Lead On, Kindly Light​/​This World & One More /The 25​-​30 song double CD drops July 2019

by Bill Mallonee

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    Pre-order of Lead On, Kindly Light/This World & One More /The 25-30 song double CD drops July 2019. You get 18 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

    Lead On Kindly Light/This World & One More
    (The 2CD set scheduled to drop in July 2019/Pre-order now!)
    I've always struggled to make sense of life; Just like many folks who continue to question the suppositions & "findings" of Modernity.
    The gods of the day & age (be they the gods of politics, economics, relationships) demand our utmost & unquestioning allegiance.
    But, we do question;
    And we do well to consider where the promises of modernity have led us and whether humanity collective and individual is "better off" for having followed it.
    We question because we are starving, we are empty and we are confused. Left without explanations and devoid of alternatives that we can believe in, we flounder, we drift, we anesthetize.
    In some cases we strike out in gestures and acts of bloody violence.
    Yes, "society is becoming increasingly unraveled and yes, your "gut level impressions" are not wrong.
    At the end of the day?
    God's Love wins, but the highway we must walk to arrive there can feel very lonely at times...
    It's the core of my writing.
    And so here's one of those: "This is what I know" songs.
    Nothing's guaranteed. Nothing comes easy.
    You're driven to become a mystic or a cynic.
    I struggle because it seems, with each passing year, with each new series of events that make up a trip around the sun, mankind seems to reveal him/herself to be more capable of horrors than previously though (and )on the other hand) more full of grace, courage and acts of kindness & love than you ever thought imaginable.
    If you're a writer, you can't just sit back in the easy chair of foregone conclusions. It's going to take some Faith. It's going to take some Courage; and Love is going to have to take some risks.
    Me?
    One more sad, stumbling mystic with a rag-tag mouth of garbled prayers...
    And yet, and yet: even the blind are offered "glimpses."
    I, on occasion, see that I am drowning in beauties, graces and joys too deep to describe...
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    The matter at hand?
    They will be albums #82 & #83 for me.
    A writing jag for the first 6 months of the year has netted a set list of well over 50 songs.
    I am EXTREMELY grateful to all those who helped us with the funding that enables us to make these records.
    Because of folk's generosity & goodwill we are able to now make this a 2 CD set! (And, thus, an expanded digital download as well;)
    This is all incredibly good news to a indie /Americana singer songwriter! (The 2 CD hardcopy version with expanded art work will be available at: http://www.BillMalloneeMusic.com)
    It should be noted: This is a limited run endeavor, so please, do pre-order your copy now.
    Expect the record to drop in January. 2019. I've recorded about 20 songs thus far. They sound wonderful to these ear.s
    And as always, I will post some rough mixes here, as we progress in the recording.
    * The art work is being rendered by renown folk-artist & musicologist, Kreg Yingst, who recently rendered the Killing Floor Double LP in180 gram Vinyl cover. That album, vinyl aficionados, drops this December!
    Thank You, one & all, for supporting indie/Americana music
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ALWAYS CRAWLIN' BACK TO YOU (mix 1/scratch vocal)
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LEAD ON, KINDLY LIGHT (early mix #2/scratch vox)
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FOOL'S GOLD REQUIEM Requiem (early mix #2/scratch vox)
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BROKEN ARROW / 5.16.19 mix 12 (alt-mix)

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All of these tracks are early mixes; none have been mastered.
(mastering is the final process after and album has been recorded and it's tracks; mastering puts the final sonic touches on the album and embellishes the record with a certain even-ness.
Again all of these tracks here are pre-mastering.)

What I've been up to:
2018 was an incredibly fruitful year for my work; I wrote nearly 100 new songs;
All of these songs have "shown up" over the last 12 months, so it's time give some of them a decent introduction, fanfare & birthday!
The album:
"Lead On, Kindly Light" & "This World & One More"
Call it "Spirit-Rock."
Americana rock & roll bleeding with that rugged "faith that gets ya' through the night."
While not specifically hymnody the album is declarative, but NEVER preachy, NEVER sectarian, NEVER an exclusive club."
The Grace & The Love of God are there for everyone.

The way I see it?
I believe these songs are suffused with the themes of what made all the down & out/hard-luck country albums that struggled with the Light & the Darkness great. THIS is the human dilemma.
This is common to all of us.
We are all "living in the same skin."

