Bolt Action   Run Time: 4:20

Written by Bill Mallonee for Irving Music, Inc., Allegiance Music, Russachugama Music and CyBrenJoJosh (BMI) ©1995

man at the crossroads with a voice of anticipation
he's playing elmore james and reciting lamentations
i am one i am two
to whom the stroke was due

up here in this tower for forty-eight hours
without food or drink or water
maybe i oughta

try to remind yourself to tell yourself it doesn't really matter
why are my lips so blue my pulse ever getting shallow
didn't hurt whatever do you mean
didn't feel a thing

know i know i could hear it if the truth be told
ya'll step right up and pop the trip wire soul
my bolt action
my dissatisfaction

Did You Know?

"Bolt Action" was inspired by the bell tower sniper at the University of Texas, who in August of 1966 fired almost unimpeded for 96 minutes, killing fourteen people and injuring dozens more. Bill pushed for this song to be on the VOL "best of," but it didn't make the cut. Bill said, "I remember the president telling me a song about a bell tower assassin wasn't gonna make me friends in CCM..." And, "It is such a hard edged song where you've got that perfect marriage of lyrics with the big sound."

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