TILL I KNEW IT ALL BY HEART​/​Geography of Fear (single from Dolorosa)

by Bill Mallonee

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TILL I KNEW IT ALL BY HEART words/music: bill mallonee

it's too late to talk about it
time to put that one to bed
can't it wait a few hours
for the clear light of day?

spread the maps out on the table
study them by the fire light
throwing shadows on the bare walls
like a film in black & white

those figures move in certain rhythms
they move in cadences of grace
they move so lost & so lonely
barely filling up the space

chorus:
i learned the night skies when i came here
i pinned my hope on every star
i was taught the geography of fear early on
...till i knew it all by heart

there are maps within your spirit
we keep on a parchment rolled up tight
you'll need a heart that's a-blazing
if you care to read them right

'cause the hangman? he's always ready
to help you straighten up your tie
tip your hat if you should meet him
and by all means: spit in his eye

some say Love's the final answer
some say that jury still deliberates
you navigate...by sextant & by compass
by Courage & by Faith

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released November 12, 2013

Bill Mallonee: acoustic & electric guitars, vocals, bass, drums, organ.
Muriah Rose: organ, piano

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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: TILL I KNEW IT ALL BY HEART (Geography of Fear)
TILL I KNEW IT ALL BY HEART words/music: bill mallonee

it's too late to talk about it
time to put that one to bed
can't it wait a few hours
for the clear light of day?

spread the maps out on the table
study them by the fire light
throwing shadows on the bare walls
like a film in black & white

those figures move in certain rhythms
they move in cadences of grace
they move so lost & so lonely
barely filling up the space

chorus:
i learned the night skies when i came here
i pinned my hope on every star
i was taught the geography of fear early on
...till i knew it all by heart

there are maps within your spirit
we keep on a parchment rolled up tight
you'll need a heart that's a-blazing
if you care to read them right

'cause the hangman? he's always ready
to help you straighten up your tie
tip your hat if you should meet him
and by all means: spit in his eye

some say Love's the final answer
some say that jury still deliberates
you navigate...by sextant & by compass
by Courage & by Faith