"Lead On Kindly Light" & "This World & One More" are saturated with those deep & sonorous elements of all that makes the such hymns of yesteryear timeless and inspiring.
And it does so without departing one bit the Americana-drenched genre I so dearly love.

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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 CANDLE'S ALWAYS BURNIN' DOWN (FROM BOTH ENDS) new mix.pre-mastering
THE CANDLE'S ALWAYS BURNING DOWN
(FROM BOTH ENDS) w&m: bill mallonee admin BMI 2018

I think this'll be last furrow we'll turn.
The land is dry and the mule is burned
Autumn's always taken me by surprise

S'all been crumbling in our hands
Land & Peoples and our spirits within

chorus:
The candle's always burning down
The candle's always burning down
The candle's always burning down from both ends

The preacher quoted me chapter & verse
He said everything's tainted since the curse
So just how does one shake
hands with the universe?

There's river of tears to fill up again
and all those fences you gotta mend

The candle's always burning down
The candle's always burning down
The candle's always burning down from both ends

Now, there's a party tonight with a fella I'm told
He turns water to wine & hearts to gold
and if you're thirsty?
Well, that might be something to behold

The candle's always burning down
The candle's always burning down
The candle's always burning down from both ends
Track Name: YOU OLD COW~PUNCHER (session 5/mix 3)
(Scratch vocals here, but i like the feel a great deal)
YOU OLD COW-PUNCHER w&m: Bill Mallonee admin BMI 2018
This land is littered with heart-break & blues
No one knows that quite like you
No one knows that truth
You old cowpuncher

This is what happens when you answer the call
with a guitar & a suitcase full of cowboy songs
It'll take your whole life long
you old cow-puncher

chorus 1
She said she'd be listening in for your song on the radio
maybe you'll get lucky at....that next bend in the road

Once every new turn held a new surprise
Every cloud broke through to sunny skies
You let it all immortalize
You old cow-puncher

chorus 2
She said she'd be singing' along to your song on the radio
maybe you'll get lucky at....that next bend in the road

Now, everybody wears a sad disguise
in these bars full of neon & alibis;
You've heard all the lies (haven't you)
you old cow-puncher

chorus 3
She said she'd be callin' in....for your song on the radio
maybe you'll get lucky at....that next bend in the road

This land is littered with heart-break & blues
No one knows that quite like you
And about that heart?
The one the wind blows through...
You old cow-puncher
Track Name: I CAN SEE THEIR RANKS ARE THINNING (BY THE DROVES) session 9 mix 3
I CAN SEE THEIR RANKS ARE THINNING (BY THE DROVES)
words & music: bill mallonee (admin BMI 2018)

I was hangin' by a dream...Hangin' there it seems
Hanging there for years and just pretending
I use to have a few friends...but they all fell away
and the few that stayed? I can see their ranks are thinning

Its the dawn of realization and the harsh crystallization
of every vulnerable...new beginnings
trying to draw it's first breath
and stumble through it's first steps
My, my, so much losing...before winning

Chorus:
It all crumbles to dust it seems
and distractions are a "center that won't hold"
and all the ones who once believed in a land of new beginnings
i can see their ranks are thinning by the droves

Now the darkness is more obvious with each passing day
It's worn out it's welcome & pathetic wardrobe of disguises
But, we all live complacent in a house that stands adjacent
in a town that's festering & full of compromises

Chorus:
It all crumbles to dust it seems
and distractions are an anchor that won't hold
and all the ones who once believed in a man of new beginnings
i can see their ranks are thinning by the droves

Now the sky? It grew yellow as the shells dropped in the trenches
unjust judges cleared the benches waiting for all hell to pass
Peace & Love were a "no sell;" In my hour of deepest peril
not given decent burial as I fumbled for my mask

Chorus:
It all crumbles to dust it seems
and distractions are a "center that won't hold"
and all the ones who once believed in a land of new beginnings
i can see their ranks are thinning by the droves
Track Name: A BORROWING OF BONES early mix
A BORROWING OF BONES w&m: bill mallonee admin BMI 2018
Life's a gift..by slow degrees
No blinding flash & few epiphanies
No one really leaves with anything that is his own
you get these doubts & a borrowing of bones

