Drunk on the Tears

from by Vigilantes of Love



Written by Bill Mallonee for Irving Music, Inc., Allegiance Music, Russachugama Music and CyBrenJoJosh (BMI) ©1990, 1992


i've been eating the fare of the wicked men
under the guise of sophistication
it's poisoned my senses and my sight needs correction
it's bad for my bowels and my general complexion

it's been my staple for so many years
it's hard to taste the wine
when you're drunk on the tears

hey we got new ways to treat the soul that succumbs
electroshock and valium
in the twentieth century you don't need salvation
we got chemists dedicated to your recreation

nicole works the streets for twelve hours a day
she don't charge much but what she'll trade away
in a few short years her business will fade
that's what happens with the tools of the trade

jim and tammy and reverend swaggart
they don't look like Jesus and they're a whole lot fatter
don't miss the truth for a stupid side show
don't confuse the cup for the contents it holds

God i need a drink and i need one fast
make it a strong one one that will last
have you got anything that has been selling brisk
for a soul diagnosed at a terminal risk

Jesus lover of my soul
let me to thy bosom fly
i'm so weak and i'm so cold
the lambs in the west so speedily die

alibis roll off my tongue
i'm looking for ruins to hide among
i got a soul piled high to excess
with the wonderfully useless and the frivolous

the praise due your name evades my lips
there's no helping hand on my fingertips
i used to be someone now i'm not worth a shit
i've got a truckload of things trying to forget

since back in the garden on the first page
something about the cradle and the grave
the promises broken more promises made
all in the image i've so defaced

played out on the pages of history
dripping in blood that flows from a tree
where the Father and Son part company
come back together for you and me

i don't know why you did it what was your motivation
crucifixion's not a cool sensation
You had something to say and You started to speak
the cross was a place for Your coronation speech


from Jugular, released April 15, 1990



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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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