Songs On the Radio

from by Vigilantes of Love



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


pardon my imposition
and the slurred speech on my tongue
but i couldn't help but notice
you were looking for ruins to hide among
see i've tried on all these faces
to see if they might fit
and i've tried to mumble phrases
but i'm tripping over it

the songs on the radio
just (still) suck i'm afraid
it is my turn to drive
and i can barely stay awake

hazardous conditions
pavement is wet
i've got an eighteen wheeler future
breathing down my neck
and the bridge is icing over
and the brakes are shot to hell
voice on the radio says
here comes the sixties

and they were arguing the merits
of freud and darwin on mtv
all the things they foist upon men's minds
in the blessed name of free inquiry
buy stock in psychiatric hospitals
soon there'll be no vacancy
guess if no one's at home out there then
somebody else has got to fill that need

i need someone tonight
blind ambition
i need someone tonight
you've got my permission

now what i need is non-existant
you've got to create desire
eastern europe is a most likely buyer
they've been dying for it
crying for it ever since the wall
for syringes porn designer drugs
orgasms and shopping malls

won't you pardon my imposition
and my lack of tact and flair
i was looking for redemption
i was hoping you might tell me where
i can smell it on your breath
i can smell it in your hair
i can almost reach and grasp it
but my vision's so impaired

because there's dung on the airwaves
as far as i can see
as far as the ear can tell
in the nineteen nineties


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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