What You Take (And What You Leave Behind)

from by Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love/WPA

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Life is so very much about distinguishing what is real, authentic and lasting. And there's lots of voices "competing for our attention. I don't see how kids sort through it all these days. Faith, I suppose, becomes a winnowing tool in these maters. A refiner's fire to bring forth that which is "gold,", and a magnetic north to navigate by.
This song was to be the closer" until "INTO GOD KNOWS WHAT" was written...People are the conduits of grace and goodness in our lives.

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(There is a lil' nod in the 2nd verse to national treasure, the incomparable Glenn Campbell.)

WHAT YOU TAKE (AND WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND)
words & music: Bill Mallonee

Between the clear as day and the wonderfully oblique
'tween the dross in your veins and the treasure you still seek
the span of years that reaches here to the skies
what you take and what you leave behind

between what you've seen and what your lips can tell
between the stuff if the holy and the hard sell
it occurs to you it was all gentle on your mind
what you take and what you leave behind

between the counterfeit & the mother of all pearls
just beneath the skin of this tired old weary world
honey, that kiss of yours that opened up my eyes
what you take and what you leave behind

Bill Mallonee: electric 6 & electric high string guitars, vocals, harmonica
Jake Bradley: bass guitar
Kevin Heuer: drums

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from Future Hymns for the New Idolatry, released January 22, 2016
Bill Mallonee: guitars, vocals, harmonica
Jake Bradley: bass guitar
Kevin Heuer: drums

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Bill Mallonee

Bill Mallonee is an Athens, Ga. Americana artist w/ 70 plus albums, spanning a 20 year career. Voted by Paste Music Magazine #65 in their prestigious "Top 100 Living Songwriters" poll. He fronted the band Vigilantes of Love from 1991-2001. Mallonee has worked with other great artists such as Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, and Peter Buck from REM. ... more

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