Chorus:
The Shakers & The Movers...the Givers & the Takers
Yer trying to throw a noose around your inch of hell's half acre
Love is what is left to you; It'll always get you home
You may have to walk it lonely; this borrowing of bones
borrowing of bones

There were some milestones scattered everywhere
There were stars all tangled in your hair
There was poetry hangin' in thin air
and that scrap of faith you got from who knows where

The winners and the losers...the devils & the Savior
You keep trying to build a fence around your inch of hell's half acre
Love is what is left you; it's the path that gets you home
You may have to walk it lonely; this borrowing of bones

Taking down this tent;
Save it for a rainy day
You can count the truths on one hand
You picked up along the way

The Saints & the Sinners...the real ones & the fakers
You keep trying to throw a rope around your inch of hell's half acre
Love is what is left you; It'll always get you home
You may get to walk it with a Friend; this borrowing of bones
This borrowing of bones
Borrowing of bones
Track Name: REV. CASEY new mix 3
Rev. Casey
w&m by: bill mallonee c.BMI 2018

I don't know what you ever expected outta me
I've gotta penchant for only lookin' out after me

Ain't nothing much good ever
come outta this county...
'cept the preachin' of Rev. Casey.

I asked him once just how he'd come by
such spiritual insights
into things like God & Man & Grace
and things one day being put right
he put his hand on my shoulder and said:
"It doesn't happen over night..."
The preachin' of Rev. Casey

Bridge:
I've seen him jump up on the pulpit
a man possessed by just one hope
He had a tear in his eye for all mankind
and a lump in that dusty throat

Now there are 3 things I know
that are good for the soul
one is Jesus and the other two are
reverb and tremolo
One makes you whole, and one'll make you clean
and the preachin' word of Rev. Casey...
Track Name: TRAVELIN' ADVICES
TRAVELIN' ADVICES w&m: Bill Mallonee BMI c. 2019
I gotta tell ya' kid...there are no guarantees
Life has her fingers crossed, w/ every promise that she makes
and never be ashamed to get down on your knees
don't let the brutish world steal your faith
don't let the world steal your faith

in the basic goodness...of everyone you meet
people hardly speak...of that heavy load within
and try to learn to listen...from the heart now & again
after all we're all livin' in the same skin
we're all living in the same skin

Call 'em travelin' advices; or call 'em pious platitudes
A good wife? She's a treasure beyond all that folks call wealth
And through every losing streak...you gotta learn to preach
that sermon about Mercy to yourself
that sermon about Mercy to yourself

If I could ask the good Lord...for a solitary gift
I've known just what I'd request for long while
In the face of greed and hate...masquerading as "great"
I'd melt their cold hearts with just a smile
melt their cold hearts with just a smile...
Track Name: FOOL'S GOLD REQUIEM early mix
FOOL'S GOLD REQUIEM w&m: Bill Mallonee admin BMI 2018

v1. See me through the night
Till I get used to the cold
half of life is learning
just when to let go
the other half's forgettin'
just who ditched you on the road
See me through till morning,
Then you are free to go

v. 2 There weren't nothing in those rivers
Even less in those hills
What is it that'' blind a man's eye
and enslave his will?
You pay for it with sweat & blood
but never see the show
See me through till morning
And you are free to go

v. 3 He'll fight for it with knives
And swear by it with guns
He'll play the thief with pen & ink
In the Name of The Blessed One
It all comes to naught
It all turns to rust
Skin & bones & the pride of man
It's all ground to dust

Bridge:
It's top dollar for your food & drink
You pick-axe, tent & pan
And all the while they grin& smile
and said they were my friends

V. 4 I am wayward, but not lost
at least I do hope so
But, brother I know the difference
'tween the real & the fool's gold
there's treasure & there's riches
in each & every soul
Darlin, see me through till morning
then you are free to go
See me through till morning then you are free to go
Track Name: FEARL session "20"/mix 9
FERAL w&m: bill mallonee admin BMI 2018
I'm not sure how we got here
but we arrived here just the same
scratching out the land...
for the minimal gain
once there was the mother country
but that's all gone & left
now it's all snickering & glares
and curses beneth the breath

Chorus:
And the news is wrapped around my feet
to try and keep them warm and dry
Feral? That would be all of us
most of the time...

