ALL OUT IN THE CLEAR words/music: bill mallonee

nothing left to lose...nothing left to fear
nothing left to prove...all out in the clear
all out in the clear

all the tapes will be erased
the ones inside your skull
the ones that made ya' feel disgraced
the ones that made you feel so small
all the trinkets that you bought
every scene & every clique
all you cobbled together
to define yourself with

every mask you ever wore
every image you portrayed
every lie that you put forth
it'll all just fall away
fall away like an old suit
wash off like cheap cologne
like an old coat you discarded
threadbare to the bone

and everyone you ever hated
everyone that you reviled
everyone that you berated
you may yet, be reconciled
every wall that you erected
every line drawn in the sand
all those convictions you protected
wrapped up in prayers and flags

there's a story you've been telling yourself but it's so revisionist
there's a story you've been selling yourself but you ain't really buying it

one day you'll meet somebody
well beyond the sea
and you'll shake hands with your true self
and you'll like what you see


from Future Hymns for the New Idolatry, released January 22, 2016
Bill Mallonee: 6 string & high string acoustic guitars, bass, harmonica



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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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