cases.....you gotta get down on your knees

Who cares if anyone's looking?
Who cares if everyone misses that beautiful sight?
You're trimmed & burning...you're burning bright.

I hate to end on a sober note...but there are spirits who won't survive
in a world of mean-ness & cruelty; they won't make it out a live
So, hand the world an olive branch.......and hand yourself one too.

CHORUS:
Who cares if anyone's looking?
Who cares if everyone misses that beautiful sight?
You're trimmed & burning...you're burning bright.
Track Name: STUNNED ("best" mix 2)
STUNNED w&m: Bill Mallonee BMI 2017
There was nothing I could do
There was nothing i could say
caught up in a wave
and swept away
You found me among the ruins
looking for a Kingdom Come
you said: "Babe, it's here & now"
and me? I was stunned.

it seemed way off in the distance
well beyond my reach
when it comes to restraint?
I never practice what I preach
but, if you want to catch the prize?
well, kid, you better run
you said: "baby, here I am."
And I was stunned

there is this place where senses
are just at a loss
nomenclature fails us
and words? They just trail off...
Honey, I'd have to say your smile
is the only thing i ever won
and every day baby, i was stunned

Now, there are no easy paths
but there's many a lonely road
i'll do my best by you sweetheart
of the rodeo
I held you in my dreams once
now i kiss you in the sun
and every day, baby,
i am stunned
Track Name: SCARECROW HEART (best/new mix 8)
SCARECROW HEART words & music: bill mallonee BMI 2016
before you awake...before you come to
before you get your bearings...in this room

brush off the dust, kick off the mud
the air is full of static...just like a drug
you learn the ways of mean-ness
and you learn the ways of love
rub your eyes in wonder after the flood.

chorus:
they take it piece by piece
till they've stolen every part
and what you get to hold onto
is a scarecrow heart

now the gauges? they're all rusted; the instruments are wrecked
the weights & measures are equally suspect
before you awake...before you come to
before you get your bearings...in this room
Track Name: EVERYBODY DOES ("best" mix 3)
EVERYBODY DOES words & music: bill mallonee BMI 2017
You know I can't remember...where the transaction took place
Where the glad exchange & happy fault...they smiled and embraced
She said: "you know I love you" & I believed her just because
I had some bad religion once, but then everybody does

Everybody does...everybody does...

I soldiered through west Texas; I put my 2 years in
We were sent to solve the problem they called the Indian
I cut bait in the last battle; I felt not a lick of shame
I could not slay brother or sister in any God's Good Name

Everybody does...everybody does...

I was baptized in the Brazos by a medicine man
He put a stone with my new name on it in the palm of my hand
You might say my eyes were open when i lifted up the cup
You might say my eyes were open, but i hardly knew they were shut

Everybody does...everybody does...
Track Name: FOREST FULL OF WOLVES (best/new mix 2)
FOREST FULL OF WOLVES words & music: bill mallonee

Roads are frozen mud & the world has come a part
it all hangs in the balance of a single spark
I don't know if she'll crank...they say it's 10 below
and that's a lot to ask...from an old beat up Ford

Was it all just a fool errand...This dream about the land?
a small farm and a few kids & a wife to hold hands
first the drought & then the dust, till there's really nothing left
the the banker-man w/ a gold watch & a gold cross on his vest

And I'm sorry
but everything keeps turning
I'm sorry
I couldn't keep the home fires burning

Fled the heartland for California in this beat-up truck
we had Jesus on the dashboard; but it may not be enough
Roads are frozen mud & God, this is a different kind of cold
and that's a whole lot to ask my friend from an old beat up Ford

And I'm sorry
but everything keeps turning
I'm sorry
I couldn't keep the home fires burning
Track Name: BEFORE THE DARKNESS SETTLES IN (best new mix 3)
BEFORE THE DARKNESS SETTLES IN
w&m: bill mallonee

you can tell by the way...the light behaves
Winter? She'll come early this year
Start chopping that wood before the snows descend
Before the darkness settles in

It's all a slippery handsake deal at best
when you try to stake a claim upon this land
If the Rio keeps her promise there could be a gathering in
before the darkness settles in

there'll be trials & tribulations you gotta reckon with
but most of those are usually within
You try not to think of what got lost & all that might have been
before the darkness settles in...

Now, the milk of human kindness is curdled to the bone
And the Autumn light is paler than I've ever known
pull on your heavy coat before the storms descend
before the darkness settles in
Track Name: IN THE NEW DARK AGE (The Best Thing You Can Do is Fall In Love) best new mix 2
IN THE NEW DARK AGE (THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS FALL IN LOVE) words & music: bill mallonee c. BMI 2017

Bring all the things....that you bought
Bring all those things...that you lost
Bring her that gold ring...bring her the dross

chorus:
In the new dark age when you're waiting for a light from above
in the new dark age....best thing you can do is fall in love

Bring all of your poems bring all of your passion
all those discarded notes and the melodies just not happen-ing
Bring everything you'd like to forget & those parts of you not even born yet

Bring all of those ghosts from your empty home
Kill all of your fears; crash all of your drones
beat your swords into plowshares...and she'll take you for her own
Track Name: FOREST FULL OF WOLVES (mix 7)
FOREST FULL OF WOLVES words & music: bill mallonee

Roads are frozen mud & the world has come a part
it all hangs in the balance of a single spark
I don't know if she'll crank...they say it's 10 below
and that's a lot to ask...from an old beat up Ford

Was it all just a fool errand...This dream about the land?
a small farm and a few kids & a wife to hold hands
first the drought & then the dust, till there's really nothing left
the the banker-man w/ a gold watch & a gold cross on his vest

And I'm sorry
but everything keeps turning
I'm sorry
I couldn't keep the home fires burning

Fled the heartland for California in this beat-up truck
we had Jesus on the dashboard; but it may not be enough
Roads are frozen mud & God, this is a different kind of cold
and that's a whole lot to ask my friend from an old beat up Ford

And I'm sorry
but everything keeps turning
I'm sorry
I couldn't keep the home fires burning
Track Name: FOREST FULL OF WOLVES (mix 6)
FOREST FULL OF WOLVES words & music: bill mallonee

Roads are frozen mud & the world has come a part
it all hangs in the balance of a single spark
I don't know if she'll crank...they say it's 10 below
and that's a lot to ask...from an old beat up Ford

Was it all just a fool errand...This dream about the land?
a small farm and a few kids & a wife to hold hands
first the drought & then the dust, till there's realynothing left
the the banker-man w/ a gold watch & a gold cross on his vest

And I'm sorry
but everything keeps turning
I'm sorry
I couldn't keep the home fires burning

Fled the heartland for California in this beat-up truck
we had Jesus on the dashboard; but it may not be enough
Roads are frozen mud & God, this is a different kind of cold
and that's a whole lot to ask my friend from an old beat up Ford

And I'm sorry
but everything keeps turning
I'm sorry
I couldn't keep the home fires burning
Track Name: VOODOO INK (Endless War) mix 4
VOODOO INK words & music Bill Mallonee c.BMI 2017

It came in broad daylight....from hell's deepest reach
It came dressed up in flags....lying through it's teeth
It asked for your allegiance; i could not count the raised hands

Chorus:
And what I wanna know....
do you ever even the score?
with the blood that gets shed, counting the dead?
in the endless war?

Do the math in the battlefields; count the coffins they load
bloodshed begets bloodshed...thus saith the Lord
Revenge is always just a scratch below everybody's skin.

now every bullet was spent....knives back in their sheaths
widows grieving, dressed in black wandering the streets
it's all voodoo ink...stained by a mother's tears