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by Bill Mallonee & The Darkling Planes

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about

I've mentioned that Winnowing is an Autumn record.
From the opener, "Dover Beach" to the real closer "Now You Know" it's something of a study in all that Autumn means to me. I wonder if it means something similar to all of our spirits. Things retire; nature goes dromant.

Maybe the very essence of Hope is like that. It sleeps, for a spell, with the expectation that it'll return. Maybe in a different form. Who knows?
That's the hope anyway. They say it springs eternal.
I like that idea.
Hope returning with a vibrancy that only the years of wisdom and "world-worn-ness" could imbue them with...

I think I've found a certain suppleness in my voice over the years that was never present in the early work. Maybe now it's because i mostly sing alone (as opposed to with a band) and it fosters being in touch with the nuance of phrasing. Anyway...
Melancholy, Longing, Fear, Darkness.
You know, the landscapes of the reality behind the one we live in most of the time.
I rarely heard anyone speak of these things as a kid. It was a subject all hush-hush if broached at all.

Is that why writers are born? Those who spend a life-time tinkering out a nomenclature to describe the unspoken? To give Face and Name to something lasting, even eternal?

Anyway, these impressions have always been the reason why I write.
That persistent melancholy that pervades our everyday reality (when we quiet down long enough to "listen") has been such a strong emotion in my work, I can hardly think of anything else that defines the heart of it.
And Autumn? "She" aids and abets.
Autumn, with her colors, smells, diminishing light hearlding the approaching dormancy of the winter seems to be the "voice" of much of this album...
Now Ya' Know...
bill

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released August 20, 2014

all songs: Bill Mallonee
Published by BMI c. 2014

Bill Mallonee: electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, bass, drums, Mellotron, keyboards, harmonicas, string arrangements

Muriah Rose: acoustic piano, vocals, electric piano, organ, string arrangements

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Bill Mallonee

Bill Mallonee is an Athens, Ga. Americana artist w/ 70 plus albums, spanning a 20 year career. Voted by Paste Music Magazine #65 in their prestigious "Top 100 Living Songwriters" poll. He fronted the band Vigilantes of Love from 1991-2001. Mallonee has worked with other great artists such as Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, and Peter Buck from REM. ... more

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Track Name: DOVER BEACH (OUT IN THE COLD)
DOVER BEACH (Out In The Cold) words/music; by Bill Mallonee
published by "Once More, This Time With Feeling" Music BMI 2014

If there ever was a smile that stopped me in my tracks
one that filled up the ocean of everything i lacked
and brought the stars a little closer so there was no turning back
out in the cold

every conviction that i lived by, every truth that i was taught
every sermon that i heard; well, it was all for naught
i was always pretty bad at carryin' my cross
out in the cold

And our tears? they speak a language uniquely their own
and every laugh? It holds the promise past the grave there's something more
be it laying upon Jesus' breast, or terrible swift swords
out in the cold

No, i am not a scoffer withholding his thanks
my purse? It may be empty, but my heart overflowed it's banks
heard a different melody swelling from ragged angelic ranks
out in the cold

Was that your voice cascading through all that is unseen?
I sorted through the implications, till i don't know what it means
Caught between a heart that's all at once both holy & obscene
out in the cold

From the doors that never opened by prayer or skeleton key
aren't our feet are only searching for a home we've never seen?
I have glimpsed it once or twice ah, but it coulda been a dream
out in the cold

To have travel for these many years knocked on many doors
i got tired of tryin' to bend an ear; i got tired of keepin' score
sometimes a son of heaven; but a son of hell even more
out in the cold

I can show you where my heart was broken there on Dover Beach
Truth receded like a wave, too farther out of reach
Love may bring the tide back in; hard to live, easy to preach
out in the cold.

If there ever was a smile that stopped me in my tracks
one that filled up the ocean of everything i lacked
and brought the stars so close i touched them;
honey, i'll never forget that...
out in the cold
Track Name: THOSE LOCUST YEARS
2. THOSE LOCUST YEARS words/music: bill mallonee

Well, the locust years
they're making the rounds
And the locust years
arecoming to your town
they don't ask an invite
they just roll on it
locust years
living under your skin

locust years
always nipping at your heels
locust years
they don't care what they steals
like weeds taking root
like darkness settlin' in
locust years
living under your skin

well, there's no one to shoot
and what good would it do?
when there's no one to blame
...and nothing left to lose?

locust years
there's no words on his tongue
he grins as he passes
from his horse made of bones
like a bird of prey
picking you clean
locust years
living under your skin
Track Name: OLD BEAT UP FORD
OLD BEAT UP FORD
words/music: bill mallonee

Sunlight sifted through the shadows
It seemed brighter way back then
And I walked the world in wonder
all dressed up in my new skin
If that world was going somewhere
Well, that's just something I ignored
And it all flooded through the windshield
of an old beat up Ford

It was pistols under waist coasts
It was daggers gone unseen
An ace of diamonds up the sleeve, kid
That all led me to believe
All that binds us to this hard world
Is but a single golden cord
And it flooded through the windshield
of an old beat up Ford

