Something To Hold On To

from by Vigilantes of Love



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


if you say goodbye
if you say so long
is this commentary
on all that i've done wrong
see i've weathered disappointments
at times i have been used
if there's any meat left on the bone girl
it's there for you to chew

you can take every inch of rope
climb your (little) mountain in the blue
just leave me a little something
i can hang on to

i would love to take you in my arms
but that might be too cruel
been out there dodging feelings
with a bullet meant for you
i should let you walk out freely
i have no claim on you
i should exercise compassion
don't really want to

nicodemus had his questions
thomas had his doubts
we've not been left in the dark
to work the whole thing out
this clinical environment
to believe is just a fake
i would thrust my hands inside the wound
if it will bring you all to faith

i will boast in my brokeness
revel in my defeat
i will let you kick my ass
if it's what you need from me
you see pilgrims without weapons
sometimes get nailed to a tree
they use no anesthetic
but the surgery's guaranteed


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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