"HEAVEN IN YOUR HEART"​/​WPA 18

by Bill Mallonee

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written & produced by Bill Mallonee
Mastered by Bruce Neher at Disc & Dat

~ "HEAVEN IN YOUR HEART" LINER NOTES ~
"Springsteen released Nebraska in 1982. Sparse, brutal and passionate it was (and has continued to be) a record that both repels & compels.
I think "Heaven in Your Heart" is my "Nebreska."
Musically? A 1947 Gibson ES-125 and my old Martin D-35 carry the weight of the 10 songs & their arrangements. The battered guitars, the dull strings,the ghost-ing of our porch chimes in the high desert wind, and the creak of an old wooden chair...these combine to paint a mood before words & stories are sung.

For the characters in these songs life has become harsh& unpredictable. Perspectives and categories are up for grabs. everything seems frightening, strained & straining belief, bereft of salvation.
Grace, if it surfaces at all, might just be luck-of-the-draw.
Why is it's Face so often hidden?
Why, if it exist at all, does it visit some and not others?

But doubts are not only born of external-ities.
Often they are the sons & daughters of our own inability to be true to ourselves. Creatures of perpetual compromise. We fail to stay aligned to our own deeper principles, tossing compasses overboard.
For these characters here a sort of inner integrity has died.
Those sorts of little inner deaths are confusing, lonely.
And still, and still, such epiphanies have there own salvific and bracing work in our wayward hearts.
That's some of what this album is about.
Dust & rust homilies of sorts.

And so, here's "Heaven In Your Heart."
I hope you'll find a place for it in the collection.
And if not? Well, maybe some day under a different set of circumstances these songs will make contact and "have their say."

Courage,
bill
Summer 2013

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released July 4, 2013

Bill Mallonee: Guitars, acoustic, electric, vocals, harp, songs
recorded in high desert of New Mexico June 2013
Cover Art: Frederick Remington's "The Belated Traveler"
Mastering: Bruce Neher @ Disc & Dat

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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: ADAGIO
ADAGIO words & music: bill mallonee
it all showed up fractured
it all showed up broke
it was never a story
more like an unfinished note
and the sighs? they were deafening
more than pictures could show
adagio

all the laughter of childhood
fell through the iron bars of the years
and the bright path of youth
grew dim & unclear
on a trail marked with sorrows
to a place nobody knows
adagio
CHORUS:
i have dug through my heart
like a plot full of weeds
something strangled by thorns
something crushing the seed
and the rose? it lies fallen
in the ice & the snow
Adaigo

me? i took to the highways
could be i went for the view
all the cities were crumbling
and my choices were few
was i looking for someone?
was it you? I don't know...
Adagio

CHORUS:
i have dug through my heart
like a plot full of weeds
something strangled by thorns
something crushing the seed
and the rose? it lies fallen
in the ice & the snow
Adagio

i have reached out my hand
i have prayed every prayer
i have reached out my hand
to grasp the thin air
it was never a story
more like an unfinished note
Adagio....
Track Name: RAILROAD MAN (Down To Sunny New Orleans)
RAILROAD MAN words/music: bill mallonee
Two things that I know about
two things you can’t dismiss
it all comes with a price tag
& it all comes with a risk
oh, to be a railroad man
oh, to ride that long dark train
from the bay of san francisco
down to sunny new orleans

my eyes? they’ll be set like steel
fixed upon the rails
I will shovel in that coal
and my muscles? they will swell
and I will have seen more things
than any man can boast
all the stories of old railroad men
and their lonely ghosts

I will get myself a table
when I pull into town
I will drink my whisky quietly
with no one else around
I’ll tip my cap to the ladies
I might even steal a kiss
I will crawl back to my sleeping berth
and vanish in the mists

bridge
one day maybe they’ll write a song about me
that every child will sing
and I may be a poor boy, now
but one day, I’ll be a king