There was that moment when our paths cross
We all need a place that's warm
You're seeking such illumination
like a beacon in the storm
And if that world was going somewhere
Well, there are just somethings you ignored
and it all flooded through the windshield
of an old beat up Ford
Track Name: GOT SOME EXPLAINING TO DO
4. GOT SOME EXPLAINING TO DO (gotta give the devil his due)
words & music: bill mallonee

time for closing the wounds up
time for opening hearts
time to hitching our wagon
to the nearest star

the whole nation is weeping
how much longer can it last?
goodwill & trust are thing
of the past

CHORUS:
no matter what the disguise is
well, ya' gotta give the devil his due
but whoever he is
has got some explain' to do

people wanna control you
and it's fear that they employ
as soon as you pledge allegiance
they're out to steal your joy

now, i don't buy the right records
but i know just what i like
and if you're high & lonesome
i know what'll get you through the night

maybe it's the new corporate terror
seducing the government
maybe it's the war machine
maybe the 1%
time for banishing darkness
time to do what's right
time for loving the planet
time for stepping into the light
Track Name: DEW DROP INN
DEW-DROP-INN (i love you just because)
words/music: bill mallonee

well, the rain retreats
across mean city streets
of this old mid-west town
(store-front) glass & red brick
non-descript
with a few old ghosts
roamin' round

at the dew drop inn
every one's yer friend
and everybody's got a story unsung
sam's tending bar
brother, he' seen it all
seen the good die young

CHORUS:
well, the road winds hard & the road winds cruel
and hearts being what they are
Let's just say "It'll be 'OK' "
and "i love you," just because x2

Spring of Hope
summer of Love
It ain't never without a Fall
some dreams get born
most get beaten' out
some folks forget how to dream at all

well, the clouds disperse
none for the worst (anyway)
it's mostly just half-rainbows when it clears
stories got told
drinks were poured
and for a moment? It was Heaven here
Track Name: BLAME IT ON THE DESERT (WHISPERING)
BLAME IT ON THE DESERT (WHISPERIN')
words/music: bill mallonee

I've tried to remember
exactly when we first met
maybe somewhere inside a Tweed's honey tones
and a Duo-Jet
felt like Lewis & Clark
with new lands to survey
felt like that first drink of whiskey
have i known you all my days?

CHORUS:
what the mystic knows
what the Good Book does proclaim
you only ever own
what you give away
blame it on the spirit
blame it on the wine, but then again
blame it on the desert.......whisperin'

this road, she always beckoned you
through the feedback & the drone
and she promised thick & thin
just don't mistake her for your home

the mantra of the asphalt
roadside diner Communion table
take only what ya' need
leave what you are able
Track Name: IN THE NEW DARK AGE THE ONLY LAMP BURNING BRIGHT IS YOU
IN THE NEW DARK AGE (the only lamp burning bright is you)
words/music: bill mallonee

All the dominoes fell
we went under a spell
and all hell. broke. loose.
Everything you held dear
when the dust finally cleared
it was just as you feared

Chorus:
In the new dark age
Nobody puts up a fight
In the new dark age
You'll see no flares in the night
The only lamp burning bright...is you

All the mask came off
All disguises were dropped
The game was declared over
Love was escorted out
There was hardly a shout
I'll take the crimson & clover

We're all mystics & freaks
With the spirit beneath
Deeper than any ocean
Let the string section "riff"
Seal it up with a kiss
Honey, we are all golden

In the new dark age
no one trusts anyone
In the new dark age
they forget to have fun
The only light from the sun...is you
In the new dark age
nobody puts up a fight
In the new dark age
you'll see no flares in the night
The only lamp burning bright...is you
The only lamp burning bright...is you
Track Name: HALL OF MIRRORS/ROOM FULL OF WOE
8. HALL OF MIRRORS & ROOM FULL OF WOES
words/music: bill mallonee

Hall of mirrors. Room full of woes
does it get any clearer as you go?
the cards you play & the ones you n'er shown
Hall of mirrors. Room full of woes

death is a boxer stalking the ring
grabs all the prize money and few other things
with a one-two punch, that's stealing the show
hall of mirrors...room full of woe

now, death's a prize-fighter & thorough as hell
go up against him? you'll never lived to tell
always a decision you already know
Hall of mirrors. Room full of woes

you try to bring forth fruits from this inhospitable ground
toil has a face but it makes no sound
scratchin' the surface with pick-axe & hoe
Hall of mirrors. Room full of woes

now, they say what's asleep won't stay in the ground
and what is lost is nothing compared to what gets found
I'm betting the farm, babe, on that smile you bestow
Hall of mirrors. Room full of woes...
Track Name: NOW YOU KNOW
NOW YOU KNOW          words/music: bill mallonee

Well, the first thing that you'll notice
is the sadness of this place
deserts speak in whispers
but she rarely shows her face
they say that you get use to it   
ah, but I've not found that to be the case
now you know...now you know...now you know

