WANDERLUST​/​WPA 16

by Bill Mallonee & the High Desert Freaks

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Maybe the most adventurous & ambitious WPA to date.
A sorta 4 track-in-the-garage "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" with a shot of Mr. Guthrie...

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released March 21, 2013

Bill Mallonee: guitars, vocals, keys, drums, harmonicas
Muriah Rose: piano on "Dalhart"
*accordion, string and orchestral harp arrangements: bill mallonee

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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: RUBICON (A FREE 24hr. download)
RUBICON words/music: bill mallonee
“7 hills will soon be mine
but that can wait till dawn”
said Caesar to his noble steed
at the edge of the Rubicon

“one day all roads will lead this way
and no, I’m not just braggin’
everybody needs a compass point
buddy, you just mark my Latin”

now you can slumber in the present
and can ‘Roman-ticize” the past
but the future? Now, that’s what interests me
“and so the die is cast”
cast by hearts full of ambition
cast by cunning & by sword
cast when men no longer have
something to live for
Chorus:
maybe there’s no turning back
from whatever road you’re on
what with history breathing down your neck
till you cross the Rubicon

and yes, I’ve met some cowards
and yes, I’ve met some fools
you know I made a few friends
and I made some enemies, too
“Now, Law? I place myself above
and Mercy? Well, that’s gotta stop
it’s lonely at the bottom
just like it’s lonely at the top

7 hills shall soon be mine
but that can wait till dawn...”
said Caesar to his noble steed
at the edge of the Rubicon
Track Name: HOW FAR DO YOU WANDER (TO CATCH UP WITH YOUR GHOST?)
HOW FAR DO YOU WANDER (TO CATCH UP WITH YOUR GHOST?) words/music: bill mallonee

I can still see ‘em... loading the wreck
of that pick-up truck...with what we had left
luck left the table...the game wasn’t even close
how far do you wander...to catch up with your ghost?

I can still see ‘em...shakin’ their heads
on the waves of depression and drowning in debt
closing in on something with every passing fence post
how far do you wander...to catch up with your ghost?

Bankers & politicians...grin & shake hands
hawks in a war room...making dark plans
violence is a drug...and we’ve all had a dose
how far do you wander...to catch up with your ghost?

The world’s a getaway car...devil’s at the wheel
engine is seizing...tires they squeal
the world is a knife-blade...laid on your throat
how far do you wander...to catch up with your ghost?

How far do you ramble? how far do you roam?
Is there a place left on earth...you can call your own?
If Life is a song, then who stole the notes?
how far do you wander...to catch up with your ghost?
Track Name: UNEASY PEACE OF MIND
UNEASY PEACE OF MIND words/music: bill mallonee

too few beckoning wide open skies
too many dead ends after long drives
too many gravestones wet with tears
too few dreamers with their vision quests
too many good things laid to rest
too much burying going on round here

uneasy peace of mind
too much trying to read the sign of the times

too many secrets left untold
too much good faith being stolen
too much selling down the river
too much poison in the well
too much of the grim hard sell
too little justice being delivered

too much to those who have the most
too much shaking hands with your own ghost
too many being consciences being ignored
too many making sure the deck is stacked
too many dropping through the cracks
too much faith in power & in war

sun cascades light on the new fallen snow
sooner of later we all gotta go (van's packed and ready to go)
it'll take some courage to keep the good things alive
Track Name: FROM DALHART TO BOISE CITY
FROM DALHART TO BOISE CITY words/music: bill mallonee

from Dalhart to Boise City
from Cimarron county east
ain't never seen anything like it
......ah, to say the least
ah, to say the least
(back to head)

busting sod and growing wheat
in the good years of the boom
when you can't build a fine house to live in
well a hole will have to do
we made the earth our plunder
turned under every blade of grass
we drove our plows into her heart
till she sighed and breathed her last

chorus:
i'll hold my breath for benevolence
ah, but i'll expect the worse
now we all just shade our eyes and search the skies
waiting for the cloudburst

dark clouds of God's electric wrath
blot out every ray of sun
you could say we had it coming
well, you might not be wrong
and me? well, i left the table long ago
where you bet on God or devil
we all just wear faces of the curse
just to be on the level

chorus:
i'll hold my breath for benevolence
ah, but i'll expect the worse
now we all just shade our eyes and search the skies
waiting for the cloudburst

some of us were greedy
some of us were meek
But no matter what skin you maybe livin' in
we all bow to grief
from Dalhart to Boise City
from Cimarron county east
ain't never seen anything like it
......ah, to say the least
ah, to say the least
ah, to say the least
Track Name: JUST BETWEEN ME & GOD
JUST BETWEEN ME & GOD words/music:bill mallonee

you know, i don't think i ever saw him sweat
no matter what was breathin down his neck
when th'dusters came rippin' cross the land
he just dug his will & 2 feet into the sand

CHORUS:
Standing tall in the bright light of day
on a piece of earth they can't take away
the drought came in like a thief to rob
You said "well, that's just 'tween me & God"
That one's just between me & God.

well the feds said the Indians couldn't stay
time for the plow to have it's day
i never really saw it that way
wasn't long till the land dried up & blew away

there are heroes that you'll see at picture shows
and most them you'll meet or know
but me, well i am luckier than most
all of my heroes live pretty close
Track Name: RUBICON (alt mix)
RUBICON words/music: bill mallonee
“7 hills will soon be mine
but that can wait till dawn”
said Caesar to his noble steed
at the edge of the Rubicon

“one day all roads will lead this way
and no, I’m not just braggin’
everybody needs a compass point
buddy, you just mark my Latin”

now you can slumber in the present
and can ‘Roman-ticize” the past
but the future? Now, that’s what interests me
“and so the die is cast”
cast by hearts full of ambition
cast by cunning & by sword
cast when men no longer have
something to live for
Chorus:
maybe there’s no turning back
from whatever road you’re on
what with history breathing down your neck
till you cross the Rubicon

and yes, I’ve met some cowards
and yes, I’ve met some fools
you know I made a few friends
and I made some enemies, too
“Now, Law? I place myself above
and Mercy? Well, that’s gotta stop
it’s lonely at the bottom
just like it’s lonely at the top

7 hills shall soon be mine
but that can wait till dawn...”
said Caesar to his noble steed
at the edge of the Rubicon
Track Name: UNEASY PEACE OF MIND (alternative mix)
UNEASY PEACE OF MIND words/music: bill mallonee

too few beckoning wide open skies
too many dead ends after long drives
too many gravestones wet with tears
too few dreamers with their vision quests
too many good things laid to rest
too much burying going on round here

uneasy peace of mind
too much trying ti read the sign of the times

too many secrets left untold
too much good faith being stolen
too much selling down the river
too much poison in the well
too much of the grim hard sell
too little justice being delivered

too much to those who have the most
too much shaking hands with your own ghost
too many being consciences being ignored
too many making sure the deck is stacked
too many dropping through the cracks
too much faith in power & in war

sun cascades light on the new fallen snow
sooner of later we all gotta go (van's packed and ready to go)
it'll take some courage to keep the good things alive