Thorn In Your Flesh

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

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darling better mend your ways
and mark these words real well
darling better mend your ways
beware the gates of hell
let me put it all quite blunty
let me be most direct
be the rose you'd love to hold
and the thorn that's in your flesh

mister better mend your ways
the time is growing near
the analysts keep talking
while their hearts fail for fear
it's taking inventory
of the things that you respect
find the rose you'd love to hold
and the thorn that's in your flesh

childrens' cries are never heard
by the needle or the knife
i swear i heard their voices
on the other side of life
we expose this wisdom
to the elements for a test
show the rose you'd love to hold
and the thorn that's in your flesh

prisons and jailhouses
of this worthless currency
brick for brick dismantled
by a truth that sets one free
thrust your hands inside the wounds
there for you to inspect
find the rose you'd love to hold
and the thorn that's in your flesh

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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 Athens, Ga. 90's radio rockers, Vigilantes of Love. He has worked with great artists such as Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, & Peter Buck from REM.
His most recent work,
"The Rags of Absence" released in Jan. 2017.
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