It was somewhere deep in Texas
amidst a cold December
there were no stars of Bethlehem
at least none that i remember
faith was flying at half-mast   
and so me? I cut the cord
now you know...now you know...now you know

I dunno why the black hills
always spoke to me
some folks, they need the mountain tops
some folks need the sea
no matter where I sing these songs 
the devil's always at my sleeve
now you know...now you know...now you know

Caesar sat upon a steed
and waited till the dawn
without a word the die is cast
across a Rubicon
history's muddy, bloody boots
are ever marching on
now you know...now you know...now you know

I can feel it all disintegrate
like paper in the flame
now you know...now you know...now you know
Track Name: TAP YOUR HEART ON THE SHOULDER (& See If She's Still Awake)
TAP YOUR HEART ON THE SHOULDER (& SEE IF SHE'S STILL AWAKE) words/music: bill mallonee

if i ever make it outta Dalhart
to a place where i can stand tall
a horse would do just nicely
but if have to...i'm gonna crawl
ain't nothing left in Oklahoma
on your right or left hand
we just took God's good, green earth
and turned it...into sand

CHORUS:
Only so many days. Only so many nights
Only so many smiles you can fake
hey, reach over & tap your heart on the shoulder
...and see if she's still awake

dunno how this all got started
dunno how it'll all survive
they brought in girls; they brought in whiskey
'cause they knew it'd be a long ride

whatever you feel nipping at your heels
whatever is tugging at your sleeve
it may take some digging but you gotta find you
some reason to believe
if i ever make it outta Dalhart
to a place where i can stand tall
a horse would do just nicely
but if have to...i'm gonna crawl

from A few songs from WINNOWING. Full Album drops 9/1/14,
Bill Mallonee & The Darkling Planes
Track Name: COMES TUMBLING DOWN (OUT-TAKE)
COMES TUMBLING DOWN words & music: Bill Mallonee

how it all fell out
how it played for keeps
revisionist history
well, it never weeps
crumbles to dust
and it falls to the ground
all that you built x3
comes tumbling down

now, nothing last forever
so the saying went
baby, let's provide them
with some new evidence
when the jury decides
and the verdict's pronounced
all that you built x3
comes tumbling down

"honey, we're all resplendent."
said some folk-singer that i knew
use to hang on his words
maybe, i still do
i wonder how he's doing
but he's nowhere to be found
all that you built x3
comes tumbling down
(repeat)
Track Name: Blame It On The Desert Whispering (Demo)
BLAME IT ON THE DESERT (WHISPERIN')

I've tried to remember
exactly when we first met
maybe somewhere inside a Tweed's honey tones
and a Duo-Jet
felt like Lewis & Clark
with new lands to survey
felt like that first drink of whiskey
have i known you all my days?

CHORUS:
what the mystic knows
what the Good Book does proclaim
you only ever own
what you give away
blame it on the spirit
blame it on the wine, but then again
blame it on the desert.......whisperin'

this road, she always beckoned you
through the feedback & the drone
and she promised thick & thin
just don't mistake her for your home
losing is your closet friend
but, that's all part of the deal
some days you're spinning like a red-tail hawk
or a wagon wheel

the mantra of the asphalt
roadside diner Communion table
take only what ya' need
leave what you are able

(alt verese not used)
Time is gonna change you
and Grace is all you got
to make you like an angel
the part of you that you forgot
Don't give up on Love
try to learn her ways
but don't fall in love with money
there'll be nothing left to save
Track Name: DOVER BEACH (DEMO mix 4)
DOVER BEACH (Out In The Cold)
words/music: bill mallonee

If there ever was a smile that stopped me in my tracks
one that filled up the ocean of everything I lacked
and brought the stars a little closer so there was no turning back
out in the cold

Every conviction that I lived by, every truth that I was taught
Every sermon that i heard; well, it was all for naught
I was always pretty bad at carryin' my cross
out in the cold

And our tears? they speak a language uniquely their own
And every laugh? It holds a promise that past the grave there's something more
Be it laying upon Jesus' breast, or terrible swift swords
out in the cold

No, I am not a scoffer withholding his thanks
My purse? It is empty, but my heart overflows it's banks
I heard a different melody swelling from ragged angelic ranks
out in the cold

Was that your voice cascading through all that is unseen?
I sorted through the implications, still I don't know what it means
Caught between a heart that is at once both holy & obscene
out in the cold

From the doors that never opened by prayer or skeleton key
Aren't our feet always searching for a home we've never seen?
I have glimpsed it once or twice ah, but it might have been a dream
out in the cold

To have traveled for these many years & knocked on all these doors
I got tired of tryin' to bend an ear; I got tired of keepin' score
Sometimes a son of heaven, a son of hell even more
out in the cold

I can show you where my heart was broke there on Dover Beach
Truth receding like a wave, too farther out of reach
Love may bring the tide back in; hard to live, easy to preach
out in the cold.

If there ever was a smile that stopped me in my tracks
one that filled up the ocean of everything I lacked
and brought the stars so close i touched them;
honey, I'll never forget that...
out in the cold