Now, the wind will be my brother
and the rain will cleanse my skin
the night will be my sister
and the sun will be my friend
oh, to be a railroad man
oh, to ride that long dark train
from the bay of san francisco
down to sunny new orleans
Track Name: SEND A PIECE OF YOUR HEART UP AHEAD
SEND A PIECE OF YOUR HEART UP AHEAD
words/music: bill mallonee

throw your last few belongings in backseat of a car
Hitching that wagon to a different star
nothing much left...in this old town
stay in one place too long...and the roots get bound

this is were I walked out....upon the stage
this is where I started, putting pen to the page
some things last...& some things break
I’ll leave a part of me here...just for old times sake
chorus:
who knows what’s next?
What chapter? And what verse?
It could have been better...
yeah, it could have been worse
I gave you my best
but that’s over & dead
I’ll send a piece of my heart....up ahead

I can’t say it ain’t sad...I can’t say it’s all ok
life has these lessons...and you just learn ‘em anyway
and Love...well, there's your gift and it’s all you’ll ever need
you learn to give back...what you’ve freely received
Track Name: (I'm Always) THE VERY LAST TO KNOW
THE VERY LAST TO KNOW words/music: bill mallonee
There’s a place out here
where the sky gets clear
and tired. world. holds it’s breath
the light finds a curve
undisturbed
and that whisper...it's either God or death

chorus:
the sky she bids.........you a farewell kiss
and leaves you as lonely as a ghost
whatever is heard can never make out the words
and I’m always...the very last to know.

there’s a place within
scratch beneath your skin
always waiting for you to arrive
can try making your peace
it’s not the least bit interested
never looks you...in the eye

need a strong movement
of your spirit
a grace to shake us to the core
cause we got the faith
in power, lies & hate
all over history’s...cutting room floor

I must confess...I ain’t holding my breath
and that whisper...it’s either God or death
Track Name: LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN IN YOUR HEART
LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN IN YOUR HEART words/music: Bill Mallonee
hardly anywhere to run
and nowhere to hide
when the floodgates of life
open wide
but there is a place...where the waters part
with a little bit of Heaven in yer heart

there's no mountain you can climb
no cavern that's sound
when the sorrows and griefs
ride into town
maybe every dark ending is another bright start
with a little bit of heaven in yer heart

(bridge)
you can die 1000 times
this side of the line
figuring the false from the true
now, i don't need much
and i will lay down my crutch
but baby, i do need you

now the furies? They will visit
and Grief? well, she'll knock
at that tumble-down house
that you bought
just show 'em the door....
give 'em what for
with that lil' bit of Heaven in your heart

he is sad Romeo
he wants you to know
that you stole his love
from the start
it's you he's coming to claim
with a case of champagne
and little bit of Heaven in His heart
Track Name: HIGHWAY MAN'S SONG
HIGHWAY MAN'S SONG
(HOW THINGS TURNED OUT THIS WAY)
words/music:bill mallonee

i remember there were stars in the sky
looking down on where we lay
i remember i was always wonderin'
how things turned out this way.

there was only so much to go around
that's why people oughta share
now, i got nothing 'ainst the rich man
except when he acts like he don't care

my father leased bit of earth
just to feed his family
he spent almost every hour working
and the rest on his knees
years of toil yielded nothing
whatever we had, for it you had to claw
when we couldn't make the rent
banker came and took it all

broken plows and broken fences
lying in the blowing wind
anger festering beneath a scorching sun
broken women, broken men

i dunno why i went to robbing
clearing out the rich man's vault
i gave it all to the poor man
just a way of ante-ing
some people spoke with flags and banners
some people spoke with a brass band
me? i spoke it with a shotgun
in a language anyone could understand
Track Name: A WHOLE NEW WORLD (OPENING UP)
WHOLE NEW WORLD OPENING UP
music/lyrics: bill mallonee
i'd gone out....for a short drive
into the arms of a day so new
at the intersection where hearts collide
i ran into you

i don't remember if the light had changed
or who had the right of way
it all happened in a flash
on that diamond of a day