Now, dreams can be a dangerous thing
to pin your hopes on
working making little ones
out of the big ones
A strike is bound to bury dreams
and every act of will
and send you scrapping for the bread lines
...to keep out the chill

Cast your grain upward to the sky
and the chaff disappeared
The ways and means of life's threshing floor
are made abundantly clear
Play a new chord and the old king dies
but another stakes his claims
I'm not sure where we came from
but we got here just the same
Track Name: ALBEIT, OF A DIFFERENT KIND mix 8
Albeit of a Different Kind w&m: bill mallonee c.BMI 2018
Just a solitary man with his solitary pan
And this river may have secrets left untold
She sparkles like a diamond
and washes clean your sins
Today the sun is warm upon my skin

chorus:
I came here for the riches and those aren't hard to find
albeit...of a different kind

It may have been the last time the country was ever great
Year was '49; California was the State
But greed took hold of hearts, till it all went to hell
every promise clogged with a banker's fine print that drags off to jail

Now God, he may speak in the wind or in stars overhead
I have seen the Spirit moves across this riverbed
She cascades just like water you scoop up in your hands
Darlin,' from the time our eyes met i began to understand
Baby, who knew such salvation could come from the flesh?
Your voice is Joy; your Touch a treasure, I could not resist
Track Name: AGUA ES LA VIDA (WATER IS LIFE) early mix/#8
Agua es la Vida (Water is Life)
w&m: bill mallonee admin BMI 2018

Out here they have a saying: "el agua es-la vida"
water is always Life until the heat drives it away
and drive it away it surely will, if the heavens do not send
not a matter of "if," just a matter of when.

You were a showgirl in Durango, so I asked where you where staying
something 'bout your dancing, struck me more like praying
she said "You know you're entertaining royalty & romance"
She said, "I'll save you from a life of crime, if you give me half a chance"

Maybe there's a land where truth & grace collide
you stumble forth in shabby clothes and your ill-fitting lies
Maybe it all gets stripped away, just like a bad dream
To reveal the one you are and the one you'll one day be

Now the jury may still be out; But the evidence seems strong
Some were born to get it right; some were born to get it wrong
thirst is all i ever brought to your eyes, your kiss, your whisper,
there is a saying out here..."el agua es-la vida"
Track Name: BROKEN ARROW 5.22.19 mix 2
BROKEN ARROW w&m: bill mallonee c. BMI 2019
It was your eyes that I first noticed
But, your name i didn't catch
You were wise beyond your years
Ah, but there's a price to pay for that
The world's full of weary voices
Begging you to just believe
The questions with no answers
tuggin' at your sleeve

I'll bring you a broken arrow
I'll bring you a vial of tears
Shield you from the cold, my love
And hold your heart so dear
But, there ain't no getting around
The mean-ness of these years

I met you in Durango
if my memory serves me right
I offered you a drink
You said: "Gin will do me nicely."
You were staying at the boarding house
till some things got re-arranged
You said it's only temporary, baby,
or until your luck does change

There was promise in those eyes
Some whiskey on my breath
We spoke long about our past
and the moonlight did the rest
No one can pick the time or place
where miracles occur
One kiss and all my chains fell off
and I gave you my good word

I'll bring you a broken arrow
I will bring you a vial of tears
I will shield you from the cold
And hold your heart so dear
But, there ain't no getting around
The mean-ness of these years, (x3)
Track Name: SHAKE DOWN / 5.16.19 mix 10
SHAKE DOWN
w&m: bill mallonee admin BMI 2018

Everyone I know carries a heavy heart
One they try and to keep hid outta sight
And everyone I know feels just like a ghost
Who'd wanna bring that up to the Light?

