12 Plays of Christmas – Day 9 – On To Bethlehem by Bill Mallonee

22 Dec

Bill Mallonee is a vastly under-rated US  songwriter who notches up new albums at a prolific rate. While leader of Americana band Vigilantes Of Love  – who shared their Athens hometown with REM – he wrote On To Bethlehem, a heart-breaker of a song about broken dreams redeemed by divine frailty in the incarnation:

“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 too much.”

The song appears on Mallonee’s 2005  Christmas collection ‘Yonder Shines The Infant Light’ – track 8 below.


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