Jason Molina, one of my favourite songwriters, has died.
There was something really special about his music - the way he put depression and loneliness into words… you know those songs that when you hear them you think “wow, it’s like they put my exact feelings into words”? Well, all of Jason Molina’s songs are like that, and he was really fucking prolific.
If you’ve never heard of him, do yourself a favour and check out Songs: Ohia, then The Magnolia Electric Co. and then his solo stuff.
When i die put my bones in an empty street to remind me of how it used to be. Don’t write my name on a stone bring a Coleman lantern and a radio. Cleveland game and two fishing poles and watch with me from the shore. Ghostly steel and iron ore ships coming home. Where I am paralyzed by the emptiness. Clearly iron age beasts you can tell by the rust and the chains. And by the oil that they bleed the crew and crows fly the skulls and bones. They fly the colors of their homes i fly the cross of the blue factory flame. Stitched with heavy sulpher thread. They ain’t proud colors but they’re true colors of my home, Where I am paralyzed by the emptiness. Every mile for ten thousand miles and every year for a thousand years. Every night for a thousand more i hear them calling they never say to come home. Where I am paralyzed by the emptiness.
Songs: Ohia - Blue Factory Flame (Didn’t It Rain, Secretly Canadian, 2002)
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