Shake Down...everything is broken
Shake Down...to the bitter end
Ear to the ground
Is there Anyone approaching?
Guaranteed to put you back together again
Back...together...again

It was out there on the trail
it filled the burning sky
Comfort of the moonlight overhead
sitting in the shadows
It drank with you at the well
More than a dream inside our heads

Shake Down...everything is broken
Shake Down...to the bitter end
Ear to the ground
Is there Anyone approaching?
Guaranteed to put you back together again
Back...together...again

It was sometime in late Autumn
Black Hills of South Dakota
The Spirit hovered over the terrain
You gathered leaves of gladness
& sorrow from the start
Everyone I know carries a heavy heart

Shake Down...everything is broken
Shake Down...to the bitter end
Ear to the ground
Is there Anyone approaching?
Guaranteed to put you back together again
Back...together...again
Track Name: WHEN THE WALLS CAME DOWN (new mix)
WHEN THE WALLS CAME DOWN
words & music by bill mallonee admin BMI 2018

When the walls came down
It was all wreckage and ruin
When the walls came down
It was by our own doing
You're gonna need a good horse
And Someone on your bond
When the walls came down
When the walls came down
So did a Light from Heaven
Enough to sweep you away
Like guitars on "11"
Next to that ocean of doubt
Where it's too easy to drown
When the walls came down

Oh, to win your heart
Baby, what could I do?
there's no stars in the heavens
except for you shining through

When the walls came down
after the die was cast
On our table of days
And we took off our masks
And put on our new skin
Went out and did the town
When the Walls came down
Track Name: LEAD ON, KINDLY LIGHT (warm vox plate mix 1)
LEAD ON, KINDLY LIGHT
w&m bill mallonee admin BMI 2018

Like the muddy traces of old Arkansas
I know these symptoms like the back of my hand
One night in your dreams it seems they drag you off to hell
That's when you know you've got it bad

I didn't get here over night
it came by slow degrees
like the adagio of Autumn's gentle rain
Coming in in fits & starts
blowing my lines, and forgetting parts
but, the old human heart
is slow to awaken to it's pain

chorus:
For all that glitters...and all that's gold
You're still as cold as ice
Beneath your vices and your pleas
Springing from a deeper need
Lead on, Kindly Light....Lead on, Kindly Light


Now, it's true there are some stories
that are better left untold
the ones you whisper to yourself at night
when there's nothing left to reach for
'cause there's nothing left to hold
Lead on, Kindly Light

For all that glitter...and all of that gold
You're still as cold as ice
For all the vices; For all the pleas
Well-springing from your deepest needs
Lead on, Kindly Light....Lead on, Kindly Light

Somehow, you showed up on these shores
a little worse for the wear
sporting a few extra holes
a broken bone here or there
a little less blood
making the rounds
Gee, it's good to see you here ...all safe & sound
Track Name: ALWAYS CRAWLING BACK TO YOU session 20/mix 12
ALWAYS CRAWLING BACK TO YOU (6/8 time)
w&m: bill mallonee admin BMI 2018

You can vanish like the rain in the heat of the west
Where the sun shines like silver from the hottest furnace
You can come out a ghost after the test
and i'm always crawling back to you
always crawling back to you

It's this dance that we do out on the floor
In my better moments? It's you I adore
But such moments are fleeting and if you're keeping score
I'm always crawling back to you
always crawling back to you


Now, I've doubted my words and I've doubted my deeds
Only thing I'm sure of is this deep, aching need
holdin' out like i do with a card up my sleeve
I'm always crawling back to you
always crawling back to you

Bridge:
The wind shakes the branches, the tides never sleep
The Spirit broods over the face of the deep
there's no gold you can save, there's no secrets you'll keep

We all come to the cross-roads, same time, same place
with the lives that we live and the ones that we waste
On the banks of a River called Amazing Grace
and I'm always crawling back to you
always crawling back to you
Track Name: LONG RIDE HOME session 3/mix 2/pre-mastering
GONNA BE A LONG RIDE HOME w&m bill mallonee c. 2018, 2019
Admin. BMI

1. Well, the news? It was the kind
that falls hard on the ears
You know it hasn't really been
all that good for years
Are you bundled up, my love? 'Cause it sure is getting cold...
It's gonna be a long ride home

2.The movie? it was sad
I'd say it broke my heart heart
and the pacing? It came stumblin'
in fits & starts
what about those parts we left on the cutting room floor?
It's gonna be a long ride home

3. well, the snow is fallin' hard beneath a blue moon
We blew out the candle and the world became a womb
I'm forgetting how to shine, and i'm afraid to be alone
It's gonna be a long ride home
Maybe one day we're all swept up &kissed just like a newborn...
It's gonna be a long ride home
long ride home
long ride home

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