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Always felt the "coda piece" should be a summation of much of the albums spirit. And, I've generally wanted them to manifest a reflective, melancholy side;
This one's no exception to that rule


THE RAGS OF ABSENCE words & music: bill mallonee
BMI 2016 published by ""Once More, This Time with Feeling" music

This town has a way of making you lie
to yourself and it fills your eyes with crows in sky
and fastens them like chains to your dark alibis

are you a lost little lamb on a highway full of wolves?
nothing ever lasts...even when you want it to
are you the barren branches that the wind blows through?

So, i learned to hold my breath 'cause babe, we're all stormed~tossed
and i became a diver but every pearl i found i lost
i have forded every river, but there's an ocean you gotta cross

i don't know when i first noticed it was an empty cup
all of these spaces & in-betweens, i couldn't seem to fill up
i can promise you my heart...but it will not be enough...

You dress in rags of asbsence...resplendent and replete
with something of the hallowed and something incomplete
all paths lead to the mountain, but God it seems so steep


from The Rags of Absence 2017, released January 2, 2017
Bill Mallonee: vocals, harmonies, electric & acoustic guitars, lap steel, resonator guitars, high-string guitars, bass, drums


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Bill Mallonee

Bill Mallonee is an Americana artist w/ 80 plus albums over a 30 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, "Lead On, Kindly Light" is a 23song double Cd released Feb 2020.
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