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I have always (even as a kid!) associated jangle-y, glorious guitar harmonies with joy & transcendence.

I suppose as a "son of the South," the term has always suggested the culmination of all of our yearnings, dreams & desires.
My love of harmony guitars is prevalent here. There are 3 here playing various versions of the main extended motif.

Historical note: "Beulah Land" is a well-known gospel hymn written by Edgar Page Stites (1836–1921) in either 1875 or 1876. The hymn, Stites' most popular, is set to music written by John R. Sweney (1837–1899). The hymn concludes with the chorus:

O Beulah land, sweet Beulah land!
As on thy highest mount I stand,
I look away across the sea
Where mansions are prepared for me
And view the shining glory shore
My heaven, my home forever more.

The hymn derives from the King James Version of Isaiah 62:4; "Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate; but thou shalt be called Hephzibah and thy land Beulah; for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married."

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BEULAHLAND words/music by bill mallonee

you get a heart made for "forever"
born in a world where nothing lasts
and faith? she's a tattered flag
flying at half mast
and aching is a compass
but it won't work in the cold
that the bridges that you try to build
well, they never seem to hold

I sat in many a church
as a boy and as a man
don't we all just want that ticket
to that Beulahland

Death? that old shadowy figure
s'always lurking in the wings
and all that goodness & all that wonder
Does it really mean a thing?
letting go is what they tell you
so, i've been at it a while
(you try) to place a ring of hope on the finger
of what you can't seem to reconcile

Chorus 2.
i saw every soul begging
for someone to understand
don't we all just want that ticket
to Beulahland

Now, grief has been a mistress
and sadness is so in love with me
but i look forward to the day
when we part company
just to dream one day we're all made whole
and this was all part of the plan
ah, but now i'm getting older
...and You're still slipping through my hands

chorus 3 & 4
I heard many a sales pitch
all throughout this land
but don't we all just want that ticket
to Beulahland?
oh, grant us all safe passage
but you're gonna have to grab me by the hand
don't we all just want that ticket
to Beulahland?

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from STAR​~​LIGHT O'ER HIGH DESERT (A Christmas​-​themed EP), released December 16, 2013
Bill Mallonee: electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, bass, drums

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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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