Works (in) Progress Administration Vol. 6: Rural Route

by Bill Mallonee/WPA

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The title track is one of the best songs I've ever penned...

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released December 22, 2009

Bill Mallonee: all instruments

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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: Rural Route
RURAL ROUTE
words/music: bill mallonee

I’ve been bringin’ it now for 16 years or more
bringin’ right to your front door
bringin’ it through the rain, through the sleet and the snow
bringin’ it past the windmill, the cows and the corn

chorus:
I’ve been drivin’ these back roads
with all of these doubts
rural route

you always wear that pretty dress and a smile
and you like to comment on the weather
and me? Well, me? I smile right back...and I reach in my pack
and I hand you your letters

chorus

I heard you had a son who went off to Iraq
a medal and flag is all that you got back
heard you had a husband once somewhere in the past
you said, “that all got broke and nothing ever lasts.”

chorus
I’ve seen a lotta of sunrise; I seen a lotta sunsets
seen a lotta folks hanging on doing their level best
and me? I bring ‘em the good news...and the bad before too long
sometimes I just bring ‘em a shoulder to cry on
Track Name: TRYIN' TO FIND THE GOOD SIDE OF THE BAD SIDE AGAIN
TRYING TO FIND THE GOOD SIDE OF THE BAD SIDE AGAIN.
words & muisc: bill mallonee

i wrote this with your own pen...
all gold-plated and official.
and right there inscribed on the barrel
were your own 3 intials

The Ink? It became a river so i jumped into swim
now, i'm trying to find the good side of the bad side again

You said it's yor's for the keeping
do whatever you will
use it for good and not for ill
I've been bringing it now for 15 years
knockin' on your door of tears

The River's run with blood and the undertows they spin
now, i'm trying to find the good side of the bad side again

For the poor in spirit who can't seem to get back
for all the unheard voices falling through the cracks
cries that get all drowned out by the wind and the rain
funny how they all show up here again

Now, when the goose-step of progress stops and the strings, they all come in...
And i'm trying to find the good side of the bad side again
trying to find the good side of the bad side again...