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HIGH DESERT HOPE​/​WPA Vol. 10

by Bill Mallonee/Works Progress Administration

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Shakers & Movers words/music: bill mallonee Well, the phone, it ain't rung at all today and those darker things have had far too much to drink and say There's a phrase the shakers and movers like to throw around Yer either on the way up...or on the way down There are knives you must twist; There are morals to kiss...goodbye There are stories you must spin; There is snake skin to hide. There's a phrase the shakers and movers...like to throw around Yer either on the way up...or on the way down All these whispers behind closed doors; All this ink upon the page All these principles to compromise; All these promises to break There's a phrase the shakers and movers...like to throw around Yer either on the way up...or on the way down Onnce my conscience was my sweetheart...Hell, it was all over town I'da married her in a heartbeat...if she'd just put the weapon down But there are ladders to climb; There are soft hearts to resist There are souls to be traded; There are asses to kiss There's a phrase the shakers and movers...like to throw around Yer either on the way up...or on the way down
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SPRING IN YOUR SPIRIT words/music: bill mallonee I could see the sunlight...playing on the walls looks like she might get here after all chorus: And this dark night of the soul change yer grieving into rock n’ roll Spring in your Spirit and everyone can hear it Maybe God has smiled upon us look at that morning...filling up with promise Bridge: the ledger sheet of the years It all dissolves...in a single tear Baby, you be the diamond... make all those people talk I’ll be that blade of grass growing... from a crack in the sidewalk
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NEW YEAR'S EVE music/lyrics: bill mallonee glass empties out......last grains run through out with the old......ring in the new time to ante-up......time to pay dues but every time i find...ain't no nearer to you Chorus: There's a pulse, that's true....but the breathing comes in fits If you're callin' my name...If you're still callin my name... I can barely...hear...it... So you try to believe...you pray and pray my feet struck out...on the narrow way Try as i would...try as i might i couldn't find my name...in the book of life Came out of a storm...came out of a dream It all looks so easy...at 17 ah, but the skin yer in...could surely use some help yer bound to wind up...hatin' yourself last call sounds...drain the cup you know i don't know why...it ain't ever enough another new year...more hallowed ground i hope your arms are there...when i leave this town
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DISTANCE CHANGES EVERYTHING words & music: bill mallonee Meet me at the station...nah, it shouldn’t take long the drinks are pretty good there and there’s a train waitin’ to be gone with a guitar and an old soul; some ragged scraps of verse distance changes everything...for better or for worse CHORUS: Distance changes everything... Distance changes everything Distance is a boxer...a butterfly and a bee if you get inside the ring with her; you just wait to feel sting you stare down that bravado...by thinking backwards in reverse distance changes everything...for better or for worse For some it turns out lucky...for others, not so much for some it all turns to gold...everything they clutch Do you think you chose the blessing? Or were you hand-picked by the curse? distance changes everything...for better or for worse Meet me at the station...don’t forget to bring your heart send a piece of yours up ahead...and I never will get lost I hope everyone’s included...when the last shall be the first and... Distance changes everything...for better of for worse Distance changes everything...for better or for worse
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BRING YOU AROUND Words/music: bill mallonee Show me your cards....yeah, show me your hand Give me the pitch and all I ain’t the fine print of your master plan I ain’t bringin’ you much...Call me the “hold out kid” I found the waste places and the empty space... And lost every friend CHORUS: It’s always clear...it’s always clean I don’t care what you say...come whatever what may If you’ll just say what you mean and the Love that waltzed in here...without a sound It’ll whisper you name...It’ll take all th blame It’ll bring you around Yeah, behind the lies...you tell yourself to get between the tears you can’t cry and the wings that won’t fly and the audible sigh You gotta throw off the veil...throw open the door away with the fears, announce a new year where mercy is born Somewhere the sky’s always bright...Somewhere the sky’s always blue and that Love that you found, you know the one where you drown? It’s now living in you If all hell should break lose...if it should thunder and storm You know these vagabond hearts, they were lost from the start they will find their way home
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THESE WINTER YEARS words/music: bill mallonee Ravens call...Hear the heavy footfall all I know is that it’s best to keep moving inside these spheres of winter’s years summon your faith, if you’ve any to find whatever’s left...it’ll all be refined Chorus: Stumblin’ frame and faltering step I’m breathin’ St. Jude with every step And Chaos is a dog nippin’ at your heels Guilt? She’s drunk and grabbin’ the wheel Might there be a cover in this veil of tears? These winter years, these winter years Who knew the danger, who knew of the trails who knew of the sneers and the tongues that revile in and around these winter years Truth is a lover...Truth is a thief She never asks permission...she just takes what she needs Dodging’ the law through these winter years These storms are far more common, you see pious beat their breast and the superstitious flee all down the path of the winter years So, I’ve come out this far to stand on this hill come whatever may...come whatever will to catch a glimpse of the face of the winter years Chorus: Stumblin’ frame and faltering step I’m breathin’ St. Jude with every step Chaos is a dog you can’t appease Guilt-she’s a-grinnin’ with cards up her sleeve might there be a cover for this veil of tears these winter years...these winter years And Chaos is a dog nippin’ at your heels Guilt? She’s drunk and grabbin’ the wheel Might there be a cover in this veil of tears? These winter years, these winter years
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DISTANCE CHANGES EVERYTHING WORDS/MUSIC: BILL MALLONEE Meet me at the station...nah, it shouldn’t take long the drinks are pretty good there and there’s a train waitin’ to be gone with a guitar and an old soul; some ragged scraps of verse distance changes everything...for better or for worse CHORUS: Distance changes everything... Distance changes everything Distance is a boxer...a butterfly and a bee if you get inside the ring with her; you just wait to feel sting you have to stare down that bravado...by thinking backwards in reverse distance changes everything...for better or for worse For some it turns out lucky...for others, not so much for some it all turns to gold...everything they clutch Do you think you chose the blessing? Or were you hand-picked by the curse? distance changes everything...for better or for worse Lemme know when the ride is over (Bm4-D4-A8) When it’s cool to push the lap bar up (Bm4-G4-D8) give me things that last forever (Cm8 D8) when it’s real life...U can’t ever get enough (Em8 A8) Meet me at the station...and don’t forget your heart send a piece of yours up ahead...and I never will get lost I hope everyone’s included...when the last shall be the first and... Distance changes everything...for better of for worse Distance changes everything...for better or for worse
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WPA Vol. 10 HIGH DESERT HOPE

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released April 1, 2011

Bill Mallonee: Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Harmonicas

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Bill Mallonee

Bill Mallonee is an Americana artist w/ 80 plus albums over a 30 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, "Lead On, Kindly Light" is a 23song double Cd released Feb 2020.
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