ORPHAN SONGS (March 2018)

by Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers

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"Orphan Songs" by Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers
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As usually happens when we make a record, like "Forest Full of Wolves," there's always quite a few songs that become "orphan songs;"
They get written, embellished and tracked;
But they just get "left out." It's not a question of being a bad dad.
And it's certainly NOT because they aren't lovable, precious little things.
Here's the thing:
These songs are true country folk-rock.
They are deeply and (reverently!) imbued with a certain dust bowl era, salt of the earth quality; And being so different & special, it was hard to place them in the same room with the "resist songs" of "Forest Full of Wolves."
There was no place for them in the nursery of the conceptual.

Of course such "Orphan Songs" being resilient & full of piss & venom, just made it around to the back-door and demanded admission.
And so it goes THAT's what you're hearing here.

These "kids?" Swaggering little imps.
And yes, they among my very, very favorites...
~ bill mallonee

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released March 16, 2018

Bill Mallonee & The Big Sky Ramblers
recorded at El Corazon studios northeren New Mexico Jan/Feb. 2018
mastered by Chris Bethea at Noiseblock studios, Florence, AL.

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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: NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, & WEST, ABOVE, BELOW & WITHIN
"NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST, ABOVE, BELOW, WITHIN"
w&m: bill mallonee c. 2018 by "once more, this time with feeling" music

Baby, You go broke; you go bust by slow degrees
& the vault of your heart is found to be empty
Every metal? the flame will test
north south east west.....
above below within

Now, the thief? He grabbed the wheel of the car
Darkness never needed any camouflage
he disappears without a trace
north south east west
above below within

Is it something in the water....something in the air?
Is it something in your skin? Something everywhere?
Now, the flag of violence is the new crest
north south east west
above below within

The rich man clutches his gold watch;
The rich lady? Her lace
But, the poor man's got no one to plead his case
No, it won't be pretty when this is addressed
north south east west...
above below within
above below within
above below within....

solo outro...
Track Name: THIS ONE IS NOT GOING TO END WELL
THIS ONE IS NOT GOING TO END WELL
words & music: bill mallonee c.BMI 2017
v.1
You never can be sure where you're at on this map
the past, present & future tend to over-lap
They say it all shakes out...but as far as i can tell
this one is not....going...to end well

v.2
I surveyed every angle but the one that carried me
was that dusty old virtrue they called brutal honesty
from cradle to grave...it's the hallowed or hard sell
this one is not...going...to end well

v.3
First you log the miles...then scrape off the rust
whatever gold you find or steal? well, it all turns to dust
if you listen very closely you'll hear the tolling of the bell
this one is not...going...to end well

v4.
I came here to draw water from that ancient well
a place where no moth corrupts & no thief shall ever dwell
I'll share a secret with you, if you promise not to tell
this one is not....going...to end well
Track Name: HOW MUCH IS THE DISTANCE?
HOW MUCH IS THE DISTANCE? w&m bill mallonee
call the kids out of the flatbed
couple miles and we'll be hitting that rain
If closeness is "family,"
well, crammed in this front, we got that in spades
and you're the prettiest thing, I've ever seen...

chorus 1:
How much is the distance
when persistence is a well that has run dry?
when darkness is a thief that steals the light
right out of your eyes
between a dream...and what has come to be

When poverty's your friend
you learn to rely on special graces
with Jesus on the dashboard, & a rosary on the rearview
we've covered all the bases
baby, you're the prettiest thing, I've ever dreamed...

chorus 2
How much is the distance
when persistence is a well that has run dry?
when darkness is a thief that steals the light
right out of your eyes
***********************************************************************
From the devil's playground
where you try to stoke the fires of Kingdom Come
From your bloodied, bended knee
to the swear words fallin' off your tongue
how much is the distance?
Track Name: STUMBLIN' THROUGH (GOOD & KINDLY HEARTS)
STUMBLIN' THROUGH (GOOD & KINDLY HEARTS)
words & music: bill mallonee

Didn't I I try and warn you
about what you might be gettin' yourself into?
Did i leave you and doubt my love?
Didn't i show all my cards to you?

Well, the monitors were crap that night
i'm ashamed to say i phoned it in
You were sitting at the corner table
So, i threw caution to the wind

chorus:
Another losing streak
Going on for way too long
It's just two good & kindly hearts
Stumblin' through the same song

I pulled up a chair just to make some small talk
It's the same old baggage everybody brings
You said: "Really, i don't come here all that much,
but tonight I'm sure glad i did...."

Another losing streak
Going on for way too long
It's just two good & kindly hearts
Stumblin' through the same song
Track Name: HANDBILL THAT PROMISED ALL
THAT HANDBILL THAT PROMISED ALL w&m: bill mallonee

Standing in a railyard way back East
it was crisp, Autumn New York City morn
foreman handed us our release
said "your services are no longer needed..."

chorus:
Then the light...it did fall
on that handbill...that promised all

"Chance of a lifetime," is what it read
there's new land to be cleared, farmed & ruled
Oklahoma territory homestead
You start with 40 acres & a mule

dug a hole in the ground
just before winter come a-screamin'
like a grave carved out of the earth
for the wife & kids to live in

there's no preacher out here in these parts
so i turn some verses over on my tongue
just to try and keep my soul from hell
As i curse this barren land from here to kingdom come
Track Name: FORGERIES
FORGERIES words & music: bill mallonee admin BMI 2017
There's no spinning any gold....outta this one
no use tryin' to fix the wagon wheel
It's just stumblin' down this corridor where you navigate by feel
tryin' to sort the fake from the real

Some days it ain't worth the paper it's printed on
It sure ain't worth a life of crime for you to steal
And by God, yer so thirsty...but every drink you spill
now forgeries abound at every card table

Sweet hour of prayer
had my hand on the television
I made my peace long time ago
with oblivion

Now forgeries run riot at every card table
every banker's pen clogged witht he fine print of shady deals
Ah, but darling could i have your hand for this next Virginia reel?
and we'll sort through all the fake from the real
sort through all the fake from the real
Track Name: ONE HORSE TOWN coda
ONE-HORSE TOWN w&m: bill mallonee

Shake off the dust ...of this one horse town
Get in the truck...let's cover some ground
This has been no promised land...& it's no hallowed ground
Shake off the dust...of this one horse town

Shake off the dust...as best you can
of the insults & rumors...and misunderstandings
close your ears to the murmurs...try and forget the frowns
Shake off the dust...of this one horse town

They'll throw mud on your name...they will call you "boy."
They will curse your God...They will steal your joy
'cause they're sad & afraid...and maybe hell bound
Shake off the dust...of this one horse town

Now, i've got a woman...with a heart of gold
i've got a guitar...and Jesus in my soul
This ain't no promised land...& it's no hallowed ground
Shake off the dust...of this one horse town

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