I ran into my dreams
as they were boarding up shop
ran into to a whole new world...
opening up...

somethings are meant to happen
at least that's what's assumed
you can take great comfort
in somebody watching o'er you
now, what happened when our eyes met
is as good as anybody's guess
something in my mind said "no,"
something in my heart said "yes"

I ran into a drink
the kind you can't hold in a cup
ran into a whole new world
opening up

(bridge)
yes, there were some bruises
yes, some things were broke
yes, there were some tickets written
and yes, some words got spoke

now, the world is a cruel highway
but i'm luckier than most
out there on that highway
you'll meet many a ghost
now, there are roads you gotta travel
but some good wheels'll get you through
i went out for a short drive
and i ran into you

ran into my dreams
as they were closing up shop
i ran into to a whole new world...
opening up...
ran into your grace
i can never get enough
ran into a whole new world
opening up
Track Name: LOVINGLY
LOOK DOWN ON ME LOVINGLY words & music: bill mallonee
sketchin' your fate in copperplate
some of those strokes were pretty bold
chiseling your own story in stone
faith is a hammer breaking the mold

look up to the sky
arms open wide and please
look down on me
lovingly

i was never too good coming out of the gate
the kind of dark horse you shouldn't waste your money on
never tight on the curves
wanderin' lost & starry-eyes on the straight-aways
what with all that beauty...to keep track of

hours on end till your skin wears thin
dirty green rooms & graffiti takes a toll on your health
you archive the years through bourbon & beer
for some verses just to sing to yourself

TV preachers and a motel crash grace is a full tank of gas
you chase the things just outta reach and always a bit too far
the songs still come on this guitar I strum
but, mostly it's just me singin' to the stars
Track Name: THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY
THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY words & music: bill mallonee

I THINK WE’VE GOT TIME FOR JUST ONE MORE
BEFORE THE BARTENDER COUNTS HIS TRAY
THERE’S A MILLION REASONS TO WALK OUT THAT DOOR
AND ONLY ONE TO STAY

CHORUS:
THROUGH THE GLASS DARKLY
I’M JUST HOPING TO MAKE IT TO
A PLACE WHERE WE’RE ALL MADE NEW
WHEN IT’S ALL OVER & THROUGH

IS IT LISTEN WHEN YOU CALL IN THE NIGHT?
DOES IT HOLD YOU IN YOUR DREAMS?
IS IT SOMETHING LIKE AN ANCHOR IN THE STORM
WHEN THE WORLD TURNS CRUEL & MEAN?

ONE MORE ROUND FOR THE ROUND OF CONFUSION
S’ALL WAYS DOGGING YOUR STEPS
ONE LOUD HOSANNA & A VICTORY CRY
SHOUTED WHILE YOU WEPT
Track Name: ADAGIO (bonus track/vocal up alt. mix)
ADAIGO words & music: bill mallonee
it all showed up fractured
it all showed up broke
it was never a story
more like an unfinished note
and the sighs? they were deafening
more than pictures could show
adagio

all the laughter of childhood
fell through the iron bars of the years
and the bright path of youth
grew dim & unclear
on a trail marked with sorrows
to a place nobody knows
adagio
CHORUS:
i have dug through my heart
like a plot full of weeds
something strangled by thorns
something crushing the seed
and the rose? it lies fallen
in the ice & the snow
Adaigo

me? i took to the highways
could be i went for the view
all the cities were crumbling
and my choices were few
was i looking for someone?
was it you? I don't know...
Adagio

CHORUS:
i have dug through my heart
like a plot full of weeds
something strangled by thorns
something crushing the seed
and the rose? it lies fallen
in the ice & the snow
Adaigo

i have reached out my hand
i have prayed every prayer
i have reached out my hand
to grasp the thin air
it was never a story
more like an unfinished note
Adagio....