HIGH DESERT HOPE​/​WPA Vol. 10

by Bill Mallonee/Works Progress Administration

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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/ 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: THE SHAKERS AND MOVERS
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
Track Name: SPRING IN YOUR SPIRIT
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
Track Name: Bill Mallonee/WPA - NEW'S YEAR'S EVE/I CAN BARELY HEAR IT (A FREE DOWNLOAD
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
Track Name: Bill Mallonee/WPA - DISTANCE CHANGES EVERYTHING
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
Track Name: Bill Mallonee/WPA - BRING YOU AROUND
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
Track Name: Bill Mallonee/WPA - THESE WINTER YEARS
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
Track Name: Bill Mallonee/WPA - DISTANCE CHANGES EVERYTHING (alt. version)
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