STAR​~​LIGHT O'ER HIGH DESERT (A Christmas​-​themed EP)

by Bill Mallonee

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"Starlight O'er High Desert" is a 5-song download Advent/Christmas themed EP.

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released December 16, 2013

Bill Mallonee: electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, bass, drums, string arrangements.
Muriah Rose: organ on "Kiss the Years Away."

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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: (LITTLE BABY) UNDER THE STAR
(LITTLE BABY) UNDER THE STAR
words/music: Bill Mallonee
1. I hear there were some fuzzy-faced animals there
when you showed up in the world
and every friend you've ever chose since
well, they've all been kicked to the curb
and to all those poor in spirit?
well, they ain't never seen anything like you...

chorus:
Under the star
Baby, under the star
Yeah, under the star
Little baby under the star
Under the star...you come as you are
under the star......in your heart

2. you can look for him in hell
ah, but I hear he's already left
you can look for him in heaven
that was just a temporary forwarding address
if you really wanna meet 'em.
i hear he thinks the world of you

3. Now, kingdoms come & kingdoms go
but, it's all mostly just a bore
man's greed & man's killing
well, that's what we're mostly known for
what's all this about the faith of a child
and this "you gotta come as you are?"
Track Name: CHRISTMAS IN HOOVERVILLE
HOOVER~VILLE words/music: bill mallonee
a statue in the harbor said: "I welcome you."
when i saw that smile i took it at face value
she said: "Give me your weary, your tired & your ill.
i'll find 'em all a place...in Hoover~ville.

I had a guitar full of stories & a head full of ghosts
I would open the case and then I'd hold forth
but, when the act of living is an act of the will
you learn that kinda faith down in Hoover~ville
you learn that kinda faith down in Hoover~ville

every world made by man is bound to crash
and the rich man loves what cannot love him back
courage may be a small ember but, it's one you can't kill
It's in no short supply in Hoover~ville
It's in no short supply in Hoover~ville

now, it's Christmas in New York & make no mistake
life? she is brutish & the the devil he waits
And the tears we cry for everyone's death
are also the tears we cry for ourselves
Give me your weary, you tired & your ill
I'll gather 'em up in hoover~ville
Yes, I'll gather 'em up in Hoover~ville
Track Name: BEULAH~LAND
BEULAHLAND words/music by bill mallonee

you get a heart made for "forever"
born in a world where nothing lasts
and faith? she's a tattered flag
flying at half mast
and aching is a compass
but it won't work in the cold
that the bridges that you try to build
well, they never seem to hold

I sat in many a church
as a boy and as a man
don't we all just want that ticket
to that Beulahland

Death? that old shadowy figure
s'always lurking in the wings
and all that goodness & all that wonder
Does it really mean a thing?
letting go is what they tell you
so, i've been at it a while
(you try) to place a ring of hope on the finger
of what you can't seem to reconcile

Chorus 2.
i saw every soul begging
for someone to understand
don't we all just want that ticket
to Beulahland

Now, grief has been a mistress
and sadness is so in love with me
but i look forward to the day
when we part company
just to dream one day we're all made whole
and this was all part of the plan
ah, but now i'm getting older
...and You're still slipping through my hands

chorus 3 & 4
I heard many a sales pitch
all throughout this land
but don't we all just want that ticket
to Beulahland?
oh, grant us all safe passage
but you're gonna have to grab me by the hand
don't we all just want that ticket
to Beulahland?
Track Name: KISS THE YEARS AWAY
KISS THE YEARS AWAY words/music: bill mallonee

1. you say this one was a bear
well, may the new one come as a dove
you say this one here was full of grief
well, may the the next one be full of love
take only what you learned from it
and lay the rest in the grave
chorus tag:
and kiss...the years
and kiss...the years
kiss the years....a...way.

2. when every North-star of a truth
is never firmly fixed
and terra firma is a slippery slope
with yet another Christmas
and if that choir of angels
don't show up to stay

3. now babe, all i've got are miracles
when it comes to you and I
and every river that we cross
knits your heart more to mine
and all those rivers they run to the sea
where love has the final say...

4. when there are no plumb lines that's snaping true
and every measuring rod is wrecked
every calculation a half truth
all logarithms suspect
with the Spirit you gotta close your eyes
to see a different way

5. now, hatred is a weed within
and our hearts? they seem to freeze
and wars? well, we got that one down
call it our specialty
sometimes all the final words
are a baby in the hay

7. brother, you may be a sinner
or you may be a saint
but everyone's a flower
in need of soil & sun & rain
The Lord? He keeps the garden
using suffering as his spade

8. So, travel light, enjoy the view
and try to do what's right
find that special friend so true
to get you through the night
help your brothers & sisters
along the dark highway