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John the Baptist
John the Baptist

Heard John the Baptist preaching,
“Make way for the King!
… but if you want to recognize him,
you gotta tell me all your sins.”

+ Bill Mallonee/Vigilantes of Love, “Welcome to Struggleville”

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ADDICTION

it feels just like a hunger
… but you cannot feed the thing

it always wants a new song
… that you can’t really sing

it never shows you the whole truth
… ’til the poison’s leaking through

what you thought you were doing
… well now it’s doing you

—Bill Mallonee, “Lucifer” (Hit & Run, 2005)

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So I stole down to the waterfront
to escape the desert heat
Oh what on earth you gotta do around here
to try and get yourself a drink

Heard John the Baptist preaching
“Make way for the King
But if you want to recognize Him
you gotta tell me all your sins!”

+ Bill Mallonee/Vigilantes of Love, “Welcome to Struglleville” (1994)

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I tried to make you like me
with some words and a six-string
It was really just a cry of sorts
and some fancy conjuring

And even when it got cold,
I hardly knew I’d died
I guess you go a little numb
before going empty on the inside

-Bill Mallonee, “Songwriter (Numb)” (Dear Life, 2004)

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I’ve been driving the nails
firmly in your tree
You’ve been talking to your Father
on behalf of me

Nothing at these check points
I care to defend
So why do I raise the hammer up
and drive the nails again?

+ Bill Mallonee/Vigilantes of Love, “Driving the Nails” (1995)

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I tried to make you like me
with some words and a six-string
It was really just a cry of sorts
and some fancy conjuring

And even when it got cold,
I hardly knew I’d died
I guess you go a little numb
before going empty on the inside

-Bill Mallonee, “Songwriter (Numb)” (Dear Life, 2004)

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ON TO BETHLEHEM
(Bill Mallonee)

Photo by fiftyone_eggs on flickr.com

God wraps Himself up in human skin
… for those who want to touch

And God let them drive the nails in
… for those of us who know way too much

My heart’s electric with your love again
So it’s on to Bethlehem

-Bil Mallonee, “On to Bethlehem” (1998)

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